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Journey to the Heart of Japan: Unveiling Otaki’s Unique Farming Traditions

Embark on a life-changing journey to Otaki, where you’ll escape the daily grind and immerse yourself in a world of local farming, cultural exchange, and meaningful connections with the village’s aging community. Experience the revitalizing power of a simpler life while creating cherished memories and acquiring invaluable knowledge in sustainability and camaraderie.

Are you yearning for a break from the mundane routine of everyday life? Discover a refreshing and enriching experience in Otaki, where you can dive into a world of local farming and form deep connections with the community.
Collaborate with Otaki’s local farmers and learn the ins and outs of planting, harvesting, and preserving crops, all while contributing to the local food system. This hands-on experience will leave you with newfound skills and a profound appreciation for sustainable living.
As the village of Otaki and its surroundings face an ageing population, the elderly residents welcome support in their daily tasks. However, the true treasure lies in the meaningful connections formed through sharing stories, knowledge, and laughter. By offering your assistance, you will not only provide much-needed help but also create cherished memories and engage in a cultural exchange that will invigorate your spirit.
Experience the warmth and wisdom of Otaki’s community and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Join us in this remarkable journey where you can learn, grow, and create lasting bonds with the incredible people of Otaki.

The Experience

This is an opportunity to discover the distinct farming practices of Japan in the picturesque village of Otaki. Unlike North American agriculture, Japanese farmers cultivate small plots nestled within the mountains, harmoniously blending tradition and nature. Experience the pride and passion of Otaki’s residents as they tend to their crops, raise animals, and sell their harvest at local markets.
As younger generations migrate to urban areas, the ageing farmers of Otaki face challenges in preserving their way of life. By joining them, you contribute not only to their daily tasks but also to the preservation of their rich cultural heritage. The village’s traditional Japanese architecture and customs create an enchanting setting where wisdom and knowledge are shared freely.
Daily life in Otaki begins with the sunrise, and your day may start early with chores before breakfast. Throughout the day, tasks vary depending on the season and weather, with 2-5 hours of work on average. Spring, summer, and autumn activities occur outdoors, encompassing farming and maintenance tasks, while late autumn and winter focus on indoor work like preserving the harvest and participating in local handicrafts.
Beyond farming, you will have the opportunity to connect with other participants and explore the captivating surroundings of Otaki. Immerse yourself in the beauty of rural Japan, where traditions thrive, and the breathtaking countryside awaits your discovery.
Please note that during January and February, you will assist with snow removal and enjoy winter sports like sledding and snow trekking, along with other weather-permitting activities.


Upon your arrival, a friendly project representative will greet you in central Tokyo and guide you to the project headquarters, ensuring a smooth and welcoming start to your journey in Otaki.
Throughout your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in local hospitality by choosing between a comfortable Homestay or our dedicated participant accommodation. For those seeking a more adventurous experience, there may be chances to enjoy camping in a tent during the warmer seasons. These accommodations are situated just a 10-25 minute drive from the village.


The cost of the programme is £1500 per week, with a minimum 2 weeks booking.

This includes;

  • Private Accommodation (depending upon availability)
  • All meals
  • Tokyo Pickup & transfer to project
  • All project-related activities
  • Premium Support Package with 24/7 Support

This does not include;

  • Flights
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal spending and any extra activities

Book a Call

Schedule a free call with us to discuss your exact interests and requirements to help us match you with the perfect project for you.