Recommended itinerary - Drive around Echigo-Tsumari in Winter (1 Dec 2021 - 28 Jan 2022)

Snow has started to fall and Echigo-Tsumari is soon in deep winter. This itinerary helps you plan your day trip to Echigo-Tsumari by car in December and January, including visits to newly created artworks in 2021.

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7:48 Depart Tokyo on Shinkansen
Approx 2 hours
Rent-a-car at Echigo-Yuzawa station
9:40 Rent a car at Echigo-Yuzawa station
25 min
10:30 Visit new artworks by Ilya and Emilia Kabukov
Matsudai Nohbutai
Matsudai Nohbutai which re-opened in July 2021 is a home for five artworks out of nine works of "The Kabakovs' Dreams" created from 2000 to 2021.
"The Monument of Tolerance" and "The Ship of Tolerance" will be completed and installed in Matsudai Nohbutai Field Museum in December 2021.
11:30 Enjoy local deliacies surrounded by artworks
Echigo-Matsudai Satoyama Shokado
Echigo-Matsudai Satoyama Shokado is a restaurant / artwork, located in Matsudai Nohbutai. Visitors can enjoy being in the space of art while tasting local delicacies. The popular Satoyama buffet is available on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays and special cheese foudu is served with Matsudai grown vegetables, sausages and home-baked bread rolls during winter. ※ From Sat 4 Dec 2021 to Sun 27 Mar 2022.
15 min
12:30 Meet and greet with living creatures of Setoyama
Kyororo is ready for winter, too. The special exhibition inside the museum is entertaining to all ages featuring living creatures and their ecologies in Satoyama. The museum also runs workshops and offers various programs to participate during your visit.
20 min
13:50 Visit artworks outdoor
"Boys with Red Loincloths Returned" by Sekine Tetsuo
40 boys wearing red loincloths stand at the entrance to the village along Shibumigawa river as if they welcome visitors. Local people put colourful jumpers and beanies on them in winter which have become a unique sight of winter.
"The human re-entering nature" by Thomas Elder
The object with a projection of the artist himself which is covered by ivy in summer is now under the snow in winter. This is an artwork that you may easily pass without noticing unless you pay a careful attention to so search for "Matsuo Soba", a local soba noodle shop adjecent to the artwork.
25 min
14:30 The only artwork by James Turrell you can stay overnight in the world
"House of Light" by James Turrell
"House of Light" is an artwork by the artist of light, James Turrell where you can also stay overnight. The artwork consists of the space of the traditional Japanese house and the artwork of light. What you will see from the artwork in winter is a winter landscape continues endlessly. The completely silent world without any sign of living things would allow you to enjoy an unusual experience. 所々に設けられた窓や渡り廊下から見えるのは、どこまでも続く雪景色。冬の時期は生き物の気配すら感じない静寂の世界は、なおいっそうの非日常を感じさせてくれます。
20 min
15:30 Visiting MonET, "the entrance to Echigo-Tsumari"
Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, MonET
Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, MonET reopened in July 2021 with new collections by contemporary artists including Nawa Kohei and me. Salon MonET offers drinks and sweets for quick fix.
5 min
17:46 Depart on the train from Tokamachi station
Approx 2 hours
19:25 Arrive at Tokyo station


Origin / Destination Tokyo (or train to and rent a car at Echigo-Yuzawa station)
Transportation Car / Train
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