Fully enjoy Japan's three major medicinal hot springs. Winter 2 Day 1 Night Course

A 2-day/1-night trip to Echigo-Tsumari in the snow. After enjoying the art, heal your tired body at one of the three major medicinal hot springs in Japan. *Please note that trains may be delayed or cancelled due to snow conditions.

Details

10:00 Beautiful architecture, permanent exhibitions, and special exhibitions on snow.
Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET)/ Permanent & Special Exhibitions
MonET is the center of the Tokamachi area for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field. Tanaka Ai's exhibition "Reverse String" is being held inside the museum, and Suzuki Yasuhiro's exhibition "Horizontal Being|seeing snow" is being held outdoors on the snow. At the same venue, visitors can also enjoy the traditional game of Hannekeshi and local foods.
30min
11:30 Enjoy "Satoyama Snow Amusement Park" where you can play on the snow (*Only on weekends and holidays for special exhibitions)
Matsudai "NOHBUTAI" Field Museum/Exhibition "Satoyama Snow Amusement Park 2024"
The center of Matsudai area for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. This facility will serve as the center of the Matsudai area for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. Visitors can enjoy not only limited-time artworks but also various weekly snow activities such as snow tubing, wood-chopping, and a snow soccer tournament with FC Echigo-Tsumari in the snowy satoyama.
[Lunch] Echigo Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo
This artwork and restaurant is located inside Matsudai Nohbutai. While enjoying the art space, you can enjoy a popular menu featuring Matsudai's local cuisine and home-style dishes with a twist. The "Satoyama Buffet," available only on weekends and holidays, features cheese fondue served with local vegetables and homemade bread for a limited time. On weekdays, a set meal called "Satoyama Gohan" is available. We also recommend the satoyama sweets made with seasonal ingredients.
Matsudai History Museum
The Matsudai History Museum is a stately building unique to the area of heavy snowfall, with the hearth, tatami room, and tea ceremony room remaining as they were in those days. Please enjoy chatting with locals around the fireplace and experience the good old history and culture of Matsudai in this relaxing space.
Sekine Tetsuo ”Boys with Red Loincloth Returned” (Around NOHBUTAI)
Forty red-humped boys lined up along the Shibumi River, a work that was developed at the same location in 2006, has "returned" in response to the community's request. The wood carvings are burned with a burner to give the boys a healthy tan. The Shibumi River used to have clear water and a waterfall basin, and the men of Koarato village have memories of swimming in the Shibumi River in their red loincloths as boys. In the winter, they would be almost half buried, and the villagers would dress them in old clothes, feeling sorry for them because they were naked.
15min
15:00 Large-scale installation using an entire abandoned school
Christian Boltanski + Jean Kalman, "The Last Class"
In an area that is closed off by deep snow for nearly half of the year, this work densely and heavily traps the memories of a former elementary school throughout the school. A contemporary art artist and a lighting artist teamed up to create an expression that appeals to all five senses, inviting the viewer into another world.
8min
16:00 Healing at Matsunoyama Onsen, one of the three major medicinal hot springs in Japan
Matsunoyama Onsen(Hot Spring)
One of Japan's three major medicinal hot springs is located in the Matsunoyama area of Echigo-Tsumari. Along with Arima and Kusatsu, Matsunoyama Onsen was once used as a hot-spring cure. Fossil seawater from approximately 12 million years ago gushes out at a high temperature of 95°C due to geothermal pressure. The high salt content of the water keeps you warm long after you get out, and is said to be highly effective for beautiful skin. There are also day-trip bathing facilities available, so take your time to warm up after a long day of art strolling. (Photo courtesy of Tokamachi City Tourist Association)
1-40min.
17:30 Relaxing dinner and overnight stay at an inn in Tokamachi City or Tsunan Town
List of hot springs/lodging facilities in Echigo-Tsumari
There are many lodging facilities in Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town. You can choose from long-established ryokan and hotels, reasonably priced guesthouses, farmhouse guesthouses, and dormitories that are perfect for training camps, depending on the number of people and the area.
2nd Day -
9:00 Snowshoeing experience. Art & Science Museum popular with children
Echigo Matsunoyama "Forest School" Kyororo
The Satoyama Science Museum is filled with nature and art. The structure can withstand 2,000 tons of weight like a submarine under deep snow in winter, and its snake-like shape is an architectural work (design: Tezuka Takaharu + Tezuka Yui) inspired by the surrounding walking paths. Visitors can enjoy the artwork in addition to the research and study of precious flora and fauna found only in the Matsunoyama area. Snowshoeing is also popular in winter!
*Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
25min
10:30 The entire tunnel is an art space (* Temporary closure of the tunnel depending on snowfall conditions)
Ma Yangson / MAD Architects "Tunnel of Light" (Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel)
The entire interior of the Kiyotsukyo Valley Tunnel was transformed into a work of art at the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. The tunnel was partially renovated in 2021, adding to its charm and making it an art spot that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. (*The museum is closed during the winter depending on snow conditions, so please check the official website before visiting.)
ichard Wilson "Set North for Japan (74°33’2”) "
This work was created next to a junior high school, visible even from a car window. Based on the artist's home in London, only the full-scale structure was moved to Tsumari while maintaining its orientation. It is an attempt to create a spatial relationship between London and Tsumari, two places that are far apart in terms of distance and culture.
40min
12:00 Enjoy the specialty "Hegisoba" and other prized foods around Tokamachi City for lunch.
[Lunch] Hegisoba
Hegisoba uses seaweed called funori as a binder and is characterized by its firm and chewy texture, similar to udon noodles. Tokamachi was dominated by the kimono industry. Funori was used to make kimono. Please try the hegisoba, which is filled with the history of Tokamachi. But that is not all. The blessed water produced by the harsh winter nurtures delicious ingredients such as rice, local sake, and mushrooms. Please enjoy the "food" of which we are proud, from the historic stores to the new stores that are enlivening the local community.
13:20 The only work by James Turrell in the world where you can stay
James Turrell "House of Light”
A work created at the 1st Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial. A guesthouse for meditation modeled after a Japanese house and created by world-renowned light artist James Turrell. Inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki's "In-ei Reisan," this work combines Tarell's light with the beauty of a Japanese house that incorporates nature and beautifully enchants yin and yang. The roof slides open to reveal a ceiling that allows guests to view the gradually changing light of the sky after sunset. Guests can also experience the sunrise/sunset program and enjoy the fusion of the ever-changing colors of the sky and light. (*In the event of snow and rain, the program will be cancelled.)
14:00 Departure from Tokamachi City. Heading home
Notice

*Times are approximate. Trains may be cancelled or delayed due to snowfall. (Please check traffic information in advance (JR Joetsu Shinkansen, JR Joetsu Line, and Hokuhoku Line).

*Please note that you will be walking on snow to view the artworks. Please wear warm clothes and ankle-length or longer snow boots or boots.

Summary

Dates 2024/1/13-3/10 (weekends & holidays recommended)
Origin / Destination Around Tokamachi Sta. / Kawanishi area
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