nted period: 


From now to until Jan.15th  departure date negotiable.

A person we need:


Wanted type:

1) Punctual on time

2) Cleaning well

3) Taking care of my children(cats & plants)

4) Doing until the end

5) Preparing the bedding/room for the next workawayer

6) male workwayer who can ride a bicycle



We give you a certification when you complete the workaway period that can be used for showing to your next host.


Helping period: 


We can accept your stay also more than 2 months according to your request. 

We are flexible, we can arrange your stay combination of helper & tenant if requested.

We prefer long term stayer as first week will be spent only for learning what & how to do.

Fast learner is welcome. 

Aged from 22 years old to 45 years old who can ride bicycle.

Principle is always "life first, other things second". 

We would like to have a person of punctual time who can do good cleaning and care my cat/plants until the end of the promised period we agree at the beginning not changing.

We will give you an official recommendation letter with the registered stamp at your final workaway day that you can show to your next host. 


We like to avoid following cases:


Somebody has applied although having cat allergies.

Who has difficult food taste.

Who doesn't have table manner, making noise at every bite, dropping food on table/cushion, wasting food , throwing it away.

Touching smart phone all the time.

Listening to music or chatting by phone when doing wwoofing/workawaying. 

Coming late with full makeup.

Making wrong report to us or cheating the quality/standard.

Doesn't learn things after ten times hearing explaination.

Doesn't have nice smile.

Big/fat not suitable to our image of "dance", "health", "beautiful".

Using bad word like fxxx that normally doesn't come from a female of a good family background.

Mixing garbage with burnable trash and recycle bottles in spite of our strict rule of the local government.

Leaving somewhere without advance notice during the promised period of workaway. 

Who is not interested to Japanese culture/history/tradition/language.


You must provide full face and body pictures taken recently.

We might tell you to leave even after your arrival in case you are above type.

We are not responsible for your stay if you provide us fake information.

Hilfer record

Dear wwoofers & workawayers from all of the world.

Thank you very much for your help!     

           marika & cats/plants








Merci beacoup, Andre!





















What to do: 



- giving cats food, water, play with as well as taking care of the cat toilet sand.



- Change cat's linen (both in the bed and on top of the closets, 2 black mats)



Cleaning the apartments:


- linen set (sleeping sheet, blanket cover, pillow cases, two towels for each number of guest) changing.


- spare shower product (shampoo, shower gel, conditioner),  spare toilet paper

Paper must be tagged in 

Toilet cover must be closed. Toilet sink brushed especially inside


In the flat:


- Vacuum clean (there is a vacuum cleaner in every flat)

- Dust (especially on the heater) 

- General tidy up



In the kitchen:


- Clean inside the closets and drawers

- Detail the gas stove: no burnt spots

- Clean the walls if needed (greasy spots etc.)

- Check the bins

- Change the sink's net


In the bathroom:

- Detail the toilets and the shower

- Check if there is still enough shower products

- Clean the sink and the mirror

- Prepare the bath mat: not on the ground but outside the bathroom or folded on the sink/bathtub

- Change the toilet paper


Laundry machine: clean the machine inside and outside, particularly the area around the machine on the floor


Plants: if there are plants, give water


Dance Studio


- Make sure there is no cleaning tool or trash around when the students come for their lesson

- Clean the toilet and the entrance


Marika's kitchen:- Help cooking the food

- Do, dry and put away the dishes, nothing on the kitchen table


- Take out the compost to the behind garden



- Give water to plants

- Make sure the bamboos are always filled with water

- Cut the yellow or brown leaves



Hang and take them back.


Before finishing your daily workaway:

Check the laundry, get them back from the hanging place if dried or even if not completely dried according to the weather. Cat sand must be taken care.


Your departure:

Your bedroom & apartment cleaning

Prepare fresh linen for the next person. Don’t let her do your used room.

Thank you for your helping others!


Accommodation & meals and a bicycle provided.


Accommodation: The room will be one of our 14 rooms in Ichigaya/Yotsuya area either a private room or dormitory according to the apartment reservation situation. For the security reason, don't bring anybody. 

