Matsunoyama is a mountains area approximately 200 to 600 meter above the sea level and located on the border of Nagano prefecture. Koido river on east and Shibumi river on the west, the area is exposed to hardship of nature such as landslide and heavy snow in winter with limited plain space along these two rivers. In addition to rice produced in the terraced rice field, people are engaged with growing special local products such as mushrooms and wild plants and running ryokan in Matsunoyama hot spring area. Kyororo has been a basis for regional reconstruction to reevaluate the ecology of Satoyama.
Daitozan Art Museum
The 31st head of Murayama family opened the 700 year-old house and its garden to the public as a museum. Furniture, drawings and potteries which represent life of the Murayama family as a wealthy farmer and memento of Ango Sakaguchi, an uncle of the previous head of the family are displayed. Ango visited Matsunoyama frequently as his aunt and old sister who married Murayama family.
Daigonji highland is located on the half-way up the hill approximately 700 m above from the sea level. Visitors can enjoy nature on different seasons in ranching area and sweet flag pond. Artworks have been presented since 2000 as a part of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale and visitors can enjoy seeing a herd of cattle, listening birds singing and walking footpath. Many people visit the highland for camping at the fully equipped camping ground during the summer.