DREAM HOUSE - Tokamachi, Niigata, Japan

DREAM HOUSE - Tokamachi, Niigata, Japan


Marina Abramovic

1,411 square feet
4 bedroom
4 beds (4 single)
1 bathroom
1 night minimum stay

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"Dream House was built as an art installation for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale using an old vacant house in the area. In the Dream House, you prepare yourself to dream; you wear a special suit and go to sleep in a special bed for dreaming. You participate in the Dream House Overnight Experience. You are also asked to write down your dreams in the Dream Book. The publication of the collected dreams was conceived as part of the Dream House project.  

The house has four different colored rooms for dreaming, a shared library, kitchen, bathroom and washing room. The Dream House has a bathroom called the "purifying room" featuring two copper-made bathtubs with crystal pillows. You can put medicinal herbs in one of the tubs. Because of the concept of the work, no shampoo or soap is available. Just before reaching the Dream House, you will come across Matsunoyama Hot Spring, one of the three famous medicinal hot spring spas in Japan. We recommend you to drop for a soak at a public bath.

The Dream House is a work by Marina Abramović, an artist from the former Yugoslavia. It was created in a house in a satoyama (cultivated mountain region) community in one of the most famous parts of the Japanese “snow country.” Over a hundred years old, the house was refurbished in 2000 as the Dream House. On March 12th, 2011, a large earthquake centered in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture caused severe damage to the Dream House, leading to its closure. Following extensive repairs, it reopened on the occasion of the Echigo-Tsuamari Art Triennale 2012, as part of which, the first edition of the Dream Book was published, as planned.

Open late April to the end of October.” www.tsumari-artfield.com



Size: 1,411 s.f.
Maximum Guests: 4
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 4 (4 single)
Bathrooms: 1

Minimum Stay: 1 night
Daily Price: ¥6,300/person
Daily Price (entire house): ¥25,200

Check In: 5:00 p.m.
Check Out: 9:00 a.m.



Electric Cooker
Rice Cooker
Electric Hot Pot


Catering (breakfast)


Fire Extinguisher


All Year

Visiting Artworks
Hot Springs


Mountain Biking


Autumn Color Change
Hot Springs
Annual Snow Festival


Marina Abramovic is without question one of the seminal artists of our time. Since the beginning of her career during the early 1970s where she attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Abramovic has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. 

She was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale.  Abramovic received a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) in 2002 and was awarded anHonorary Doctorate from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004.  Her series of performances at The Guggenheim Museum was awarded the prize for 2005-2006 Best Exhibition of Time-Based Art by the United States Art Critics Association.  In 2008 Abramovic was honored with the Austrian Commander Cross for her contributions to Art History and in 2009 decorated with the Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Plymouth, UK.  In summer of 2011, she was bestowed with the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts by Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The same year she received a Cultural Leadership Award from the American Federation of Arts.