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WHERE IS TOKAMACHI?

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.

PLACE

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

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EXPERIENCE

Experience

¥4,510per 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?
¥3,850per 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
¥5,500per 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’
¥8,640per person
Experience food culture
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A master sushi chef has created a vegan version of Japan's most famous dish -Sushi! And now it is your chance to learn how to make them directly from the man himself! Sushi which is synonymous with fish to many, was actually made with vegetables and wild mountain shrubs in the mountainous regions of Japan in the past. Which makes this learning experience actually a very traditional art. As the nature rich region of Tokamachi is famous for its high quality vegetables and rice, it is an ideal location to try many varieties of vegetables in this traditional form of preserved food. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to taste and learn this healthy and delicious form of sushi from a master of this craft! Highlights 1. Learn the art to making delicious vegan sushi 2. Explore the flavours of Tokamachi’s vegetables 3. Exquisite food, minus the guilt! 4. You can even harvest your own veggies in the summer and autumn seasons Great for: 1. People that want to have a broader vegan recipe repertoire 2. Healthy eaters 3. Sushi lovers 4. Those in search of an exceptional vegan experience *The menu changes based on the vegetables in season.
¥9,000¥12,000per person
Immerse in nature
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Voted one of Japan’s “100 Countryside Selection”, the expansive rice terraces of Hoshi-Toge is Tokamachi’s main picturesque spots that has over 200 plots of varying sized rice fields producing the famous Uonuma Koshihikari Rice. As it is difficult to operate farming machinery in this terraces, most of the rice farming work are still done in the traditional ways with the cooperation of the region’s farmers. In this guided tour, you will be able to enter the terraces and see the different aspects of this rice terrace. The local guide will also explain the history and recent developments of the rice terraces. During the rest break, snacks prepared from the harvested rice and vegetables of this region will also be served. Munching on the Onigiri (rice ball) made from the local Koshihikari with the terrace view in front is an experience in itself! The rice terraces will change in appearance depending on the seasons: 1) The water reflection of the fields during the spring shoot planting gives it a pinkish ambiance 2) The green paddy fields complementing blue skies in the summer 3) The golden fields ready for harvesting in the fall 4) Glistening white snow in the winter By actually being close to the action, you will be able to visualize the life and workings of the people of this region. You might also be able to view the rice terrace in a different light! In hopes of leaving this rice terrace for the generations to come, a portion of the tour’s cost will be donated to the Matsudai Rice Terrace Fund. Highlights: 1) Get to know the history and background of the people and region of the Hoshi-Toge Rice Terrace. 2) Take in the refreshing countryside atmosphere 3) Contribute to the upkeep of the region for future generations Recommended for: 1) Folks who enjoy the authentic Japanese atmosphere 2) Those who want to have a countryside adventure 3) Those interested in the lives of the people living in this postcard worthy place. 4) Those who want to contribute to the upkeep of the authentic Japanese countryside Options: Drop by for a soak in the local onsen at the end of the day (600 Yen). (Costs for transport and towels are not included. Not open on Wednesdays)
¥9,500¥12,800per person
Experience food culture
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Discover the hidden snow country bars in Tokamachi, Niigata Explore local bars in Tokamachi, Niigata, where normal tourists are not familiar with, but actually has many great bars. Highlights -Enjoy authentic food & drinks from this snowy region that we highly recommend -Hop through 3 local bars and pubs with a local tour guide -Have a feast with a variety of food and drinks that you can try What's included -5 drinks &3 dishes (you can select from our menu) -Hop through 3 local izakaya bars with a local guide who speaks English or Chinese. -Photographing during the tour Local Specialties -Tokamachi is famous for its high quality rice and veggies, which are fresh and rich in flavor. Some of veggies are aged under the snow or in the room covered by snow, so that its taste becomes sweeter and even more flavorful. -Also local branded aged pork, Tsumari Pork, is very popular there. Since it is bred with healthy food and environments, it is very juicy and tender and contains 10 times more vitamin E than normal pork. -Niigata's sake is one of the best in Japan, because of high quality rice and great sake brewing technique that has developed during long winter covered by snow. There are many sake breweries there, so you should try as many as you can! Details: On arrival at the meeting point in Echigo-yuzawa station, our tour guide will take you around the local alley in Tokamachi, about 30 mins. away from Echigo-yuzawa. The first bar in the tour is located along the backstreets of a local alley. You can enjoy authentic snow country food like radish skin pickles, mountain vegetables, Ochazuke (rice in dashi soup), and local beer & sake there. 2nd and 3rd places are going to be surprises! We're looking forward to meeting you and having fun together!
STAY

