Oniyanma-Patapata route

[Niigata welcome campaign!! ¥5,000 /2,500 OFF] This is a discount campaign for foreign nationals only. Japanese nationals can apply for tours through the Japanese reservation page.
This is a limited tour during the summer season, a full-day tour of the Matsudai area, where many terraced rice fields are spread out. The tour will start from Matsudai NOHBUTAIi and move from village to village while enjoying the lush green rice fields from the train window. During the hot summer season, which is the off-season for farmers, you will be able to feel the best part of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale.


9:30 Meet at and depart from Echigo-Yuzawa station
60 min
10:30 Meet at and depart from Matsudai station
15 min
10:55 Mountain
Richard Deacon "Mountain"
“Strangely, the idea came from an accident of photography. I was making a series of frameworks, complex forms constructed from thick tubes of clay. I began taking their photographs, interested in the complexity of one shape seen through another, then began playing around with the images I had of the Swiss Alps and of the tubes, cutting and pasting one on top of the other. Just around then, the triennial director came and showed me the images of Echigo-Tsumari, a beautiful place overlooking a valley with a distant view of a mountain. Of course Echigo-Tsumari is not Switzerland, but the seed of my idea had been planted.” (Richard Deacon)
5 min
11:05 Visiting a group of masterpieces in the Kiriyama village
Maaria Wirkkala “House of Swings”
A room with a number of swings. The motif was inspired by the memories of sisters who once lived in this vacant house.

Claude Lévêque, “In the Silence or in the Noise / Semaphores’ Garden”
The volcanic rocks on the first floor glow red, and blue light illuminates the rice planting tools on the second floor as they spin in the wind. In the back room, a red circle floating in midair becomes the sun, guiding light into the house.
11:40 Closed school evolves into archive/library facility
Tsumari Archive Center
A site-specific archive that preserves all the documents of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale to date and Tadashi Kawamata's activities from 1980 to 2005 is now open to the public. In addition, the Atelier Gallery, Tadashi Kawamata's base of operations, was also open to the public, and a new permanent art installation was created outside the building.

15 min
12:25 The culmination of Kabakov, one of the leading artists of ETAT Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, “The Monument of Tolerance”
The culmination of Kabakov, one of the leading artists of ETAT Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, “The Monument of Tolerance”
The tower was created to symbolize connections beyond ethnicity, religion, and culture, peace, respect, dialogue, and coexistence. The monument on the tower will change color depending on whether there is a problem or good news.
15 min
12:55 Matsudai NOHBUTAI
The base facility of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, featuring programs on ART, food, and agriculture. The building and rooms themselves are artworks. Outside, there are large-scale artworks and fields, allowing visitors to enjoy art while feeling the great outdoors and local life.
13:15 Taste the Season in a Work of Art
Lunch Echigo Matsudai "Satoyama” Shokudo
The buffet features a menu with a twist on local flavors, using plenty of fresh vegetables grown by local farmers and wild vegetables nurtured by the living nature of Echigo-Tsumari. Enjoy the nourishing flavors of Echigo-Tsumari while gazing at the terraced rice paddies and satoyama stretching out in front of you.
15 min
14:30 an installation artwork at the old clinic
Lee Bul “Doctor’s House”
You will enjoy the artworks with medical instruments and mirrors in the old clinic.
15 min
15:00 150 year old house that has "shed” itself
Kurakake Junichi + Nihon University College of Art Sculpture Course, ”Shedding House”
A house became a lifeless shell with the passage of time. By hand carving the entire house, the artists shed its skin and resurrected it as a work of art. It took two and a half years from the planning to the completion, and the artists stayed in Tsumari for over 160 days.
15:20 Beautiful terraced rice paddies recognized as "Tsunagu Tanada Heritage”
Terraced Paddy Fields of Hoshitoge
About 200 rice paddies of various sizes spread out on the slopes like fish scales, showing various faces from season to season, morning, noon and night.
15:35 Viewing over abandoned classrooms
Nunagawa Campus
The former Nakunagawa Elementary School is a space like a local school for a wide variety of people. The school will feature new works by artists from Japan and abroad, and will also serve as a base for the women's soccer team "FC Echigo-Tsumari," which was born out of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale.
18:00 Returns to Echigo-Yuzasa station, the tour completes

*The guide will be available only in Japanese

*This is a discount campaign tour reservation for foreign nationals only. We confirm the nationality of all tour participants at the tour reception desk. Please be sure to bring your passport or resident card. (If you do not show your ID on the day of the tour, we will ask you to pay the discounted amount in cash.)

*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.。

*Some works require a short walk after getting off the bus. Please bring shoes that are easy to walk in and take off, a hat and drink on hot days, and rain gear in case of rain.

*Tour sales and operation may be canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus. The decision to implement

*We ask for your cooperation in taking local measures against coronavirus infection when participating in the tour.

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



Dates Sundays from July 30 to Aug. 20 and Fri Aug. 11
Admission 料金:General (elementary school students and older) 12,500 yen→¥7,500
Toddler (3-5 years old) 5,000 yen→¥2,500
0 yen 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, lunch, guide fee, and tax)
A special ticket is necessary to participate in the tour. If you do not have a ticket, please purchase it when you book the tour.
Deadline 6:00 p.m. on the day before the tour date
Origin / Destination Echigo Yuzawa Sta. East Exit Bus Terminal
Transportation Charter bus(Minami-Echigo Kotsu)
Capacity 25(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

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

NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organization Standard Conditions of Travel


Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Information Centre at +81 (0)25-761-7767 (9:00-18:00, closed on Tuesday and Wednesday


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