Sansho House

Build in 1958, this wooden school building resembling found memories has survived heavy snowfall for over 50 years in support of many people concerned. Five classrooms have been renovated into guest rooms and each of them accommodates 16 beds. Two classrooms are combined into one space where guests can share meals and conversations. Feel the seasons of Matsunoyama in outdoor terrace in summer and around a stove in winter. Gym, library and school play-field(covered with snow entirely in winter) are available for seminar, lecture, and sport event. Experience Matsunoyama onsen, one of the three medicinal hot springs in Japan.

About the area

Sansho house is located in the area of Matsunoyama in Niigata prefecture, famous for its heavy snowfalls, with an average depth of winter snow exceeding three meters. The traditional pattern of life in this mountainous area has resulted in distinctive landscape of terraced rice fields, celebrated as one of the 100 must-see rural landscapes in Japan. Hauntingly beautiful beach forests, such as the Bijin-bayashi, are home to rare birds, including the Ruddy Kingfisher and the Dollarbird. The Matsunoyama Onsen, with its famed soothing waters with their natural mineral salts, is one of only three medicinal hot springs in Japan.


Guests can enjoy meals cooked by local women who are expert in preparing hearty foods for their families, working in fields. Enjoy Satoyama treats such as rice harvested from the terraced rice field in the area. winter Miso, Shoyuno-mi, and home-made pickles.

Map of the Surrounding Area

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327 Kotani, Matsunoyama Tokamachi-city, Niigata

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