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...)
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清津峡渓谷トンネル Kiyotsu gouge tunnel[/caption]
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花咲ける妻有 Tsumari in Bloom[/caption]
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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.
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古民家KOME HOME 居間[/caption]
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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.
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着物工場見学（イメージ） Kimono Factory Visit[/caption]
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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
-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)
: 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!
: 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.
: 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!
(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.)
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まつだい「農舞台」 Matsudai Nohbutai[/caption]
美人林 Bijin Bayashi Forest