In case your family/friends visiting you, advance notice and payment will be required. Price based on Marika Apartments. Accommodation is provided during the workaway period, must leave with all your luggage before noon of the next day of the last workaway day. We don't keep your luggage after you finish workaway period.  

Meal: provided on your workaway day

Bicycle: Must be returned in a good condition. 



You are invited to:

First lunch: at Chinese restaurant & final lunch: at Sushi bar in Kagurazaka


Daily meals: Normal Japanese family style: rice, miso soup, other things like fish, vegetable according to the season, sometimes fried noodle, pasta or toast. If you are vegetarian you tell us in advance. Tea included. 

For dinner you can eat in our place by making with things in the fridge (rice/pasta/bread/vegetable but not included cake/ice cream/fruit). You can make pasta or noodle in your apartment. 


Possible Extra Activity: Yotsuya library, Shinjuku Historycal Museum, Inviting guest/student to meal, Invitation to dance show if there is an opportunity, etc. according to the schedule, exchanging lesson (dance with language) 



Whether it is busy or not busy depends on the season.


Regular schedule:

Morning shift:

7:00starting cleaning up

8:00 breakfast

9:00 starting morning activity

13:00 lunch


Afternoon shift:

13:00 lunch

14:00 starting afternoon activity

19:00 dinner


You are free to go out or stay in your room or do whatever, hobby, tourism, studying, etc.before or after workaway activity.

meals: you can come to us to eat or can make your own food at your apartment.



You will get confirmation for your workaway acceptance here after a couple of correspondent.

Please, don't use Google translation as we would like to see your communication language ability that should either English, German or French but not other than these three. If you are not fluent with one of these language, please, don't apply as it will be hard to cancel after your arrival here. If you can not speak one of those languages well, we might replace you with somebody in the middle of the staying period with a better speaker as language is very important for our communication and having intensive high level conversation about the culture and history.  

Not receiving your message more than two weeks your workaway might be automatically eliminated/cancelled including your arrival notice three days before your arrival.


If there is only one person, it automatically becomes morning shift.

If coming as the second workawayer 

you will be the afternoon shift.

According to circumstances you can switch the shift

with other workawayer by letting us to know in advance.


Most important things:

1)Punctual on time.

2) Good cleaning with final tip.

3) Taking care of my children (cats & plants)

4) Good language.

5) Completing until the promised day.



We were suffering with some wwoofer/workawayer

who constantly came late,

bad cleaning skill that caused a refund case of Airbnb reservation,

dried up my plants during my trip to abroad,etc.

This is why we are looking for a reliable person

who can follow above conditions.

Your responsibility will be for the lives(cat and plant)

you can not quit in the middle of period.


Make your tourism and other schedule after arriving here.

Your day off. 2 days off per week, 8 for 4 weeks will be informed.

To make a long trip to Kyoto(kobe & Hiroshima area or Hokkaido/Okinawa)

we arrange with other workawayer or dance show schedule 

as 2 days are not enough to have a long distance trip.

Public transportation is expensive in Japan,

you can travel to Izu 7 islands with night ship

taking a bicycle with you to enjoy Pacific Ocean, hot spring bath

and great nature, staying in fisherman's house inn for reasonable price,

these islands are still in Tokyo Metropolitan Government


Traveling to Pacific islands is cheaper than visiting Kyoto for example.


Please, do not apply your workway to us 

if you have an arrangement or some unavoidable plans

during your workaway period some like going to a school.

We prefer having somebody who has free schedule and can 

adjust flexible to our schedule.


This is also important to take care of your next workawayer.

Please,bring all your used linens to our office for laundry,

we do your linen laundry.

Clean up your room, make bedding for the next person

with courtesy before your departure. 

Due to your departure day and time 

you might not see the next workawayer

however give a little attention to the next person.

Don't leave without making bed for him/her. 

Thanks for your attention.


Have you ever done some volunteer like wwoof/workaway when,where and for what?

Will you tell me whether you have completed your staying period 

with your previous host?

If not fully completed the originally promised date,

what was the reason?

Tell me about your experience including good and bad.


