25. September 2022

Okawa 3 (Japan)

International workcamp in the most sparsely populated village in Japan

Don't feel like spending Christmas in Germany? Our colleagues from NICE in Japan are organizing a work camp for 4 international volunteers in December: Work in Okawa, the most populous village in Japan. International support is sought here, among other things, for maintenance and management work as well as for cleaning up forests, cherry blossoms and azaleas in the village forests.


December 21 - 30, 2022

The project

Located in central Shikoku, Okawa is surrounded by mountains. In the middle of the village is a dam that was completed 47 years ago and the former village has sunk to the bottom of the dam. While 4000 people lived here in the past, there are now only 400 residents, 25 of whom are children.

In the first workcamp here in March 2022, volunteers carried out conservation activities for the forest and took part in a workshop on how to promote the village specialties to the locals. In this workcamp you will work on the water system of the Yoshino River. In addition, your hosts hope that you will bring ideas and practices on how a small, depopulated village can be revived through the workcamp.

Covid-19 & Travel: Current regulations in Japan

You can find the most up-to-date information on entering Japan from Germany on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

You must arrive at Kansai Airport (KIX) one day before the start of the workcamp, as the highway bus from the airport to Tokushima leaves early in the morning. It takes 3 hours by bus and 3 hours to get on the train to get to the meeting point. Departure is after 2 p.m. on the last day.

Register now!

We are looking for a total of 4 motivated volunteers. Register now if you want to take part in this camp.

Lukas is at your disposal for all questions about camps in Japan and other workcamps abroad:

Send an email: outgoing@ibg-workcamps.org
Telephone: +49 6022 279 38 51
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