Art

大地の芸術祭


世界最大規模の国際芸術祭「大地の芸術祭」は、新潟県越後妻有地域(十日町市、津南町)で3年に一度開催されています。「人間は自然に内包される」をコンセプトに、約200の集落を含む広大な土地を美術館に見立て、アーティストと地域住民が協力して作り上げた数百点に上るアート作品を展示しています。多くの作品が芸術祭期間外も見学可能です。


[caption id="attachment_1032" align="alignnone" width="250"]「棚田」(農舞台) 「棚田」(イリヤ&エミリア・カバコフ)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1058" align="alignnone" width="250"]「リバース・シティー」 「リバース・シティー」(パスカル・マルティン・タイユー)[/caption]

アートを体感する旅


大地の芸術祭は、一方的に見る展覧会や美術館ではなく、「体感する旅」です。世界各地のアーティストがこの地域で発見した魅力を作品の中に自由に表現しており、特にこの雪国で人々が自然とともに生きている「生活芸術」に焦点をあてた作品が多くあります。実際にこの地を訪れ、アートと農村というここにしかない空間を是非体感してみてください。


アートを体感するモデルツアーはこちら


[caption id="attachment_1042" align="alignnone" width="250"]「脱皮する家」 「脱皮する家」(鞍掛純一+日本大学芸術学部彫刻コース有志)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1159" align="alignnone" width="250"]「Kiss & Goodbye (土市駅)」 「Kiss & Goodbye (土市駅)」(ジミー・リャオ)[/caption]

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¥3,700〜per person
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Apply with group more than 4 people and get 1000yen discount! Coupon Code: Yukata8  *Only available until 31st August Have you ever wanted to experience a uniquely Japanese art festival while wearing a yukata? This year the triannual Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale event will be held from 29th Jul to 17th Sep! This event is considered to be one of the largest art festivals in the world. Why don’t you come and experience this unique event while wearing a yukata? Any photos taken wearing a yukata next to various artworks are sure to be a hit on Instagram! We will provide everything from the wear to accessories to ensure you find the perfect style to suit you. The times for return the yukata are flexible so if you wish to return it the next day this is possible. Our shop is located just 5 minutes Tokamachi station, 10 minutes KINARE, very convenient location. For those coming by car, you can park for free for 30 minutes at the parking lot next to the shop. Location the Daishi Bank, central shopping district parking lot. We are open from 9:00-18:00, feel free to come to see our yukata! Experience Details 1.Come to our rental shop *Booking is not necessary, you also can just visit directly. 2.Show your passport or IC, fill the application form 3.Payment (If you paid through Web, no need) 4.Choose Yukata and other accessories which you like 5.Dress up 6.Take photos 7.Enjoy Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (Above photos are taken in KINARE, one of Art Triennale's center in Tokamachi) 8.Change & Return Back in the shop by return time, change to your clothes and return yukata.

Snow

世界有数の豪雪地域snow


十日町は世界有数の豪雪地域で、一冬で合計10メートル以上の雪が降ります。冬になると街も山もすべてが真っ白になりますが、冬の最低気温も平均で-3℃程度と意外と気温が低くないのも特徴的です。



雪の楽しみ方


雪国・十日町では、様々な雪の楽しみ方ができます。


1.美しい雪景色を鑑賞する


ただ雪景色を眺めるだけでなく、特別な鑑賞方法はいかがでしょう?例えば十日町の冬を知り尽くしたプロカメラマンとのカメラワークショップに参加すると、誰かに自慢したくなるような素敵な雪景色を撮影することができます。


 


また、スノーシューを履いて山を歩き、自然の中で人里にはない雪を体験できます。美しい自然や、時には動物の足跡なども見ることができます。



2.雪に触れる


もっと直接雪に触れたい方は、雪国生活ではかかせないあの除雪作業を体験したり、スキー場を貸切って贅沢に遊んだりすることもできます。


除雪作業はやってみると意外と楽しく、エクササイズにもなると好評です。また、除雪と一緒に雪だるまやかまくらを作って楽しむこともできます。



スキー場をまるまる貸切って、周りの人に気兼ねなく思う存分遊ぶ…なんてレアな体験も十日町なら可能です!スノーモービルを乗り回したり、スノーキューブで遊んだり、こっそりスノボのトリックの練習をしたり…遊び方はあなた次第!


