Member for
17 years



Yufu-shi / Yufuin-cho

由布市 湯布院町

  • Vegetable Farm
  • Rice Farm
  • General Farm (grow various kinds of plants)
  • Poultry Farm
  • Dairy Farm
  • Vegetable Gardens
  • Sightseeing Business
  • Farm Inn, Backpackers Lodge, Etc.
  • Farm Restaurant, Farm Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Farm Foods Processing Place
  • Meat Processing Place
  • A Baker
  • A Sweets Producer
  • Center for the Environment
  • Welfare Center
  • Other

  • Knowledge of General Farming
  • Rice Farming
  • Vegetable Farming
  • Holding Courses for People to Experience Farming
  • Peace in the World
  • Anti-Nuclear Power
  • Opportunities to Study Japanese
  • Opportunities to Study English
  • Food and Farming Education
  • Music Concerts
  • Playing Musical Instruments
  • Lectures
  • Straw Bales Houses
  • Slow Food
  • Eating Brown Rice and Vegetables
  • Making Jam
  • Producing Miso
  • Making Japanese Pickles
  • Baking Bread
  • Slaughtering Chickens for Meat for Human Consumption
  • Producing Processed Food
  • Traditional Local Japanese Cooking
  • How to Cook Generally
  • Cooking Classes
  • Selling Natural Food
  • Playing Music with Local People
  • Playing Local Folk Music
  • Playing Western Music
  • Singing
  • Computers
  • Walking to Enjoy Nature
  • Bird Watching
  • Hot Spring

About half organic


We have an organic attitude of sorts, but we do not go out of our way to be organic or alternative, rather, we do what suits us at the time


Usually we buy organic vegetables from our friend organic farmers.
And then when we need other vegetables more, we go to buy them at the supermarket in our town.
So we eat not only organic food.
But we want to eat those which was grown up near farm.

  • General diet including meat and fish
  • We put great effort into how to cook and what to eat
  • We cook various international meals
  • We sometimes cook Asian types of food
  • We sometimes cook Western types of food
  • Meal times are irregular
  • Our own grown vegetables generally
  • We usually cook homemade meals
  • We never eat fast food such as McDonald’s and KFC, etc.

When we have a party or an event, we might drink with WWOOFers but these occasions are not so often

No, nobody smokes

  • Mixed area of farming and residential houses
  • In the town
  • Near the mountains
  • Comparatively lively
  • Very quiet
  • WWOOFers can walk here from the nearest public transportation, station / bus stop

Our home and our workplace are situated at the same place or very close to each other and so the atmosphere stated pertains to both our home and our workplace

Within 660 square meters

  • Two Story House
  • Other


WWOOFers' guest house is right beside our cafe.
We have 5 rooms in it.
And there are 2 beds in each rooms.
So we can accept 12 volunteers staying at the same time.







  • All Year Round

  • 8 to 10 Days
  • A Few Weeks
  • 3 to 4 Weeks
  • A Few Weeks to a Few Months
  • A Few Months
  • Both Short Period and Long Period Welcome
  • The period will be determined depending on our workload
  • If WWOOFers want to stay for a long period, after about a one week trial period, we decide if the WWOOFer is suited to our place and whether we will ask him or her to stay longer

Up to Ten

More Than 50

Depends on the situation

  • No conditions. If we do not have other WWOOFers or other WWOOFer reservations, we welcome all WWOOFers
  • Any gender
  • WWOOFers with their child(ren)
  • WWOOFers of any age
  • We welcome all nationalities
  • WWOOFers do not need much physical strength but they should be able to do light activities
  • WWOOFers with absolutely no farming experience are welcome
  • WWOOFers who are interested in farming
  • WWOOFers who like nature
  • WWOOFers who are interested in environmental issues
  • WWOOFers who are interested in living in a rural area
  • WWOOFers who are interested in food
  • WWOOFers who can cook
  • WWOOFers who can cook meals by themselves at the Host
  • WWOOFers who like doing house chores, for example cooking, cleaning and washing
  • WWOOFers who can clean rooms
  • WWOOFers who can look after children
  • WWOOFers who like animals
  • WWOOFers who like outdoor sports
  • WWOOFers who can understand and deal with handicapped people
  • WWOOFers who are interested in doing the same activities as our trainees and our staff
  • WWOOFers who can talk to people well and serve our customers and guests well
  • WWOOFers who can do carpentry
  • WWOOFers who can use computers
  • Active WWOOFers
  • Cheerful WWOOFers
  • WWOOFers who like talking to people
  • Quiet WWOOFers
  • Funny WWOOFers
  • WWOOFers who have a happy smile
  • Honest WWOOFers
  • Responsible WWOOFers
  • Independent WWOOFers
  • WWOOFers who have aspirations
  • WWOOFers who can be patient
  • WWOOFers who can be cooperative
  • WWOOFers who can undertake activities without supervision
  • WWOOFers who are interested in producing quality outcomes
  • WWOOFers who can learn things with the Host together
  • WWOOFers who can get up early in the morning
  • WWOOFers who do not dislike insects
  • WWOOFers who can drive manual cars
  • WWOOFers who can drive manual & automatic cars
  • WWOOFers who have a will to learn the native language(s)
  • WWOOFers who are interested in this culture
  • Healthy WWOOFers
  • WWOOFers who do not have any animal allergies
  • WWOOFers who do not have allergy to eggs
  • WWOOFers who do not have dust allergy
  • WWOOFers who have done WWOOFing before at different places
  • Other


We often eat meet and fish, but we can also accept vegitarians.
Our rice is made by ourselves and we are very proud of it.Please try it.

