It was my first time doing a homestay experience in the countryside of Japan but it sure was a very memorable and eye opening experience for me.
If you also want to stay here, email my friends at Akita Inu Tourism and they can help you contact Ishigaki-san and book for you in Japanese 🙂 (English friendly - yay!)
After Ishigaki-san retires, she wants to do this kind of homestay experience more and introduce more people to the beauty of the country side.
Here are all the activities I did in Akita:
I hope this video gave you some insight on what life can be like in the countryside of Japan! I love the countryside more as it's less explored by tourists so you really can see this "raw" kind of Japan and understand the local culture and history more.
Each prefecture has it's own speciality and history so what better way to immerse yourself in the culture than to try a homestay experience? 🙂 I know a lot of you are worried if you can't speak Japanese but honestly you will be fine! It's not the language that matters, it's the connection between two people so step out of your comfort zone and try it. Japanese people in the countryside tend to be very friendly too and I'm sure they will give you a helping hand if you are lost even if they don't speak English.
If you do decide to go, let me know how your experience was and also tell Ishigaki-san I said hi! Hopefully she remembers me?! LOL
Have a good weekend everyone!!
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