【Sat & Sun from 10 Oct to 1 Nov】Suggested Itinerary for the 2020 Autumn ① (Nakasato - Tsunan area)

Taste newly harvested rice this autumn! This itinerary starts at Kiyotsukyo Tunnel and follows artworks in Nakasato and Tsunan area for collecting stamps, including stop at Katakuri House for delicious lunch.

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10:00 Start your journey at Kiyotsukyo Tunnel surrounded by autumn colours
"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
10:00 A few minutes drive from the tunnel: A warehouse museum born out from the closed school
Yukihisa Isobe Memorial Echigo-Tsumari Kiyotsu Soko Museum of Art [SoKo]
Kiyotsukyo Elementary School which was closed in 2009 has been turned into a unique museum. The gym has become a warehouse museum to store and present large-scale artworks whereas the school building has transformed into a gallery space for presenting permanent collections of ISOBE Yukihisa. The museum is recognised as a piece of architecture, granted the 25th AACA award. (Renovation design YAMAMOTO Sotaro)
10 min
10:35 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.
5 min
10:50 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
11:10 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.
30 min
11:50 Lunch at the former elementary school in the unexplored Akiyamago (booking essential)
Katakuri House / Mitama Park
Akiyamago, one of the best 100 unexplored regions of Japan, still restors Matagi culture. It is located in Tsunan-town, the place known for the heaviest snow fall in Japan, which was even exempted from compulsory education during the peak of winter. Local people set up a terakoya (a private elementary school) which became a local elementary school and then Katakuri House. Enjoy the very special lunch at Katakuri House as you admire autumn leaves and walk to Mitama Park after lunch.
"Melting Wall" by HONNMA Jun (2003)
The artwork installed in the swimming pool left in the sports field of Katakuri House. Lights and landscaped reflected onto the water flutter as one look at the surface of the water from the swimming pool. The artist attempted to recreate the waving landscape which local students of the school might have seen in the past by running water on the glass wall. The artwork takes water from the source in the mountain and pumps up using the water pressure brought in by the height difference. Once there was an accident of running water stopped - which was caused by locals using more water than usual when families and relatives returned for reunion during obon season - which made us realise of the distinctive connection of the artwork to the site.
35 min
14:40 DMoCA and observation deck in the sky
"Dragon Museum of Contemporary Art, DMoCA" by Cai Guo-Qiang (2000)
The artist brought a climbing kilm from Dehua, Fujian Province in China. The fire pillars from the chimney coloured the night sky at the time of burning. There is a gentle stairecase inside the kilm and thin light shines through the holes on the side and the chimney. The artist regards this as a contemporary museum and acts as a director and a curator of the space. Must visit the observation deck in the sky in the mountain park.
15 min
15:10 Music played by a popular music unit of ghost
"The Kamigo Band - Songs for the Seasons" by Nicolas Darrot (2018) at Echigo-Tsumari Kamigo Clove Theatre / Hong Kong House
Echigo-Tsumari Kamigo Clove Theatre, the facility for performance specially opens this autumn. "The Kamigo Band - Songs for the Seasons" by Nicolas Darrot plays music whereas artists from Hong Kong presents their work at Hong Kong House adjecent to the theatre.
17:00 Stay overnight at Katakuri House, Dream House or Austraila House
Katakuri House, Dream House or Austraila House
You may like to book your stay at Katakuri House, Dream House or Austraila House in Tsunan area or Dream House or Australia House in Matsunoyama Area. Visit the respective official websites or ETAT official website for details.


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 / Hong Kong House, Echigo-Tsumari Kamigo Clove Theatre (stay overnighit at Katakuri House, Dream House or Australia House
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