【Sat & Sun from 10 Oct to 1 Nov】Suggested Itinerary for the 2020 Autumn ④ (Autumn leaves and stay overnight at Katakuri House)

The best itinerary for those who wishes to enjoy autumn leaves, taste or new rice and art. Stay overnight at Katakuri House, a renovated accommodation of an old wooden school building.

Information and Map

9:00 Start your journey from Kiyotsukyo Tunnel surrounded with autumn leaves
"Tunnel of Light" by Ma Yansong/MAD Architects (2018)
One of the must-visit places in Echigo-Tsumari, Kiyotsukyo Tunnel, was re-opened with new artworks inside and a welcoming facility at the entrance during ETAT2018. Ma Yansong and MAD Architects regarded the 750m-long tunnel as a submarine with a periscope which has been cut off from the outer world. (*The Tunnel receives many visitors during the autumn-leaves season and we recommend you to check the official twitter of ETAT or Kiyotsukyo Parking for the latest situation prior to your visit.
【Photo courtesy by Tokamachi-city Tourist Association】
15 min
10:15 Must-visit artworks outdoor within the vicinity of the Tunnel ①
"For the Lots of Lost Windows" by UTSUMI Akiko (2006)
The artwork within the vicinity of the Kiyotsukyo Tunnel and SoKo Museum. The window invites visitors to re-discover the landscape of Echigo-Tsumari as they look out views from through the window and feel the wind as the curtain blows.

※ Please note that climbing on the artwork is not permitted as it is dangerous as well as could cause damage to the artwork.
3 min
10:30 Must-visit artworks outdoor within the vicinity of the Tunnel ②
"POTEMKIN" by Architectural Office Casagrande & Rintala
The Finnish architect practice transformed the dump-site into a piece of art, making use of the support scheme for public utility called "pocket-park project". The artwork utilised parts of diggers and tyers dumpted as industry waste.
4 min
10:45 Viewing from the car window: which one of these consists of the artwork - junior high school, Torii gate, and the iron structure?
"Set North for Japan (74°33’2”)" by Richard Wilson
The artwork installed adjecent to Nakasato Junior High School is by Richard Wilson who moved a full-scale model of the frame of his house in London to Echigo-Tsumari by maintaining the same angle with respect to the earth. The artwork attempts to relate London and Echigo-Tsumari which are distant both physically and culturally. The large Torii gate looks as if it is part of the artwork.
15 min
11:30 Slip into the world of a storybook and enjoy lunch
"Be free as you like!!" / "The Sound of Bamboo Played by the Wind" at Museum of Picture Book Art
You will find cat, cat and cat everywhere on the ground floor of the museum featuring "Hoppe", a beloved pet cat by the artist MASTUMOTO Michiko while you can enjoy the installation of bamboo and sound by MATSUMOTO Akinori. Take a seat at the Hachi Café in the museum for coffee and sweets or vegetable curry, kid's favourite.
20 min
12:20 Discover artworks outdoor with your children as you drive around
"Boys with Red Lion Cloths Returned", "Inagohabitambo" and more
On the way to Matsudai Nohbutai from Museum of Picture Book Art, there are lots of artworks outdoor including "Inagohabitambo" and "Boys with Red Lion Cloths Returned" which are included in the Stamp-Rally. Don't forget to get stamps when stopping at these artworks to win the prize!
5 min
12:30 "Crazy BBQ" Lunch at Matsudai Nohbutai
BBQ / "Kagamichushin" by TOYOFUKU Ryo / "Tamagome" by MATSUMOTO Yuma
You can eat take-away food from Echigo-Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo in the food court set up at Matsudai Nohbutai by TOYOFUKU Ryo or try BBQ supervised by a catering provider, CRAZY KITCHEN. (Click the link below for details and booking.)
15 min
13:45 Visit Bijinbayashi (beech tree forest) and Kyororo in autumn
Bijinbayashi (beech tree forest) / Kyororo
Kyororo is a natural science museum set up in 2003 where you can learn about living creatures in Satoyama and seasonal exhibitions. Bijinbayashi, beech tree forest known for its beautiful landscape is adjecent to the museum for you to enjoy strolling.
10 min
14:00 Sat, Sun and National holiday only: "The Last Class" in the old school building
"The Last Class" by Christian Boltanski and Jean Kalman (2006)
"The Last Class" is a masterpiece by Christian Boltanski who has expressed the absence of human by using photographs and old clothes. Boltanski used the entire closed school building which remind visitors of students and teachers who once occupied the space. The artist created a new work in 2018 "Théâtre d’ombres (Theatre of Shadows" in the upper level close to the entrance. (close at 16:00).
35 min
15:00 Stay in the former school in the unexplored region, Akiyamago
Katakuri House
Katakuri House is a renovation of the old wooden school building. Class rooms have been transformed into seven Japanese-style guest rooms and the school master's room has become an onsen bath. The gym and front field can be used for different events such as sports, workshop and music concerts. Visitors and guests can also enjoy the artwork "Melting Wall" (2003) by HONNMA Jun.


Dates Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday 10 October to Sunday 1 November 2020
Admission Echigo-Tsumari Art Field 2020 Autumn Special Ticket gives you access to all the artworks:
Adult JPY2500 (incl tax and JPY1500 worth coupons)
Child age between 7 and 15 JPY1000 (incl tax and JPY500 worth coupons)
Origin / Destination Kiyotsukyo Tunnel / Akiyamago (Katakuri House)
Transportation Car
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