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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¥2,200per person
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An irori is a sunken hearth in the middle of the traditional Japanese living room, filled with fine sand and ashes. It doesn’t only provide heat but a great spot to grill or cook as well. In this tour, you will huddle around the irori, cooking sweet potatoes and mochi.   Recently, houses with irori at the center are becoming less and less, almost all gone. However, there a few left in some old home and guesthouses. Once you experience just gazing lazily at the dancing fire, you will find how relaxing it is. The sweet potato and mochi (rice cake) baked slowly over the charcoal in the irori is very tasty. Spending time around the irori is a heartwarming experience.

Highlight #1

Cooking sweet potato and mochi (rice cake) in the irori at an old guesthouse. It takes a bit of time, but that only makes the taste richer.  

Highlight #2

The tour offers the charm of the irori experience – which is about bringing friends and loved ones together snuggling up by the fire.

Highlight #3

The venue for this tour is a renovated traditional Japanese folk house. The house is full of old furniture used since the olden days so you can imagine and experience what life was in the snow country before the arrival of modern conveniences.

This tour is recommended for the following people:

  • People who want to huddle around an irori
  • People who want to experience the snow country life
  • People who want to spend slow and quiet time together with friends and family
  • People who don’t want to stay overnight but want to experience what a traditional old Japanese folk house feels like
¥3,700¥4,000per 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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¥9,900per person
Feel the snow
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Did you know that the “maple syrup” that you must have heard of, can actually be collected in the winter forest of Japan during winter? Maple syrup is made by boiling the sap collected from the Itaya Japanese Maple tree (Acer Japonicum). Also from this tour, there’s a chance to experience making pancakes using organic koshihikari rice from Uonuma and drizzle it with the original maple syrup you just cooked. A dedicated guide will accompany the group so everyone can relax and enjoy this winter activity. Come and join us to experience new ways to enjoy the winter forest around a bonfire in a day camp. Snow boots is available to rent at JPY500 a pair. If required, please fill up the reservation form indicating shoe size.

HIGHLIGHT #1

The sap of the maple tree is collected and boiled to make original maple syrup. Will the collected sap really turn sweet? This is your chance to find out!      

HIGHLIGHT #2

Let’s eat the rice flour pancakes drizzled with maple syrup! Surely, this is a unique taste you have never experienced before!

HIGHLIGHT #3

There are so many things to learn in the forest of snow country. While it looks like there is only snow and trees, if you look carefully, you can actually see and feel full cycles for any living thing and how each of those things play a role in the greater life of the environment around it. A dedicated guide will guide you through the forest.  

The tour is recommended for the following:

  • People who want to create something by themselves
  • People who love sweet stuff!
  • People who love the mountains
  • People who dislike exercise but want to enjoy some winter activities
¥10,000per person
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Snowmobile is a popular vehicle that can only be used in snow country. The pleasure of running through the snow is definitely addictive. A private snow field is your exclusive play area on this tour so you have the freedom and privacy to play however you like! You can also enjoy a different type of snow fun with snow tubing – where the inflated tube is pulled by the snowmobile and spins around in circles and bounce off walls! This tour is perfect for groups of friends and families.

Highlight #1

You can make the most out of Tokamachi’s white winter wonderland as you swoosh through the dreamy snowscape in snowmobiles.

Highlight #2

You can have the wide snow field for exclusive use.

Highlight #3

Other possibilities of fun snow play include building snow igloo and snowball fights! Please inquire.

This tour is recommended for the following people:

  • People who want to play in the snow, preferably in an open, wide area
  • People who want to run through the snowy fields
  • People who want to ride the snowmobile
  • People who want to enjoy an exclusive snowfield all to themselves
¥3,850per person
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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

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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¥4,510per 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?
¥3,240per 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¥15,000per person
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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.

Nature

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¥9,000¥12,000per 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)
¥5,000¥7,000per person
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This is a plan that you can book now to experience Black Bass Fishing in the Shinano River, the longest river in Japan. There are many types of fish living in Shinano River, the smallmouth bass included. Basses in Shinano River are comparatively larger than average, ranging from 30cm to 40cm in length. The fishing spot is hidden and private which only locals know how to get to. No worries of a crowded area! For beginners, a local angler will teach you how to fish there, and fishing equipment is available to rent. Everything has been prepared for you so why not join us along with your friends and family, for everyone to enjoy sport fishing and the nature!  
¥15,000¥45,000per person
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Through this trip, you can fish for wild trout in hidden away fishing spots where only local guides know about. We also have native Japanese trouts, Iwana & Yamame, besides the released ones which were released by the local fisheries’ association. These fishing spots are full of trouts, you may even touch trouts when you wade into the river. So you can also enjoy fly fishing in a private space in the middle of mother nature, without worry whether you will catch anything or not!

Local festivals

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¥3,500per person
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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

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¥3,300per person
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Chinkoro, is a traditional figurine from Tokamachi made out of rice flour paste. The word “chinkoro”, which means puppy is usually made and displayed at houses in January. They gradually dry out and crack after a couple of weeks and it is said that these cracks bring the owner good luck. It is part of this area’s slightly different culture. The puppy shape is just one of the many shapes these of these little figurines. The animals of the zodiac are also a popular theme. With this tour, you can make your own figurine using your originality and creativeness.

Highlight #1

Each person can create two chinkoro figurines. You can bring the chinkoro home to give as souvenir or display at your house!

Highlight #2

Chinkoro making starts with adding little drops of food coloring into the rice flour paste. You can enjoy small talks discussing winter life in Tokamachi while kneading the colorful rice flour paste.

Highlight #3

It is said that chinkoro making started during the Edo period but no one knows the real origin. There are questions like, “Why was it shaped like a dog?”. You can try to imagine while making your own chinkoro!

This tour is recommended for the following people:

  • People who like craft making
  • People who like to create original souvenirs
  • People who like to interact with locals
  • People who like to do winter activities indoors

Farming

Local food

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【JR飯山線】十日町駅から徒歩10分 【高速道路】関越道 塩沢石打ICから車で約30分 Credit card payment
¥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.

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