The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial is an international modern art festival held every three years in the rural Echigo-Tsumari region of Niigata Prefecture. Launched in 2000, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial is a large-scale initiative in Japan seeking to combine art with urban and regional regeneration. It has succeeded to attract visitors and bring awareness to this beautiful region that has suffered from depopulation and a series of natural disasters. There are more than 300 Japanese and international artists' fascinating artworks are exhibited throughout the 760 square kilometer Echigo-Tsumari region. Some of the artworks are found in the town centers and are easy to see, while others are located among remote rice fields and are difficult to access. This art festival is running until September 17, it is a good chance to enjoy the great outdoors while visiting the largest art gallery in the world. The Echigo -Tsumari region is easily accessible from Tokyo in a little over an hour by train!