[Sengamachi Rice Field Terraces]
Abounding in nature, these rice field terraces are home to Japanese rice fish, dragonflies, and weatherfish
Sengamachi Rice Field Terraces stretch across Kamikurasawa in the northeastern part of Kikugawa City, in Shizuoka Prefecture. Glistening mirrors of water during the rice planting season, vivid green plants dancing in summer sunshine, golden ears of rice shining in fall, ready for the harvest—visitors to the rice field terraces can feast their eyes on beautiful scenery in every season. These terraces were made about 400 years ago. It is said that there were once some 3,000 rice fields. However, the number of rice fields decreased drastically between 1975 and 1984. They have been getting back their former glory since then, thanks to preservation activities by local NPOs and other concerned parties. Today, a diversity of creatures can be seen in and around the rice fields, too, including weatherfish, Japanese rice fish, frogs, and dragonflies.
Many photo enthusiasts visit Sengamachi Rice Field Terraces to get the "best shot" of rice field terraces at sunset.
Upper left: Snow-covered rice field terraces—a very rare sight. Upper right: Azemichi Art is an event with beautiful candlelight that is held every March. Bottom: The rice field terraces full of water, before rice planting starts.
|Address||Kamikurasawa, Kikugawa City, Shizuoka|
|Phone||NPO Sengamachi Tanada Club
+81-90-3251-1390 (Japanese only)
|Access||Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Kakegawa Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 6 minutes and alight at "Kikugawa Station", and take a taxi for approx. 10 minutes.|
|* Depending on the weather, natural conditions, etc., appearance may differ from photos / articles.|
updated on Sep 30, 2019
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