Echigo-Tsumari: Day trip guided bus tour including lunch

※In order to make the tour more enjoyable for people from all regions, we have decided to cancel the tour for the dates of July 24 to August 22. We will wait for the declaration to be lifted and then operate the tour. We will continue to make preparations for “Echigo-Tsumari this year” tour so that the tour will be fully prepared.

This is a day-trip guided bus tour starting and finishing at Echigo-Yuzawa station (90 minutes from Tokyo station by shinkansen), enjoyable for people visiting Echigo-Tsumari for the first time or wishing to explore alone. The tour will show participants highlights of ETAT which is staged in the vast area of the region. We will stop at Ubusuna House in Gannyu village for lunch, filled with local ingredients grown and cooked by the locals.

Information and Map

10:00 Meet at and depart from Echigo-Yuzawa station
45 min
10:45ー11:35 Head to Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET), formaly known as Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE
Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET)
Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE has renewed most of its permanent collections for this summer. Part of the building has also been re-done as it changes its name into Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET). Enjoy the newly re-opened MonET which offers lots to see and do.
25 min
12:00-12:50 Enjoy special lunch prepared by locals in the old minka house with thatched roof
Ubusuna House
This Echigo-Chumon-Zukuri minak house with thatched roof (traditional house structure distinctively found in this snow region) has been revived by potteries. It has turned into a restaurant and gallery with cooking stove, basin, bath as well as plates and bowls made by leading Japanese potters on the ground floor whereas upstairs consist of tea rooms as gallery space exhibiting other pottery works. These artworks, the thatched roof old minka house and most of all, local people welcoming visitors have been key elements of making Ubusuna House a popular destination in Echigo-Tsumari. Enjoy lunch filled with local ingredients prepared by people living in the village.
40 min
13:30-14:20 Immerse yourself into “walk-in- palette” museum
Hachi & Seizo Tashima Museum of Picture Book Art
Tashima Seizo, a picture book artists known for his masterpiece such as “Chikarataro” has transformed the entire closed school building into a museum of picture books. Inside the wooden school building exhibits objects made of drift wood pieces. As you walk through corridor to class rooms, you can follow stories of the three children featured in the picture book who were once students of this school. The resident goat families will also look forward to seeing you on the school ground.
20 min
14:40‐15:25 Check out reborn Matsudai Nohbutai
Matsudai Nohbutai
Matsudai Nohbutai will be transformed into a facility which introduces the activities of nature and human through collections of artworks called “Kabakovs’ Dream” by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Enjoy these new works in the museum as well as artworks outdoor which are dotted around in the Matsudai Nohbutai Field Museum, the area known as Joyama adjacent to Matsudai Nohbutai.
30 min
15:55 In order to rediscover the landscape of Echigo-Tsumari (from bus window)
“For Lots of Lost Windows” by UTSUMI Akiko
Located at about 15 minutes drive from Kiyotsukyo Tunnel, this artwork standing outside invites you to look out of the window frame in order to re-appreciate the landscape of Echigo-Tsumari. The waving curtain shows us wind that blows through the window.
15 min
16:10-17:00 The entire tunnel has become an artworks
“Tunnel of Light” by Ma Yangson and MAD Architects
It has been re-opened with a new artwork of black and white stripes covering the interior space installed in the second lookout in the tunnel. Enjoy the breath-taking view in one of the most popular site in the region, Kiyotsukyo Tunnel.
30 min
18:00 The tour completes at Echigo-Yuzawa station

※ We will inform you in case if a part or whole itinerary is changed or cancelled.
※ Please be informed that the artworks to visit and the order of visiting those artworks may be changed.
※ We would recommend to book a return Shinkansen departing during 19:00 hour to avoid missing a train as returning time to Echigo-Yuzawa station may be delayed.


Dates Saturdays and Sundays between 24 July to 31 October 2021


In light of the coronavirus situation, we have decided to suspend operations until September 12 (as of August 18).

Admission Adult JPY14800, Child age under 15 JPY12899, Child before school age JPY1000
(Price includes bus transportation, admissions to artworks, lunch, guide fee and consumption tax)
Deadline 18:00 of the previous day of the departure date
Origin / Destination East Exit, Echigo-Yuzawa station / East Exit, Echigo-Yuzawa station
Transportation Chartered bus operated by Minami Echigo Kotsu
Capacity Capacity: Up to 30 people / minimum people required 2
Host Tour planning and operation: NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organisation (3743-1 Matsudai, Tokamachi-city, Niigata)

Memger of All Nippon Travel Agents Association

Inquiry 025-761-7749 /
Co-host Yukiguni Kankosha

※ A conductor will not accompany with the tour.
※ Please read the following terms and conditions of the tour before you book and participate:

NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organisation – Terms and Conditions 

NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organisation Standard Journey Business Stipulation

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