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Tokamachi City’s 5 Regions

Welcome to Tokamachi City,

Rich in Nature, Culture and Food
  • Welcome to Tokamachi City, rich in nature, culture and food
  • Welcome to Tokamachi City, rich in nature, culture and food
  • Welcome to Tokamachi City, rich in nature, culture and food
  • Welcome to Tokamachi City, rich in nature, culture and food
  • Welcome to Tokamachi City, rich in nature, culture and food
  • Welcome to Tokamachi City, rich in nature, culture and food
  • Welcome to Tokamachi City, rich in nature, culture and food
  • Welcome to Tokamachi City, rich in nature, culture and food
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Tokamachi City's 5 Regions

There are five regions that make up Tokamachi
City, and each region has its own unique appeal
and attractions. All 5 regions experience heavy
snowfall in the winter season. The snowfall
depth ranges between two and five meters.

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Tokamachi Region

Tokamachi Region

The Tokamachi region is the center of the region and there
are many restaurants, shops and bars within walking
distance from Tokamachi Station. It has a long history of
kimono production, and is also well known for its speciality
dish of hegi soba noodles. The Tokamachi region has a
busy schedule of events and festivals all year round. The
biggest festivals being the Tokamachi Snow Festival in
winter, Tokamachi Omatsuri in the Summer and the
Tokamachi Kimono Festival in the Spring.

Tokamachi Area

This flame-style pottery, designated as a
national treasure, was excavated from the
Sasayama ruins in Tokamachi City. They
date back thousands of years to the Middle
Jomon period. Their elaborate pattern work
and form can be seen at the Tokamachi
City Museum along with exhibitions on
Jomon life and culture.

Flame shaped earthenware

Kawanishi Region

The Kawanishi region sits atop a river terrace on the west
bank of the Shinano River and overlooks the Tokamachi
basin area. Kawanishi is home to the "House of Light", a
one-of-a-kind guesthouse and artistic experience created
by world acclaimed artist James Turrell; people from all over
the world come to see it. In the center of the region is the
Senju Onsen, a 100% natural hot spring which vitalizes the
region serving as the center of the local community. In
March, the Echigo Tsumari Snow Fireworks take place in
Kawanishi. This event features thousands of LED lights which
illuminate the snowfield and a vivid winter fireworks display.

Kawanishi Area

Nakasato Area

Nakasato Region

The Nakasato region is the southernmost region of Tokamachi
City. Here you can find the Kiyotsu Gorge, 1 of Japan's 3 Most
Beautiful Gorges, a stunning sight throughout the year due to
its transitioning seasonal character. In the warmer seasons
the Kiyotsugawa Fresh Park is a popular camping destination
where you can enjoy playing in the crystal-clear Kiyotsu River
and barbecuing on the grass. In the winter, the Snowfield
Carnival event features 20,000 lit candles set down in the
snow and a procession of skiers bearing flaming torches.

Nakasato Area

Matsudai Region

The Matsudai region is located just west of Tokamachi
City, and is easily accessed by train from Tokamachi
Station. It's most famous for its stunning landscapes of
rice terraces which lie throughout the mountain valleys at
altitudes ranging from 150 to 600 meters. Next to
Matsudai Station is the Nohbutai building, the base for
the region's Echigo Tsumari Art Field activities. There
are a number of artworks within walking distance of the
station and Nohbutai. Matsudai is also home to Unkai,
an onsen facility whose baths offer a superb view of
the surrounding mountains and cloudscape.

Matsudai Area
Matsunoyama Area

Matsunoyama Region

Matsunoyama is Tokamachi City's most remote region where
every winter, snowfall can accumulate to heights of up
to five meters. Such wintery conditions are perfect for
warming your body in an onsen (hot spring) bath,
and incidentally, Matsunoyama Onsen is known as 1 of
Japan's Big 3 Medicinal Onsen. Its hot spring waters are
salty in taste and blessed with high mineral content. The
onsen village, nestled away in a small mountain alley, has
a homely and romantic charm, and houses a number of
restaurants offering a wide range of delicious traditional
cuisine. The region is also home to the beautiful Bijinbayashi
Forest and Kyororo, a natural science museum and school
where you can learn about the surrounding natural
environment.

Matsunoyama Area