Family home in rural, traditional Japan

Family home in rural, traditional Japan

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
1 Bathrooms
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Our home

The house is 10 years old with all mod cons and a large garden. We live in a new neighbourhood of new houses with young families. We have 2 cars, including an electric car. The kitchen is small by non-Japanese standards but contains all electronic devices you need. The garden goes around the house so there is ample light and there is also a small stream at the entrance.

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Who we are

  1. we are a family of 4. Chris is British and runs a language school. His wife, Sachiko, is Japanese and grew up in the area. We have 2 daughters, one at university in Tokyo and the other still in high school. We have been on two previous house exchanges, to south France and Pennsylvania, USA. Our previous guests have enjoyed many cultural activities which we have arranged for them, such as Japanese tea ceremony, private koto performance.

    We can communicate in German, French, English and Japanese.

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We live in a traditional rural area of Japan: here you will not see the neon lights or skyscrapers of Tokyo. Instead, we are surrounded by rice fields and a wonderful natural world. There are many local traditions and festivals, especially in August, such as a Japanese drum festival and huge firework display on the beach. The neighbourhood is friendly and very safe: everyone knows each other. It is a small town of about 10,000 people. There is a great children's science museum 100 metres from the house with a lovely river and park/gardens which make an excellent morning jog/walk route. The beach is less than 1 kilometre from the home and has life guards in summer. The Chokai mountain (2,300m) can be reached by car in less than 20 minutes and offers hiking, trekking and glorious views. Akita City (300,000 population) is the regional capital and 50 kilometres north of us.

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