Experience Japanese old living exchange and Volunteering for Guesthouse "Nodokeya" in Tokushima

Wakimachi, Mima City is a famous area for it's preserved historic townscape, and guests staying at Nodokeya Guesthouse can take a few minutes' walk to explore it. The view of historic buildings with beautiful white walls and lattice windows that have been preserved since the Edo period creates an atmosphere as if you were transported to a world of period dramas. The accessibility to enjoy the townscape is one of the charms of Nodokeya Guesthouse. Additionally, the building itself has a homely atmosphere as the owner renovated it by hand. Guests can enjoy interacting with the owner and other guests, exchanging travel information and making new acquaintances.

The owner couple of Nodokeya Guesthouse is one of its attractive features, providing a cozy and homely atmosphere. The male owner is a musician and an IT developer who also handled the renovation of the building himself, using locally sourced materials. On the other hand, his wife is a professional manga artist who is skilled in art and design and has a strong focus on the interior and furniture of the guesthouse. The guesthouse features beautifully crafted handmade objects made by the owner's wife and antique furniture collected as her hobby.The owner couple values social interaction within the guesthouse and actively participates in it. They provide information about the local area, advice for travelers, and support for guests to have a comfortable stay.


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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

3 meses atrás



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.

4 meses atrás



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 Japanese food was always so delicious !
I recommend this experience
Thank you for everything!

6 meses atrás



Hello Shibata family!!! The experience was amazing 😍. I was able to learn about country side Japanese culture. Experience a real Japanese 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 Japanese family and a very unique small city Like Mima.
I hope see you again!
Happy life family:)

7 meses atrás



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 japanese and 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!

8 meses atrás

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