WFH (Work from Hida): Find out why Hida is Perfect for a Workation
The concept of a workation—a word for work + vacation meaning “work while on vacation”—has been gradually embraced in Japan as an alternative workstyle amid the pandemic. It’s a new option for those who have perfected remote working from home but need a change of scenery. When all you need is a power outlet and internet connectivity, Hida, in Gifu Prefecture, offers plenty to make it the perfect location for your next workation destination.
IORI STAY, based in Hida, renovates traditional Japanese-style houses and equips them with modern interiors and home appliances while keeping the authenticity of the original home. They rent out the entire house from one-night stays but also offer workation packages which allow you to stay up to 7 nights at a discounted rate. A projector, screen, and even whiteboards are available for rent, offering a working environment that might be more comfortable than home.
IORI STAY offers the latest home appliances at their properties; in addition to enough kitchen utensils and condiments to easily get you through a whole week—though you can also choose to get dinner delivered from their partner restaurant or seek out amazing local restaurants in the area. Some of the properties even have a bath in the backyard, so you can enjoy the privilege of taking a break in an outdoor bath whenever you wish.
In addition to the perfect working environment provided by IORI STAY, the city itself provides distance from the hustle and bustle of the city. The noise at even the busiest part of Hida—which is probably around the station—is nothing compared to the noise in Tokyo. The surrounding mountains and rivers flowing through the city establish a soothing balance with nature and provides a sense of vacation to your remote office.
If you get tired from working inside and would like a change in scenery, here are some other locations suitable for quick breaks.
Hida Mori no Megumi—meaning “blessings of the forest”—is a one-stop shop for medicinal herbs. With forests covering 90% of Hida’s area, more than 245 of Japan's 350 species of medicinal herbs grow naturally in the area. The shop offers workshops as well as a tea ceremony course where they will ask a few questions regarding your body condition and prepare the perfect tea for you with the appropriate herbs.
Enjoy both cultural and dining experiences in one place at Hineno Art Museum & Café. Located not so far from Hida-Furukawa Station, the art museum part of the complex displays Japanese paintings, ceramics, and makie lacquerware from the 16th to 20th centuries. The first floor is a cafe where they serve an amazing cheesecake, honoring a 50-year old recipe.
If you simply want a change in environment, Hida City Library is centrally located and very noticeable thanks to the relatively new architecture. It is said that the library served as one of the inspirations to the 2016 animation film Your Name. A couple of desks and chairs, as well as free Wi-Fi, are available.
When you’re ready to enjoy a true remote working experience, check out IORI STAY’s website and make sure you select their workation package.
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