Official guided tour 2020: Playback Part 1

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An official guided tour running throughout the year to trace the 20-years of the history of ETAT by visiting artworks by bus. A knowledgeable staff member will take you through changing landscape of Satoyama and artworks dotted across the region.

Information and Map

10:00 Meet at and depart from Echigo-Yuzawa station
2 Visit the must-see artwork at Kiyotsukyo Tunnel
"Tunnel of Light" by Ma Yansong / MAD Architects (2018)
Kiyotsukyo Keikoku Tunnel, one of the must-visit destinations in Echigo-Tsumari has been transformed by the upcoming architect, Ma Yansong and his team for ETAT2018. A new building at the entrance of the tunnerl and the 750m-long tunnel itself welcome visitors as artworks. (total time required 40-50 min)
"Nakasato Scarecrow Garden" by Chris Matthews (2000) *From the bus window
The rivebank of Tajiri has long been exposed to flood where some of the villages dissapeared because of the landslide in the past. The artist installed eighteen of colourful scarecrows with traditional Kanoko pattern.
3 Kyororo + Bijinbayashi
Echigo-Matsunoyama Kyororo (2003)
Kyororo is an educational facility highlighting natural science located in the mountainous area of Matsunoyamam known for heavy snowfal in winter. The building stands against as heavy as 2000 tonnes of snow in winter like submarine. The snake-like shape takes an inspiration from winding walkways around the building. This fully welded iron plate snake changes its size for as long as 20 cm between summer and winter.
From the bus window Matsudai Nohbutai + artworks
"Step in Plan" John Körmeling (text design Katsumi Asaba) (2003)
The large signboard suddenly comes into sight at the crossing is the 3D map of Matsunoyama. In fact, it also serves a small park and you can actually climb up staircases. The typography on the signboard was designed by one of the most prominent Japanese typographers, Katsumi Asaba. The artist and Asabe had never met until they bumped into one another in front of the work on the opening day.
"Boys with Red Lion Cloths Returned" by Tetsuo Sekine (2009)
40 boys in red lion cloths stand along the Shibumigawa River. The artwork presented in the same site in 2006 "returned" in response to the request by local people. They look tanned and healthy as the wooden sculpture were burnt by banner. The water in Shibumigawa River was once clean with diving spots and men in Koarato village swam in the river in red cloths. Local people put clothes on the sculptures in winter to keep them warm - which story makes this artwork special.
"Matsudai Nohbutai" by MVRDV (2003)
An architectural work designed by Dutch architect practice, MVRDV. You can also visit approximaltey 30 artworks outdoor scattered around Satoyama close to Matsudao Nohbutai and special exhibitions inside the building. Echigo-Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo offers "as much as you like" buffet style lunch featuring some 20 dishes local ingridients on Sat, Sun and national holidays while serves lunch during weekdays. (Price for child is offered.)
"The human re-entering nature" by Thomas Eller
The 4m-tall human-shaped instalation with photographs of the artist's face, hands and foots printed. The bord in the shape of human and the coumn make up Chinese character "human", wishing the increase in number of population in this region. The ivy grows around the board, showing how the artwork will return to nature gradually.
50 min
From the window of the bus The smallest noh-stage in the world
"Pavillon / Papillon" by Dominique Perrault (2006)
Azumaya is often used as a stage for Noh or Kyogen performances. The reflective material was chosen for the roof taking an inspiration from butterfly wings or kaleidoscope, which attempt to capture landscape of Satoyama visually overwrapping with beautiful costume of performers on stage. The roof is designed to be folded up vertical during winter taking into consideration of heavy snowfall in winter in this region.
15:00 An artwork and restauran under the thatched roof of old minka house
Ubusuna House (2006)
The artwork is a transformation of an old minka house with thatched roof built in 1924 featuring "pottery". A cooking stove, basin and bath tab by leading Japanese potters are on display and local people work in the restaurant and serve meals using local ingridients in bowls and plates designed by these potters. The tea rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor shows potters works.
25 min
15:55 To the gate to Echigo-Tsumari, KINARE
Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemoprary Art, KINARE (2003/2012)
One of the hub facilities of Echigo-Tsumari Art Field. The permanent collections were created in time for the renovation of the building as a contemporary art gallery in ETAT2012 and Leandro Erlich made an iconic work in the pond in the courtyard during ETAT2018.
20 min
16:55 An artwork by Taiwanees best-selling picture book artist
"Kiss & Goodbye" (Doichi Statino) by Jimmy Liao (2015)
The artist created two works at Doichi and Echigo-Mizusawa stations based upon his picturebook story "Kiss & Goodbye" featuring JR Iiyama line. The story is about a little boy who lost his parents takes a train with his pet dog and visit his grandfather in the countryside. The artworks were inspired by Kamaboko-shaped warehouse, a distinctive storage unit often seen in the heavy snowfall region. Visitors can enjoy installation, original drawings, music and message of the picturebook story inside the storage.
"mudmen" by Jiro Ozawa / Ogawa Laboratory, Nippon Institute of Technology (2006)
A small folly (an unrealistic architectural structure often displayed in the garden) built along the river can be used as a resting space for those who come and play in the river. The floor, wall and ceiling are made of shapes of human beings, modeled on the people in the community. The structure is made by mud-concrete which was made out of the local soils mixed with cement as a material connecting people to the place.
40 min
18:00 The tour completes at Echigo-Yuzawa station

※ Come rain or shine. We will inform you of any changes in the cancellation of the tour because of a natural disaster and so on.
※ 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 Sat, Sun and national holidays (details will be announced in due course)
Admission Adult JPY12,800, Child age between 7-15 JPY9,800 (including bus ride, lunch, insurance, admissions to artworks and guide fee)
Deadline 9am on the day of the tour
Origin / Destination East Exit Bus Terminal, Echigo-Yuzawa station
Transportation Bus
Capacity The minimum number of participants required: 2
Host Snow Country Tourism
(Certified travel agent)

2431-1 Yuzawa, Yuzawa-town, Minami-Uonuma district, Niigata 949-6101
Memger of All Nippon Travel Agents Association
Associate member of Japan Association of Travel Agents
Co-host NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organisation

※ We will keep update on this website as soon as the tour becomes available for booking.
※Come rain or shine. We will inform you of any changes in the cancellation of the tour because of a natural disaster and so on.

For inquiry:
Booking on-line / purchasing the tour:
asoview support desk
(Details: Please check the page of booking on-line.)

About the tour:
Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Information Centre
025-761-7767(9:00 – 18:00, closed on Wednesdays)

General inquiries:
Snow Country Tourism
025-785-5353(9:00 – 18:00, open year round)

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