Satoyama Buffet & Echigo-Tsumari Winter Tour

This one-day tour starts and ends at Echigo-Yuzawa Station, and you can enjoy the snowy landscape and art of Echigo-Tsumari. Lunch is Satoyama buffet with winter ingredients.
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.


10:00 Meet at and depart from Echigo-Yuzawa station
40 min
10:40 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.
12:05 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.
13:00 Taste the Season in a Work of Art
【Lunch】Echigo Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo
The buffet features a variety of menus with a twist on local flavors. Cheese fondue is available only in winter, with hot cheese sauce mixed with seasonal winter vegetables. Enjoy the rich flavor of Echigo-Tsumari while viewing the snowy satoyama spread out before you.
14:00 Fun in the snowy satoyama
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.
15:10 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.
Around 17:00 Returns to Echigo-Yuzasa Sta., the tour completes.

*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.


Dates Saturdays and Sundays from January 20 to February 25, 2024
Admission Adult ¥ 13,500 /6-15 year old ¥10,000/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, Premium passport, 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 15 (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 /
  • 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)
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