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The Tokamachi/Uonuma area of Niigata Prefecture is a snowy region, with several meters of snow in the winter. Immerse yourself into the beauty of authentic “snow country” life through this tour!

  1. Snowshoe through the beautiful scenery created bythe snow-covered terraced rice fields. Also enjoy a special tea time on the snow.
  2. Dinner with ‘local moms’ to cook traditional dishes and spend an enjoyable evening socializing.
  3. Stay in a renovated traditional house all to yourselves.
  4. Visit the Tunnel of Light (Kiyotsu Gorge), a must-seeartwork of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale.

tour info Detail


  • Snowshoe walk in rice terraces & Special Tea Time on the snow
  • Cook with local mom and interact with her
  • Visit the Tunnel of Light, Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel
-DAY 1-

13:00 Meet the guide at Matsudai station

13:15 – 15:15 [Experience] Rice Terraces Snowshoe Walking & Tea Time

Under the guidance of a guide, put on your kanjiki and walk on the snow, becoming a part of such a landscape. The view of the terraced rice paddies in winter, covered with pure white snow, is truly spectacular!

After walking for a while, you will have a special tea time on the snow. Enjoy warm local natural herbal tea and sweets.

16:00 – 19:00 [Experience] Experience home cooking in Tokamachi with local moms!

Learn to cook traditional local dishes through the guidance of local moms!

The menu consists basically of three regional dishes, rice and miso soup. Because we use seasonal ingredients, the dish for the day will only be known on that day itself!

After the cooking session, it’s time to gather around the dining table to eat the freshly cooked dish. Enjoy chatting with the local mom while dining!

Accommodation: “KOME HOME

KOME HOME is a renovated 70+ year old traditional house with a sunken hearth (Irori). You will be able to appreciate the beautiful rice fields right from the front door.

Rooms can accommodate up to 8 people. The entire house is spacious and comfortable.
Since the house is limited to one group per stay and there are no other guests, you can stay without hesitation even with small children.

-DAY 2-

10:00 Check-out


10:40 – 11:40 Visit Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel “Tunnel of Light” (Self-guided. If you need a guide, please contact us for a separate estimate.)

12:20 Drop-off at Echigo-Yuzawa staiton or or preferred location

PeriodJanuary to March *Depends on weather conditions and snow accumulation.
VenueMatsudai station
IncludesTransportations, activities, 1 night accommodation at KOME HOME, entrance tickets, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast and tax.
Required EquipmentsWarm clothes (hat, gloves, etc.), warm waterproof footwear
Event ConditionsMinimum number of two (2) persons is required to conduct the tour. Tour is subject to weather conditions.
-This tour requires a minimum number of two (2) participants. -Booking deadline is 3 days before tour date. -Cancellation policy:

Cancellation received within six (6) days from departure date will incur a penalty of 30%

Cancellation received before departure time on the day of the tour will incur a penalty of 50%

Cancellation received after the departure time on the day of the tour will incur a penalty of 100%

-Important notes:

・ If you have any concerns about allergies or dietary restrictions, please contact us in advance.

・ Please refrain from participating if you are not in good physical condition.

・ For accidents (falling down, etc.) within the scope of your personal responsibility during the tour, please take full responsibility.

・ The itinerary may be changed or cancelled depending on the weather. In that case, we will decide on the day before and contact you.

・ If the instructor determines that the guest is unsuitable for participation (due to improper clothing or physical condition) at the time of assembly or during the tour, the tour may be interrupted or the itinerary may be changed before or during the tour. However, refunds will not be accepted in that case.

-About the tour guide:

Local staff will accompany from the meeting place to the finishing point of the tour. All other travel procedures other than mentioned in the above tour schedule/itinerary will be the tour participant’s responsibility.

FROM 28,500 yen per person
*If you apply as a group of 4 people

*After sending a booking request, we will confirm availability and get back to you.

How To Book

Booking Request

First, send us a booking request to check availability.

Confirming Availability

We will review the request and reply to you.

Completing The Booking

Fill the form we send by email and proceed with payment.

Departure Day

Finally, come to the meeting point to enjoy the tour!

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