After reading above link, contact us again with the required period of time.

Waiting for your contact.

Please, feel free to send your message 

directly to us.




E-mail: Send your message!

LINE: @marikatokyo


Please, avoid to use a telephone call. I don't like to speak by phone however I always navigate to taxi drivers who call me from his cab bringing foreigners to my place.


wwoofer/workaway record

First experience as a host. 2016 Jan. Only 3 days. Male student.


Experienced wwoofer. Took care of my cats&plants during my trip to India. 2016 April-May, 1 month.



Male. 20 years old. 2016 June. 1 month. What important was that he enjoyed his stay and likes to come back to Tokyo as a tourist.言ったことは忘れる。やってないのに、やったと言う。途中までしかやらない。若い男の子は、こういうことに向いていない。笹の植え替えの時には役に立ったから、3鉢植え替えるために来てもらったと思えばいい。空港までの交通費を除くと、所持金5百円で登場。それでは観光ができない。どんな仕事ぶりでもとりあえず、寝るところと三食は確保されるから、一歩間違えるととんでもない居候を抱え込む危険もあることがわかった。でも、この子は日本滞在がすごく気に入ったみたいで、今度は観光客として再び来日したいと何度も連絡してきた。いいところある。掃除はヘタだけど、可愛い性格。

Cooking Japanese food some like Shiratama and curry. Good cleaning. Student. 2016 July, 1 month.


First wwoof experience. 16 years old high school female student. African & Italian mixture. 2016 August, 1 month. She loved Tokyo and wants to come back again as a tourist as she hasn't seen anything as a tourist except Tokyo Tower and Ginza Street.「やった」と言っても実際にはやっていなかったり、終わっていなかったり、責任感がないから、やはり16歳の高校生には大切なことは、お願いしてはいけないということがよくわかった。食わず嫌いが多く、日本の通常の食べ物は試して食べることもなく、ピザやドーナッツ、焼きそばやたこ焼きなどを好んだ。日本が好きなら日本の食べ物も試してみないとね。


Experienced wwoofer. Working holiday visa. Traveling many places in all over Japan as a tourist. High quality cleaning that made my students very happy as they had dirty dance studio until she comes. Difficult to communicate, does not greet to dance school students. Constantly complaining. 2016 8/29-10/14  1 & a half month.



Experienced wwoofer. Wonderful personality. Friendly, doing things with heart. My students are so much impressed by her bueautiful personality. Helping us a lot. Ended up becoming a tenant of us for 2 months. 2016 10/13-12/4    1 month & 3 weeks. Blog



素直で良い性格。彼氏もいい人。結局、wwoofが終わったあとも、下宿人として2ヶ月以上うちに住むことになり、楽しいお仲間になった。 ありがとうちなみにマリーさんの海外旅行ブログに、私たちのダンス公演の写真も載ってた。文章はフランス語だけど。

Shocking case. A good lesson. 2016 12/4-2017 1/20



2017 1/6-2017 1/20 Addicted to smart phone. Staying just for two weeks as the original schedule. Better to bring only minimum things to wwoof not 30 kilo big suitcase that requires taking a taxi everywhere she goes. Lacking practicality and flexibility. Rude attitude.






1/22-3/31のはずだったけれど、私が中国旅行へ行っている間に辞めていた。だから多分3月27日くらいまでしかやってないかも。ともかく、帰国後5匹の猫が空のお皿の前に群がっていて、胸が痛んだ。お砂がどんな状態だったのかは思い出したくない。生き物を任せて外国へ行っていたのに、ああ。これまでの人は、私の旅行中にいなくなる人はいなかった。帰るまでちゃんと動物の世話をしてくれていた。  Loves literature and trying to experience new food culture. Wants to visit museums.  PhD graduated. 「いい方で本当に嬉しい。お目にかかって瞬間でわかった。スカンジナヴィアにいたから、外国経験もあり、国際性がある。スコットランドの大学で博士課程をやった。テーマは漫画ですって。だから、日本に来てマンダラケに行かれて喜んでいる。午後2時半過ぎると、美術館、図書館、博物館、マンダラケなど、精力的に訪問して、自分の知的好奇心を満足させているところが、好感度抜群。一緒にパーティーに行ったりして、楽しかった。いい人だから、あれもこれもやってあげてしまいたくなる。納豆と、茎わかめ以外、味噌汁、焼き魚、なんでも食べられる。お料理も上手なので、お任せしてしまっている」以上は、来て最初の数週間の頃に書いた感想。と、かなり頼り切っていたので、海外に行っている間に辞めていたのは、びっくり。ただしこの人の時だけ、airbinbのスーパーホストされたということは、掃除は上手だったことになる。For the first time received the Super Host status from airbnb due to her cleaning skill. Thanks for her effort! だから、私の台所のすべてのタッパウエア及び、京セラのセラミック包丁を壊したことには目をつぶる。

