3. How to stay in Japan for free with MEAL (Find a free accommodation on WORKAWAY in Japan)

How Can I Get Accommodation for Free in Japan?

On this page you will find out about WORKAWAY, a system that offers you a free place to stay!


Workaway is a website that matches travellers with hosts looking for people to work for them. In return for volunteers (travellers) providing 4-5 hours/day of labour on average five days a week, hosts provide accommodation and meals.
Workaway was founded in 2002 by British backpackers. There are now more than 50,000 hosts from 170 countries registered on the site.
The length of stay on Workaway ranges from one week to one year, and the jobs available range from housework, babysitting, farming, pet care, hostel help, DIY, school teacher and more.

Hosts who are businesses or asking for help with a business activity should be offering accommodation plus at least minimum wage for each hour worked. However, you need to check that your visa allows you to work, as in this case you will be paid for your work by the business operator.



How it works?

  • As it is a members-only programme, you must first pay an annual fee. US$ 59 per year for a couple / two friends, US$ 49 per year for a single person
  • Once you become a member, you will be able to get in touch with hosts in your area and arrange the timing of your stay.
  • There are various types of hosts, such as farm stays, environmental projects and NGOs, and you can search by type.
  • You can contact other members and exchange information with them.
  • You can leave reviews and build mutual trust