How NiaHomes started
Why are most pictures on private accommodation websites, just of guest rooms?
Oftentimes, what we remember the most from our travels are the people we meet there.
And staying at a local home can be the best way to get to know local people when traveling.
Homestay isn’t just a cheaper alternative to hotels.
You meet the hosts who are willing to welcome you into their homes with the warmest hospitality.
You can also experience authentic local life as locals do.
Away from the usual tourist traps and guidebooks, doing grocery shopping at a local supermarket, or talking about songs you like with your host – surprisingly, those small things can give you the best travel experience ever.
I myself love to travel and have two special families that I made by doing a homestay outside Japan.
They are families that I wouldn’t have been able to make from the “typical traveling”.
I also have great memories of meeting locals inside Japan by staying at their homes.
Homestays allowed me to build a connection with them that lasts a lifetime.
Now it’s my turn to help my fellow travelers access amazing experiences in Japan.
It is a bit difficult to become close with locals when traveling, especially in a country like Japan, but homestay makes it a lot easier to interact with locals.
I thought, shouldn’t there be a website where we can easily book a homestay just like you book a hotel?
That was the start of NiaHomes.
You don’t have to spend hours to find “real homestay” accommodation among listings with pictures of guest rooms only.
You see real people and real hospitality here.
A homestay is where you can experience an encounter, not the place just to stay.
The equipment and services might not be the luxury hotel class, and it might not be the best location, but the homestay has its own excitement that you cannot experience in any other accommodation.
As a guest, or as a host family, we highly recommend you to feel that groove.
Sachi Sasaki, your fellow travel lover and founder of NiaHomes