2016 4/5-4/30  Second generation from Congo of African to France. Brought up in purely African cooking culture. Interesting information about African culture. 初めてアフリカ系フランス人なる人とお付き合いをした。これまで、ポンディシェリー出身のインド系フランス人アンドレや、ベトナム系フランス人や、ラオス系フランス人、イラク系フランス人とは交流があったが、アフリカ系は初めて。話を聞いてみると、フランス料理は食べたことがなく、アフリカ料理だけで育ったとのこと。パンケーキも作ったことがないばかりか、家で食べたことがないという。カレーをボタボタ落としながら食べて、白い座布団カバーにシミをつけても、こちらが言うまでそのまま放置。カトリック教徒だという割に聖書の話を全然知らない。フランス人やってて、聖書の話知らなかったら、文学読んでも、絵画や映画見ても、あんまりわからないのではないかと思う。私が先月中国の梅州客家博物館でたった一個だけ買って来た大切な茶碗を割った。もちろんごめんで済ませて弁償しない。


2017  5/1-6/20  (except:5/15-5/27 ) 西日本でwwoofをした後に東京へ。その後半月後には、ご両親がオランダからはるばる娘に会いに来た。An experienced wwoofer in Japan. Can eat any kind of Japanese food. Loves cats. Taken away with her two books from Yotsuya library of Shinjuku local government without returning that made me to compensate to the library. 海軍学校に二年間在籍していたというから、実践的なことに長けている(と最初は思った)。可愛いから、人気者。ダンススクールの生徒さんと交換語学レッスンをして、楽しんでいる。思うに、wwooferでご両親が会いに来るケースは初めて。裕福なお家で、すごく大切にされているのだろう。wwooferやる人は通常、ギリギリの予算の人が多い。猫を可愛がる。一匹づつ抱きしめ、毛を梳いてくれる。猫がみんな生き生きしてきた。掃除は中途半端。前任のアフリカ系フランス人と同レベルか。中途半端で手抜き。私の旅行中に植物を枯らしたほど、植物に対する配慮や愛情が欠如。時間がルーズ。1、2時間、連絡なしに遅れて来て、化粧はフルメイク。遅くなったら、すっぴんでもいいから、すっ飛んで来る方がいいんだけどね。

2017  5/15-5/27  Excellent quality for cleaning and organizing things. A lot of experience in 40 countries in the world.リセロットの両親が来日して休暇をする間のピンチヒッターとして登場したのが、ものすごいプロフェッショナルな男性。 これまで誰も手をつけなかった私の事務所も小部屋も、一気に片付いたから、宿舎の部屋に女性を連れ込んでも文句言いにくいなあ。それにしても、来て3日目にそんなことするとは、本当に驚きだけれど、イタリア人の男はそんなものなのだろう。あまりに仕事がよくできるから、私のところが終わったあと、友人に紹介して、友人宅に滞在しながら清掃をしてもらおうという話も出たくらい。ドイツ人と並ぶくらい最高の掃除で、しかも、性格が良かった。惜しまれながら帰国。後で思うと、掃除ヘタな人の替わりに、そのままやってもらった方がよかった。本人もそれを望んでいたのだから。

