Tokamachi, land of snow, food and scenic beauty

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Receiving up to four meters of snow in the mountain heights and two meters of snowfall in town, Tokamachi spends half the year snowed under and is the snowiest city in the world. The beautiful village culture here is represented by kaen-gata pottery, named for its unique flame-shaped embellishments. This pottery, whose history can be traced back more than five millennia, is the oldest National Treasure of Japan. Unravel the history behind this ancient village culture as you sample distinctive local cuisine that reflects the area’s snowy climate.

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