Official Tour "Shake River climbing course" (runs from 30 July to 4 September)

Departing from and arriving at Echigo Yuzawa Station, this one-day tour focuses on new and popular productions. Lunch will be served at "Kamigo Clove Theater", where you will enjoy a lively and fun lunchtime performance by the women of the village. This guided bus tour is suitable for first-time visitors and solo travelers.


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.
11:30 Museum that "exhibits and stores" large artworks by utilizing a gymnasium of a closed school
Yukihisa Isobe 「Memorial Echigo-Tsumari Kiyotsu Soko Museum」
The former Kiyotsukyo Elementary School has been renovated to host a special exhibition that brings together the works of many artists, including Yukihisa Isobe, who has been showing his works at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale since 2000.
In addition to the permanent exhibition featuring many works donated by Yukihisa Isobe himself, this year's new works will also be displayed in the swimming pool, making it an outstanding spectacle.

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12:35 In Tsunan, where agriculture is a major focus, farm tools once used in the past play a tone
Oka Makoto 「Farming implements as instruments!」
This work is a collection of farm tools that are no longer in use, but have been acquired from the local community and transformed into musical instruments. The stage for displaying the farm tools reborn as musical instruments is a school where students still attend. Through collaboration with the students, the farming tools once again sound the earth.
13:05 Enjoy the works of both the overseas exchange center and the performance center at one time.
Hong Kong House/Echigo-Tsumari “Kamigo Clove Theatre”
Hong Kong House is a residency and gallery facility that serves as a base for cultural exchange with Hong Kong. This summer, local and Hong Kong residents interacted to complete a work of art.
Renovated from a closed junior high school, Kamigo Clove Theatre is a performing arts center for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. Works that were previously shown to the public last year are now on display.
13:30 Lunch is a feast for the eyes and taste buds with local food, mothers, and theater!
“Hokuetsu Seppu" at Kamigo Clove Theatre Restaurant
Lunch is served at the Kamigo Clove Theatre's performance-style restaurant. Local mothers perform their skills and cheerfully and joyfully present a theatrical feast that will make you realize the deliciousness of the ingredients grown in the area.
14:40 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.
15:15 Not to be missed! Christian Boltanski's new work
Christian Boltanski「Forest spirit」
An installation work developed outdoors.
While walking through the woods, visitors can get a closer look at the expression of Christian Boltanski, who departed for heaven last July.
16:00 Facilities with a sense of nature
The base facility of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, which just reopened last summer. The building and rooms themselves are works of art. Taking a break at the café inside the museum is also recommended. Outside, there are large-scale artworks and fields, allowing visitors to enjoy art while feeling the great outdoors and local life.
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.

*Guide will be in Japanese only. English-language materials about the works will be provided for overseas visitors.

*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 Except Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Jul. 30 (Sat.) to Sep. 4 (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, including the cancellation policy, 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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