A deep homestay experience in rural Japan

Stay with a local family and discover life in the countryside

Stay one night at a farmer’s house in one of the nostalgic hamlets in the foothills of the Yatsugatake Mountains. This is a great chance to experience life in rural Japan as an insider. Try hands-on farming activities, cook typical Japanese dishes using fresh homegrown vegetables, and eat mouth-watering food while chatting with your host family.


Stay with a local family and discover life in the countryside

per person

Adults 11000Yen Free for Children under 4 years old

Plan Details

Duration 2021/2/1(Mon)~2021/12/27(Mon)
Excluded Dates なし
What is included in the travel/plan price ・Accommodation
・Guide(30 minutes)
Minimum number of people for reservation 2 person/people
Minimum number of travelers 2 person/people
Maximum number of applicants 5 person/people
Tour Conductor No
Tour Time 1night 2days
Reservation Deadline 14 days before the activity
Payment Method Creditcard
- Meeting Place -

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【By Train】JR Chino Station

【By Car】The host family’s house

- Important Points -
  • This is a private experience.
  • The host families’ houses are located about 10~20 minutes by car from JR Chino Station.
    Free transfer service is available for customers coming by train.
  • For the customers coming by car, the meeting point is directly at the host family’ house.
  • The facilities are in common with the host family. You will share the toilet and shower, and you will eat meals together.
    You will be given your own separate room. However, in traditional Japanese houses, rooms are often separated by sliding doors (fusuma) which cannot be locked.
- Other -
  • The sleeping arrangement will likely consist of Japanese futons on tatami mats.
    You can request the English-speaking guide to stay longer for an extra fee (1,500 yen per hour/ per group).
    Chino Tourism Organization
- Cancellation Fee -

In cases where the customer cancels the contract after the contract has been completed, 1 customer will be charged a cancellation fee from their travel fee at the following rates. In cases where multiple people are participating and a portion of the customers cancel their contracts, we will charge the remaining customers a fee based on the difference according to the change in the number of people (around 1 vehicle/1 room per person) using transport and accommodation facilities.

7 days before the activity 3 days before the activity 1 day before the activity The activity day No show
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- Plan Provider Company -

Chino Tourism Organization
Chino Station building, Chino 3506, Chino, Nagano, Japan
Registration of Travel Services:Governor of NaganoTravel Services Type 2 611
Certified General Travel Services Manager:Tago naomi

Contact Phone Number:810266-78-7631


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Plan Contents

Course details

【Day 1】16:00 JR Chino Station(Meet with the guide)・・・16:20 Arrival at the host family’s house・・・
16:30 Activity time (ex. Harvesting or preparing ingredients for dinner etc.)・・・17:00 Cooking together with the family・・・18:30 Dinner・・・20:00 Bath time(You can have a shower at your host family’s house or go to the public onsen baths.)

【Day 2】7:30 Cooking together with the family・・・8:00 Breakfast・・・9:00 Activity time
(ex. Outdoor farming activities, foraging, preparing preserves, etc.)~ 10:40 Homestay ends・・・11:00 Drop-off at JR Chino Station
An English-speaking guide will be present for the first 30 minutes to help break the ice. Afterward, we will provide a translation device so you can communicate with the family on your own.
You can request the guide to stay longer for an extra fee.

※ The schedule above refers to the tour starting at 16:00 and ending at 11:00 the following day.

≪DAY1≫Seasonal Farming Experience:(Example)Rice Harvest

Seasons play a vital role in this region. You will embark on different adventures depending on the time of your visit.
In late spring and summer, you might plant some seedlings. If you plan to come in autumn, chances are you will help with the harvest, reaping the rice and hanging it to dry under the sun. In winter, you may experience weaving straw to make New Year’s decorations or prepare miso paste.

≪DAY1≫Seasonal Farming Experience:(Example)Picking Vegetables

Let’s prepare the ingredients for dinner!
Living in the countryside means you have plenty of fresh vegetables within arm’s reach. Go out in the fields and pick what you need to make dinner.
In late autumn and winter, it is too cold for crops to grow. Instead, you can experiment with traditional preserved food such as dry persimmons, Japanese tsukemono pickles, and freeze-dry specialties.

≪DAY1≫Dinner:Cooking Time

Enjoy cooking dinner together with your host family. Learn how to make some of Japan’s most iconic dishes such as onigiri (rice balls) and miso soup, and challenge yourself with one of two regional recipes.


Take a seat and enjoy a delicious dinner together with your host family.


Wake up early and put together a simple breakfast together with your hosts.
There’s nothing better than a healthy Japanese meal to start the day with a blast.

≪DAY2≫Seasonal Farming Experience:(Example)Foraging for wild vegetables

There is time for one more activity before you go.
Local people live in harmony with nature and often rely on wild vegetables and mushrooms to fill their tables with tasty food.
Try foraging in the satoyama for edible plants, nuts, and mushrooms in spring and autumn. Tend to the flooded rice fields in summer. Or make miso paste if you’re staying in winter.