【Start from JR Echigo-Yuzawa Station】Fresh Greenery and Sansai (Wild Vegetables) Tour

This tour visits Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel, House of Light, and other representative Echigo-Tsumari art sites. Enjoy lunch at an old thatched house, where you will be served handmade meals prepared by the village mothers using an abundance of wild vegetables and local produce. Refresh your body and mind in the satoyama with its fresh green leaves. It takes 1 hour from Tokyo to Echigo Yuzawa Station by Shinkansen.


10:00 Meet at and depart from Echigo-Yuzawa station
45 min
10:45 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]. Echigo-Tsumari MonET Exhibition Series will be held.
12:10 Thatched private house pottery restaurant
Enjoy handmade lunch by mothers at Ubusuna House
The restaurant is a 100-year-old thatched-roof old house. Local mothers serve seasonal small bowls of vegetables they grow themselves and bring to the restaurant, as well as a main dish. It is also a wonderful time to interact with the local mothers.
13:40 Lodging experience by James Turrell
House of Light
This work was inspired by ”In Praise of Shadows”(Junichiro Tanizaki) and was created to fuse the intimate light in a traditional Japanese house with the light works he has created.
14:35 Spatial picture book museum set in an abandoned school
Hachi & Seizo Tashima Museum of Picture Book Art
Enjoy the spectacular art space that artist Seizo Tajima has developed in the rich satoyama of Hachi village.
16:00 The entire tunnel is a work of art.
Ma Yansong / MAD Architects, “Tunnel of Light”
The last stop of this tour is Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel, which has been popular since its opening to the public.
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.
Around 17:30 Returns to Echigo-Yuzasa station, 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.。

・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.

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


Dates 2024/4/27(Sat) - 29(Mon), 2024/5/3(Fri)- 6 (Mon)
Admission 16 years old and older 13,500 yen
13-15 years old 11,000yen
6-12 years old 8,000yen
3-5 years old 3,000 yen
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, Artwork viewing 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 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
  • 【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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