SHEDDING HOUSE - Tokamachi, Niigata, Japan

SHEDDING HOUSE - Tokamachi, Niigata, Japan


Junichi Kurakake + Nihon University College of Art Sculpture Course

3 bedroomS
10 beds (10 single)
1 bathroom
¥3,000/night/person (+ ¥15,000 shared facility fee)
1 night minimum stay

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"Shedding House was built as an art installation for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale using an old vacant house in the area. This is a renovation of an 150-year-old minka house where visitors can stay overnight. Through carving every surface of the abandoned house, Junichi Kurakake and volunteers of Nihon University College of Art Sculpture Course opened up the enclosed space and helped shed and turn it into an artwork.

The house had become a lifeless shell with the passage of time. By hand carving the entire house, the artists shed its skin and resurrected it as a work of art. It took two and a half years from the planning to the completion, and the artists stayed in Tsumari for over 160 days. 'We found a house that had been standing for over 150 years, disappearing. Living in a changing city, we appreciate this changeless place. The Shedding House has carved out a new time, and the carvers must have shed their skin.' (Junichi Kurakake).

It is equipped with bath, toilet and kitchen with two rooms on the ground floor and one room on the floor above - which could accommodate as many as ten people. You can cook yourself or order catering. A perfect setting for group stay or sharing with family or friends.  Enjoy a special experience of staying in an artwork in a farming region and tasting home-made cuisine.

Hoshitoge village where Shedding House is located is famous for terraced rice fields (staircase-like rice fields on the slope of mountains) and receive visitors and photographers throughout the year. Heavy snow fall in winter, temperature difference between day and evening and snow-melt water from the mountains all contribute to the delicious rice grown in the village - which is all produced without machines.

Junichi Kurakake and volunteers of Nihon University College of Art Sculpture course made the Shedding House and the Croquette House in Hoshitoge village in 2006 and 2009 respectively. As they build and deepen ties with community, they have been participating in local festivals and events. They have been engaging with maintenance of terraced rice field in the village since 2013.

Open late April to the end of October."



Maximum Guests: 10
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 10 (10 single)
Bathrooms: 1

Minimum Stay: 1 night
Daily Price: ¥3,000/person

Facilities Charge: ¥15,000/night
Check In: 4:00 p.m.
Check Out: 9:00 a.m.



Electric Cooker
Rice Cooker


Catering Available (breakfast + dinner)


Smoke Detector
Fire Extinguisher


All Year

Visiting Artworks
Hot Springs


Mountain Biking


Autumn Color Change
Snow Activities
Annual Snow Festival