About

Located in beautiful Itoshima in the Fukuoka Prefecture of Japan, follow our progress as we turn a jungle into an English garden. We are a group of ragtag workawayers living the slow life, courtesy of Jonathan Denby, on a mission to burn, bury, and build until the land resembles that of the Yewbarrow House.
About
Shot from the living room window
Itoshima is a place of tremendous beauty and excitement for the visitor; dotted with cafe's and excellent restaurants, surfer beaches, waterfalls, seafood, bamboo and pine forests, golf courses, hiking mountains, golden sands-- not to mention a botanical plethora on every corner.

It is a weekend country and and beach destination for those of the local districts, and it is known across Japan for many as a dream place to live for those who seek a more tranquil, spiritual and back-to-roots existence. Locals tend to be a quirky mix of farmers, artists, and rat-race city slickers that broke free of the chains of their corporate lifestyles to pursue a yearning for a life more bucolic.


Sakurai - where the guesthouse is located - has been voted as one of the best places in Japan to see the sunrise and sundown. When winter turns to spring it from a quiet idyll, and becomes a hotbed for vast throbs of day tourists; who drive out from the city for a dip in the warm ocean, the magnificent view, and the high-class restaurants and fashionable cafe's that lie only a few minutes away.
Slow Life blog from the Lake District

Slow Life UK

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Yewbarrow House Gardens

Yewbarrow House Gardens

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