Visit artworks by recipients of Praemium Imperiale

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Your own car or train plus rent-a-car

Visit artworks by recipients of Praemium Imperiale, one of the most prestigeous awards for artists and cultural figures.

The Rice Field by Ilya & Emilia Kabakov
(Matsudai Nohbutai)

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov are one of the most prominent artists of this era and known for artworks using paitings, objects, words and sound. Their artwork, The Rice Field, completes when viewing from an observation deck in Matsudai Nohbutai. You will look at the sculptures installed on the terraced rice field representing different phases of rice production through text on a screen celebrating such traditional rice production.(Photo by Osamu Nakamura)

Matsudai Nohbutai
3743−1 Matsudai, Tokamachi-city, Niigata Prefecture
10:00~17:00 Closed on Wed(in case holiday, the following day will be closed)
Admission Adult JPY600 Children under 15 JPY300

Tsumari In Bloom by Yayoi Kusama(Adjecent to Matsudai Nohbutai)

Yayoi Kusama has long been holding the top position in the art scene since 1960s. Tsumari in Bloom is one of her most favourite artworks outdoor. (Photo by Osamu Nakamura)

Enjoy local delicacies at Echigo-Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo.

The Last Class by Christian Boltanski and Jean Kalman

The Last Class is a collaborative work between Christian Boltanski and Jean Kalman occupying an entire school building which was closed due to the depopulation. The artwork respresenting "non-existance of human being" uses pre-loved objects and expresses lost time and memories. (Photo by H. Kuratani)

※Address:192 Fujikura, Matsunoyama, Tokamachi-city, Niigata
※ Please check opening dates and time before visiting this artwork.

Dragon Museum of Contemporay Art (DMoCA) by Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang, who is known for dynamic drawing using gunpowder, transfered a kilm from China to Echigo-Tsumari. Using its interior space for presenting artworks by other artists, this small museum, DMoCA has hosted exhibitions and installations by artists including Ann Hamilton (2012) and Peter Hutchinson (2015) (Photo by ANZAI)

※Located in Mountain Park Tsunan(1745-1 Ko Ueda, Tsunan-town, Nakauonumagun, Niigata Prefecture)
※ Please check opening seasons before visiting this artwork.

This Course Program

7:48 Depart Tokyo station
1h 16m(on Max Toki 307)
9:04 Arrive at Echigo-Yuzawa station
Rent-a-car and drive to Echigo-Tsumari region (1h 10m)
10:30 Matsudai Nohbutai (visit artworks, 2h)The Rice Field
Tsumari in Bloom
13:15 Arrive at The Last ClassThe Last Class
13:55 Arrive at DMoCADMoCA (Dragon Museum of Contemporary Art)
Drive back to Echigo-Yuzawa station (60m)
15:15 Return rent-a-car
16:08 Depart Echigo-Yuzawa station
1h 12m (Max Toki 332)
17:20 Arrive at Tokyo station

Other courses

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

period : Day trip

start point : Echigo-Yuzawa station