Sightseeing and Art by Train or Rental Car: Get the perfect photo to capture your memories on this tour.
Kiyotsu Gorge, one of the best photo spots in Japan!
"You can't miss this view. This is one of the most photogenic spots around. The Kiyotsu Gorge is one of Japan's top three great natural gorges. The tunnel has been renovated into a magnificent space for contemporary art. We invite you to experience this extraordinary world surrounded by the powerful Kiyotsu River.
Kiyotsu Gorge Entrance
Near the entrance to the gorge is a unique rest stop. The first floor has a cafe where you can get a good cup of coffee, and the second floor is a foot path where you can soothe your feet and relax.
Sasagoya (souvenir shop)
A souvenir shop across from the gorge.
In summertime, we recommend in particular getting ramune or ice cream!
"For Lots of Lost Windows," an Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale Original Artwork
After you have finished your photoshoot at "For Lots of Lost Windows," head on over to the nearby Kuramata Bridge. A replica of the famed "kaengata doki," or "flame-style pottery," the National Treasure of Tokamachi, is on a pedestal framed by gorgeous scenery all around, making for the perfect photo. Try finding the best angle to shoot from!
"This soba restaurant is located in the middle of a large patch of fields.
They specialize in hegisoba made of their own buckwheat flour along with a buffet chock-full of homegrown produce and seasonal offerings.
The restaurant is stylish and offers a great view of the scenery. "
Museum of Picture Book Art
One of the pinnacles of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. This whimsical museum is also host to a café and a goat playground in the front!
Rental car drop-off (if you use Toyota Rentacar, you can pick-up/drop-off at either Tokamachi OR Yuzawa!)
Michnoeki Crossten & Kinare
This is your one-stop-shop for Tokamachi souvenirs. Find the perfect gift for your loved ones back home! This building is also home to a Guinness World Record for the biggest set of “tsurushi-hina,” or handmade dolls hung from the ceiling.
Akashi no Yu
Kinare, the contemporary art museum, is the headquarters of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. The first floor offers a public bath that changes with the seasons, which we highly recommend. There is a napping room and other amenities available to refresh yourself on your trip.
"This stylish restaurant and café is inside a large wooden building that is a work of art in itself.
They have many special offerings using local and seasonal ingredients that even picky eaters can enjoy. "
Make sure to check the train times so you don't miss your transfer!