Architectural tour in Echigo-Tsumari

Tokyo or Niigata via Echigo-Yuzawa/
Tokyo or Niigata via Echigo-Yuzawa
Car + train

Visit artworks by internationally acclaimed architects.

Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE by Hiroshi Hara + Atelier φ

Designed by Hiroshi Hara, an architect of Umeda Sky House (chosen as one of the 20 influential architectures in the world by the Times) and Kyoto station. Launched in 2003 originally and renovated into the current museum in time for ETAT2012. The museum presents permanent collections by internationally acclaimed artists featuring nature, history and topography of Echigo-Tsumari. (Photo by ANZAI)

※ Address: 6 Honcho, Tokamach-city, Niigata) TEL +81(0)25-761-7767
※ Restaurant, museum shop and onsen are located in the same building.

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Pavillon / Papillon by Dominique Perrault

A french architect, Dominique Perrault suggested to build a simple structure in the park which can be used as a stage for Noh play. The roof features wings of a batterfly with a material which reflect surrounding nature as well as costume of performers on ths stage. The roof elements are folded up during winter. (Photo by H. Kuratani)

※ Address: Kainokawa, Gejo, Tokamachi-city, Niigata
Open from May to Oct

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Matsudai Nohbutai by MVRDV

Designed by Dutch architect office, MVRDV. Under the concept of exchange between the city and region, the facility aims to discover and present the charm of the region. The hunging structure without column was catered to protect the buidling from heavy snowfall in winter as well as use the void space under the buidling for events and performances. Photo by ANZAI

There are artworks installed and scattered in and outside the buidling in addition to gallery space, museum shop and a restaurant, Echigo-Matsuadi Satoyama Shokudo.

※Address: 3743-1 Matsudai, Tokamachi-city, Niigata) /TEL +81(0)25-595-6180

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Kyororo by Takaharu and Yui Tezuka

Designed by award-winning architect unit who is known for a unique kindergarten built in collaboration with Kashiwa Sato. This science museum features nature and creature of the snow country and also functions as a research and educational centre. The 120m long steel structure is robust enough to support as heavy as 2000t of snow in winter. Large glass window frames beautiful satoyama landscape in winter whereas shows the layers of thick blanket of snow in winter.

※Address: 1712-2 Matsukuchi, Matsunoyama, Tokamachi-city, Niigata / TEL *81(0)25-595-8311

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Finnish architect, Architectural Office Casagrande & Rintala

The site was once a playground and then turned into a place where industry waste was dumped for decades in the 20th century. The finnish architect Casagrande & Rintala used simbolic materials of heavy industry such as iron, wood, tires for bench, swings and walls. The site was transformed into a park where locals can once again enjoy occupying. (Photo by Osamu Nakamura)

※Address: 1650 Kuramata Ko, Tokamachi-city, Niigata)
※Open from May to Oct

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This Course Program

7:48 Depart Tokyo station
1h16m by MAX Toki 307
9:04 Arrive at Echigo-Yuzawa station
Mover to Tokamachi station via Hokuhoku Line
10:02 Arrive at Tokamachi station
Rent a car
10:30 Check out artworks (40 min)Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE
15 min
11:25 Check out artwork (10 min)Pavillon / Papillon
35 min
12:10 Check out artworks and lunch (2 hours)Matsudai Nohbutai
20 min
14:30 Check out artworks (30 min)Kyororo
25 min
15:25 Check out artwork (15 min)POTEMKIN
30 min
16:10 Arrive at Tokamachi station
Depart to Echigo-Yuzawa
18:24 Arrive at Echigo-Yuzawa station
18:40 Depart Echigo-Yuzawa station
1h20m by MAX Toki 342
20:00 Arrive at Tokyo 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