2017 6/18-7/7  Excellent quality for cleaning and organizing things. Flexibil, punctual. Experienced. Writer. Gone one day unexpectedly. イタリア人の後、再びオランダ人。しかし、イタリア人のあの几帳面な完璧な清掃に慣れてしまった生徒たちから見ると手抜き業務は見るに堪えない。私が1週間外国から戻って来たら、散らかり放題、洗濯物の山、ご丁寧に、竹や琵琶、ドングリなども枯らせてくれた。踊りの本番や引越の日に1-2時間遅刻。そんな時、ジョセフが京都から飛んで来てくれたので、スタジオは1日できれいになった。スーパーマンみたい。うちへ来るために、前のところを4日で辞めて、新幹線で急いで京都から来たと言っていた。嬉しかった。でも、うちで5日やった翌日、急にどこかへ行ってしまった。学校も中学で辞めたと言っていたけれど、ひとつのことが長くできないのかもしれない。ともかく掃除、整理整頓がすごく上手だった。不思議な人だった。月光仮面みたい。

2017  Jul.5- Jul.17 :  Punctual on time never late. Excellent quality of clean up, eating Japanese food. Wonderful quality help if not disappeared without notice after two weeks supposed to stay for two months. 東ヨーロッパから来る人はちゃらちゃらしていないし、すっぴんで、まじめで、きちんとしていると喜んでいた。仕事の質は高かった。不満を口に出したこともなかった。普通にしていた。でもわかった。共産圏から自由権へ亡命する場合はそうするのだろう。何気ない様子で日常を過ごす。そしてある日亡命を決行。30代の教師がそんなことするのだろうか。無断逃亡。

2017  Aug.3- Sep.4 :  Punctual on time, speaking good Japanese writing and reading ability as well. Greeting to everybody nicely. 大学へ行く前の高校生。大人っぽく見えるけれど、話すとやはり年相応。この年齢でよく日本語をここまでマスターした。家庭が教育熱心なのだろう。家事や料理は初めてだが、学ぼうとする姿勢があり、徐々に上達。好感度抜群。一緒に思い切り笑って楽しかった。今度は友達として会いたい。

2017  Aug.7- Aug.24 :  Punctual on time,  doing things fast. てきぱきとすぐにこなす。やはり世界を見て来た人は、それなりの話題がある。分別ごみも何でもかんでも一緒くたに捨ててしまうので、びっくりしたけど、本国ではそうなのかしら。出費をしたくないとのことで観光をしなかった。

2017  Aug.25- sep.21 : Punctual on time, nice smile, makes others happy. A nice friend, we did exchange lesson with jazz dance and Spanish language. 友人としては、 とても楽しい人。一緒に温泉に行った。美しいバレリーナでTVで活躍しているモデル。スペイン語を一生懸命に教えてくれた。

2017 Sep.17- Oct.27 : Punctual on time, fluent Japanese,  great cleaning ability that has impressed dance sschool students. Happy character. 日本語が堪能なだけあって、配慮があり、いろいろ気をつかってくれる。特に引越の時には、大活躍してくれた。ジャマイカとチャイナのミックスで、米国生まれだけれど、星条旗嫌いだから、ジャマイカ国旗にした。清掃がすごい。以前の清掃が不完全なところも、全部この人がきれいにしてくれた。

2017 Sep.17-Nov.17+Nov.30-Dec.15: Punctual on time, cutting vegetable. Becoming a cooking master. Helping a lot with well trained strong body, riding bicycle very fast almost like motor bike. ものすごくいい性格でいるだけで、場の空気を和ませる。やはりヨーロッパ人はいい。部屋に入るときにノックをするし、食べる時に音を立てない。重い物でも持ってくれて、引越の時、大活躍。最初の予定より延長してもらった。自分が帰国するその日の朝まで、次に来る人のための寝具の用意をしてくれた。

2017 Nov.4-Nov.15th: Punctual on time, serious, former chef. Experienced workaway. Knowing what to do.  Fun to have him. 急に来ないことになった人の代わりに、ピンチヒッターで二週間だけやってもらった。すごくよくやってくれた。農園体験があるから手で土を触ることを厭わない。

