The observatory stretches to three floors. To reach the top you can either use the elevator, which carries eleven people and moves diagonally, or the spiral staircase situated on the first floor.
You can rest here after snowshoe walking. Enjoy watching the Echigo plain view from the roof top.
From the third floor of the Observatory you can enjoy the view of the huge Niigata flats that are about 230m above sea level and the dynamic mountains in the background.
As requested (by some patrons) we have placed three sets of binoculars for people to use. Feel free to use them. (There are also seats and vending machines.)
Also, a miniature model of the whole of the Echigo Hillside Park is exhibited on the third floor.
As soon as you enter the Observatory you will see, on the left hand side, the "Ancient primitive forest" section. Here you can see a display of 700,000 year old elm tree fossils found in this park. You can also see from the diorama (3D model) what the land configuration was like some 800,000 years ago - the sea used to come much farther in land than nowadays. In the other section you can see ancient wildlife picture books about insects and plants that used to live in the park. It is a fantastic world.
Pass the information section and on the right hand side you can see land as it is now and as it once was under the sea.