Sainokami. A ritual where people pray for health and safety which is still practiced by people in this region today. People light a tower made of paddy straws aflame in the rice fields during the period called “little new year” in mid-January. It’s tradition of this region to pray for the new year without diseases and disasters. In this tour, you taste Ojiya’s famous soba (Japanese noodle made of Sarasin), participate in the “Sainokami” event and visit “Nishikigoi-no-Sato” (a garden of colorful carp).
Date: January 13th
Meeting place: Yoridokoro (3 minutes from Ojiya station of JR line)
Participation Fee: 4,000 yen for Adult; 3,300 yen for Elementary school and under
Including lunch and entrance fee for Carp Garden
Minimum 5 people and up to 20 people
Yoridokoro -> Lunch -> -Sainokami -> Carp Garden & Sun-Plaza for souvenirs
Ojiya is known as a snowy region with 2-meter of snow in the winter. It is the fate for people in Ojiya to protect their house from snow and to live in the snow.
After working out as a volunteer to help elderly people who have a problem with removing snow, enjoy the life in the snowy region with a delicious meal.
Date: January 13th or February 2nd
Meeting place: Yoridokoro(5 minute-walk from Ojiya station of JR line)
Participation Fee: 4,000 yen for adult (Lunch, Entrance fee for the carp garden and insurance are included)
Minimum 5 people and up to 10 people
Yoridokoro -> Snow shoveling experience -> Lunch -> Carp garden & Sun-plaza
Please wear a water-proof snowsuit and rubber boots
- You can rent a snowsuit, rubber boots and gloves: 1,000 yen
- Tools for removing snow will be provided.
- You will have an insurance even though snow shoveling is not dangerous.
You can combinate this tour with “Snowy country life Experience Tour” on January 15th.
Sightseeing project of Tomukyo
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Chijimi-no-Sato, Tel 0258-81-1717
Inn: Kizu Kami-no-Yu, Tel 0258-82-4838
When you use the Joetsu-line
1. Get off at Ojiya station.
2. Walk through the underpass and go down the arcade.
3. In about three minutes, you will find a shop on the right side. Yoridokoro is in the shop.
Please refer to the following map.