Forest of Toyota is company-owned forest in the suburbs of Toyota City. It was developed in 1997 to conduct experiments and research on exploiting Satoyama with the aim of achieving coexistence with nature. Walking paths were created in the forest, the Satoyama Learning Center Eco-no-Mori House was built, and environmental education programs designed to enable participants to experience nature directly are conducted.
A Japanese term applied to the interface between cities and nature that have been utilized by people. Until about the mid-1960s, Satoyama played important roles in people's lives, but their use declined as a result of energy innovations and their condition deteriorated. Forest of Toyota strives to create a twenty-first century Satoyama based on the model of the earlier Japanese Satoyama.
|1995||Satoyama development begins in a forest owned by TMC in the suburbs of Toyota City|
|1997||Forest of Toyota opens|
|1998||Eco-no-Mori Seminar, an environmental education program, conducted (continued until 2005)
Eco-monitoring conducted to measure the effects of development (continued until 2008)
|2001||Hands-on nature programs for local elementary schoolchildren begin|
|2003||Satoyama Learning Center Eco-no-Mori House opens|
|1999||Forest of Toyota wins Greenery Day, Natural Environment Distinguished Service Award|
|2004||Forest of Toyota wins Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister's Award at the 24th Green City Award|
|2010||Forest of Toyota wins Chairman's Award at the First Contest for Corporate Activities on Biodiversity|
|2011||Forest of Toyota certified at Superlative Stage under Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System (SEGES)|
|Feb 2012||Cumulative visitors reached 100,000 persons|