Tochikubo has a beautiful scenery looking down entire Minamiuonuma area over its own terraced rice paddies.
Opposite side of the valley from Shimizu, over 60 families are living in this mountainous village.
At this elementary school, only 10 children are being taught by 7 teachers. This place is also covered by over 4 meter of snow.
Next to the village, there are skying slopes and close to the town, many villagers commute to their work place. Rice paddies are continuously spreading along the slope of the hills and people use snow-free season fully for rice growing.
Beech forest are covering the mountains and mountain goats and endangered butterflies are easily observed. Salamanders are found in fresh streams.
Number of children is decreasing and aging of the community is proceeding, so villagers are wondering about the future of their community.