Matsudai NOHBUTAI Field Museum (Collective name for multiple facilities and artworks)

MVRDV, "Matsudai NOHBUTAI" Photo Nakamura Osamu
KUSAMA Yayoi, "Bloom in Tsumari", Photo Nakamura Osamu
KAWAGUCHI Tatsuo, "Relation—Blackboard Classroom", Photo Nakamura Osamu
Ilya&Emilia Kabakov, "The Rice Field", Photo Nakamura Osamu
Pascale Marthine Tayou, "Reverse City", Photo by MIYAMOTO Takenori + SENO Hiromi
Azuma Koichiro, "Rotating Absence”, Photo Kioku Keizo
SHIRAI MIo, "Restaurant Gives Orders", Photo Nakamura Osamu
Jean-Luc Vilmouth, "Café Reflet", Photo by YANAGI Ayumi
Esther Stocker, "Perspectives of Longing" Photo Kioku Keizo
Matsudai Castle
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, "The Monument of Tolerance", Photo Nakamura Osamu
Tobias Rehberger, "Fichte", Photo by ANZA ï
Fabrice Hybert, "Autour du Feu Dans le Desert", Photo by ANZA ï
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, ”The Arch of Life" , Photo Nakamura Osamu
Matsudai History Museum

Facility Info and Map

The Matsudai NOHBUTAI is a base facility designed by Dutch architect group MVRDV. Approximately 40 works of art are scattered in a 2-km area of satoyama from Matsudai NOHBUTAI to Matsudai Castle at the top of the mountain, and the entire area is called the “Matsudai NOHBUTAI Field Museum.

Visitors can encounter the natural environment of the many terraced rice paddies (rice paddies made of sloping land between mountains) and rice fields created by changing the flow of the river, as well as the satoyama, and come into contact with over 1,000 years of snow-country farming culture. In addition to viewing the works of world-class artists, visitors can catch a glimpse of local people living and working in the rice paddies, and many programs are held to allow visitors to experience local natural culture, such as rice planting in the spring, rice harvesting in the fall, and playing in the snow in the winter. The dining hall attached to the museum offers a variety of programs for visitors to experience the natural culture of the region, such as rice planting in the spring, rice harvesting in the fall, and playing in the snow in the winter.

Experiencing the satoyama region through art

The area is dotted with works by world-class artists such as Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s “Terraced Paddy Fields” and Kusama Yayoi’s “Hanasakakeru Tsumari”. You can walk around the area in 1 to 2 hours. You can also visit by car.

Space itself as art

Eight of the nine works by world-renowned artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, which are rarely seen in Japan, will be on view (one is permanently installed at the Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, MonET). The exhibition includes “The Rice Fields” (2000), which became a representative work of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, “Arch of Life” (2015) and “The Monument of Tolerance” (2021) outside the museum, and “10 Albums Labyrinth” (2021) and 4 other works inside the museum.

Facility Info and Map

Open hours ▼Matsudai NOHBUTAI
[~7/12, 11/11]10:00-17: (Last entry:16:30)
[7/13~9/30]9:30-18:00(Last entry:17:30)
[10/3~11/10] 9:30-17:00 (Last entry:16:30)

*Closed on Tue & Wed (if Tue and Wed are consecutive holidays, the next business day is closed)

▼Other (Matsudai Castle .etc)
Please refer to the "Official Website / Related Sites" section.
Tel 025-595-6180
Admission Matsudai NOHBUTAI Field Museum ticket Adult 1200 JPY, Children under 15 years old 600 JPY, or Individual tickets Adult 600 JPY, Children under 15 years old 300 JPY
Official Website
Address 3743-1 Matsudai, Tokamachi-city, Niigata Prefecture
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