Artful Exploration of Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale, Gastronomy, and Snow Country Culture in Niigata—3-day, 2-night stay—

Art and Snow Magic in Niigata’s Heartland

It’s just about an hour and 20 minutes by Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Echigo-Yuzawa Station. Niigata Prefecture, stretching north and south along the Japan Sea, boasts a diverse array of attractions, varying by region and season. Whether you’re seeking a journey to savor the food and sake of Niigata, renowned as one of Japan’s premier rice and sake regions, or an exploration of the breathtaking natural landscapes that change with each season, or even an immersive experience of life and culture in Japan’s snowiest region, Niigata offers a multitude of delights. It’s a place where no matter how many times you visit, or when you visit, you’ll always find fresh ways to enjoy your time.

Here in Niigata, every three years, the world's largest international art festival, the ‘Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale,’ takes place. Works by globally acclaimed contemporary artists like Yayoi Kusama and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov are on display, and even outside the festival period, over 200 artworks seamlessly blend into the rural landscapes. With more than 200 pieces to choose from, we can tailor a unique itinerary just for you, promising a special journey like no other.

photo: Ma Yansong / MAD Architects Tunnel of Light photo Nakamura OsamuChristian Boltanski +Jean Kalman The Last Class photo T. KurataniIlya & Emilia Kabakov The Rice Fields photo Nakamura OsamuLeandro Erlich Palimpsest: pond of sky photo Kioku KeizoMVRDV Matsudai “Nou-butai”

Day 1

  • Head to Echigo-Yuzawa Station

    Head to Echigo-Yuzawa Station by a bullet train.

  • Exclusive Day 1 of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale with a Private Guide

    Experience a personalized itinerary, including exclusive viewings of artworks not open to the general public.

  • Dinner at a famous sushi restaurant

    Dinner at a prestigious hidden Sushi restaurant in the mountains, where the finest treasures from the sea are expertly combined with locally harvested seasonal mountain delicacies.

  • Stay at a manor house hotel “ryugon”

    “Villa Suite Premium” has a vast garden spread out before your eyes. With its wide windows, you can experience the changing scenery of the snowy region’s four seasons as if having the Japanese garden all to yourself.

Day 2

  • Exclusive Day 2 of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale with a Private Guide

    Create a personalized itinerary with a different experience from Day 1.

  • Tanada Treks in Hoshitoge with Breathtaking Views

    Enjoy the terraced rice paddies from areas normally inaccessible to tourists, trekking through a landscape that resembles a painting of the authentic Japan, offering an encounter found only in Niigata. (Approximately 3 to 4 hours)

  • Stay at a manor house hotel “ryugon”

    Stay consecutive nights in the “Villa Suite Premium.” Relax and soothe your pleasant fatigue from trekking in the hot springs. Dinner will also be provided within the hotel.

Day 3

  • Lunch at the Culinary Gem of Uonuma, Showcasing Snow Country Gastronomy

    During the summer, you’ll dine amidst tranquil countryside landscapes, while in the winter, experience a course lunch set in the midst of snow-covered terrain, allowing you to savor the essence of Snow Country’s culinary traditions.

  • Get to Echigo-Yuzawa station

    Transfer to Echigo-Yuzawa station by a chartered vehicle.

  • Depart for your next destination...

Now, embark on your own special journey.

The above itinerary is just an example.
We will create your own itinerary according to your preferences. Please feel free to contact us!

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