JIKU #013 HOKUHOKU-LINE Course (only on 17 and 24 Sep and 15 and 22 Oct 2022)

This guided tour starts and finishes at Echigo-Yuzawa station. It will take participants to "The Last Class", one of the most popular artworks of ETAT, as well as a very unique artwork in Misashima station. The tour offers a perfect introduction for first-time visitors as well as solo participants.


10:00 Meet at and depart from bus terminal at East Exit of Echigo-Yuzawa station
50 min
10:50 A large scale installation occupying the entire closed school
"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.
10 min
10:25 A facility that can hold 2000-tonne load, like a submarine.
Kyororo (designed by Tezuka Takaharu / Tezuka Yui)
Kyororo standing adjacent to the beech tree forest called Bijinbayashi, is a natural science museum featuring the nature of satoyama in Matsunoyama in the heavy snowfall region. Visitors can enjoy both art and surrounding nature.
"Les Regards" by Christian Boltanski
The new and the last work for ETAT by Christian Boltanski is the installation presented in the forest. Visitors can wander through the installation, remembering the artist who passed away in July 2021.
15 min
12:20 Enjoy artworks in the classrooms and lunch in the closed school
Old Nunagawa Primary School stands as if it is a local school for people of diverse backgrounds. In addition to artworks by artists of Japan and beyond occupying the school building, it is also the home of FC Echigo-Tsumari, a female football team born as a part of ETAT.

Tour participants can enjoy an exclusive lunch using lots of local ingredients which menu is created in consultation with chef Yonezawa Fumio at TSUMARI KITCHEN.
10 min
13:20 ETAT hub facilities with many artworks in surrounding area
Matsudai Nohbutai
One of the ETAT hub facilities in which the entire building and rooms themselves are artworks. Re-opened in the summer of 2021 after renovation, you can enjoy art as you feel and appreciate the surrounding nature and local lifestyle.
20 min
14:45 A special experience awaits the passenger of designated trains
"JIKU #013 HOKUHOKU-LINE" by Panoramatiks/Saito Seiichi
Panoramatiks, a spun-off company from Rhizomatiks, was established for creating and implementing alternative social and industrial structures. Using light and sound, this interactive work reveals the founding grids of the region that have disappeared as the urban development has advanced as well as the significance and energy of connecting different regions.
10 min
15:00 A story of Shinza and a new tatami chair
"Note to myself: For days when I will take a seat on a new tatami chair" by Nakazaki Tohru
The artwork started to take shape when the artist placed his beloved and broken tatami chair in the space of the abandoned house of a wealthy farmer in Shinza area.
10 min
15:30 Re-opened with new artworks in summer 2021 - an iconic museum in the region
Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, MonET
The museum re-opened with many new permanent collections in the summer of 2021. A series of special memorial exhibitions featuring ETAT participating artists who passed away in recent years are held during ETAT2022.
45 min
Around 17:10 Returns to Echigo-Yuzasa station, the tour completes.

※ The itinerary of the tour is subject to change or cancellation due to road conditions or natural disasters.

※ The sales or operation of the tour may be cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will decide whether to run the tour or not following the ETAT guidelines. 

※ We appreciate your cooperation with the COVID-19 measures on-site. 

※ We will allocate you a seat on the tour bus. Please make a note when booking if you join the tour with other person(s) if you wish to sit close on the bus. 

※ Please make a note when booking should you wish to leave the tour group at the last artwork on the tour itinerary. The itinerary is subject to change when the number of the bus in operation is increased.

※ We suggest you book your return Shinkansen ticket by taking into consideration the delay in the arrival time to the final stop.  


Dates Sat 17 Sep, Sat 24 Sep, Sat 15 Oct and Sat 22 Oct 2022
Admission Adult (high school student and older) JPY13,000
Child (primary - junior high school) JPY12,000
Child age between 3 and 5 JPY3000

(Price include bus fare, lunch, guide fee, consumption tax)
※ ETAT2022 Passport is required separately. Please purchase the Passport when you book the tour if you haven't got one.
Deadline 16:00 on a day before the tour date
Origin / Destination Echigo Yuzawa Station East Exit Bus Terminal
Transportation Minami Echigo Kotsu Bus
Capacity 20 (minimum number of participants required: 1)
Host Travel planning and operation: 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 tour will be accompanied by a tour guide but not by an escort.

-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

【Methods of payment】
-Book and pay on asoview website

-Credit card (Visa/Master)
-Book now, pay later(Paidy)
-Bank transfer
– Please contact the tour organiser by email.

※ We are afraid that we don’t accept cash payment on the day of the tour.


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


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