Echigo-Tsumari Art Field 2024 Winter


Echigo-Tsumari is full of attractions under the cover of snow! The winter program is a treasure trove of things to see, eat, and play, and is a precursor to the “Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2024”, scheduled to be held from July.

<Table of Contents>
1、Artworks, exhibitions, and events
2、Echigo-Tsumari Art Field 2024 Winter  Common Ticket
3、How to visit (Official tours, Recommended courses)

1、Artworks, exhibitions, and events

Tanaka Min "Ryōkan in the Snow"

Ahead of the “Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2024” (2024/7/13-11/10) to be held from next summer, Tanaka Min will hold a snow performance “Ryōkan in the Snow” this winter.

Winter is the main season for Echigo-Tsumari. The spirit of Echigo-Tsumari is expressed precisely in the life in the snow that covers everything for six months. In this all-white world, Ryōkan, who plays with children and waits for spring, is a religious figure who embodies the Echigo-Tsumari winter. Tanaka Min will dance Ryōkan in the overwhelming snow ahead of Triennale 2024.

【Date & Time】 2024/2/2/23 (Fri) ,  Starts at 14:30
【Venue】Nakago Green Park (2930-3, Ueno Kou, Tokamachi-city, Niigata Prefecture 948-0122)
【Ticket/Purchase】The “ETAT 2024 Passport with Tanaka Min “Ryōkan in the Snow” (voucher) is required to view the performance.

Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, MonET

Photo Nakamura Osamu

(1) Exhibition series Vol.4 "Reverse String"

The title “Reverse String” is derived from an essay by  Nihiwaki Junzaburo, a poet from Niigata Prefecture, who described buckwheat noodles as “roughly shaped strings”. When paint is applied to form a shape and become a painting, it is the sparkle of the particles that attracts attention in reverse. This exhibition is set in Tokamachi in the middle of winter, when the snow is falling heavily, sometimes in torrents, and is composed of new works by artists who attempt to create a world that can be recomposed in a circle by painting from line to circle all at once. (Photo: Adachi Ryo)
【Guest curator】 hiyama Mayu (Curator, Recruit Art Center)

Dates: 1/13 – 3/10, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Fee: Common winter ticket or individual tickets (¥1,200 for adults, ¥600 for elementary and junior high school students)
*Fees include admission to the Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET) permanent exhibition and special exhibitions.

Related event /  “Let’s make snow paintings with your body”
Date:2/24    13:00-
Venue: Outside MonET
Fee: Included in the museum admission fee

(2) Special exhibition "Horizontal Being, Seeing Snow"

Under the concept of “waiting” (embracing) the snow, a giant person will appear on MonET’s pond. Please enjoy the experience of looking up at the naturally falling snow, facing the snow, and feeling the gift from nature with your whole body.

Dates: Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 1/20  to 3/10.
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (last admission at 16:30)
Fee: Common winter ticket or individual tickets (¥1,200 for adults, ¥600 for elementary and junior high school students)

*Fees include admission to the Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art MonET permanent exhibition and special exhibitions.
*Some works may be closed due to weather conditions.
*Artwork on the pond  will be on view from 1/27 (Sat.)

(3) Event: Winter Playground

Let’s experience an old game handed down in the village. “Hanekkeshi” is Shinzui village is that people play shuttlecock with “kosuki,” an old snow removal tool.

[Date & Time] Saturdays and Sundays during the exhibition period (10:00~15 :00)
※Due to the weather, the event has been canceled on 1/13,14,20,21
[Fee] One entry with a common winter ticket or individual viewing tickets.

Related Event;  “Village Hospitality”
[Date] 2/3, 17, 24, 3/2


Matsudai "NOHBUTAi" Field Museum

Special Exhibition: "Satoyama Snow Amusement Park 2024"

Visitors can view limited-time artworks in the snowy satoyama. Visitors can also enjoy various weekly snow activities such as banana boating, snow tubing, wood-chopping, and a snow soccer tournament with FC Echigo-Tsumari.

Dates: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 1/13 to 3/10
Hours: 10:00-16:00
Price: Winter common ticket, individual ticket, or NOHBUTAI Field Museum ticket
Participating artists: Shikata Kenichi, Dot Architects

*Fees include admission to the NOHBUTAI, the Matsudai History Museum, and the special exhibition. (The “The Monument of Tolerance” is open to the public for a limited time only *Reservations required)
*Admission to the NOHBUTAI and the Matsudai History Museum only is ¥600 for adults, ¥300 for elementary and junior high school students.
*Food and beverages are not included.
*Re-entry on the same day is permitted.

