Iwanai Mountain House

Some of the best skiing and snow conditions on the planet.

Iwanai has the most snack bars per capita in Hokkaido; let's go for a drink and Karaoke!

Iwanai brewery is just across the street!

4 hot springs are within walking distance of the house. (Access to our private hot springs)

Some of the best sushi bars on the planet.

Easy access - A bus departs from Sapporo or Otaru station nearly every hour directly to iwanai. We can pick you up from the Iwanai bus terminal if you provide an accurate arrival time.

I am a 35-year-old man from the US. I have spent the better part of the past 14 years living in Hokkaido. Before moving to Iwanai I lived in Sapporo, Hakodate, and consider myself pretty knowledgeable in the area. I also spent a year and a half traveling through Asia, Africa and South America. I love to ski, hike, sea kayak and am no stranger around the bbq grill.

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United States


I had such a fantastic time at Iwanai Resort, it never felt like work. I worked mostly with the Summer camps & in the kitchen sometimes. The summer camp days were long, sometimes all day & overnight on occasion, but it never felt like work. Teaching the kids how to build a camp fire, make s’mores, kayaking & hiking all day pushed their limits and mine in a good way.

Working with Aki in the kitchen, Dan & John with the campers was a great experience. They’re all easy to work with & are good about balancing work & time off.

I recommend volunteering here. I felt welcome, safe &respected.

14 days ago



This was my second volunteer experience but I think it felt more like summer adventure (in summer camp ) It took almost all my time since I had day and night shifts but I truly enjoy the time and was happy to help with everything (it definitely didn't feel like work and every day was fun and interesting + I tried a lot of new activities ) Met a lot of nice and interesting people.
This was perfect for summer and I really would like to come back to this beautiful place. Already miss Hokkaido and Iwanai
Thank you)))

about 1 month ago



It was such a nice experience in Iwanai, the whole crew is friendly and helpful, they will make their best to make you have a good experience, you will never run out of food in the house, just if you are coming to Iwanai, be aware of the food, don't waste it. there were around 7 of us in the house, we split tasks and home cores.
I learned various values during this time, i appreciate the work i did, and the importance of the team work. Being surrounded by nature was very important for me, as i am used to big cities.
Thank all of you guys, and see you soon!!!

about 2 months ago



Fue una muy grata experiencia. Desde la coordinación hasta el acompañamiento en las tareas se dieron transparente y oportunamente. Tuvimos la oportunidad de aprender trabajos relacionados tanto con el bosque como con la remodelación de un hotel.
La casa en donde nos recibieron muy cómoda, ordenada y siempre con comida disponible. Fuimos privilegiados en tener pieza privada al momento de dormir. El entorno de trabajo es muy entretenido y lleno de naturaleza. Dan y todo el equipo del resort fueron super simpáticos, amables y atentos con nosotros, además de flexibles con nuestros tiempos.

3 months ago



My time at Iwanai was great ! This was my first workaway experience and stayed longer than expected.
The place is very remote and there is not much action around in off-season but this makes you have the whole nature just for you (hikes, kayak, surf, golf...), perfect to have a relax travel break far from the overwelming japanese cities.
The team is very easy-going, fun and flexible. And you will be sharing the house with other foreigners, very nice vibe going 🙂
The work can vary everyday which is nice ! Can be outdoor, enjoying the nature and the beautiful view.

4 months ago

Dan replied

Vincent, I want to express my sincere gratitude for your visit to Iwanai. I understand that this time of year may not have been the most eventful, but I genuinely appreciate the time you spent here and the invaluable support you provided for the various projects we had going on. Your contribution made a significant difference. I want you to know that you are always welcome back in Iwanai. Your presence and assistance were truly valued, and we would be thrilled to have you join us again in the future. As you continue your travels and eventually return to France, I wish you the best of luck with all your endeavors.

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