Bijinbayashi Forest


Discover the charm of a picturesque beech tree forest that captivates in every season

Nestled on a 3-hectare hillside in Matsunoyama Matsuguchi, this beech forest boasts century-old trees that lend a unique beauty to the landscape. Known as the "Beautiful Forest," its name echoes the elegance of the standing trees. In the late Taisho era (1912-1926), the entire forest was felled for charcoal production, leaving the mountain bare. However, the following year witnessed a spectacular rebirth as beech trees sprouted and flourished, shaping the mountain's present appearance. This forest is also a thriving habitat for various wild birds.

Throughout the seasons, the beautiful beech forest unveils different expressions:
In spring, young leaves emerge against lingering snow, signaling the arrival of the season.
Summer invites you to experience a cool breeze amid vibrant greenery, with temperatures reportedly 2°C lower than the surrounding areas.
Autumn transforms the forest into a palette of yellows and oranges, enchanting visitors as if stepping into a living painting.
Winter blankets the area in a "silver world," where sunlight sparkles on the snow on sunny days.

General Information

Directions●By car:
Kanetsu Expressway "Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC" via R353 (approx. 50 min.)
●By train:
Take the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train to "Echigo-Yuzawa Station" and transfer to the Hokuhoku Line to "Matsudai Station." Take a cab (Approx. 15 min.).
Local bus option available, approx. 20 min. on foot from the Sakaimatsu Bus Stop (except in winter).
*The section from the Sakaimatsu entrance to the Bijinbayashi Forest is closed to traffic during winter.
*Enter from the R353 Sakashita entrance with winter tires.
Car ParkPlease use the "Mori no Gakko" Kyororo parking lot, as snow is not removed during the winter.
PricesFresh greenery in early May
Autumn foliage from early to mid-November
Snowy scenery from December to April


NameMatsudai/Matsunoyama Onsen Tourist Information Center
Telephone Number025-597-3442