Stay

¥100,000per entire home
House Entire home Matsudai
From Matsudai Sta. approx. 10mins by car Credit card payment
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 (Hot spring hotel where is famous as superb view). -The rooms- 3 rooms: 2 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 Toilets (1 st & 2 nd floor) Wash basins -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)
萬代
¥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.
グリーンハウス里美
¥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.
TOUR

Tour

¥40,000¥50,000per person
Have you ever struggled to find restaurants serving meat free dishes on the menu in Japan? Do you wish to maintain a healthy lifestyle while travelling? We offer a vegetarian tour that celebrates the healthy and revitalizing food scene in Tokamachi City! Tokamachi City in Niigata Prefecture is a thriving agricultural region in Japan and the home of the Uonuma Koshihikari brand rice. Just 2 hours from Tokyo, here you can find Japan’s longest river, the Shinano river, surrounded by mountains and superb nature. During the winter, snowfall can reach up to 5 meters! The local moms here say, the food in the olden times were vegetarian! Join us as we introduce you to the meatless possibilities of local good food and fun, chill vibe of countryside Japan. In Tokamachi, you can enjoy local sake and local craft beer along with freshly picked vegetables and traditional dishes while being immersed in rich nature. With focus on an environmentally cautious and planet friendly diet that is good for your health, this tour is sure to leave your stomach full and your senses fully satisfied!  

Make Vegan Sushi With A Master Sushi Chef

A master sushi chef has created a vegan version of Japan's most famous dish -Sushi! And now it is your chance to learn how to make them directly from the man himself! Sushi which is synonymous with fish to many, was actually made with vegetables and wild mountain shrubs in the mountainous regions of Japan in the past. Which makes this learning experience actually a very traditional art. As the nature rich region of Tokamachi is famous for its high quality vegetables and rice, it is an ideal location to try many varieties of vegetables in this traditional form of preserved food. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to taste and learn this healthy and delicious form of sushi from a master of this craft!  

Vegetables Harvest With A Local Farmer

There are many vegetables all over Japan that Tokamachi is proud to call homegrown! How about an experience to get into the vegetable gardens with a local farmer and do the harvest yourself? Once you tasted freshly picked vegetables from Tokamachi, there’s no doubt you will be hooked!  

Relax Your Body And Soul At The Hot Spring

There’s an onsen (natural hot spring) just about 15 minutes by car from central Tokamachi where you can experience Japan’s favorite pastime by bathing at an onsen! It is one of the most relaxing experiences as you will feel the hot spring’s water warm you to the core and relax both your mind and body. *Guests who do not want to go to the onsen can use the shower rooms at the guest house.  

Feast On Your Personally Harvested Vegetables

ベジタリアン いこて Ikote is a restaurant that prides itself for serving only the best and freshest ingredients produced locally. The relaxing ambience and the aromatic fragrance of wood makes this restaurant an easy favorite among locals. At Ikote, the chef cook the vegetables you harvested! Because it’s a longstanding restaurant in the area, the experience will surely be a delicious surprise.  

Accommodation: Koryukan

Located just 8 minutes from Tokamachi station by walking, Koryukan is a 40 year old typical snow country folk house that has been renovated to accommodate guests. All of the rooms are barrier free. They serve delicious breakfast made from fresh ingredients produced locally which includes koshihikari rice made from Uonuma, miso soup and organic eggs from Tokamachi and among others. There are so many things which you can only have here! This inn is highly recommended in terms of location and food!  

【Day 2】

Learn About “Satoyama” At The Forest School Kyororo

At the natural science museum Kyororo, curators and researchers with doctoral degrees collaborate with local residents to study the nature and culture of the Matsunoyama area of Tokamachi City as well as introduce the wonders and charm of the area. Learn about the region’s natural ecosystem and feel your connection with nature as you indulge in eating fresh local vegetables during the tour.  

Tokamachi's Speciality: Hegisoba For Lunch

へぎそば Tokamachi is famous for Hegisoba noodles and one of the soba restaurants popular among local residents is Sobaya Seibei. Hegisoba is served in a wooden dish called a “hegi,” and is made with funori (seaweed), which gives it the smooth, firm texture that it is known for. Because there are many foreigners visiting there, Sobaya Seibei started to provide vegan soba dipping sauce (mentsuyu)! This is the first soba restaurant in Tokamachi that serves vegan dipping sauce.  

