Official Tour "Kamoshika Pyonpyon Course" (runs on Sundays until 24 July)

This one-day tour, departing from and arriving at Echigo Yuzawa Station, focuses on new releases and popular films, mainly on Sundays. Lunch will be served at "Echigo Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo", a buffet menu full of delicious surprises, including local cuisine arranged in a modern way. This guided bus tour is suitable for first-time visitors and solo travelers.

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10:00 Meet at and depart from Echigo-Yuzawa station
30 min
10:30 The entire tunnel is a work of art.
Ma Yansong / MAD Architects 「Tunnel of Light」
The tour starts with the Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel, which has been popular since its opening to the public.
Kiyotsukyo 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.
11:50 Curtains fluttering in the wind and the beautiful scenery of Echigo-Tsumari.
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.
12:40 The culmination of Kabakov, one of the leading artists of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov「The Monument of Tolerance」
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, who have been continuously presenting their work since 2000, express their wishes for the world. Once inside, you will be able to feel his thoughts and feelings. At night, the colors of the lights change according to the joys and sorrows of the world and local people.
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.
The base facility of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, which just reopened last summer. 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.
15:00 Large-scale installation that transforms the entire abandoned school into a work of art
Christian Boltanski+Jean Kalman「The Last Class」
In an area that is closed off by deep snow for nearly half of the year, this work densely and heavily traps the memories of a former elementary school throughout the school. A contemporary art artist and a lighting artist teamed up to create an expression that appeals to all five senses, inviting the viewer into another world.
15:55 A vacant house work that connects the village and the mountain with a line of sound.
Ann Hamilton「Air for Everyone」
The sound of bells connects the village to the houses, and the installation makes us feel the presence of invisible people.
16:30 A World Made from Paper
Hayasaki Manami 「Invisible Grove」
The artist enlarged microscopic images of fungi and plants, cut them out of paper, and hung the objects on top of macroscopic objects such as forests and the universe. The objects are flat but float three-dimensionally in the space.
18:00 Arrive at Echigo Yuzawa Station and disband

*The guide will be available only in Japanese. If you wish, we can provide English-language materials about the artworks; please indicate this in the notes section when you make your reservation.

*Itineraries are subject to change or cancellation due to natural disasters or road conditions.

*Tour sales and operation may be cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. The decision to implement the tour will be made in accordance with the guidelines of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale.

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

*We will assign you a seat on the bus. If you have a companion for another application, please enter it in the remarks column.

*Participants who wish to do so may make a stopover at the last stopover artwork. If you wish to make a stopover, please enter it in the remarks column when applying for 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.

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Dates Apr. 30 (Sat), May 2 (Mon), 4 (Wed), 6 (Fri), and Sundays from May 8 (Sun) to July 24 (Sun)
Admission 13,000 yen (bus fare, lunch, guide fee, consumption tax)
A passport to view the artworks is required to participate in the tour. If you do not have a passport, please purchase one when you purchase the tour.
Deadline 00:00 (0:00 pm) on the day of the reminder
Origin / Destination Echigo Yuzawa Station East Exit Bus Terminal
Transportation Bus
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 /

No tour guide will accompany the tour.
Please read the terms and conditions of this tour before participating.

NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organization Travel Conditions

NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organization Standard Conditions of Travel

For inquiries, please contact the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Information Center at 025-761-7767 (9:00-18:00, closed on Wednesdays).

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