Shikata Kenichi “Growing in the ground”
As if growing out of the earth, the mirrored plate work torn into two halves reflects the snow and sky, swaying in the wind and creating a landscape.

Dot Architects “Furniture for Field Museum “SLEDDING BENCH””.

Events: Snow Activities/Mini-events

Snow Activities/Mini-events
Various snow activities and mini-events will be held on a weekly basis, including banana boating, snow tubing, wood-chopping, a snow soccer tournament with FC Echigo-Tsumari, and kanjiki (snowshoes) experience. (photo Nakamura Osamu)

[Snow Activities]
・Snow tubing
・Hand-pushed sled
・Snowboarding, Snow tubing, Hand-pushed sledding, Snow board, Bonfire
・Rice cakes and marshmallows roasting (extra charge)
・Bonfire coffee (extra charge)

[Mini-events] (dates and details are being prepared on the details page)
・Mochitsuki (rice cake pounding) contest
・Harvest Festival in the snow
・Wood-chopping experience
・Banana Boat
・Snowboarding class
・Snow soccer
・Snow maze making (snow shoes experience)
・Snow maze
・Kanjiki tour to the “The Monument of Tolerance” in the snow
*Banana boat and snow maze making are for elementary school students and older.

FC Echigo-Tsumari Gymnastics Class

FC Echigo-Tsumari, a women’s agricultural soccer team, will perform stretches that lead to the regeneration of the body’s natural motor functions. Let’s enjoy moving your body with the players of FC Echigo-Tsumari who have learned the methods of “R-body project Inc.”

Date: (being prepared)
Venue: (being prepared)
Fee (tax included): ¥500 per time

The Last Class

Christian Boltanski + Jean Kalman, “The Last Class” (photo  T.Kuratani)

Open: Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays only
Hours: 10:00-16:00
Fee: Winter common ticket / Individual ticket (Adult ¥800, Children under 15 age ¥400)

Outdoor works to be seen in the snow

Sekine Tetsuo, “Boys with Red Loincloth Returned” (photo Nakamura Osamu)

You can view multiple outdoor artworks even in the snow. You can also search for artworks that are open to the public according to the date of your visit.

*The “open”, “closed”, and “open” status displayed in the upper left corner of each work’s image indicates the status of the work on the date of the search operation.
*Open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but outdoor works that can be viewed in winter are not enclosed or removed.

[How to read the search results]
・The “Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays” policy for the entire Art Triennale means that outdoor artworks that can be viewed in winter are also displayed as “Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays,” but this does not mean that they are enclosed or removed.

・The “closed” and “inactive” shown in the upper left corner of each image indicate the status of the work as of the date of the search operation. Works displayed when searching by date of visit will be those that are scheduled to be opened on the date of visit.

Echigo-Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science

Two special exhibitions are being held until March 10. In addition, a popular winter-only experience, “Snowshoeing,” is also available.

[Special exhibitions]
1) “Snow Rich* Tokamachi, which curators and researchers can’t help but want to introduce”
2) “The Story of Bijinrin Monogatari”

Open: All year round (permanent exhibition + special exhibitions)
Closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays (or the following weekday if the day falls on a national holiday) *Closed on Tuesdays until December
Hours: 9:00-16:00 (last admission 15:30)
Fee : Winter common ticket or individual tickets (¥500 for adults, free for junior high school students and younger)

House of Light

James Turrell, “House of Light”, photo Nakamura Osamu

Closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Wednesdays only in March *Special closing days
Hours : 11:30-15:00 (last admission at 14:30)
Fee :Common winter ticket or individual tickets (¥600 for junior high school students and older, ¥300 for elementary school students)

Tunnel of Light (Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel)

Ma Yansong / MAD Architects, “Tunnel of Light”, Photo Nakamura Osamu

Closed: Open daily (temporary closure depending on snowfall/entrance facilities are closed during winter)
Hours: 9:00-16:00 (last mine entry at 15:30) until 2/28, 8:30-17:00 (last mine entry at 16:30) from 3/1
Fee :¥1,000 for Adults,  ¥400 for elementary and junior high school students (not valid for admission with the winter common ticket. Discounts are available.)
Privilege: ¥500 discount for general admission and ¥50 discount for elementary and junior high school students upon presentation of the winter common ticket.

