• Farming
    (harvesting vegetables, planting rice crops, harvesting rice crops, etc, etc..)
  • Picking fruits
  • Dairy farming (milking, and so on.)
  • Forestry (wood cutting)
  • Regional food
  • Crafts
  • Musical instrument playing
  • Fireworks
  • Cultural activities (wearing Kimono, weaving, and so on.)
  • Other, e.g. Japanese traditional games
    (Go, Shogi – Japanese chess, Hanafuda – a type of Japanese card game, Hyakunin Isshu – a type of Japanese card game, etc,)

* Available activities may vary depending on the weather and season.

Nakanishi

Profile

I was employed for around 36 years at a precision parts manufacturing company as an engineer. After my retirement, my second life began, as I became concerned with “food and farming” and also “environment and energy.” I am a member of an environmental NPO and a renewable energy group, Renewable Energy Shinshu-net.

Area Nishi-Haruchika
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Nakanoya

Profile

• We grow delicious rice.
• Enjoy an unbroken view of the Southern and Central Japan Alps.
• There is a large vegetable garden right in front of the house.

Area Nishi-Minowa
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Uenoatarassha

Profile

We grow over 15 kinds of vegetables including potatoes, carrots, sweetcorn, sweet potatoes, and onions. We also grow rice, so depending on the season, you can experience rice planting or harvesting.

Area Hase
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Higashi

Profile

• A former high school teacher
• The former director of the Ina City – Takato Town History Museum
• Guests with an interest in history or local culture are welcome
• Experience bamboo crafts

Area Takato
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Matsumiya

Profile

Growing over 20 kinds of vegetables including carrots, onions, daikon radish, burdock, and Chinese yam.

Area Nishi-Haruchika
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Mokkobo

Profile

We make furniture and small wooden goods in a workshop adjoining the house.
Surrounded by trees, in an environment where nature abounds, you can enjoy walking in the natural woodland, or experience forestry or crafts made from the wood from forest thinning.
In summer, you can enjoy insect collecting; try to catch rhinoceros beetles or stag beetles!

Area Masumigaoka
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Inkyo

Profile

I studied mechanics and lived in the big city until the age of 27. After that, I returned to my hometown to work in a local business and did some part-time agricultural work. From the age of 60, I became involved with farming and forestry, and I make my living thanks to the harvest and the forest.

Area Tomigata
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Nishinoyado

Profile

• In 2011, I retired from a career in banking (at a credit union)
• Currently, I work part-time at the credit union while growing a lot of vegetables in my kitchen garden including tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, eggplants, peanuts, and also rice.

Area Tomigata
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Kobo Yumean

Profile

We grow rice and soba, plus vegetables for home use. We make Yukaina flutes, invented here in Ina.
We also produce smoked cheese under our Kunsei Oyaji (Uncle Smoke) brand.
Wood carvings are on display in our renovated mortar storehouse gallery, Yumean.

Area Nishi-Haruchika
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Free Kids Village

Profile

In a mountain hamlet, up to 15 overseas volunteers come to work together, and benefit together as a community. We also offer boarding facilities for children who find it hard to attend school, or those who wish to undertake rural studies.

Area Takato
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