A unique guesthouse in Japan’s snow country

Art, meditation, light and shadows

East meets West at Niigata’s House of Light: a singular work of art and lodging all in one. Artist James Turrell united skylights and fiber-optics with Japanese touches like shoji screens and outside porches to create an immersive experience meant to catalyze discussion and meditation amongst guests.
The House of Light was featured on the unique stage of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. The facility caters to both stayover guests and day-trippers, with reservations easily booked online in English.

The surrounding city of Tokamachi is also worth exploring, with art museums showcasing everything from the most impressive prehistoric pottery collection in Japan to contemporary masterworks.
It is home to healing hot spring waters and stunning scenes of nature, including virgin beech forests, spectacular gorges, and some of Japan’s most beautiful terraced rice fields— and with car-rental and sightseeing taxi services available, it’s easy to see it all.
For supper, why not try some of the best rice in Japan and enjoy a sip of Niigata’s sublime sake.

Located just over 2 hours from Tokyo by bullet and local trains, it’s an enchanting destination that’s surprisingly accessible.

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