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Farm Stays in Togari Onsen, Iiyama

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Immerse yourself in Japanese culture staying with a farming family

Shinsyu-Iiyama Tourism bureau



Togari Onsen Ski Resort, in the Sekita mountain range, which borders Nagano and Niigata prefectures, has stunning views of the Chikuma River and picturesque Shinano river basin. Here you can enjoy skiing or even try snow cycling on a snowbike riding tour. Blast down a 2,000-meter-long course with a guide on ‘fatbikes’, bicycles with wide tyres specially designed for off-road cycling in snow.


At the foot of the ski resort there are many minshuku B&B style lodgings. Since the 1950's farmers in Iiyama have been providing minshuku for visitors to stay and experience life in this rural community like a local.


Visit in the warmer months, when the landscape changes from white to vibrant greens, to try your hand at harvesting home-grown rice and vegetables. Take cooking lessons to learn how to make Japanese dishes from the ingredients you have harvested yourself. A local specialty not to be missed in sasa-zushi, a simple sushi made with shiitake mushrooms, walnuts and other ingredients placed on a bamboo leaf (sasa means bamboo leaf). Spend time getting to know your host family and learn about their daily lives in this part of rural Japan - a truly special experience that transcends language barriers.


How to get there


11 minutes by JR train from Iiyama Station (a stop on the Hokuriku shinkansen line) to Togari Nozawa Onsen Station. Then 5 minutes by taxi from Togari Nozawa Onsen Station.



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