Enjoy Yukimi Gozen tour

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This one-day tour starts and ends at Echigo Yuzawa Station, where you can enjoy a hearty meal of Yukimi Gozen prepared by the village mothers. You can also enjoy winter art works.
Artworks:Tunnel of Light (Kiyotsu Gorge Tunne)l, Last Class, Matsudai NOHBUTAI, Museum on Echigo-Tsumari MonET.
*There is a possibility that the Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel will be closed due to heavy snowfall. In that case, we will make a stopover at other artworks.
*The order of stops and the time of disbanding at Echigo-Yuzawa Station will differ depending on the site of the Yukimi Gozen. Please check the itinerary that will be sent to you before the tour.

Details

9:30 Meet at and depart from Echigo-Yuzawa station
40 min
10:10 The entire tunnel is a work of art.
Ma Yansong / MAD Architects, “Tunnel of Light”
Kiyotsu Gorge is one of the three most beautiful gorges in Japan, created by 16 million years of earth history. Visitors can view the fusion of the beauty of the gorge and art in the 750-meter-long tunnel. The spectacular natural scenery, which changes with the seasons, is also a must-see.
40 min.
11:50 Contemporary art museum representing the Echigo-Tsumari.
Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET)
The base facility of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field, featuring works by prominent contemporary artists such as Kohei Nawa, Michiko Nakatani, and 目 [mé].
A winter-only exhibit will be held in the pond in the center of MonET, which will be transformed into a field of pure white snow.
10min
12:50 Enjoy a unique local "Hare Day" flavor for lunch.
【Lunch】Yukimi Gozen
Yukimi Gozen dishes, prepared with great care by the village mothers using local rice and vegetables, are not only nutritious but also delicious and satisfying to keep you going strong during the harsh winter months. The dishes are served in traditional lacquerware, which was once used for weddings and funerals in the village and has been treasured and stored carefully.
30min
14:20 Fun in the snowy satoyama
Matsudai NOHBUTAI
The center of the Matsudai area for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. You can enjoy artworks that look as if alien plants have suddenly sprouted in the snowy satoyama, as well as activities on the snow.
25min
15:35 A large-scale installation in which an entire closed school is transformed into a work of art
"The Last Class" by Christian Boltanski and Jean Kalman
The artwork enclosed the memories of the closed primary school which stands in the region covered with a thick blanket of snow for more than half of the year. Visitors will be immersed in the world of the artwork created by contemporary artist and light artist.
55min
Around 17:00 Returns to Echigo-Yuzasa Sta., the tour completes.
Notice

*The guide will be available only in Japanese

*Itineraries are subject to change or cancellation due to natural disasters or road conditions.

*We will assign you a seat on the bus. If you have a companion for another application, please enter it in the remarks column

*Arrival time at the final destination may be changed. Please make sure to reserve your return Shinkansen train with enough time to spare.

*When viewing the works, visitors will be walking on snow. Please wear snow boots or boots at least ankle-length.

*Yukimi Gozen is served on a tatami floor. Please consult with us if you have poor mobility.

Summary

Dates Saturdays and Sundays from March 2 to March 10, 2024
Admission Adult ¥ 15,500 /6-15 year old ¥12,000/Toddler (3-5 years old) ¥3,000 / ¥0 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)
Deadline 6:00 p.m. on the day before the tour date (JST)
Origin / Destination Echigo-Yuzawa Station East Exit Bus Terminal
Transportation Charter bus(Minami-Echigo Kotsu)
Capacity minimum number of reminders: 1
Host Travel planning and execution: Niigata Prefecture Governor's Registered Travel Agency Region-440, NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organization 3743-1 Matsudai, Tokamachi-shi, Niigata Prefecture, Japan Travel Agents Association regular member 025-761-7749 / tour@tsumari-artfield.com
Note
  • The guide will be available only in Japanese.
  • Please read the terms and conditions of this tour, including the cancellation policy, before participating.
    NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organization Travel Conditions
  • 【Inquiries】
    Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Information Centre
    TEL : +81 (0)25-761-7767 (9:00-18:00, closed on Tuesday and Wednesday)
    MAIL : officialtour@tsumari-artfield.com
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