2017 Nov. 13-Dec.1.: We didn't have a common language. He was fluent only with his mother tongue, Portuguese but not other language. From this experience we have started to ask our applicants not to use Google translation. 日系ブラジルだから、英語でも日本語でも私のブロークン西語でも平気かと思ったら、そのいずれも通じないということがわかった時のショック。 重い荷物を黙々とよく運んでくれたことに感謝。でも、

2017 Nov.29-Dec.1: Never came on time for three days workaway. Couldn't eat Japanese food. No experience. ドイツ語でも英語でも話ができたし、この人他にもイタリア語、スペイン語、ポル語が喋れるのだけど、旅行者として日本を旅行した方がいい。workawayなんか無理だわ。親がかりで来た18歳だけど、親は大変だろう。だからテーンエイジャー頼んじゃだめ。何度失敗しているの。まず年齢聞いて。

2017 Dec.2-Jan.4: Twin brother jugglers from South America. Having great sense of humor, beauty and organizing. Tourism professional.  二人組という人を初めて受け入れた。やることたくさんあるから、二人いても大丈夫。すごく楽しい。四年間も世界を旅をして歩いているトロバトーレで、上演をしては投げゼニで次の目的地まで旅をしては、しばらく滞在。気がきくし、心がきれい。

2017 Dec.5th - Dec.27th : Punctual like a Swiss watch. Tried to do activity as much as possible, going here and there for sightseeing. 大手出版社の重役さんと親しくなって、音楽会のご招待をいただいたり、地方へ行けば、餅つきに参加したりと、楽しんだ模様。日本を満喫したからよかったと思う。

2017 Dec.24th-2018 Jan.19th: 時間に多少ルーズなところがあるかなと思う。こちらから急ぎの内容で連絡しても、色々な理由をつけて、すぐに返答しないし。2ヶ月連絡がなかったので、一度キャンセルしたのだけれど、また連絡して来たので、来てもらうことにした。教えても忘れる。考えずに作業をするから、無駄が多いかも。時間のロスも気になったけれど、性格は明るかった。さすがメキシコ人。

2018 Jan.5th - Jan.28th: Punctual on time. Serious character. Helping me a lot how to use Mac. As I have changed from Windows to Mac, he was a lot of help especially for photo editing. Can eat whatever. いやあ、久々に本格的な英語を聞いたわ。いつも、外国人訛りの英語ばっかりだったからね。私の日本語のマック見ているのに、よく説明してくれたなと感心してしまう。おかげで、マックのいろんな疑問が解けた。

2018 Jan.15-March 15th: 

Wanted type:

1) Punctual on time,

2) Cleaning well,

3) Taking care of my children(cats & plants),

4) Completing the period until the end.

5) Taking care of the next workawayer who comes after you

6) Respecting the law and rules of our local government


Schedule: We might able to have you according to the situation.


Aug.3rd - Sep.4th : male Hungarian (Daniel)

Aug.7th - Aug.24th: male Mexican (Manuel)

Aug.24th - Sep.22nd: female Spanish(Marta)

Sep.14th-Oct.18th: male Jamaican-Chinese (Brandon)

Sep.18th-Dec.15th: male German (Moriz)

Nov.4-Nov.14: male French(Emil)

Nov.13th - Dec.2th: male Brazilian (Hugo)

Nov.29th-Dec.1st male Italian/Peruvian (Gianmarco)

Dec.2nd-Jan.4th: male twin Argentinos (Leandro & Emilio)

Dec.5th - Dec.27th: male Schweizdeutsch (Flilipe) 

Dec.24th-Jan.15th: female Mexicana (Consuelo)

Jan.5th-Jan.28th:male English (Gareth) 

Jan.16th - April 15th : male Esanol (Carlos)


Some of days two workawayers do for the same period as morning shift and afternoon shift.

To apply you have to send me your full face and body pictures as we like to avoid fat people.

We have decided not having any more female workawayer due to the quality if comparing

with good standard male workawayer who can carry furniture for moving including numerous of garden plants.

("017 Sep.23rd)


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Please, avoid to use a telephone call. I don't like to speak by phone however I always navigate to taxi drivers who call me from his cab bringing foreigners to my place.