Stay overnight and experience koshogatsu and yukimigozen in Echigo-Tsumari (Operated only from Sat 15 to Sun 16 Jan 2022 from/to Echigo-Yuzasa station)

Participant in the tour will stay at Sansho House, meet locals, and experience distinctive rituals including Torioi and Dondoyaki wishing for the good harvest of the new year. You will also enjoy the feast for the new year and making chinkoro, a traditional small doll.

Information and Map

10:30 Meet at and depart from Echigo-Yuzawa station
1 hour
11:30 Check-in at Sansho House
Check-in at Sansho House
Sansho House is a closed primary school transformed into an accommodation in time for the ETAT2006. Participants in the tour will stay overnight in this unique accmmodation standing on top of the hill in the village.
12:45 Approximately 40 artworks indoor and outside
12:00-13:00 Lunch
Try tasting freshly made mochi
Come down to the dining room after dropping off your bags. Join making mochi and enjoy the taste of joint-effort!
13:30-14:30 Play in the snow
Play in the school yard covered with snow
School yard adjecent to Sansho House is the perfect spot to play in snow. You may like to borrow different equipments to play in snow available at Sansho House.
15:00-16:00 Lucky charm of Tokamachi-city
Make your own winter lucky charm
Chinkoro is a traditional lucky charm in a puppy shape which has been made locally in the region since Edo period. It get cracks after completion which is an evidence of it protecting you from disasters. Join making your own chinkoro with local villagers.
16:30-18:00 Koshogatsu rituals
Participate in the traditional rituals for Koshogatsu
"Torioi" is a ritual for Koshogatsu wishing for a good harvest of the year by scaring birds away. Learn songs from local people and join a parade walking through the village singing along!
18:30-19:30 Dinner
Enjoy Yukimigozen
Yukimigozen is a meal taking inspiration from a traditional meal once served in each village for weddings and funerals. Enjoy a deliciously cooked meal by local villagers served on lacker plates and bowls.
10 min
20:00-21:00 Dip in Onsen
10 min
21:30-23:00 Sansho House
Free time
Enjoy and relax in your free time at Sansho House after Onsen. Check out the artwork by Leandro Erlich, only open to the guests of Sansho House.
23:00 Bed time
8:00‐9:00 Breakfast
10 min
10:00-11:00 Koshogatsu ritual
Participate in Dondoyaki, another Koshogatsu ritual of the community
"Dondoyaki" is another Koshogatsu ritual wishing for a good harvest and a peaceful year without problems. You can watch how local people bring lucky charms of previous years and caligraphies and put them into the fire as a part of the ritual.
12:00 Sansho House
Check out Sansho House
Checking out Sansho House, saying good-bye to the locals to making a journey back home.
20 min
12:30-13:30 Lunch
The last meal of the tour at Matsudai History Museum
Try light meal including "Anbo" a traditional food of the region and soup in the 140-year-old Keyaki minka house. You may enjoy wonderful memories of the two-day tour as you sit around the irori (sunken hearth).
70 min
14:40 Arrive at Echigo-Yuzawa station / end of the tour

Notes to the tour participants
※ We will inform you when your booking is confirmed with the detailed itinerary and the list of things to bring.
※ The tour includes many programs to enjoy the snow. Please make sure to bring warm clothes, layers ,and a pair of rain boots.
※ We will have to change or cancel some parts of the itineraries due to the weather and/or road conditions.
※ While the itinerary takes into consideration of time it may take for travelling on snowy roads, we recommend you to book a return Shinkansen that departs not immediately after the tour finishing time to avoid missing a train back to Tokyo.


Dates Sat 15 to Sun 16 January 2022
Admission Adult JPY20,000, Child age between 7-15 JPY17,000, child age 3 and younger JPY7000 (the price includes bus ride, four meals, admissions to artworks, program fees, bathing fee, and consumption tax)
Deadline 24:00 on Mon 10 Jan 2022 or earlier when fully booked
Origin / Destination East Exit, Echigo-Yuzawa station
Transportation Solely operated by Morinomiya Kotsu
Capacity The minimum number of participants required: 1
Host NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organisation
Memger of All Nippon Travel Agents Association
Inquiry 025-761-7749 /
Co-host NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organisation

・Participants will stay over night at Sansho House, a domitory-style accommodation and will be allocated to sleep in female / male rooms respectively. Visit  here for details. 

・The tour will not be accompanied by a tour guide. 

・Please read terms and conditions (in Japanese) of the tour before you book and join the tour.
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For inquiry:
Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Information Centre
025-761-7767(10:00 – 18:00 Closed on Wednesdays)

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