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  • About Echigo-Tsumari region
  • Artworks to experience
  • Enjoy local delicacies
  • Stay at artwork or renovated school
  • Buy something special
  • Tips for exploring Echigo-Tsumari

About Echigo-Tsumari region

Echigo-Tsumari is a mountainous region of 760km2 in Niigata Prefecture about two hours by train from Tokyo. People have been living in the communion with nature for over generations. With its agricultural landscapes and seasonal rhythms, the area forms an archetype of the Japanese collective memory of “satoyama” a term rich in metaphoric associations and emotional longing.

Learn more about these areas

Learn about differences of each area and enjoy exploring the region.

Tokamachi area Kawanishi area Nakasato area
Tokamachi is located at the heart of stream of traffic and has been flourished as a center of textile industry. Why not begin your exploration from Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE, the gate of Echigo-Tsumari Art Field? The Shinano river runs through terraced rice field on the east and mountainous area on the west, Kawanishi is famous for Uonuma brand koshihikari rice, soba noodle, and Japanese sake. Nakasato is the entrance to the Echigo-Tsumari region from Tokyo direction and visitors can enjoy greens and waters at Kiyotsu Gorge and Nanatsu-gama.
Matsudai area Matsunoyama area Tsunan Area
There are lots of terraced rice field in between mountains and visitors can enjoy being embraced by satoyama landscape and experience a unique lifestyle developed through agriculture in the snow country. Refresh yourself by dipping into Matsunoyama Onsen (hot spring) or stroll in beach tree called "Bijin Bayashi". Matsunoyama is home for diverse living things. Visitors can enjoy one of the largest river terrace in Akiyamago - the area famous for heavy snowfall in winter. Tsunan is treasured by beautiful water and agri products.

Artworks to experience

Approximately 200 artworks which have been created since the first Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2000 are dotted in the region.

Hubs are open throughout the year and main abandoned house/closed school projects are open between May and October every year.

Moreover special exhibitions and events are held in different seasons for you to enjoy fully the region.

Check out artworks

Yayoi Kusama: Tsumari in Bloom

Photo by ANZAï

Seizo Tashima:
Museum of Picture Book Art

Photo by Takenori Miyamoto
+ Hiromi Seno

Carsten Höller:
Rolling Cylinder, 2012

Photo by Osamu Nakamura

Pascale Marthine Tayou:
Reverse City

Photo by Takenori Miyamoto
+ Hiromi Seno

Hubs Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of
Contemporary Art, KINARE
Open throughout the year 10:00-17:00
Closed on Wednesdays and end/beginning of the year
Entrance fee Adult: JPY800
Children age below 15: JPY400
(price may vary for special exhibitions/events)
Matsudai Nohbutai Open throughout the year 10:00-17:00
Closed on Wednesdays and end/beginning of the year
Entrance fee Adult: JPY500
Children age below 15: JPY300
(special ticket to enter Matsudai History Museum is available at JPY600 and JPY300 for adult and children age below 15 respectively)
Matsudai History Museum Open throughout the year 9:00-17:00
Closed on Wednesdays and end/beginning of the year
Entrance fee Adult: JPY300
(special ticket to enter Matsudai Nohbutai is available at JPY600 and JPY300 for adult and children age below 15 respectively)
Kyororo Open throughout the year 9:00-17:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Entrance fee Adult: JPY500
Children age below 18: JPY250
House of Light Open throughout the year 11:30-15:30
Closed on irregular basis. Please check website before your visit.
Entrance fee
Adult (age above 13): JPY500
Children age below 12: JPY250
Museum of Picture Book Art Open from Saturday 26 April to Sunday 30 November 2014 10:00-17:00
(closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Closed from Monday 14 to Friday 18 July 2014 / From 1 December for winter.
Entrance fee
Adult: JPY500
Children age below 15: JPY250
(price may vary for special exhibitions/events)
Abandoned houses/
closed schools
Shedding House, The Last School, Ubusuna
House
, Dream House, Harvest House
Open Saturdays and Sundays between Saturday 26 April and Monday 3 November 2014. 10:00-16:00 Entrance fee
Adult: JPY500
Children age below 15: JPY250
Artworks outdoor   Click here to check which of the artworks are available to see before your visit:

A special guide map indicating the locations of approximately 200 artworks is sold at JPY100 at Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE, Matsudai Nohbutai, Tokamachi City Project Office or Echigo-Tsumari on-line shop.

Enjoy local delicacies

Enjoy fresh locally-sourced seasonal vegetables, Koshihikari rice and Japanese sake all of them offer distinctive flavors of Echigo-Tsumari.

Check out restaurants and cafes
Rice and Japanese sake nurtured by snow melt water!

Stay at artwork or renovated school

Why not stay at renovated old school or abandoned house turned into accommodation by artists and enjoy Satoyama lifestyle and nature to gain special memories?

Check out accommodation

Buy something special

Unique products from Echigo-Tsumari created in collaboration between local producers and creators as well as participating artists in the Triennale are available for gift or souvenir!

Visit Echigo-Tsumari on-line store

Sake-flavor sponge cake

Wilde-grape flavor Yokan

Mint candy

Baked Karinto

Furoshiki Tsumari in Bloom

Tsumari soba noodle

Doburoku

Matsunoi (Japanese sake)

Tenjinbayashi (Japanese sake)

Echigo-Tsumari blended coffee

Tips for exploring Echigo-Tsumari

Echigo-Tsumari region (Tokamachi-city and Tsunan township) is located at the southern tips of Niigata Prefecture. The exploration can begin from Tokamachi station on JR Iiyama Line or Hokuhoku Line.

How to get to Echigo-Tsumari

How to get around the region

Driving car is most convenient way to get around in order to visit artworks dotted around the region. Matsudai Nohbutai and Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE are 10 minutes apart by Hokuhoku Line and both are located within walking distance from their respective closest stations.

How to explore Echigo-Tsumari

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