Member for
15 years





  • Vegetable Farm
  • Farm Inn, Backpackers Lodge, Etc.
  • Other


- Specialty in dry soil agriculture research. A farming method in which we don't have to water the plants after the initial planting.
- We also grow melon and watermelon using this same method.

  • Knowledge of General Farming
  • General Organic Farming
  • Non Agricultural Chemical Method of Farming
  • Non Chemical Fertilizer Method of Growing Foods
  • Natural Farming
  • Sustainable Farming
  • Companion Plants
  • Small Scale, Large Variety Farming
  • Rice Farming
  • Vegetable Farming
  • Holding Courses for People to Experience Farming
  • Courses or Lectures About Farming
  • Tips About Running a Farm
  • Using Your Own Seeds
  • Using no Electrical Appliances
  • International Support
  • Opportunities to Study Japanese
  • Opportunities to Study Languages Other Than Japanese and English
  • Lectures or Classes for Learning About Nature
  • Outdoor Skills
  • Commune
  • Eating Brown Rice and Vegetables
  • Making Jam
  • Producing Miso
  • Baking Bread
  • Making Soba noodles
  • How to Cook Generally
  • Roadside Store Selling Food Directly to the Public
  • Holistic Remedies
  • Shiatsu, Acupressure, and Massage
  • Fasting
  • Making Vine Baskets
  • Aikido (Japanese Art of Self Defense)
  • Playing Music with Local People
  • Walking to Enjoy Nature
  • Hot Spring

100% 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



小川 光

We try to create our own as sustainable as possible. But this is a long process and takes time to create. We do the best with what we've got. we do not eat at fast food restaurants, we do not watch TV, we do not smoke, we recycle as much as possible.

On the farm we also re-use everything we can!

  • We usually eat vegetables and rice but we have meat and fish if we are given it
  • Macrobiotic food
  • We do not use eggs or dairy products
  • We put great effort into how to cook and what to eat
  • We cook mainly Japanese meals
  • We cook various international meals
  • We sometimes cook Asian types of food
  • We sometimes cook Western types of food
  • Our own grown vegetables generally
  • We always cook homemade meals
  • We never buy obento (lunch boxes) at convenience stores and supermarkets
  • We never eat fast food such as McDonald’s and KFC, etc.

We do not drink much. If WWOOFers want to drink, they can bring their own drink but it has to be a little amount and of course it must not interfere with WWOOFing

No, nobody smokes

  • Rural area
  • In the mountains
  • Farming area
  • Mixed area of farming and residential houses
  • In a valley between mountains
  • Near a river
  • Very quiet
  • On a small street

Our home and our workplace are situated at different places and the atmosphere stated pertains to our workplace

Within 5 ha

  • Two Story House
  • A house that we use both as our home and as a shop, or office, etc.
  • Ex-School Building
  • Other


We live in a renovated wooden-built elementary school. The small village in which we are located used this place as a school, until it closed. The current landlord of the place has only rented it out to people who wish to do something for the community and sustainability.







  • Cat

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

  • 8 to 10 Days
  • A Few Weeks
  • 3 to 4 Weeks
  • A Few Weeks to a Few Months
  • A Few Months
  • More Than a few Months
  • 6 Months to One Year
  • Both Short Period and Long Period Welcome
  • 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 Four

20 to 50

  • 2 friend WWOOFers of the same gender
  • 2 friend WWOOFers of different gender
  • A group of friends WWOOFing together
  • A couple who are WWOOFing together
  • A wife and husband couple
  • Siblings WWOOFing together

It is possible

  • Any gender
  • Any gender including LGBT, etc.
  • Under 20
  • In their 20s
  • In their 30s
  • We welcome all nationalities
  • WWOOFers with absolutely no farming experience are welcome
  • WWOOFers who are planning to be a farmer
  • WWOOFers who want to learn farming skills
  • WWOOFers who want to try organic farming
  • WWOOFers who are interested in farming
  • WWOOFers who like nature
  • WWOOFers who are interested in environmental issues
  • WWOOFers who are interested in food
  • WWOOFers who can cook
  • WWOOFers who like doing house chores, for example cooking, cleaning and washing
  • WWOOFers who can look after children
  • WWOOFers who like animals
  • WWOOFers who are interested in doing the same activities as our trainees and our staff
  • WWOOFers who can do carpentry
  • Active WWOOFers
  • Cheerful WWOOFers
  • Honest WWOOFers
  • Responsible WWOOFers
  • WWOOFers who have aspirations
  • WWOOFers who can be cooperative
  • WWOOFers who can undertake activities without supervision
  • 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 be fine with humid hot summer
  • WWOOFers who have a will to learn the native language(s)
  • WWOOFers who are interested in this culture
  • WWOOFers who do not have any animal allergies
  • WWOOFers who do not have dust allergy
  • Other




Anyone who wants to learn from the sustainable community is welcome at our place! As long as we can communicate well before your arrival so everything is clear to both of us.
Please avoid to expect too much about doing Yoga (asana) as it happens not regularly at the moment.
We also welcome someone who is seeking to learn organic greenhouse farming method without irrigation system.