2、Echigo-Tsumari Art Field 2024 Winter  Common Ticket

【Fee】General admission ¥2,000, elementary and junior high school students ¥800
【Valid period】2024/1/13 – 3/10  *Sale period is the same
【Sales locations】MonET, Matsudai “NOHBUTAI”, Matsudai History Museum, Last Class Sansho House, Kyororo, House of Light, Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel, Tokamachi City General Tourist Information Center, Matsudai/Matsunoyama Onsen Tourist Information Center, Tsunan Town Tourist Association.

<Facilities open to the public>
・Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, MonET
・Matsudai ”NOHBUTAI” Field Museum
・The Last Class
・Echigo-Matsunoyama “Forest School” Kyororo:
・House of Light

<Facilities with discount privileges> *The common winter ticket is not valid for admission.
・Tunnel of Light: ¥500 discount for adults, ¥50 discount for elementary and junior high school students.

3、Official winter tour (to/from Echigo-Yuzawa Station)

Satoyama Buffet & Echigo-Tsumari Winter Tour(Day Trip)

A one-day tour to Echigo-Tsumari with snowy scenery and art, starting and ending at Echigo-Yuzawa Station. Lunch will be a Satoyama buffet featuring winter ingredients. (Photo Yanagi Ayumi)

Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday from 1/20 to 2/25
Infants (3-5 years old): ¥3,000, children under 3 years old, Free (infant fee if meals and bus seat are required)
Stopover works: Tunnel of light (Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel), The Last Class, NOHBUTAI, MonET
*If Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel is closed due to heavy snowfall, the tour will be changed to another work.

Enjoy Yukimi Gozen Tour (Day Trip)

The “Yukimi-gozen” is a special program to enjoy winter dishes, which are served in lacquerware once used for weddings and funerals in the village, and are filled with local wisdom and culture, together with the hospitality of the village. Enjoy this year’s SNOWART and the pure white satoyama scenery as you sway slowly on the bus. (Photo Nakamura Osamu)

Dates: Every Saturdays and Sundays from 3/2 to 3/10
Trip fee (tax included): Adult ¥ 15,500, 6-15 year old ¥12,000, Toddler (3-5 years old) ¥3,000 , Free for children under 3 years old
*In case a meal or a seat on the bus is required, the infant fee will be charged.
(Including bus fare, artwork viewing fee, lunch, guide fee, and tax)


Echigo Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo
The annual cheese fondue is now on the Satoyama Buffet menu! Enjoy the rich cheese sauce mixed with winter vegetables. In addition, there is a full lineup of seasonal sweets. After lunch, please enjoy it with a cup of hot coffee or tea.

Open: 10:00 – 17:00 (Lunch 11:00 – 14:00L.O.) ,Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
[Weekdays] Satoyama Gohan (rice) ¥1,500 / Satoyama Curry ¥1,500
[Weekends & Holidays] Satoyama Buffet ¥2,000 for adults, ¥1,000 for elementary school students, ¥500 for infants.


Katakuri House, Akiyamago, an unexplored region with heavy snowfall, open only in midwinter

Akiyamago is an unexplored region with such heavy snowfall that it was once exempted from compulsory education by the national government. We have prepared a three-weekend-only lodging plan to experience the winter in Akiyamago. On the following day, a local guide will take you to Mikurabashi Bridge, which is also known as the setting of the movie “Yureru”. Please enjoy a special time to experience this unexplored region of heavy snowfall.

Dates:2/22, 23, 24, 3/1, 2, 8, 9


Date and time 13 Jan - 10 Mar, 2024
*Depends on the content of the exhibition or event.
  • Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, MonET
  • Matsudai “NOHBUTAI” Field Museum
  • The Last Class
  • House of Light
  • Echigo-Matsunoyama “Forest School” Kyororo
  • Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel
  • Outdoor Works
Admission [Winter Common Ticket] (valid from 2023/1/13-3/10)
Adults 2,000 yen, Children under 15 age 800 yen
*Individual tickets for each facility are also available.
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