Revision as of 02:27, 11 November 2009
Tokamachi (十日町市) is a city in Niigata.
Tokamachi is accessible by train, bus, and car. The closest Shinkansen (bullet train) station is at Echigo-Yuzawa.
Tokamachi has a bus system but the easiest form of transportation is by car.
- Tokamachi Snow Festival. Every February Tokamachi hosts a spectacular snow festival. It has a longer history than any other snow festival in Japan and is second in size only to one held in Hokkaido. The large amount of snowfall creates a picturesque winterland. The large snow sculptures are magnificent and well worth the trip to behold. Tokamachi averages near three meters of snow a year.
- Kimono Festival. Every spring in the month of May, there is a kimono festival that enlivens the city. The winter and early spring are characterized by cold wet weather and heavy snowfall; the bright and colorful kimono festival is a beautiful celebration that celebrates the region's fame for kimono textiles.
- Be-1. Great karaoke place!
- Mion Onsen. If you need a nice relaxing place to go to why not go to a hotspring that also has a waterslide with a pool! Located in Nakasato Village off the 49.
- Cinema Paradise, . See a movie in this cozy theater and have a snack at their nice cafe. Check their website for what's playing!
- Koshihikari Rice. The best rice in Japan!
- Sake. Best rice = best sake!
- Kappa Sushi. Pretty good sushi place, cheap and efficent.
- Doraku Sushi. One of the better sushi places in town and still cheap!
- Sukiya. Cheap, japanese rice bowls
- Louis. Located just across the Shinano river and up a small hill in the town of Kawanishi, a five minute car ride away from central Tokamachi, is Louis. This quaint cabin style restaurant and bar is a wonderful mix of east meets west. Enjoy a beer and great food while the Beatles or Elvis play in the background. The place is somewhat small, but for the right crowd can be a venue for a great evening.
- Tanto. One of the best restaurants in town. Has a wide variety of japanese dishes in a great atmosphere.
- Jyohachi. A great okonomiyaki (japanese omelette/pancake thing) place. Also has amazing french fries!
- Sakai. Great yakiniku (cook your own meat) BBQ place!
- Tanaka Kuma Kichi. Nice relaxing atmosphere. Great food and drink. Miso meat pizza is to die for!
- Daikichi. Great place for yakitori (barbeque chicken). Has two stories and plenty of room to fit parties. The chicken cheese and free salad are highly recommended.
- McDonalds, Located near the back of the local Jusco. This is the only 'American' restaurant in the city and it is limited when compared to a traditonal US style Mckie D's, however when you really want a hamburger, big macs are accessible.
- Ramen Kuma. Good ramen and amazing fried chicken!
- Kuniya. Great ramen shop with unique bowls including gyoza ramen and cheese ramen!
- Pizza Papa. Best pizza place in town!
- Adore. In nearby Muikamachi, behind the train station, the only indian restaurant in the area serves up delicious curry, samosas, and naan.
- Ribbon Cafe, . Great little cafe with coffee, tea, sandwiches, and cakes.
- Prog Town. Hip bar with cozy seating and good food.
- Ark. Cool bar on the corner of Eki Dori and 117 with great cocktails and a nice second story view of the street below.
- Bijin Bayashi Forest - Great place to get with nature about 30 min from Tokamachi in Matsunoyama.
- Kyororo - Nice bug museum with a section inside to make your own wood animal out of the branches taken from Bijin Bayashi. There is also a tower that you can walk up to see a great view from the top.
- Akiyamago - In the nearby area of Tsunan is Akiyamago a region of beautiful rivers, forests, waterfalls, and gorges. There is a even a small suspension bridge to cross over the river by foot!
- Kiyotukyo Canyon - Southeast of Tokamachi lies this beautiful canyon with amazing rock formations and foliage along with a crystal clear rushing river. You can pay 500 yen to enter the tunnels for close up views of the canyon and a small museum. You can also hike the very long (but free) trail that goes above and through the canyon.