Visit Local Craft Brewery "Tsumari Brewing"

Tsumari Brewing is a Tokamachi’s very own craft brewery. Their Tsumari Beer brand was born in 2018 in Tokamachi City, with the passion of revitalizing local economy. Tsumari beer has three varieties starting from a brew with a hint of buckwheat flavor, "Soba Ale". "Soba Ale" which made with local buckwheat, is a sure hit for people who love soba noodles!   以上、2日間でたっぷりと十日町の食材を満喫していただくツアーです。ここに記載されている以上に間違いなく楽しんでいただけると思います。文字では伝えきれない、生産者との繋がりや空気の美味しさを是非現地で体験して下さい。
¥51,000¥55,000per person
Enjoy contemporary art by Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale and cultural experiences in "Snow Country" Tokamachi throughout this tour. *This tour is a private tour catering to 1 group per tour.

Highlight 1  Appreciate Artworks of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale

The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is one of the world's largest international art festival. It is held once every 3 years in the Echigo-Tsumari region (Tokamachi and Tsunan, Niigata prefecture) since year 2000. The upcoming Art Triennale will be in summer of 2019, but you may also indulge in appreciating more than 170 artworks - which artists from all over the world have created - at any other time of the year*, as they are maintained as permanent exhibitions. So, local guide will take you to see several main artworks in Tokamachi. (*Except the time covered by snow...)   [caption id="attachment_1848" align="alignnone" width="700"]清津峡渓谷トンネル 清津峡渓谷トンネル Kiyotsu gouge tunnel[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1007" align="alignnone" width="700"]花咲ける妻有 花咲ける妻有 Tsumari in Bloom[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1058" align="alignnone" width="700"]リバース・シティー リバース・シティー Reverse City[/caption]

Highlight 2  Stay in Japanese falkhouse "KOME HOME"

KOME HOME is an accommodation facility created by keeping the external appearance of an traditional Japanese-style house as it is but with refurbished interiors equipped for modern-day living. Guests can enjoy the view of the rice fields from the windows. Staying at KOME HOME can provide much needed rest to relax and rejuvenate for a couple of days. Enjoy dining and moments of laughter with your friends and loved ones around a traditional Japanese sunken hearth (irori) in the common area. [caption id="attachment_2328" align="alignnone" width="683"]古民家Well Come Home 居間 古民家KOME HOME 居間[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1979" align="alignnone" width="683"]古民家Well Come Home 囲炉裏 古民家KOME HOME 囲炉裏[/caption]

Highlight 3 Kimono Factory Visit & Yuzen Dyeing Experience

Tokamachi is well-known for high quality Kimono textile production since almost 1000 years ago, so each Kimono factory in Tokamachi has its own techniques which they have inherited and continuously developed. In this special course, you will be able to see each Kimono production process by Kimono textile artisans, such as stencils, dye bath, brush-dye hand-painting, etc... Also, experience Kimono textile dyeing technique. [caption id="attachment_1168" align="alignnone" width="700"]着物工場見学(イメージ) 着物工場見学(イメージ) Kimono Factory Visit[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2174" align="alignnone" width="700"]友禅染体験(イメージ) 友禅染体験(イメージ)Yuzen Dyeing[/caption]

Highlight 4 Savor Snow Country Cuisins & Local Sakes

Tokamachi is famous for Japan's No.1 rice Uonuma Koshihikari and tasty Sake. Try out those local specialities through cooking with locals moms and hopping local Izakaya bars with a guid. Cooking with local moms -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 and traditional ingredients -Learn Japanese culinary secrets from experienced ‘moms’ -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 -You will also be provided with the recipe so that you may try it back home as well Izakaya Hopping -Enjoy authentic food & drinks from this snowy region that we highly recommend -Hop through 3 local bars and pubs with a local tour guide who speaks English, Mandarin Chinese or Japanese -Have a feast with a variety of food and drinks that you can try -5 drinks & 3 dishes are included (you can select from our menu) Local Specialities Sake: Niigata's sake is one of the best in Japan, because of high quality rice and great sake brewing technique that has developed during long winter covered by snow. There are many sake breweries there, so you should try as many as you can! Of course, Tokamachi's one! Vegetables: lavor. Some of veggies are aged under the snow or in the room covered by snow, so that its taste becomes sweeter and even more flavorful. Tsumari Pork: Also, local branded aged pork, Tsumari Pork, is very popular there. Since it is bred with healthy food and environments, it is very juicy and tender and contains 10 times more vitamin E than normal pork.

