Immerse hidden art field in Niigata Echigo Tsumari

Launched in 2000, “Echigo Tsumari Daichi Art Festival” in Niigata prefecture is one of the world’s largest international art festivals and a pioneer of regional art festivals held throughout Japan. This art festival is set in the Echigo-Tsumari area and exhibits works throughout the year in the satoyama, where the four seasons are abundant.
The 290-square-mile expanse is not only home to more than 200 works by artists from around the world at any given time, but is also dotted with facilities for experiences and accommodation.
The art festival, which is held once every three years, has further increased the number of art, and in 2022, 333 works were unfolded on a wide land.

Window in the field
  1. A trip through the satoyama with art as a guide:
    • Using art that highlights the beauty and richness of satoyama and brings out the human time that has been layered there, people open their five senses and revive the splendor and memories of life throughout their bodies.
  2. Collaborating across generations, geographies, and genres:
    • Artists have to create things on other people’s land, and communication with the local community is essential. Residents of sparsely populated areas and young people from cities work together, and encounters are changing from conflict to understanding.
  3. Utilizing what we have to create new value:
    • In the Vacant Houses and Abandoned Schools Project, the vast number of empty houses that remain in Echigo-Tsumari are revitalized as works of art, and the memories and wisdom of the region are inherited.
  4. Unique Locations:
    • Facilities that condense the elements of Echigo-Tsumari, such as heavy snowfall, villages, terraced rice fields, and modern civil engineering structures, are built by world-class architects and artists to connect the villages.
  5. Living Art:
    • Everything that humans have created is “art,” and the primitive part of it is “art of living.” “Food” is an important element in which the locals can be the protagonists.

It is hard to visit this large art festival in one day, so it is recommended to stay for at least one day and enjoy not only the art works, but also the lodgings, food, Japan sake, hot springs, etc.

”Daichi Art Festival” is a captivating blend of nature and creativity. Nestled just 75 minutes away from Tokyo, this enchanting art village promises excitement and surprise to all who visit. Picture lush landscapes, vibrant sculptures, and hidden gems waiting to be uncovered. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or simply seeking adventure, the Earth Art Festival invites you to explore its magical wonders. Come, wander through this living canvas, and let your imagination soar!

Our guide will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel or any preferred place, allowing you to relax and enjoy yourself like a local without the stress of complicated public transport.
Your departure time and course contents will be arranged to suit your schedule.

Tour Spots Information

Kiyotu George Tunnel
“The Kiyotsu Gorge, stretching 12.5 kilometers from Tōkamachi to Yuzawa Yagisawa, is one of Japan’s largest gorges. Its visually striking igneous rock formations captivate visitors. But what truly takes your breath away is the ‘Tunnel of Light.’ This 750-meter-long pedestrian tunnel, renovated by Ma Yansong for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, leads you through the heart of the gorge. As you walk, stainless steel panels surround you, and the floor reflects the gorge and the lush forest above. At the tunnel’s end, a ‘water basin mirror’ awaits, offering a mesmerizing view that leaves you in awe.

Tunnel the light

Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art
Immerse yourself in creativity at the Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art! As the central hub of the art festival, this museum pulsates with vibrant energy. Here, contemporary artists from around the world showcase their masterpieces, inviting you to explore a kaleidoscope of ideas and emotions. From thought-provoking sculptures to mesmerizing installations, every corner reveals a new perspective. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or a curious wanderer, this museum promises an unforgettable journey through the ever-evolving landscape of creativity.

Satoyama Museum

Matsudai “Noubutai”
Nestled amidst rolling mountains, the Matsudai ”Noubutai” beckons with artistic wonder. Picture this: a fusion of contemporary creativity and ancient landscapes. As you wander through this open-air gallery, sculptures emerge from the earth, abandoned houses whisper forgotten tales, and architectural marvels blend seamlessly with nature.
But that’s not all—the heart-stopping moment awaits at the castle atop the mountain. As you ascend, the cityscape unfolds like a canvas, painted in hues of possibility. From here, you’re not just a spectator; you’re part of the masterpiece. So breathe in the crisp air, let your imagination soar.


Bijin Bayashi
Amidst the lush landscapes of Niigata Prefecture lies Bijin Bayashi, a hidden gem embraced by the whispers of ancient beech trees. Here, time slows down, and the air carries the sweet scent of moss and earth. Bijin Bayashi has earned its place among the 100 best forest bathing destinations—a testament to its healing power. As you wander along the winding trails, stress dissipates, replaced by a sense of calm. The trees stand tall, their roots anchored deep in the soil, as if sharing their ancient wisdom with anyone willing to pause and listen.


Rice terraces at Hoshitoge
In the heart of Niigata Prefecture lies a hidden treasure—the Hoshitoge Rice Terraces. Imagine a landscape where rice fields cascade down the slopes like a mosaic of fish scales, each paddy a testament to human toil and nature’s artistry.
the beautiful natural scenery was selected as one of the “100 Best Villages in Japan.