“Shiroyone Senmaida” (Rice Terrace of Shiroyone) is located in Shiroyone, Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, and is a major tourist attraction in Oku Noto. In 2011, it is a valuable terraced rice field registered for the first time in Japan as a world agricultural heritage “Noto no Satoyama Satoumi”. It is also specified in one of the “Top 100 Terraced Paddy Fields in Japan” and “a scenic spot as a National Cultural Property”. There are 1004 small rice terraces with an area of about 20 square meters per area in the area of about 4 hectares. The scene where several small rice terraces overlap and lead to the sea is a superb view and attracts visitors.
On a steep slope, rice fields that are stacked in layers and spread to the sea. The number is 1,004 pieces in total. The cultivation is carried out by traditional hand work because of the small size one by one and the lack of power tiller.
During the rice-planting season, when the sun shines on the water, the amber sunset that sinks in the Japan Sea colors the rice terraces in an exciting color.
“The spring twilight is a superb view.” Before spring, water starts to be drained to the paddy field. Rice planting starts after the consecutive holidays. At this time, the sky reflected in the water of the terraced rice is the most beautiful. It is so tempting to see that figure changing in various ways over time. Especially in the time when the sunset falls to the horizon, the sea level and the paddy field will be orange, and the view will spread.
In summer, the green rice swaying in the wind produces excellent contrast with the blue sky and the sea, and in the harvest season, the golden ear of rice sways and colors the rice terraces beautifully.
From mid-October to mid-March, you can enjoy the illumination event “Dike Sparkle”.
The lighted LED uses environmentally friendly solar power. The gentle light illumination changes color every 30 minutes, and the calm atmosphere wraps around the place.
If you look at the rice terraces while feeling the sound of the sea breeze and waves, and think about the efforts of the people who have opened the steep slopes and those who are trying to protect this view, you may be even more moved.
Park in Michi-no-eki (roadside rest area), “Senmaida Pocket Park”, and take a look at the magnificent terraced rice terrace landscape from there.
The appearance of unchanged the way of agriculture of Japan
Shiroyone Senmaida (Rice Terrace of Shiroyone) is a rice terrace located in Wajima city, Ishikawa Prefecture. About 1004 small fields are arranged in a mesh pattern in the paddy field of about 4 hectares. The smallest field is very small, 0.2 square meters, and the machine can not enter. Therefore, all work such as rice planting and harvesting is done by traditional manual work. It is very cherished as a place where you can see the appearance of unchanged the way of agriculture of Japan.
The atmosphere of the old days of Japan
Shiroyone Senmaida has long been sung in folk songs, and is a place that has been loved and respected by locals as well. Today, it is very popular as a place where you can feel the atmosphere of the old days of Japan and has been drawing attention as a sight.
It is also called “original scenery of Japan”
Shiroyone Senmaida was certified as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) in 2011, with recognition of the traditional agricultural culture of Noto Peninsula, the unchanged natural environment, the splendor of the landscape that overlaps many times. Shiroyone Senmaida is also called “original scenery of Japan” and is said to be a place where you can enjoy old-fashioned views.
It changes in appearance variously depending on time and season
Shiroyone Senmaida faces the sea and is known as a famous place with a very sufficient scene. The scenery changes according to the season, it is a very attractive place. A beautiful sunset shines in the rice paddy with water in spring, and you can see the green rice shakes in the summer in the wind, the golden rice ear drooping head in autumn and in the winter a snow-covered rice field will appear. “Shiroyone Senmaida” is a sight that changes in appearance variously depending on time and season.
You can enjoy the very fantastic rice paddy atmosphere
Shiroyone Senmaida carries out a large-scale light up every year. Approximately 2,100 LEDs are installed in the rice paddy’s entrance, entitled “Aze no Kirameki” (Sparkle of Levee), so you can enjoy the very fantastic rice paddy atmosphere of the evening. The landscape of Shiroyone Senmaida, which changes as the sun goes down, is very popular as a place to look different from daytime.
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|Name:||Shiroyone Senmaida (Rice Terrace of Shiroyone)|
|Address:||Shiroyonemachi 99-5 Wajima, Ishikawa 928-0256 Japan|
|Access:||Noto Tetsudo-sen Line “Anamizu-eki Station” (45 minutes by car)|
|Tel:||(+81) 768-23-1146 (Wajima-shi Tourism Division)|