Highlight 5 Amazing walk in the picturesque rice terraces in Hoshi-Toge

Voted one of Japan’s “100 Countryside Selection”, the expansive rice terraces of Hoshi-Toge is Tokamachi’s main picturesque spots that has over 200 plots of varying sized rice fields producing the famous Uonuma Koshihikari Rice. In this guided tour, you will be able to enter the terraces and see the different aspects of this rice terrace. The local guide will also explain the history and recent developments of the rice terraces, as well as local lifestyles.

Option: Wearing Yukata

Visit photogenic sites with wearing Yukata? We will provide everything from the wear to accessories to ensure you find the perfect style to suit you! +3,000yen/person (Yukata rental set for women includes yukata robe, undergarment, sash, cord, fabric belt, frontlet, decorative flower and sandals. For men, the set includes yukata robe, obi, cord, sandals and an undergarment. Please note hair and makeup are not included in the price. *Not included hair set.) [caption id="attachment_1874" align="alignnone" width="700"]まつだい「農舞台」 まつだい「農舞台」 Matsudai Nohbutai[/caption] 美人林美人林 Bijin Bayashi Forest
¥54,000¥57,240per person
Why not experience how summer is like in one of the regions with the heaviest snowfall, Tokamachi! This tour is packed with summer activities like wild vegetable picking, nature walks, and of course meeting and interacting with the locals. Join us and immerse yourself in the local culture of this regions that has been coexisting with nature for many generations. *This tour is a private tour catering to 1 group per tour.

Highlight1 Savor the taste of Tokamachi's Specialities

Tokamachi is famous for Japan's No.1 rice Uonuma Koshihikari, however, not only its rice and sake, but also its vegetables are indeed terrific! Grill freshly picked vegetables with local aged pork, harvest the vegetables with locals in the farm and cook local cuisine together,... You can experience real food culture unique to the region.

Highlight2 Amazing walk in the picturesque rice terraces in Hoshi-Toge

Voted one of Japan’s “100 Countryside Selection”, the expansive rice terraces of Hoshi-Toge is Tokamachi’s main picturesque spots that has over 200 plots of varying sized rice fields producing the famous Uonuma Koshihikari Rice. In this guided tour, you will be able to enter the terraces and see the different aspects of this rice terrace. The local guide will also explain the history and recent developments of the rice terraces, as well as local lifestyles.

Highlight3 IZAKAYA Hopping with local guide

Explore local bars in Tokamachi, Niigata, where normal tourists are not familiar with, but actually has many great bars. Niigata prefecture has the biggest number of sake breweries in Japan, and said its sake is one of best as well. It is because it has been nurtured by high quality rice and great sake brewing technique that has developed during long winter covered by snow. Another reason is that many of locals simply like to drink! During this program, our local guide will take you to 3 hidden bars to discover local drinking culture.

Highlight4 Stay in Japanese falkhouse "KOME HOME"

KOME HOME is an accommodation facility created by keeping the external appearance of an traditional Japanese-style house as it is but with refurbished interiors equipped for modern-day living. Guests can enjoy the view of the rice fields from the windows. Staying at KOME HOME can provide much needed rest to relax and rejuvenate for a couple of days. Enjoy dining and moments of laughter with your friends and loved ones around a traditional Japanese sunken hearth (irori) in the common area. [caption id="attachment_2328" align="alignnone" width="683"]古民家Well Come Home 居間 古民家KOME HOME[/caption]

Highlight5 Travel back 10,000 years to the "Jomon period"

Tokamachi city in Niigata is where the oldest artefact in Japan, the “flame shaped pottery” was excavated.  It is even in the history textbook of schools in Japan. It was made in the "Jomon Period", 16,000 to 2,300 years ago, and was said to be a period of peace and prosperity. In the fall of this year, visit Matsudai Nohbutai and Matsudai History Museum to see how people lived even with 5 meters snowfall in the era.

Option: Wearing Yukata

Visit photogenic sites with wearing Yukata? We will provide everything from the wear to accessories to ensure you find the perfect style to suit you! +3,000yen/person (Yukata rental set for women includes yukata robe, undergarment, sash, cord, fabric belt, frontlet, decorative flower and sandals. For men, the set includes yukata robe, obi, cord, sandals and an undergarment. Please note hair and makeup are not included in the price. *Not included hair set.) [caption id="attachment_1874" align="alignnone" width="700"]まつだい「農舞台」 Matsudai Nohbutai[/caption] 美人林Bijin bayashi
¥12,600¥26,000per 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!  
¥55,000¥60,000per 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¥4,000per 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.
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