The Nakayama Terraced Rice Fields are located in the heart of the island, and have been chosen as one of the top 100 locations for terraced rice fields in Japan. They are prepared, planted, maintained, and harvested by hand using traditional methods. This scenic location not only a great place for photography but is also representative of Japanese agricultural history and culture.
There are said to be 733 rice terraces in Nakayama, all fed by spring water from Yufune Mountain, making the rice grown there particularly delicious. This roughly 8.8 hectare artistic agricultural expanse is as pleasing to the eye as anything you can imagine.
Buses to Nakayama are available from Tonosho Port but it is perhaps best to rent a car. This gives you the option of getting a good look at the entire Nakayama area, which includes an antique kabuki theater, the firefly zone, the communal washing place, and Yufune Mountain.
The best times to visit are during planting season (early summer), growing season (summer), and harvest season (October). If you visit during the second Sunday of October, you can catch the once-a-year kabuki performance as well.
Free parking is available nearby.
ABOUT THE ISLAND
The second largest island in the Seto Inland Sea, Shodoshima belongs to Kagawa Prefecture, but is easily accessible from ferries running from Okayama Prefecture as well.
Shodoshima boasts several nice beaches, hot spring resorts, and beautiful coastal scenery on the exterior of the island, with a mountainous interior. Some of the sights on the interior of the island include the famous Olive Park, Kankakei Gorge and ropeway, and a monkey park.
Gourmands will enjoy touring a soy sauce museum to learn about the 400-year-old tradition of making soy products on the island. Sesame seed oil and olive products are also well-known items from the region. Popular sightseeing destinations on the exterior of the island include a soy sauce factory, and Angel Road, a sandbar that visitors can walk along at low tide to reach a small island .
Shodoshima is part of the Setouchi International Art Triennale; as such, several permanent installations of contemporary art are on view to visitors. The artwork creates a wonderful contrast between the modern and the traditional as well as the natural and man-made.
Access: Take the Nakayama bus line and get off at Nakayama.
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