Tsuchiyu Onsen-cho is located in a national park and it is also the birthplace of KOKESHI, the Tsuchiyu wooden doll.
It is a town where traditional culture and the nature live together,
where the number of hotels decreased by 30% after the Tohoku Earthquake,
where the work of the contemporary art appeared,
where inhabitants are trying to acquire the independent electric power using hybrid power generation.
Please look at the various faces of the town.
Exhibition in the town
NAKANO-YU, a public bathroom
Artists / SOUJI SHIMIZU
The public bathroom in Tsuchiyu Onsen-cho is used as the place of relaxation of local people. Underground floor is used also as an artist residence.
* A bathing charge is 200 yen.
The abandoned hotel
Artists / YUJI SHIMONO
This building was used as a hotel before being abandoned. It does not have a glass in a window, nor have a handrail in stairs.
Artists / PIMERIKO / CHIHARU MIZUKAWA / HIROFUMI YUGEN / TAIHEI / KAZUTAKA YOSHIDA
The apartment where the employee of the hotel lived before the earthquake.The yellow handrail of an apartment seems pretty. One artist set an exhibition in one of the rooms of this apartment.
The old private house
Artists / MINAKO MATSUNAGA
This is a private house in which nobody lives now. A small river passes nearby and a small wood is in a back yard.
Around Tuchiyu town
The source of hot spring water
Artists / SINNOSUKE TOUJOU
The source of the hot spring water is about 2km away from Tsuchiyu Onsen-cho. It is also the origin of Arakawa river.
Hot spring water and its steam, at about 150 ℃ , are blowing off from the underground here. The melted snow and the springwater of mountain AZUMA-SANKEI are mixed here and be sent to a hot spring resort.