ICHI The Hostel

We are located in a rural part of Tokushima, by the ocean and along the 88 temple pilgrimage route. If you like to meet different people from all over the world, while learning about rural life in Japan, this is the place for you. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about living in Japan, Japanese society, language etc.

At the moment, we run the hostel as a couple. We are an international couple, speaking English and Japanese together, and love to learn about different countries around the world - we look forward to hearing about yours! We live and work in close proximity, so there will be a lot of time spent together, however we also respect peoples' privacy and private time, and understand everyone has different motivations and goals they want to achieve during their time here. We are flexible, but also expect you to work hard during the hours you work!

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Erika and Umi have set the bar high for what a volunteer experience should be. They are both very kind and welcoming and make sure that volunteers are having a good time.

There was plenty of opportunity to do activities in my free time like surfing and biking around town. I’ve enjoyed the moments of both relaxing and hanging out together and enjoyed all the meals we had together and talking about many things.

Hiwasa is a very charming town so if you are looking for a peaceful place with nature all around then is the spot. I will definitely return on my next trip to Japan. Thank you Ichi!

2 meses atrás

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I couldn't have asked for a better first volunteer experience at Ichi! Umi and Erika are incredibly welcoming and kind.

The work is clear and consistent, with everything explained to you well and help given when needed throughout the time.

Hiwasa as a town is truly relaxing and peaceful, connect with nature and decompress here! The locals and friends of the hosts serve to enhance your experience with their friendliness and generosity.

I spent my free time exploring the area, surfing, eating great food (thanks to the hosts) and overall relaxing in the Japanese countryside.

What a time!

2 meses atrás



wOw ! Never would I have excepted to have so much love for a voluneer experience!
You may read that it’s in a quiet town but there is so much to discover around. To Do’s: bike along river, hike, eat. One of the best chefs around is Erika-san. The Hiwasa community is so interested in getting to know foreigners and tries their best to communicate with a non-Japanese speaker.
It didn’t take me long to feel comfortable in the space Umi-san and Erika-san create. No matter how specific your question is about culture, they can and want to answer it precisely!
I’ll come back ☼

3 meses atrás



This was the best volunteer and hostel experience I have ever had. Erika-san and Umi-san are very nice, caring and cool host. Honestly they raised the Japanese hospitality bar very high for me. They are excellent cooks, I had so many tasty Japanese home cooked meals. I didnt even realise how a month passed away, didn’t wanted to leave 🥹. I was lucky enough to attend traditional Japanese performances event (which was organised by Umi-san).
The tasks are very simple and explained very clearly on your first day. I definitely recommend this place for the best volunteer experience of your life!!

4 meses atrás

Estados Unidos


My time at Ichi was peaceful. Hiwasa is a quiet seaside town with excellent food, wonderful trails, immaculate sunsets, and truly kind locals. If you're looking for envelopment in nature and a slow-going lifestyle, this is the place for you. I developed my routine by riding one of the hostel bikes, spending hours at the beautiful Ryugu Park doing Yoga, and doing some online classes. I shared Umi and Erika's living quarters, a stone's throw from the hostel doors, yet had full access to the wonderful shared spaces inside Ichi! Finally, the countryside facilitates ample Japanese practice! BigUp.

8 meses atrás

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