Witnessing the hard work and commitment to the timeless tradition of cultivating rice paddies is as inspirational as the beautiful landscapes they create.
We had an absolutely wonderful time going to the Ini-no Tanada rice paddies this weekend. It never ceases to amaze me when I watch farmers in the rice fields. They are such hard workers and usually so much older than what you might think!
Our favorite things to do are off the beaten path, where there aren’t a lot of tourists. This is one of those places! When we got to these fields the only other people in sight were the two farmers in the fields. We were able to chat with one of them, and he even invited us to come back and help with the harvest!
Rich in History
As one of Japan’s top 100 terraced rice paddies, these fields offer stunning views and history. Some of the stone walls date back 500 years! I love the thought of these fields having been farmed for the past five centuries. Who were these people, and what did it look like back then? How much has it stayed the same?
They use traditional methods of planting the rice by hand, and they only use water drawn from the mountains to water the fields.
Try the rice!
While taking pictures we saw an advertisement on the fence that showed we could eat while enjoying the view of the rice paddies. We were the only ones there when it opened at 11:30. They had a set menu with three options; all of them were about ¥900. The food was delicious and we got to eat rice that was from the very fields we had explored!
This area is supposed to be beautiful at any time of year, and take on a different feel with each season. We are looking forward to going back this fall when they harvest!
Have you ever been a part of a rice harvest? Tell us about your experience!
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