Tombi-Kakku 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. Tour to visit abandoned school works and representative base facilities of the area. Enjoy a homemade lunch at Ubusuna House. 
Main artworks: Tunnel of Light (Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel), House of Light, Hachi & Seizo Tashima Museum of Picture Book Art, Museum on Echigo-Tsumari(MonET)
*The "How to Tour Guide" distributed at each facility lists the Kiyotsu Soko Museum of Art as one of the stops, but it will not be included in this course starting in the fall. We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your understanding.


10:00 Meet at and depart from Echigo-Yuzawa Sta.
30 min
10:30 The entire tunnel is a work of art.
Ma Yansong / MAD Architects, “Tunnel of Light”
The tour starts with the Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel, which has been popular since its opening to the public.
Kiyotsu Gorge is one of the three most beautiful gorges in Japan, created by 16 million years of earth history. Visitors can view the fusion of the beauty of the gorge and art in the 750-meter-long tunnel. The spectacular natural scenery, which changes with the seasons, is also a must-see.
15 min
11:35 Curtains fluttering in the wind and the beautiful scenery of Echigo-Tsumari.
Utsumi Akiko, “For Lots of Lost Windows”
Utsumi Akiko, “For Lots of Lost Windows”
A window to discover once again the landscape of Tsumari that unfolds outside through the scenery seen from the window.
15 min
12:05 The Story of a Train Connecting Satoyama and the City
Jimmy Liao, "Kiss&Goodbye (Doichi Station)"
This work was installed based on the picture book "Shiawase no Kippu Kiss & Goodbye" set on the JR Iiyama Line. As the train moves forward, the message of the picture book, which gives us the courage to open up our lives, is conveyed through pictures, video, and music.
25 min
12:45 Artwork using work tools imbued with feelings
Kawaguchi Tatsuo, ”Time of Farm Tools”
In the yellow-painted exhibition space, a work of art is hung with farm tools that were created by tracing the actual use of the tools by local residents. Visitors can actually touch and hold the tools.
15 min
13:15 Thatched private house pottery restaurant
Enjoy handmade lunch by mothers at Ubusuna House
The restaurant is a 100-year-old thatched-roof old house. Local mothers serve seasonal small bowls of vegetables they grow themselves and bring to the restaurant, as well as a main dish. It is also a wonderful time to interact with the local mothers.
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.
20 min
14:30 Lodging experience by James Turrell
House of Light
This work was inspired by ”In Praise of Shadows”(Junichiro Tanizaki) and was created to fuse the intimate light in a traditional Japanese house with the light works he has created.
20 min
15:10 Spatial picture book museum set in an abandoned school
Hachi & Seizo Tashima Museum of Picture Book Art
Enjoy the spectacular art space that artist Seizo Tajima has developed in the rich satoyama of Hachi village.
20 min
16:10 Contemporary art museum representaing the Echigo-Tsumari
Museum on Echigo-Tsumari
The base facility of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field, featuring works by prominent contemporary artists such as Kohei Nawa, Michiko Nakatani, and 目 [mé].
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.。

*Some works require a short walk after getting off the bus. 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.


Dates Apr:29/ May: 4,13, 20/Jun: 10, 17/Jul: 1, 8, 15, 17, 22/ Sep: 2 9, 18, 23/ Oct: 7, 9, 14, 21, 28 / Nov: 4.13
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, Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel 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 40 (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


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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