Guest House Mima, Japan

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Come help us at a guesthouse in Japanese Historical District

High demand host
This host has received 7 applications recently. We recommend you apply for other positions too.
Connect with the locals
7 travelers recommend this host to have close contact with locals
Immerse yourself in the local culture
7 travelers recommend this host for those looking for a local cultural immersion
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Kitchen Hand
Help prepare, finish and serve meals.
Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.
Help with check-ins, check-outs and guest assistance.
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Get free drinks or beverages.
Drink up! Get free and tasty drinks for yourself.
Free Parties
Get free entrance for the best parties in town.
Free Events
Get free entrance for the best events in town.
Pub Crawls
Be a part of our pub crawls at local bars!
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
The host will pick up and drop off travelers from Drake Bay Airport (DRK) free of charge. Travelers arriving by boat in Drake Bay will need to pay for a taxi transfer to Finca Ganadito (around USD 30).
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Stay at least
4 weeks

The Experience

Nodokeya is the 3 old house built by the early in "Showa" & “Edo”. and, It leaves an good atmosphere and feeling a time of old Japan. guest house of Nodokeya at Wakimachi(Udatsu old street), Mima-city, Tokushima of the Shikoku Island. Wakimachi is very old town and, there are storage area in Japan. "Udatsu old street" is local landmarks. you can very relax for stay!

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  • Beginner Japanese or Intermediate English
  • Between 22 and 50 years old
  • Only hosts solo volunteers (doesn’t accept couples or partners)
  • Be from outside Japan

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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How this experience will transform you

  • 7 Meeting locals
  • 7 Immersing in the local culture
  • 6 Get in touch with nature
  • 4 Meeting international travelers
  • 3 Developing social awareness
  • 1 Developing environmental awareness

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 1 11. Sustainable cities and communities



Staying and helping and Nodokeya was one of the best experiences ever! I was warmly welcomed by the Shibata family and immediately felt like home. During my stay I was always included in their community and various activities in Mima town, a tiny but pretty charming town. They speak very little English but communication was kind and respectful at all times. The chores were simple and easy to do, I always had time for my self besides my days off. Just not many sighting places close by. The room was super comfy and private. The food was always a delight! Thank U so much to all Nodokeya staff <3

about 2 months ago



It has been one of the most wonderful experiences in my life. It was my first trip to Japan, the Shibata family welcomed me and taught me about their culture in the most kind and friendly way possible. Michiyo San is a warm and kind person who showed me how beautiful his town and his family are. They are incredible artists with a lot of talent and it has been wonderful to learn and live with them. About the tasks, they are easy and quick to do, if you get confused you don't have to worry, they will guide you to the end, there is a lot of free time to get to know the town and enjoy.

3 months ago



I had a nice stay in Mima, the family is really nice and welcoming! The place is surrounded by nature which is really amazing. Plus the home cooking the guest house food was always so delicious ! I recommend this experience Thank you for everything!

5 months ago



Hello Shibata family!!! The experience was amazing 😍. I was able to learn about country side the guest house culture. Experience a real the guest house cuisine. And the family is the best in town. I will keep the five of them for ever in my heart. I received more than I expected. And I could see the world from Michiyo San eyes. Also the community was kind. So peaceful, so deep experience . I recommend 100% for volunteers that are interested in be deeply connected with a the guest house family and a very unique small city Like Mima. I hope see you again! Happy life family:)

6 months ago



Staying at Nodokeya guest house was a really good experience! Michiyo-san and Yoshiho-san received me very well, and also their 3 cute children! I had the opportunity to attend various events with local people, practice my the guest house make friends. Everyone was so nice to me! :) The work was easy and less hours than expected (September is not a very busy season), I had a lot of free time. The surroundings were very beautiful and calm, during the week there isn't a lot going on, it's peaceful. It was sad to go, I definitely had a good time and plenty of fun ☺️ Hope to meet again!

7 months ago

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