Tokamachi—Beautiful nature and warm humanity

Tokamachi City is located in southern Niigata Prefecture. With the Shinano River flowing through the center, the city consists of a basin and surrounding hilly and mountainous areas, and is designated as a special snowy area with three to four meters of snow each winter. Rice is cultivated widely in the city, a production area of well-known Uonuma Koshihikari rice. The city also features a woven fabric culture, which used to be as thriving as the Nishijin district in Kyoto. Kiyotsu Gorge, located in the south, is one of the three great gorges in Japan, and also a national designated site of scenic beauty and natural treasure. Matsunoyama Onsen in the west is one of the three major medicated baths in Japan.
Since the 2000s, every three years the city has also hosted the "Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale: Art Festival of the Earth," one of the largest art festivals in the world. "Echigo-Tsumari" is not an actual name on the map but a new name for the specific region that includes Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town. The name comes from the fact that this area was called "Tsumari-go" in ancient times and is becoming widely known in Japan and abroad.

Culture and Nature in Tokamachi City

Delicious food and specialty products