Katakuri House is an accommodation in a renovated old school from the 19th century, located in the hidden scenic area of Akiyamago, which served local children for 108 years until its closure in 1992. Staff members enchanted by the abundant nature and history of Akiyamago look forward to welcoming visitors with confortable rooms and delicious food.
About the area
Katakuri House is located at the entrance of the Akiyamago, a collective term for twelve villages dispersed amongst the mountains at the border of Niigata and Nagano, which has been selected as one of “Japan’s 100 best secluded sites”. A trekking route traces terraced rice fields uniquely built with piles of stones and the clear waters of the Nakatsugawa valley overlooked by the Mikura bridge, and visitors may even encounter
the Japanese serow, a protected species of mountain goat. Visitors can enjoy nature’s seasonal beauty, such as masses of katakuri flowers (Japanese dog’s tooth violets), starry skies at night, and the highland autumn colors.
Tsunan-town has been inhabited since the Jomon Era, where people have developed a diet combining the wild plants and mushrooms from the mountains, and cultivated rice and vegetables on the valley lands of Tsunan. Enjoy locally-sourced seasonal delicacies, including locally-brewed sake.
Ketto Elementary School, established in 1884, ended its 108-year history in 1992 due to the decrease in the number of students. The closure of the school was not at all an easy decision as it was built through the tremendous efforts of local residents, who fought for educational opportunities for their children after officially being designated as an area exempted from compulsory education.
In response to resident’s strong desire for reusing the school building, it was transformed into “Katakuri House” in 1993 and began its new history as a place to experience nature and the distinctive life-style and culture of the area. Local people are eager to welcome visitors to the Katakuri House.
Seven Japanese-style rooms (Capacity: 37 guests)
Former classrooms were refurbished into confortable Japanese-style guestrooms.
Indoor bath with hot springs (one each for men and women)
The previous room for the school principal turned into the indoor bath with hot springs. Enjoy onsen experience to warm up your body.
Ketto hot springs
Mineral contents: sodium, calcium, chloride, and sulfate
Water temperature: 39.5 °C
Effects: healing cuts, burns, chronic skin diseases, neuralgia, muscular pain, stiff shoulders etc.
Gym / Play fields
The gymnasium and play fields are available for different occasions such as playing sports, seminars, meetings, or music concerts.
"Melting Wall" by Jun Honma
Enjoy the artwork by Jun Honma which was created in the Echigo-Tsuamri Art Triennale 2003, and has been installed in a former swimming pool.
Shiozawa-Ishiuchi IC, Kanetsu Expressway→Route 353→Route 117 Route 405. Approx. 80 min.
Toyota-Iiyama IC, Joetsu Expressway→Route 117→Route 405. Approx. 80 min.
By train and bus
Echigoyuzawa Station of JR Joetsu Bullet Train→(50 min. by bus)→Tsunan Town Hall→(35 min. by bus)→Kamiketto
Tsunan Station of JR Iiyama Line→(15 min. by cab)→Tsunan Town Hall→(35 min. by bus) Kamiketto
●Katakuri House Tel. +81-25-761-5205
●450-1 Ketto, Nakauonuma-gun, Tsunanmachi, Niigata 949-8316, Japan
●Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Information Center Tel. +81-25-595-6688
||Including two meals
|Elementary school students
|Childen(age: 4 or 5)
* All prices shown include consumption tax.
Opening period : Late April to mid November