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Tokamachi is a small city, located in southern part of Niigata prefecture.

A town along the center of Shinanogawa, Japan’s longest river,
surrounded by mountains.


A village that you want to spend just one more day in

10 Days Village

World renown Echigo-Tsumari Art Field, rich food culture born from a snowy land, unique and colourful kimono, and a warm and family like welcome.


Tokamachi is sure to keep surprising you with it’s charm and new discoveries even after multiple visits.

10 things you can enjoy in Tokamachi

Explore Tokamachi




¥5,400per person
Experience food culture
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Half day course on making local delicacies that have been passed down for generations taught by local 'moms'. Tokamachi's local dishes consist of many types of mountain vegetables. You will be taught local household dishes that are not served in eateries. You will also be provided with the recipe so that you may try it back home as well. The menu will roughly consist of 3 dishes, rice and miso soup. As for the specific dishes, it will be a surprise for the day!   Highlights: -Make local delicacies that have been passed down for generations taught by local 'moms’ -Taste Tokamachi's dishes which consist of many types of mountain vegetables -Lean Japannese culinary secrets from experienced ‘moms’
¥4,500per person
Interact with the locals
Japanese traditional sandals, "Zōri" has continued to make for a long time, but nowadays its makers are decreased, so this experience is very rare! You may wear handcrafted "Zōri" at beach in summer or display it at home as a stylish interior. Why don't you make your own original "Zōri" with locals?
¥3,500per person
Local festivals
Explore a local market that is held on only 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th January in Tokamachi city! Tokamachi city is the neighboring city of Echigo-Yuzawa, just 30 mins away by train. In the market, you will find local fortune dolls called "Chinkoro" which are made of rice flour and represent a wish for a good harvest next year. There are a variety of shapes, but the basic shape is usually a dog, they are cute and vividly colored! Also, locals set up stalls selling food and a variety of other stuff in the market. This is a good chance to soak in the local Japanese traditional culture.

They are Chinkoro↑

When we go to Tokamachi city, we take a local train called Hokuhoku line. The train is very strong for snow, it doesn't stop because of snow. We will have Japanese lunch made from local vegetable and meats at Ikote, which is an artwork turned restaurant. Enjoy the local produce of Tokamachi that it is famous for! Tokamachi city is famous for its art festival, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. It is held every 3 years and about 500,000 people all over the world have come in summer 2018. Its artworks are interesting and the modern art museums in the town are great places to take instagrammable photos.   Hi there, I'm Aki. I will be your guide! I'm from Niigata, and I like winter sports very much. I also love sharing cultures with people from other countries. I've traveled to Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and all over Japan so far. Let's chat with me and share your culture!
¥6,480per person
Immerse in nature
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Highlights: -Get up close and personal with nature -See and understand the beauty of the region through the eyes of the locals -The guide will introduce local lifestyle and history through cycling in the downtown
¥3,600per person
Feel the snow
Why not try walking with snowshoes? Not confident of your fitness? Bad at sports? Worried about being in the snow for too long? No problem, it's a short tour for everyone! On a sunny day, you will be mesmerized by Echigo's mountains and scenery on this short tour.   You might also be able to catch glimpses of fox and rabbit tracks, mantis eggs, pupae, etc. You may even be able to experience natures strength during a blizzard. The guide will tailor the course based on weather and participants physical conditions so just enjoy the tour worry free!   Highlight: -Enjoy snowcapped mountains and scenery on this short tour -If lucky, catch glimpses of fox and rabbit tracks -The guide will tailor the course based on weather and participants physical conditions
¥10,800per person
Immerse in nature
Why not experience Zen in historical temple for your next Japan trip? Take the time to wind down and do some self reflection! Or do some soul searching in this centuries old temple in Tokamachi. Retreat here to meditate, transcribe & chant sutra, coupled with a Japanese vegetarian meal made from local ingredients to refresh your mind in the beauty of nature.   Highlights: -Take the time to wind down and do some self reflection, or do some soul searching in the centuries old temple -Try Traditional Japanese fishtarian dinner at the end of the program (*Contact us if you would like to have vegetarian dinner)


