Kyororo Forest School

Kyororo Forest School

Located in the beautiful area of Matsunoyama – around 60 minutes drive for Echigo-Yuzawa Station – the ‘Echigo Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science’ was one of the first major projects of Echigo-Tsumari Art Field.

More simply known as ‘Kyororo’, the facility is designed as an ecomuseum with formal exhibition inside the main building but with a focus on outdoor, ‘hands-on’ learning. In-keeping with one of the founding principles of Echigo-Tsumari, Kyororo promotes the harmonious coexistence of people and nature under the broad banner of ‘satoyama’.


The museum is accessible in all seasons including the heavy snow of winter – at which time the distinctive main building sits deep within the snow. Surrounded by extensive nature trails, the museum is perhaps best enjoyed from spring to autumn when visitors can explore the forest and natural waterways, always full of life, colour and noise.


Kyororo is located only a short walk from Matsunoyama’s famous Bijinbayashi or ‘Beauty Forest’. The museum includes  a restaurant and gift shop.



09:00 to 17:00 (last entry at 16:30)

Open daily (closed on Tues & between Dec.26-31)

Entry to the museum: Adults JPY500 / free for students. Visitors can walk the nature trails for free but must register first inside the museum

Approximately a 1.5 to 2.5-hour drive from the Jigokudani Monkey Park

From Echigo-Yuzawa Station, take the Hokuhoku Line to Matsudai Station - 45 to 60 minutes / JPY930 - and once at Matsudai, take the local bus to the museum - another 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can drive to the museum in around 60-minutes from Echigo-Yuzawa Station