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Japan’s 5 Most Beautiful Rice Terraces
- The terraced rice fields of Japan, are integral to the nation's cultural DNA. Carved into the foliage of the rugged mountainsides across the map, from the snow-capped mountains of Niigata to the islands of Nagasaki, they not only produce one of the country's most important foods but also have over centuries laid the foundation of the nation's landscape. Equal parts visually beautiful and historically significant, here are some of the best. Hirado Kasuga no Tanada, Nagasaki Prefecture Hirado Kasuga no Tanada, Nagasaki Prefecture Kasuga is a stunning agricultural village located along the west coast of Hirado, a smattering of scenic islands that make up part of Nagasaki Prefecture. Practically untouched by tourism, it’s a well-kept secret, one you’ll want to share, but only with those you know will respect its historical beauty and rich spiritual legacy. During the times of Portuguese trade, this area was predominantly home to communities of the hidden Christians of Nagasaki, which is why it’s still known as the “Holy Land of Hirado.” Constructed with a thorough understanding of the landscape and a deep appreciation for nature these picturesque terraced fields have remained the same for the past 400 years. To learn more about the site pop by the visitor center nearby. Hirado may not be the most accessible area of Japan, but once you get there, you’ll agree it’s worth the extra effort. Maruyama Senmaida, Mie Prefecture Maruyama Senmaida, Mie Prefecture Running layered up the mountainside west of Kumano city in Mie Prefecture sits Maruyama Senmaida, a stunning piece of man-made agricultural landscaping. The terrace was constructed over 400 years ago and has stood the test of time to remain one of the prefecture's most beautiful landscapes. Because of its unique shape, many of the small fields here vary in size quite wildly with some fields just a meter wide; this means they must be tended to rather painstakingly by hand. If you’re taking the hike along the Iseji Route of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage to Kumano Hongu-Taisha Shrine, keep a lookout for this magnificent view. Shiroyone Senmaida, Ishikawa Prefecture Shiroyone Senmaida, Ishikawa Prefecture With its rugged, untamed beauty, Noto peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture is an excellent destination for those who want to experience a wilder side of Japan. With the sprawling Chirihama Beach and strange rock formations of the Kongo Coast there’s no shortage of natural attractions to admire. One place that should be atop your itinerary is Shiroyone Senmaida, the 1,000 rows of rice terraces that layer up from the sea to the roadside. Strategically positioned to soak up the ocean mist, these lush green fields are stunning all year round, but especially so in spring when the warm sunset reflects off the watersoaked fields casting a vibrant natural light show. Hamanoura Rice Terraces, Saga Prefecture Hamanoura Rice Terraces, Saga Prefecture Home to another stunning natural light show are the fields of Hamanoura rice terraces in Saga Prefecture. Flanked by valley walls, and facing out to the Genkai sea, these fields are tucked cozily between the neighboring mountains. It’s impressive any time of day, but especially so in the evening. As the sun sets over the ocean backdrop, it casts a purple-pink light that reflects off the sea and bounces along the waterlogged rice terraces, creating a mosaic-style illusion that’s truly magnificent. Hoshitoge, Niigata Prefecture Hoshitoge, Niigata Prefecture Niigata is a prefecture known for producing some of the nation’s best rice and sake, plenty of which comes from Hoshitoge, a rice terrace nestled along the mountains of the Matsudai region. Although this area is becoming a popular tourist attraction, it’s also the livelihood of many of Niigata’s local farmers, and must always be respected to ensure its long-term survival. As the light bounces off the mountainside the fields resemble shiny scales of a fish; it's a scene that attracts many photo fanatics who make the pilgrimage to try and capture its lush beauty. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 9. January. 2019
Beautiful Spots Up the West Coast of Noto Peninsula
- Noto peninsula is a mecca for nature lovers with the west coast one of its biggest assets. Enduring the daily strength of the Sea of Japan, this rugged coastline features magnificent sights both natural and manmade that run all the way from the base to the top of the peninsula. Chirihama Nagisa Driveway One of the first stops up the west coast of Noto Peninsula is Chirihama Beach, otherwise known as Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, which is accessed by turning off at Imahama. Unlike any normal beach, you won’t be arriving at Chirihama by foot but by car with vehicles seen bumping along the hard sand while the tide is out - signs will alert you whether it is safe enough to drive before entering. While a relatively new concept to most, worries about where to park and where to get shelter are eliminated with your car parked up alongside you. This is a popular spot in summer when happy beach-goers can be seen jumping out of their cars for a quick dip in the sea. Myojoji-Temple Senmaida, which translates as 1,000 rice paddies, is faithful to its name with over 1,000 rows of rice terraces piling up from the sea to the roadside. Bordering the northern part of the west coast of Noto Peninsula, the terraces have been strategically planted to soak up the water from the ocean to aid growth before the rice is harvested in September. One of the most fascinating things about Senmaida is its transformation over the seasons from a grass-filled staircase in summer to a snow-covered blanket in winter. Be sure to linger a little longer in spring to catch the sunset turn the water-soaked terraces a glowing orange hue and for the nighttime light up between October and March. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 19. September. 2017
A Day Trip to Hakusan National Park
- Although considerably less well-known than the legendary Mt. Fuji, Hakusan mountain holds an equally important status as one of the Three Holy Mountains of Japan. Unleash your inner explorer with a day trip discovering the thriving nature that covers the surrounding area. In Ishikawa Prefecture, the verdant, mountainous countryside is as celebrated as the delicious seafood. Much like Mt. Fuji, Hakusan is a potentially still active volcano that has sat dormant for the last 350 years. The high rainfall in the area results in landscapes of luscious hues of green and blue which spread out to the horizon. The winding roads through the national park take you through a maze of vibrant bridges, natural waterfalls, holy places, hot springs, and a whole host of flora and fauna. A Day Trip to Hakusan National Park Regarded as one of the most holy mountains in Japan, Hakusan is surrounded by more shrines than any of its nearby rivals. With nature’s spirituality at the heart of the Shinto religion, the majority of these shrines were built as a place to worship the natural phenomenon that is Mt. Hakusan. A Day Trip to Hakusan National Park One of the largest and most accessible shrines in the area is Shirayama Hime Shrine, just a 45-minute drive from Kanazawa. Of the 3,000 odd Shirayama shrines around Japan, this is the head shrine with believers traveling from far and wide to pay their respects and wish for prosperous futures. A Day Trip to Hakusan National Park ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 1. September. 2017
- Chirihama Beach
- Beach Bathing Facility
- Ishikawa Pref. Hakuishi Chirihamamachi
- Shibayama Lagoon
- Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Ushiodumachi A place
- Matsushima Beach and Auto-Camping Ground
- Beach Bathing Facility
- Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Notojimanozakimachi 89-44-31
- Tarumi Falls
- Ishikawa Pref. Suzushi Mauramachi
- Tedori Canyon
- Ishikawa Pref. Hakusanshi Kamashimizumachi
Ishikawa Main Areas
Long, thin Ishikawa prefecture runs along the Sea of Japan up into Noto Peninsula. Highlights of the seaside towns lining the west coast include Kanazawa, often described as a "Little Kyoto" thanks to its old wooden tea houses and geisha culture as well as its picturesque Japanese garden, Kenroku-en.
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