¥100,000per entire home
House Entire home Matsudai
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Completed this year in the Matsudai area lies Toronoki House. Building on the beauty of the 100 over year old farm house with “Form & Function” in mind, the farm house was transformed into an accommodation facility in April 2018. The concept is “Life with Tanada (Rice Terrace)” This place will serve as the “Communal Hub” where people who appreciate the beauty of the rice terraces can gather for a myriad of activities. The mastermind of this transformation was Karl Bengs, a German architect, who paid utmost attention down to the smallest detail. The owner, Mr. Akuzawa loves rice terraces, and after travelling the world and seeing various rice terraces, was so mesmerized by this particular one in Tokamachi that he decided to relocate here. Now, he spends his weekends here in Toronoki House hosting and planning activities for the locals and visitors. All while still working in Tokyo during the weekdays. You will be able to catch a glimpse of the beautiful rice terrace scenery in the morning. Come and feel just how time seems to slow down in this place tucked between the rice terraces and beech forest. -About the stay- You will be chartering the whole house. (Chartering will accommodate up to 10pax) The owner will also be staying at the house during your stay. There are plenty of attractions to enjoy that changes with the seasons. We will be happy to show you! -Where is it?- The closest station is Matsudai Station via the Hokuhoku Line. -Jouetsu Shinkansen/Echigo Yuzawa Sta. => Hokuhoku Line/Matsudai Sta. (Approx. 40mins) -Matsudai Sta. => Toronoki House (Approx. 10mins by car) The place is directly in front of what the rice terrace fan calls “Kamo Rice Terrace”, along the Hoshi Touge. (mountain pass) Just behind lies Waseda University’s seminar block, and as described is surrounded by nature. 10 minutes drive away from Shiba Touge Onsen Unkai. -The rooms- 6 rooms: 5 rooms on the 2 nd floor, & 1 room on the 1 st foor. Each room has 2 single beds. The hammock room on the 2 nd floor is slightly more spacious with semi double beds. Also, each rooms headboard is equipped with a power port and a USB port for all your charging needs! -Other Amenities- Bathtube (1 st floor) Shower (2 nd floor) Toilets (1 st & 2 nd floor) Wash basins (1 st & 2 nd floor) -Climate/Air Conditioning With the beech forest on its west side, and also the high ceiling design, the place is cool even in the summer. The place has a firewood furnace and also heated flooring to keep you warm in the winter. Air conditioning is available in all the rooms on the 2 nd floor and the kitchen on the 1 st floor. Down blankets & gauze blankets are available for all cimates. Nettings are installed on all windows in every room, keeping tenants comfortable throughout all the seasons. -Kitchen- A fridge and basic kitchen utilities, utensils, cutlery and seasoning are available. Gas/charcoal grill and a hot plate for BBQ are also available. The fun is in preparing and enjoying the time together while preparing the meals, so please bring your drinks and ingredients (local produce of course) of choice! (As there are no supermarkets nearby, please procure your ingredients/drinks before arriving at Matsudai) We can also prepare local dishes or arrange catering, so please let us know if you require any in advance! -Meals- Breakfast is included in the price. However, as dinner is not included, please inform us in advance if you would like dinner as well.  
¥15,000per person
House Entire home Tokamachi
20 mins walk from Doichi station 5 mins walk from Doichi station Credit card payment
This is traditional Japanese house you can use whole house. Good for big group or family. 5 mins from nearest station and 20mins from Tokamachi station. Including picking service. This house is a bit away from the center of Tokamachi city and surrounded by rice field, that is why very quiet and you can hear a national chorus "frog or cricket" at the night. Why don't you stay here and enjoy Japanese life?
¥9,180per person
House Private room Tokamachi
35 mins from Muikamachi IC Credit card payment
This is B&B in the mountain in Art triennial place. The time spending here is slowly and you enjoy rich nature with traditional folks house. No sounds, just you hear frogs songs in summer and snow sound in winter. No light, no convience store around this house. Local traditional cuisine will be served. That is included in accommodation fee. Let me know in advance if you want it. Thank you
¥4,900per person
Guesthouse Private room Tokamachi
10 mins walk from JR Iiyama Nakajo station 20 mins by car from Echigo kawaguchi IC Credit card payment
15mins from Tokamachi station by car and pick up service including. If you come here by train, please ask me in advance. I will pick you up anytime! 5 mins walk to convenience stores 5 mins by car to 笹山 ruin designed as a national treasure and famous for pit dwelling houses. Amenity Free toothbrush, towel, and soap. 300 yen for Yukata which is Japanese traditional pajama. 1 night 2 meals 7580yen 1 night 2 treat meals 9910yen・要予約)
¥4,000per person
Guesthouse Private room Matsunoyama
Take a bus to "Toyoda" from Matsudai station and tell a driver "Green House Satomi" 40 mins by car from Tokamachi station Credit card payment
The house is super in the middle mountains. No convenience store and supermarket around here. We are surrounded by mountains and rice field and enjoy hard but beautiful nature. Spring, Summer, Autume, Winter, every season is so beautiful. The house is recomened for nature lover. 7,000 YEN, if you need dinner and breakfast. We can pick you up at Matsudai station. Please ask us. Thank you.
¥7,000per person
Ryokan Private room Tokamachi
Just 2 mins Walk from Tokamachi station Credit card payment
This is a Ryokan just 2 mins walk from Tokamachi station. Tokamachi is famous for art Triennale. Around Tokamachi station there are lots of restaurants to enjoy local Japanese food. If you want to enjoy Tokamachi nightlife stay here. You can enjoy private Onsen 24 hours, it is artificial though. A bathroom is not in your room. Free WiFi available. We offer breakfast and Dinner. breakfast 500yen+tax Dinner 1900yen+tax Enjoy Koshihikari rice "the best rice" in Japan Please ask us about a meal in advance. When you come to Tokamachi, stay here.


