Japan's terraced rice fields will take your breath away
Japan's staple food, rice, is grown in paddy fields. Because Japan is 80% mountainous regions, the water-filled paddy fields stretch into the mountains. If you see them in person, you'll be touched by the skills handed down from time immemorial.
Sep 09 2014
What are terraced rice fields?
In agriculture, a terrace is a piece of sloped plane that has been cut into a series of successively receding flat surfaces or platforms, which resemble steps, for the purposes of more effective farming. This type of landscaping, therefore, is called terracing. Graduated terrace steps are commonly used to farm on hilly or mountainous terrain. Terraced fields both decrease erosion andsurface runoff, and may be used to support growing crops that require irrigation, such as rice.
Judging fom the production efficacy, there are no other agricultural processes that compare to the terraced rice fields. The beauty of the terraced fields' scenery is also maintained.
If you go to any mountainous region all around Japan, you can see rice paddies of all sizes.
Check these out! Terraced fields with superb views
Ooyama Senmaida (Kamogawa, Chiba)
Ooyama Senmaida is a terraced field 2 hours away from Tokyo by bus or 40 minutes away by car.
Because they're still fields, there are various agricultural programs where people who would like to experience working in paddy fields can maintain the area throughout the year.
In the winter, there is an event where the field is lit by hanging lanterns that's also a must-see.
Hamanoura no Tanada (Genkai, Saga)
To say the least about these fields, they command an excellent view of the ocean. The sight of the sun setting into the heart of the fields is a sight that will remain in your memory. It's best to go in April or May in order to see the reflection of the sun in the water.
Warabi's rice fields are piled on stone walls that are around 8.5 meters tall! You'll be surprised by the craftsmanship used in making these walls.
What's the best season to visit the rice fields?
If you want to go see the rice fields, the best time to go is between May and September. The rice plants are harvested after October!
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.