The very first visit to Echigo-Tsumari: Check out must-see artworks

Echigo Yuzawa station/
Echigo Yuzawa station

This is an itinerary for those who visit Echigo-Tsumari for the first time to check out must-see artworks. Approx. four hours from Tokyo to Echigo-Tsumari by train or you can rent-a-car from Echigo-Yuzawa station.


Finnish architect, Architectural Office Casagrande & Rintala turned a former industrial dumping site by a river into a park.

※Address: 1650 Kuramata Ko, Tokamachi-city, Niigata)

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Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE

Museum with permanent collections featuring nature, culture, topography and history of Echigo-Tusmari with museum shop and restaurant.

※Address: 6 Honcho, Tokamachi-city, Niigata TEL +81(0)25-761-7767
Admission: Adult JPY800/Children age under 15 JPY400(Different price may apply for special exhibitions)
Opening hours:10:00-17:00 Closed on Wednesdays (or following weekday if national holiday)

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Bar Echigo Shinanogawa

Lunch at a museum restaurant within a space created by artist.

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House of Light

An artwork and accommodation by James Turrell who drew inpiration from "In Praise of Shadows” by Junichiro Tanizaki. Visitors will "look into" the sky as it changes colours.

※Address: 2891 Ueno Ko, Tokamachi-city, Niigata
Admission: Adult (age above 15) JPY500円, Children age under 12 JPY250
Opening hours: 11:30-15:30(or 15:00 between Nov and Mar).

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Museum of Picture Book Art

A walk-in museum to exprerience the story featuring the last three students of a closed school by Seizo Tashima. Admission: Adult JPY500 / Children age under 15 JPY250(Different price may apply for special exhibitions)

※ Address: 2310-1 Ko Sanada, Tokamachi-city, Niigata /TEL:+81(0)25-752-0066
Opening hours 10:00-17:00、Closed on Wed/Thur (open if national holiday and closed following weekdays instead)

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Matsudai Nohbutai

Designed by MVRDV. Check also a restaurant, Echigo-Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo in the building to enjoy local delicacies. Visit Matsudai History Museum to learn about the region.

※Address: 3743−1 Matsudai, Tokamachi-city, Niigata) TEL+81(0)25-595-6180
Admission: Adult JPY600 / Children age under 15 JPY300
Opening hours 10:00-17:00 Closed on Wednesdays (or following weekday if national holiday)

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An informative science museum featuring satoyama creatures and natures.

※Address: 1712-2 Matsukuchi, Matsunoyama, Tokamachi-city, Niigata/TEL +81(0)25-595-8311
Admission: Adult JPY500 / Children age under 18 JPY300
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 Closed on Tuesdays (or following weekday if national holiday)
Visit beech tree forest adjecent to the museum.

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This Course Program

10:00 Rent-a-car at Echigo-Yuzasa station
20 min
10:00 Check out artwork (15 min)POTEMKIN
30 min
12:30 Check out artworks, lunch, shopping (85 min)Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemprary Art, KINARE
15 min
13:15 Check out artwork (30 min)House of Light
15 min
14:15 Check out artwork (45 min)Museum of Picture Book Art
20 min
15:35 Check out artworks, shopping (60 min)Matsudai Nohbutai
20 min
16:55 Check out artworks, walk in the beech tree forest (60 min)Kyororo
45 min
17:40 Arrive at Echigo-Yuzawa station

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Day trip to art world: explore Echigo-Tsumari by car (19 Jan - 24 Mar)

period : Day trip

start point : Echigo-Yuzawa station