  • General farming
  • Weeding
  • Gathering grass
  • Seeding
  • Planting seedlings in the ground
  • Harvesting
  • Sifting soil
  • Sprinkling chicken droppings
  • Watering
  • Planting rice plants
  • Reaping rice
  • Thinning out seedlings
  • Producing fodder
  • Maintaining pasture
  • Managing vegetable / rice fields
  • Carrying logs
  • Cultivation of farm land
  • Feeding livestock
  • Moving dung
  • General animal care
  • Shipping goods
  • Packing
  • Supporting deliveries
  • Cleaning
  • Collecting garbage
  • Supporting environmental activities
  • Cooking
  • Washing the dishes
  • General housework
  • Looking after children
  • Helping children study
  • Making flower gardens
  • Repairing houses
  • Painting
  • Helping farm / environmental experience courses
  • Teaching
  • Helping with shop activities
  • Meeting / engaging with guests & customers
  • Washing
  • Shoveling snow
  • Making herbal products
  • Processing food
  • Helping at events
  • Repapering paper sliding doors
  • Supporting handicapped people

We are trying to give WWOOFers 6 hours a day, however, it may increase or decrease depending on the activities we are doing

  • In a WWOOFer & worker house (building)
  • Using a Japanese futon
  • Using a bed
  • One room for two WWOOFers

  • With other WWOOFers, trainees, etc.
  • Normally WWOOFers cook food for themselves using ingredients we give
  • Normally WWOOFers cook breakfast and dinner for themselves using ingredients we give them. We have lunch together
  • Normally WWOOFers fix breakfast for themselves using ingredients we give them. We have lunch and dinner together

We can cook for even Vegans We can cook for WWOOFers who can eat honey, Niboshi for Dashi but cannot eat meat, fish, eggs nor dairy products We can cook for WWOOFers who can eat eggs and dairy products but cannot eat meat or fish We can cook for WWOOFers who can eat fish, eggs and dairy products but cannot eat meat We can cook for WWOOFers who can eat chicken, fish, eggs and dairy products but cannot eat red meat We can cook for WWOOFers who are really light vegetarians, who can eat chickens, ham & sausages, eggs, dairy products We give ingredients and WWOOFers cook meals themselves, so they can cook anything they like usually

Yes, at a designated location

  • Yes, after volunteering time


It depends on the activities we are doing at our place at the time, however, we usually have time to communicate with WWOOFers

  • No, WWOOFers do not need to speak Japanese if they speak English

  • Japanese
  • English
  • Korea







We usually accept WWOOFers at least 2 weeks.
WWOOFers can have 2 DAYS OFF a week at our place as well as Workawayers.
Our activities are mainly at our restaurant 'Harappa Cafe'.
And in the afternoon, we usually goes to our friends' farm to help them or sometimes go to help the handicapped people at their work Place.

You can have ONSEN a natural spa after work everyday.

If you want more information about us,
please look at the website belows;
















[YUFUIN, OITA】Due to the sudden cancellation of the scheduled woofer, we urgently need one person who can help us for a short period of time from December 4 to 13, 2023!

Or woofer who can help after January 31 is also wanted! People who are interested in cooking are welcome.


Would you like to join us in a place rich in nature and hot springs to cook together and do farm work?
The main activities include making, preparing and cleaning up dishes at the community restaurant, washing dishes and cleaning, interacting with the elderly in the community and assisting them.


We run a community restaurant called "Hara Hara Cafe" in a place called Yufuin in Oita Prefecture as a non-profit organization. Through food, people from all over the world and local residents, young and old, with and without disabilities, enjoy interacting with each other, and through this interaction, we are conducting various experimental efforts to create a relationship of mutual support in daily life.

<What you can get out of this place and what you may experience

You will have the opportunity to interact with local people of various generations from Yufuin, as they will participate in the event together or come to the café as customers.

You will be able to learn not only Japanese cuisine, but also various cuisines of different countries from other woofers and local people. I think it is also a great opportunity for those who are not so interested in cooking to learn how interesting it can be.

The program includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as leftovers from the dishes prepared for lunch, or if that is not available, we can prepare and eat our own favorite dishes. Vegetarian and vegan woofers are welcome.

We usually work mainly in the café, but if the farmers who share their vegetables with us in the café ask us to help, we sometimes take a break from the store or go to help the farmers after the café is closed.

The café space is usually open for woofers until about 10 pm. You can talk, drink, play games, and listen to music with people from different countries and locals.

Wifi is available in all cafes and shared houses for woofers, so you will never have a problem with internet access.

It is a place that aims to be the opposite of a place of economic efficiency, pursuit of profit, and competition, so if you are tired of such a lifestyle, this may be an opportunity to take a break and reevaluate your way of living.


 In our café, there is no price label on the dishes; customers decide what they want to pay and put it in the box after they eat. Also, there is no professional chef employed by the restaurant, and all staff members, including Woofer and others, volunteer to prepare the food. Each person is free to prepare and serve whatever dish he or she wishes to make that day.
 This attempt to guarantee a basic meal for a healthy life in the community, regardless of the economic situation at the time, has been in place since January 2016 and is gradually taking root.

Murazukuri NPO Kaze no Harafield
Ryuji Urata

Our town is located at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level, and although it is cool and comfortable in the summer, it is very cold in the winter, with chilly mornings and evenings, and the lowest temperatures drop to minus 10 degrees Celsius at the coldest time of the year.
If you are coming as a woofer during the winter months, please remember to pack warm clothing. In particular, please remember to bring clothing that will keep you warm at night when you sleep.