Art Trip on the Genbi Shinkansen

Two days and one night
Car and Shinkansen
After visiting the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field, take the Genbi Shinkansen that has debuted as the world's fastest art gallery. Take a trip around art!
30 minutes by car from Echigo-Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen


Kiyotsukyo Gorge

A photo spot with arts and a great view

One of the Three Great Gorges of Japan. Gigantic stone cliffs straddle a river, forming a large, V-shaped gorge. The grand rock surface and strong current of the river in combination are both dynamic and beautiful. The facilities were renovated in the spring of 2018. A two-story building with a cafe on the first floor and foot bath on the second floor is now in operation right next to the tunnel entrance.

35 minutes by car


Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art KINARE

The building originally built for the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale in Tsunan was renovated in 2012 and now serves as a contemporary art museum. A variety of contemporary art works (and more!) are regularly exhibited. The museum is equipped with a restaurant, bar, and hot spring facilities.

15 minutes by car


The House of Light; Hikari no Yakata

The worldwide artist of light, James Turrell, created this facility where you can stay overnight. It was originally born as artwork for Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale. You can also come visit without staying over.

20 minutes by car


The Museum of Picture Books

Thanks to the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, this once-closed school was reincarnated as the Museum of Picture Books. The space itself is almost like something a picture book author thought about and worked on for years.

20 minutes by car


Matsudai "Nou-butai"

A hub for the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale's Artwork, where contemporary art meets nature

Matsudai Nohbutai is a cultural facility which has gallery, restaurant and more. The building itself is a work of art from the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale. Spreading through the area around Satoyama, this area is called the Satoyama Field Museum, and its interior and exterior spaces host artwork by numerous artists. You can also enjoy a walk through the area.

10 minutes by car


Matsudai Shibatouge Onsen "Unkai"

A beautiful Japanese-style inn, with a view of Unkai, the sea of clouds below you, terraced rice paddies, and snowfall.

The high class hot spring, the landscape of the Uonuma mountain range, and the sea of clouds visible from the outer bath are the unique points of this inn. The hot spring is said to be effective for neuralgia, muscle pain, shoulder aches, blood circulation, cuts, burns, chronic skin disease, chronic gastrointestinal disease, fatigue, chronic women's diseases, and bruises.

Stay overnight in Matsudai Shibatouge Onsen

1 hour by car to Echigo-Yuzawa Station
Take the Genbi Shinkansen


Genbi Shinkansen

Popular artists have worked on this modern art train that is part of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line.

The Genbi Shinkansen is the world's fastest art experience! Modern art created by prominent artists especially for the Genbi Shinkansen is on exhibit in each car, and it's enough to nearly make guests forget that they are on a train at all. The train is also equipped with sofas, a cafe, and a kids' area where guests can interact with modern art directly. Guests can observe a variety of attractions from the car windows that stretch out along the tracks.

Get off the Genbi Shinkansen at Niigata Station
20 minutes on foot


Pia Bandai

10 minutes on foot


Bandai Bridge

Niigata's iconic bridge standing majestically over the Shinano River

The Bandai Bridge is a solid stone arch bridge crossing over the Shinano River. Decorations within the granite give the bridge a majestic appearance.

The current bridge is the third incarnation that was reconstructed in 1929 for the city’s modernisation. The Bandai Bridge was designated an Important Cultural Property in July 2004. Following Tokyo’s Nihonbashi Bridge, this was the second bridge on the national highway designated as an Important Cultural Property. The bridge is 306.9 metres long and 22 metres wide and survived the 1964 Niigata Earthquake. It provides an important transportation link for the local citizens.

The bridge has a broad pedestrian walkway and is best viewed from the promenades along the Shinano River. Take a stroll along one of the promenades or board the waterbus to really enjoy the view of this grand bridge!