This banya used to be used as a lodging house for fishermen from July to early September, the season for kelp and sea trout fishery.
In those days when rowboats were used, fishermen couldn't go and come back within a day from distant places.
This banya, located in Akaichi district near the tip of Cape Shiretoko, is the oldest existing kelp banya in Shiretoko.
It might be surprising, but this is my own land in the national park, a world natural heritage site.
I intend to preserve this banya for good as the heritage of kelp fishery history in Rausu.
This is the second banya built within the same land.
At the peak of the Showa 40's (1965-1974), there were nearly 50 banya in Akaiwa district, and it was filled with people celebrating Obon Festival (Japanese traditional event to welcome the spirits of ancestors) every August.
The lighthouse at Cape Shiretoko is one-hour walk away from these banyas.
I'd like to make use of these banyas as a facility to educate about environmental protection and as a shelter for those going sea kayaking and trekking to Cape Shiretoko on foot.
Job Period: June to around August 15
Job Outline: repairing the Akaiwa banyas shown in this page. The accommodation is the banya itself, and meals are to be self-served. Pick-up services to Akaiwa district are provided. Call us for the details.