 


3.様々なイベントに参加する


雪国十日町では、冬になると毎週のように様々なイベントが開催されています。以下はその一部です。



  • 十日町雪まつり

  • 豪雪WAR 雪上サバイバルゲーム

  • 豪雪JAM 雪上音楽フェス

  • 雪見御前 雪を見ながら郷土料理



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¥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
¥10,000per person
Feel the snow
Learn to capture Tokamachi's winter scenery from a professional cameraman. Photographing winter sceneries can be a complicated task as settings such as white balance and exposure can be difficult in the all white background. This half day tour offers to further your enjoyment of photo taking interest by providing you with a lesson, complete with lecture, photo shooting and viewing sessions by a professional photographer. The photos taken on each season will be displayed at Hotel Belnatio and be voted upon by the hotel guests. There will be a prize for the person with the best photo. (Details of the prize to be announced later)
¥15,000〜per person
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Snowmobile or any snow activities: Have the ski resort all to yourself Live the skiers dream by having a 100 hectare ski grounds all to yourself.  Ride a snowmobile, snow tube, sleds, backcountry ski, snowboard or even practice tricks. Do anything you want for the duration of this plan. Those who not familiar with snow, don't worry! An instructor will lead you whole day, so you will know how to play proper and more fun.   Highlights: -Having a 100 hectare ski  grounds all to yourself -Ride a snowmobile, snow tube,  sleds, backcountry ski, snowboard or even practice tricks,  … do anything you want! -An instructor will lead you whole day

Kimono

着物の街、十日町


十日町は高級織物の一大生産地で、中世の時代から着物の織物を織っていた歴史があります。昔の人は、雪深く農業ができない冬場に織物を織って生計を立てていました。雪深いおかげで、雪を使った工程によって他地域とは異なる高級織物が作られていたようです。



本物の着物との出会い方


色とりどりの上質な着物は見ているだけでも楽しいですが、その着物が作られる工程や職人技を見学できる工房見学、織物体験、着物をアレンジしたドレスや小物の作成や購入などを通して、伝統を継承しながらも現代に生きる本物の着物と出会うことができます。




Interaction with locals

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¥3,000per person
Interact with the locals
地域の人や他の旅行者と一緒に、楽しい夜を過ごしませんか? 旅先での新たな出会いや交流は、旅の醍醐味ですよね。 志の高い地域の若者、おもてなし上手の地域のお母さん、十日町に惚れ込んで住み始めてしまった移住者、地域の歴史を何でも知っているお父さん、等々…その日によって誰が来るかはお楽しみです! 十日町の新鮮な食材を使った料理や地酒を飲みながら、地域の様々な人との楽しい夜を過ごしましょう! 大地の芸術祭の作品は、ご存知の通り世界中の作家さんたちが十日町・津南の地域からインスピレーションを得て作品を制作しています。 地域の人と交流しながら地域の文化や状況を知ることで、作品の背景がわかり、大地の芸術祭がより深く楽しめますよ! 運が良ければ作家さんや作品制作に関わった方とも交流できるかも? 当日は、地域の食材を使ったお料理またはBBQと、地酒をご用意しています。 飛び入り参加もOKですので、Facebookページをチェックしてくださいね。
¥8,000〜per person
Interact with the locals
Why not try traditional Kimono weaving techniques under the guidance of Kimono textile artisans? Tokamachi is well-known for high quality Kimono textile production since several centuries ago, so each Kimono factory has its own techniques which they have inherited and continuously developed. In this special course, you will be able to weave your original stole, table runner, coasters or other woven items by colorful silk or cotton yarns of your choice under the guidance of Kimono textile artisans. For a half day course, normally you can make a table runner or a few coasters; For 1 day course, you can make a stole.   You may also have lunch there with +1,200yen.
¥4,500per person
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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?

Nature

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¥10,000per person
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Tokamachi is one of the few inhabited places with heavy snowfall, with 3-4 metres of snow in the winter, lasting almost 5 months. At the end of the winter is the long-awaited spring! In this season, the old and young alike will venture into the hills in search of the free-growing mountain vegetables. The refreshing winds of spring further enhance the excitement of the search, thus making this adventure something the locals look forward to every year. This tour is all about experiencing the adventure for yourselves. Learn all about the flora and fauna of the region in this adventure through the forests and wild animal paths from a local guide. You can also gather some mountain vegetables under the instruction of the guide and have a taste of them at the end of the tour. Come enjoy the spring with the locals! Highlights: 1) Experience the spring of a snowy region 2) Explore the hills while taking in the refreshing air of spring 3) Taste the freshly picked mountain vegetables in the best way known Recommended for: 1) People who loves trekking and walking among nature 2) Those seeking the feeling of spring 3) Those who want to learn to forage and prepare the delicacies in the authentic ways 4) Those looking for a more unusual activity & adventure
¥9,000〜per person
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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)
¥6,480per person
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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

Local festivals

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¥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!

Traditional Japanese houses

Farming

Local food

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¥9,500〜per person
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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!
¥8,640per person
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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.
¥5,400per person
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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’

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