◎Please note that applications are accepted for arrivals on Mondays only.
◎For heavy smokers and individuals who use strongly scented artificial fragrances, such as powerful fabric softeners or strong-smelling shampoos, we kindly ask that you refrain from using them before coming here.

  • General farming
  • Weeding
  • Seeding
  • Planting seedlings in the ground
  • Harvesting
  • Planting rice plants
  • Reaping rice
  • Threshing
  • Thinning out seedlings
  • Managing vegetable / rice fields
  • Chopping wood
  • Carrying logs
  • Shipping goods
  • Packing
  • Cleaning
  • Cooking
  • Washing the dishes
  • General housework
  • Meeting / engaging with guests & customers
  • General living and accommodation related activities
  • Shoveling snow
  • Making herbal products
  • Making bread
  • Other

We are a small community and sometimes have other guests over as well. So farming is important, but depending on the season and situation we might require other work within and around the house.

A WWOOFer who is willing to help with any given task such as doing dishes or preparing the table for dinner (besides the farm work)- we greatly appreciate!

We are a small community and sometimes have other guests over as well. So farming is important, but depending on the season and situation we might require other work within and around the house.

A WWOOFer who is willing to help with any given task such as doing dishes or preparing the table for dinner (besides the farm work)- we greatly appreciate!

Usually WWOOFers need to volunteer more than 6 hours a day, however, we are balancing that by giving WWOOFers something extra, eg. extra days off

  • In a room in the house where the Host family live
  • In a house separate from the main house
  • In a room in an office / a shop
  • In a tent or a teepee
  • In a traditional Japanese Tatami mat room
  • Using a Japanese futon
  • One big room for several WWOOFers
  • Other


We live in a renovated wooden-built elementary school. We do have a couple rooms, but depending on how many people are currently staying and amount of guests/WWOOFers we might ask you to stay in a tent in the garden. (up til now we have only had 1 volunteer stay in a tent). Of course if you do not like to stay in a tent, but rather indoors we can always discuss it and try to give you a place.
Please avoid to come if you don't like children around.

  • Usually with the Host
  • With other WWOOFers, trainees, etc.
  • Normally WWOOFers fix breakfast for themselves using ingredients we give them. We have lunch and dinner together
  • Other


We provide 2 meals in a day, lunch and dinner. For volunteers who wish to have something for breakfast we ask them to prepare it by themselves. (which can include leftovers from the day before, or preparing something they have bought)
Please make sure you are ready for the vegan diet, we welcome someone who is sincerely ready to accept and try to see the changes in yourself.

We can cook for even Vegans

Yes, at a designated location

  • Yes, but it is limited


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
  • Russian
  • Dutch
  • Other



The 'main' farmer and researcher (the host's father) is Japanese. He also speaks Russian and some English (he tries very hard!)

The host(s) speak English, Japanese and Dutch.


If you are open to new experiences and learning different things it's definitely a fun and educational time to stay at our place.

We really appreciate the help WWOOFers give in exchange for (delicious) food and a place to stay.

In case you have any questions before being able to decide whether you want to stay or not, please do not hesitate to message us! We'll gladly answer all your questions.

★Long term volunteer is most welcome, but we can host shorter than 2 weeks when we need some extra hands★
We need some help for our organic farming but also related to our guesthouse "Dana Village" project.
Please have a look our website too. danavillage.com
We need WWOOFers mostly from the end of March to December. We welcome people who are sincerely looking for experiences with a sustainable, authentic lifestyle with a vegan diet. (You don't have to be vegan, but what we provide is ONLY plant base, except we got something from the neighbor. So we would request you to avoid bringing any non-vegan products to Dana Village: You can eat outside if you want )
PLEASE avoid the last minutes cancellation/ sending COPY&PASTE message as we are accepting limited numbers while we have a lot of requests.
Thank you and look forward to working together!

***I apologize, but we kindly request heavy smokers and individuals who use strong artificial fragrances, such as fabric softeners, to refrain from using them before coming here. Thank you.