Explore by train: A day trip from Tokyo (30 July - 4 Sep except Tue & Wed)

This itineary takes you to enjoy ETAT2022 by visiting artworks by train or on foot. Best to pick a sunny day as you will see lots of artworks outdoor.

Details

7:48 Depart Tokyo station
Approx 2 hours
Take Joetsu Shinkansen and change at Echigo-Yuzasa station to Hokuhoku Line. (note that trains to Tokamachi/Matsudai direction runs once every hour.)
9:50 Arrive at Matsudai station
2 min
Directly connected from Matsudai station
10:00 Stop by at Health Check Spot on the ground floor of Matsudai Nohbutai
【Festival Rules】You MUST visit the Health Check Spot at Matsudai Nohbutai for temperature check
You can only visit artworks after you will have done the temperature check at the Health Check Spot. Please wear a wrist band with the date of your visit which will be given to you after the temperature check.
10:01 Start your day by checking artworks dotted around at Matsudai Nohbutai Field Museum
Matsudai Nohbutai
Matsudai Nohbutai is the first architecture in Asia by the Dutch architect group, MVRDV. In addition to the building, there are many artworks inside to enjoy. The museum was renovated in summer 2021 in particular with new works by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov as well as new intervention to the Blackboard Classroom by Kagaguchi Tatsuo.
Explore Joyama, following artworks dotted around Matsudai Nohbutai
The area around Matsudai Nohbutai is called Matsudai Nohbutai Field Museum. Regarding the entire satoyama as a museum, artworks are dotted around in woods and walking path. Start your walk from Matsudai Nohbutai and follow artworks into nature.

※頂にある松代城までは徒歩ですと距離がありますので、事前に所要時間などをご確認ください。
Return to Matsudai Nohbutai
11:30 Lunch option (1) Echigo-Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo
Echigo-Matsudai Satoyama Shokado
Located on the upper floor of Matsudai Nohbutai, the restaurant is popular amongs locals, serving food following tradidional local recipe with modern twists. Try "Satoyama Buffet" on weekends and public holidays or set menues such as "satoyama gohan" and onigiri set on weekdays. You may also like to try seasonal sweets using fresh ingredients after meal or for tea.
1 min
Matsudai station
12:49 Depart Matsudai station (or on a train departing at 12:04)
10 min
12:58 Arrive at Tokamachi station (exit from East exit. West exit is closed for maintenance work.)
10 min
Lunch option (2) at Community Space at MonET (if you took 12:04 train, you arrive here at around 12:30).
13:20 Lunch option (2) at Community Space at MonET (if you took 12:04 train, you arrive here at around 12:30).
TSUMARI BURGER - Special cutlet with Tsumari Pork (supervised by a chef, Yonezawa Fumio)
For spring, you can enjoy a Tsumari Pork mince cutlet santwitched in an homemade onion buns with frittered mountain vegetable. A summer menu, Tsumari Pork served with tartar sauce and Kagura Nanban (chili kick), will be introduced from end of June.
In the same facility
14:15 Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, MonET
Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, MonET
Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, MonET (formaly known as KINARE) is a hub facility of ETAT which went through a major renewal in summer 2021. The museum now hosts new artworks by Nawa Kohei, me, Nakatani Michiko, Moriyama Daido, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, and Zhanna Kadyrova. In addition, Fog Sculptures by Nakatani Fujiko and a new mural by Asai Yusuke will be revealed in summer 2022.
Cafe at Salon MonET (please check opening hours before your visit)
The space on the upper level of MonET is both an artwork and cafe where you can enjoy coffee from beans matured in snow chambers, local tea and sweets made of local ingredients. Stop by for a coffee and use free WiFi to plan your visit.

※ Opening dates:
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays between 9 May and 29 July 2022.

Open all days except for Tuesdays adn Wednesdays between 30 July and 4 September 2022.

Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays between 5 September to 13 November 2022.
2 min
16:30 Walk around and check artworks outside of MonET
"Choma" by Asai Yusuke
The work of drawings by white lines spreads on the square in front of Tokamachi station and street leads up to MonET. Tokamachi was once known for Echigo-Chijimi, a textile from choma and florished as a town of textile. The artwork is drawn under the theme of choma of Tokamachi and creates a new stories.
2 min
16:45 Taking a bath at Akashi no Yu (adjecent to MonET) and dinner
10 min
Walk to Tokamachi station
18:47 Depart Tokamachi station
Approx 2 hours
Change at Echigo-Yuzawa station
20:56 Arrive at Tokyo station
Notice

※ Times shown in the itinerary above are indicative times and can vary depending on traffic and how long you may like to spend time at different artworks.
※ ETAT2022 are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
※ Train may be delayed or cancelled due to the bad weather.

Summary

Dates 30 July - 4 Sep except Tue & Wed
Origin / Destination Tokyo (via Echigo-Yuzawa) / Tokyo (via Echigo-Yuzawa)
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