Moriaogaeru-Petapeta route

[Niigata welcome campaign!! ¥5,000 /2,500 OFF] This is a discount campaign for foreign nationals only. Japanese nationals can apply for tours through the Japanese reservation page. You walk around the artworks scattered in the Joyama area, from Matsudai Castle at the top of Joyama to NOHBUTAI. Lunch is a buffet at the Satoyama Shokudo using local products. *In the Joyama area, you will walk along a paved mountain path (15 min. uphill, 50 min. downhill).
Main artworks: Matsudai Castle, Matsudai NOHBUTAI, House Memory, The Last Class


9:30 Meet at and depart from Echigo-Yuzawa Sta.
10:30 Meet at and depart from Matsudai Sta.
10 min
10:50 Matsudai Campsite Parking Lot
20 min
11:50 A castle in a satoyama turned into a unique space of art
Matsudai Castle
“Matsudai Castle" is located at the top of Joyama, a three-story castle where Esther Stocker, Ryo Toyofuku, and Kurakake Junichi + Nihon University College of Art Sculpture Course create their works.
20 min
12:00 Kabakov's work expresses the life of a person.
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, “The Arch of Life”
Each statue represents different stages of life, starting from human being with an egg-shaped head, “a boy” crawling on the ground, “a man carrying a box of light” emitting light, “a man trying to climb up wall or an eternal exile” and “the end – worn-out man”.
10 min
12:20 The culmination of Kabakov, one of the leading artists of ETAT
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, “The Monument of Tolerance”
The tower was created to symbolize connections beyond ethnicity, religion, and culture, peace, respect, dialogue, and coexistence. The monument on the tower will change color depending on whether there is a problem or good news.
20 min
12:50 Field museum base spreading in satoyama
The base facility of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, featuring programs on ART, food, and agriculture. The building and rooms themselves are artworks. Outside, there are large-scale artworks and fields, allowing visitors to enjoy art while feeling the great outdoors and local life.
13:15 Taste the Season in a Work of Art
Lunch : Echigo Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo
The buffet features a menu with a twist on local flavors, using plenty of fresh vegetables grown by local farmers and wild vegetables nurtured by the living nature of Echigo-Tsumari. Enjoy the nourishing flavors of Echigo-Tsumari while gazing at the terraced rice paddies and satoyama stretching out before you.
10 min
14:25 Step into the empty house and you'll find a gorgeous playground!
Toyofuku Ryo, "Golden Playroom"
A luxurious playground. The golden playground, where all parts of daily necessities and industrial goods are painted gold, is where you can actually play, with qilin and phoenixes watching over you as you play, and werewolves and mermaids also appear. This time, the second floor will also be greatly expanded, with a collection of nostalgic game consoles and all sorts of things from around the world, making the space even more mysterious and exciting.
20 min
15:05 Installation of black yarn stretched over an empty house
Shiota Chiharu, "House Memory"
The "House Memory" is made of black wool yarn stretched in every direction from the first floor to the ceiling of an empty house. Woven into the yarn are "things that are unwanted but cannot be thrown away" collected from local residents. Please enjoy viewing this work while remembering the silkworm raising that took place on the second floor, and the lifestyle of the young couple and their parents who lived in the house.
5 min
15:25 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.
55 min
18:00 Returns to Echigo-Yuzasa Sta., the tour completes.

*The guide will be available only in Japanese

*This is a discount campaign tour reservation for foreign nationals only. We confirm the nationality of all tour participants at the tour reception desk. Please be sure to bring your passport or resident card. (If you do not show your ID on the day of the tour, we will ask you to pay the discounted amount in cash.)

*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.。

*Since Matsudai Castle is located at an elevation of 384m, visitors walk along a paved mountain path in the Joyama area. (about 15 minutes uphill and 50 minutes downhill). 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.

*Tour sales and operation may be canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus. The decision to implement

*We ask for your cooperation in taking local measures against coronavirus infection when participating in the tour.

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


Dates April 30, May 5, 14, 21, Jun 4, 12, 18, 25, Jul 2, 16, 23, Sep 3,10, Oct 8,15, 22, 29, Nov: 3, 5
Admission General (elementary school students and older) ¥12,500→¥7,500/ Toddler (3-5 years old) ¥5,000→¥2,500/ ¥0 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, and tax)
*A special ticket is necessary to participate in the tour. If you do not have a ticket, please purchase it when you book the tour.
Deadline 6:00 p.m. on the day before the tour date
Origin / Destination Echigo Yuzawa Sta. 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 /

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

NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organization Standard Conditions of Travel

【Inquiries】Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Information Centre at +81 (0)25-761-7767 (9:00-18:00, closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

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