How to Travel Japan On A $40 Budget – Day 25 WWOOF 10/10

Where are we today in Japan?

Keihoku, Japan.

It's Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Our last day WWOOFing has finally come. While it has been an amazing experience, we're ready to hit the road and continue our journey.

We're starting to get nice and comfortable here, which only means one thing: it's time to go!

Once we let our guard down and get cozy, our habits can start to slip and we can attempt to justify our poor behavior with excuses.

On a never-ending quest of self-development, we breach the edge of our comfort zones yet again.

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What did we do today WWOOFing in Japan?

A final wake-up leaves a bittersweet chill in the air. Facing our circumstances one last time, we...

Harvested the last of the edamame

Searching for edamame!

Searching for edamame!

Under the cover of the fog, we set out on a hunt for the last of the edamame. We searched through every last plant, picking every ripe bean until we neared the end. Three hours later, we looked into our basket to see that it was only half-full. Sometimes, that's just the way the cookie crumbles (or, how the bean snaps, in this case.)

We transplanted onions for winter with our host

Freshly planted onions that will continue to grow throughout the winter

Freshly planted onions that will continue to grow throughout the winter

The onion seeds are planted in one bed until they sprout and become tiny seedlings. From there, they are to be moved into another plant bed where they can continue to grow.

Our host, working like a machine, transplanted so many onions that we had temendous difficulty catching up to her pace. It really put our skills to the test, being some farming noobs and all.

The jugs we used for watering. They get heavy!

The jugs we used for watering. They get heavy!

After lunch, the onions were already wilting due to being moved from another bed. We quenched their thirst with a mixture of aminos and vitamins, and in just an hour they were perky and green as ever!

We participated in Keihoku's annual farmers festival


Our hosts took us to the local festival, where we saw the personality of Keihoku come to light. In a smaller town, everyone seems to know one another, and it was neat seeing everyone come together to support the farmers and local vendors. We even bumped into our host's friends that we had eaten dinner with the other evening.

They also had a competition to see who could grow the largest daikon radishes and eggplants. They even had unique vegetables from the area for sale. Our host bought some space potatoes , or so they were called. They were dark black and looked like a galaxy. 

Only in Keihoku! 

We settled to the flow of time as we watched the cherry blossoms in Autumn 


Japan has stunning natural beauty, and sometimes we need to pause to soak it all in. Back in San Diego, where we lived for a few years, it was always dry like a desert and rivers ran empty.

The cherry blossoms are a popular sight to see in Japan. Only blooming once a year, they light up to a brilliant pink hue before the leaves transition into typical fall colors. Visiting in late October, we got to see the leaves in all their red, orange, and yellow glory.

How much did we spend budgeting in Keihoku, Japan?

Food: ¥856 / $7.63

Transport: $0

Lodging: $0

Sightseeing: $0

Other: $0

Today: ¥856 / $7.63

Did we make our $40 budget in Keihoku today?

Yes! Bought some bean snacks and drinks at the supermarket rather than spending more at the fair—worth every penny!

Our final day of WWOOFing leaves us to fend for ourselves tomorrow and we will go back to budgeting like crazy to maintain our $40 budget in Japan.

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