Introduction to Ishikawa Prefecture’s Beautiful Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces
This video, “Ishikawa Shiroyone Senmaida - 白米千枚田 - 4K Ultra HD”, was created by “TokyoStreetView - Japan The Beautiful.” It shows the exquisite view of the Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces dyed in brilliant shades of green.
The rice terraces are located in Wajima City (輪島市, Wajima-shi), of Ishikawa Prefecture.
The Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces are located in Shiroyone, Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture in the Hokuriku region (北陸地方, Hokuriku chiho) of Japan.
The view of the rice terraces changes with the seasons, making it a popular sightseeing area.
In this article, we'll introduce the history and appeal of the Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces, as well as information for visitors.
The rice terraces are considered the epitome of Japanese agriculture, as well as the definitive landscape of Japan. Enjoy exploring the rice terraces shown in the article. Be sure to follow along with the video as well!
The Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces
Photo：Ishikawa Shiroyone Senmaida
The Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces can be found on Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture. The rice terraces are said to have been created nearly 400 years ago.
There are around 1,004 paddy fields arranged on the steep slopes, each about 20 squares meters in size and in a variety of shapes.
The view of the rice terraces descending into the Sea of Japan can be seen at 0:05 in the video.
The Shiroyane Senmaida Rice Terraces are designated not only as a national "Place of Scenic Beauty," but also as one of "Japan's Top 100 Terraced Rice Paddies."
In addition, the rice terraces are also a "Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System," known as "Noto's Satoyama and Satoumi."
As farming machinery is too large for the paddy fields, the traditional hand-farming method "Nawashiroda" (苗代田) is used. The paddy fields all belong to certain owners who are in charge of their maintenance.
Every year, the Shiroyone Senmaida Planting and Harvesting Event is held, with the owners and volunteers working together to plant and harvest rice by hand.
Photo：Ishikawa Shiroyone Senmaida
As you can see in the video, you can enjoy the summer view of the refreshingly green rice terraces. However, the rice terraces change with the seasons, making it a gorgeous view all throughout the year.
In the spring, water soaks the paddy fields for rice planting, causing the terraces to sparkle and reflect the blue sky. In autumn, the rice has grown and the terraces turn a beautiful golden-yellow.
During the peak rice-harvesting season, there are even wedding ceremonies held at the rice terraces.
In winter, the sight of snow covering the rice terraces is absolutely beautiful, and you can also enjoy the illumination along Aze Street, "Aze no Kirameki" (あぜのきらめき, Aze-no-kirameki).
The official mascot "Senren-chan" occasionally participates in events as well.
The Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces can be accessed through public transport. The rice terraces are a 5-minute walk from the Shiroyone Senmaida bus station, which is 2 and a half hours by bus from Kanazawa station (金沢駅, Kanazawa-eki) in Ishikawa Prefecture.
For visitors travelling by personal or rental car, there is a parking area available at the roadside station "Senmaida Pocket Park."
The address is- Ishikawa Prefecture, Wajima City, Shiroyanecho 99-5 (石川県輪島市白米町99-5, Ishikawa-ken Wajima-shi Shiroyane-cho 99-5).
Summary of Ishikawa Prefecture’s Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces
Photo：Aze no Kirameki illumination
In this video, “Ishikawa Shiroyone Senmaida - 白米千枚田 - 4K Ultra HD,” you can enjoy the beautiful view of the rice terraces.
The sight of the rice terraces and the sea, dyed red by the setting sun, is breathtaking.
Furthermore, at the roadside station “Senmaida Pocket Park,” onigiri made from rice harvested at the rice terraces, as well as various related souvenirs, are also available.
In Noto Peninsula, there are many other sightseeing areas such as the Kamogaura Promenade (鴨ヶ浦遊歩道, Kamogaura yuhodo), Makaki no Sato Seiho (間垣の里 西保, Aidagaki-no-sato seiho), Elephant Nose Lookout (ゾウゾウ鼻展望台, Zozo-hana tenboudai), Oketaki Falls (桶滝, Oketaki), as well as Nametaki Falls (男女滝, Nametaki).
Of course, you can enjoy fresh seafood as well.
If you happen to be visiting Kanazawa City, besides the nearby attractions, why not try making a trip to Noto Peninsula as well? It'll definitely be a trip to remember!
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