¥12,600〜per person
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Direct access from Echigo-Yuzawa! Enhance your winter experience at an authentic traditional folk home in this snowy region of Japan!   Hightlights 1. Play in the snow at the private fields! You will be able to have a snow experience unlike those at the ski resort! Such as the sled, snowtube, hiking with snowshoes, snowmobile, snowball fights, snow hut building and more! 2. Japanese Hearth experience Using Japanese Hearth, Irori, is the traditional way to heat up food and grill fish or michi. 3. Local Home-cooked meals & Sake Feast on the traditional local dishes prepared on the spot by local "moms." 4. Snow shovelling experience The Winter day in this region starts with this! Learn the techniques of using the shovel and snowdumps to clear the snow around the home!  
¥60,000〜per person
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Charter this house borne from the passion of the owner and a German architect and have a winter experience like no other!   Hightlights 1. Play in the snow at the private fields! You will be able to have a snow experience unlike those at the ski resort! Such as the sled, snowtube, hiking with snowshoes, snowmobile, snowball fights, snow hut building and more! 2. Rice Terraces Trekking Walk around across beautiful Rice Terraces just near by Toronoki House. Local guide introduces the local livelihood which is deeply connected to rice terraces while trekking around. 3. Local Home-cooked meals & Sake Feast on the traditional local dishes prepared on the spot by local "moms." 4. Snow shovelling experience The Winter day in this region starts with this! Learn the techniques of using the shovel and snowdumps to clear the snow around the home!
¥3,300〜per person
Interact with the locals
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This experiential tour takes us through the craft beer brewing process from cultivating seedlings to brewing with Tsumari Brewing, a company founded only this year in Niigata's own Tokamachi. This tour will be an in depth look at hops-- essential to the scent and bitterness of beer. In the afternoon will be Tsumari Brewing's Beer and Wild Game Barbecue (featuring wild game hunted locally!) Come and join us in brewing beer using local hops planted by your own hands! Attendees can be picked up from JR Tokamachi Station's West Exit before the event. The application deadline is TWO DAYS before the date of the event.
¥37,000per person
Experience rural Japan in Niigata as your special summer trip!   THIS TRIP FEATURES;
  • Enjoy rafting in Japan's longest river! Feel great nature with beautiful rural scenaries.
  • Experience local cuisine cooking. Learn to make Tokamachi's local specialties from local "moms" e.g. Mixed Rice With Seafood (Wappa-meshi), Vegetable Stew (Noppe), Sauteed vegetables
  • Fun party with Game Meat cuisine
  • Try unique traditional bath, Goemon-furo


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