Family-friendly itinerary for staying overnight (driving)

This itinerary is family-friendly, perfect for those visiting Echigo-Tsumari by car with little ones and staying overnight. It helps you fully enjoy "Echigo-Tsumari this year".

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10:00 Matsudai Nohbutai
15 min
Purchase a special ticket at Piloti and hop onto a shuttle bus
10:30 Let's go to the castle
Artworks presented in the Matsudai Castle
Take a shuttle bus from Matsudai Nohbutai to climb up Joyama, get off the bus and have a little walk, you get to the Matsudai Castle. Three artist groups present their works on each level in the castle, creating unique atmosphere. You will be surprised too see the space surrounded by grid lines or an artwork shining gold. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

※ Those purchased special ticket can rent a bicycle for JPY300
11:00 Walking back to Matsudai Nohbutai as checking out artworks outdoor
Artworks outdoor dotted around Joyama - Matsudai Nohbutai
As you walk back from the Matsudai Castle to Matsudai Nohbutai, stop by at artworks dotted aroudn Joyama.
50 min
12:00 Eat as much as you like: Buffet Lunch
Echigo-Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo (located in Matsudai Nohbutai)
A very popular lunch option "Satoyama Buffet", for children and grown-ups, usually available only on Sat, Sun and public holidays is served everyday between 22 July and 30 August 2021.
※ Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
13:00 Walking around the gallery after lunch
Matsudai Nohbutai
A little quiet time after lunch. Explore Matsudai Nohbutai to see one of the ETAT master pieces, "The Rice Field" by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov as well as four new artworks by them in the gallery space. ※ Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
20 min
14:00 Heading to a museum in the forest
Kyororo is a science museum preserves and studies distinctive ecology of Matsunoyama. It is currently showing special exhibition: "Visions: the shape of the world seen by living creatures" till 17 October 2021
20 min
15:20 Checking out artworks outdoors
Must-see artworks outdoor in Nakasato area
"For Lots of Lost Windows" in Kikyohara Uruoi Park and "POTEMKIN" located in the park in front of Kuramata Elementary School are one of the permanent artworks outdoor that are very popular amongst ETAT works. * Please refrain from climbing up on the window frame and other dangerous activities.
40 min
16:30 Check-in
"Tsumari Sugoroku" by Hara Rintaro and Hara Yu
Katakuro House is a renovation of an old closed school standing in the unexplored Akiyamago. "Tsumari Sugoroku", a newly created artwork is waiting for you to play on during your stay.
Katakuri House
After enjoying artworks and surrounding nature please make yourself at home at Katakuri House with delicious meals and relaxing Ketto Onsen.
9:40 Check-out
40 min
10:30 津南の新旧作が公開中!(Updated on 1 Aug) Due to the number of COVID-19 cases in Tsunan-town, it will be closed as of 7 August until further notice
Echigo-Tsumari Kamigo Clove Theatre / Hong Kong House
The first stop of the day-2 of the itinerary is two facilities, Echigo-Tsumari Kamigo Clove Theatre and Hong Kong House, open for limited time. Both existing and new works are available to see on Sat, Sun and public holidays.

(Updated on 1 Aug: Due to the COVID-19 cases found in Tsunan-town these facilities will be closed as of 7 August 2021 until further notice)
40 min
11:50 Grab lunc before entering into the museum
Limited time only: TSUMARI BURGER: Tsumari pork special
Try the limited time only "TSUMARI BURGER"with distinctive Fukinoto condiment (22 July - 20 September 2021) at the corridor space of the museum before/after your visit to the museum.
※ From September it will only be sold on Sat, Sun and public holidays
12:00 Museum on Echigo-Tsumari: MonET
Museum on Echigo-Tsumari: MonET
Echigo-Tsumari Satoyma Museum of Contemporary Art (2F) has changed its collections and extended exhibition space and re-opened on 22 July 2021. The new artworks include ones by exciting contemporary artists such as Nawa Kohei and me. "Palimpsest: Pond of Sky" by Leandro Erlich will remain open for free. ※ Closed on Wednesdays
20 min
13:50 Stepping into the "Walk-in-Palette”
Hachi & Seizo Tashima Museum of Picture Book Art
Tashima Seizo, known for a children's book "Chikarataro" and other works have transformed the entire closed school into a museum. Inside the familiar wooden building is occupied with objects made of drift woods and visitors will meet the last three students of the school and join their story as walking through the school building. The museum has welcomed goat family and the story extend beyond the museum to the outside. ※ Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays
30 min
14:30 Beautiful landscape where art meets nature
"Tunnel of Light" by Ma Yansong / MAD Architect (within the Kiyotsukyo Tunnel)
The journey completes with an overwhelming artwork and landscape. The Kiyotsukyo Tunnel was transformed into an artwork during ETAT2018. In addition, a new work has been open at the 2nd lookout in the tunnel this spring and you can enjoy different atmosphere of Kiyotsukyo. ※ Booking is required for visit between 22 July and 15 August 2021

The facility in front of the entrance to the tunnel designed by Ma Yangson and MAD Architect offers foot-bath on weekdays.


Dates From 22 July to end October 2021
Origin / Destination Matsudai Nohbutai / Kiyotsukyo Tunnel
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