Forest School: Kyororo

This museum was built in the region of Matsunoyama, an area with heavy snowfall, as a centre for education and training focusing on natural science.
In the winter it is completely buried under the snow, submerged like a submarine, and must bear the weight of 2,000 tons of thick snow. The snaking shape of the building reflects the walking trails in the area. The “snake”, made of welded iron plate, changes about 20 centimetres in length between summer and winter due to the temperature and snowfall. The weather-resistant steel plate body will slowly change colour until it ultimately attains a distinctively striped velvety-brown. The beautiful mountain scenery of Echigo-Tsumari can be viewed across the treetops from the 34-meter tower. Visitors in winter will be guided to the entrance between literal walls of snow. There, they will enter the Snow Country’s unique winter world of tunnels. The museum’s thick acrylic windows show visitors cross-sections of the snow whose weight they bear. Through the windows, they will also see how life goes on in the snow. In summer, beech forests and terraced rice paddies fill the windows. Our hope is that this museum will persist, buried in the forest depths, for hundreds and thousands of years.


Forest School: Kyororo
AddressNiigataTokamachi1712-2 Matsunoyama Matsuguchi
business hours9:00-17:00(Entrances open until 16:30)
●Closed: Tuesdays(Open if the Tuesday is a national holiday , then closed on the following day)
Fee●Adult Entrance fee:¥500
●Free for children under 15
Payment Way
  • Cash
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