Echigo Hillside Park was opened in July 1998 on the Japan Sea coast. The basic theme of the park is ‘Learn from heaven, play on earth and meet people at Koshino-sato sanctuary’. The park was built so people could pursue outdoor recreation or cultural activities. It is located on the West side of Nagaoka city (in Niigata prefecture) on hills ranging from 80~260m above sea level. As a result you can see various land forms, snowy hills, and many kinds of animal and plant life. All facilities are barrier free and so can be accessed safely and comfortably by all members of the public.