Inakadate Village Observation Deck (Rice Paddy Art #1)

Gigantic rice field art that you can look out over from above at the village office building that resembles a castle.

Rice paddy art is a gigantic art form created using various colored rice plants instead of paint and rice paddies as a canvas. Rice field art is now created all over Japan, but in Inakadate Village, the birthplace of rice field art, the know-how and surveying techniques cultivated over many years are used to create intricate art that is second to none. The rice field art in Inakadate Village is created at two different areas. The first venue, the Inakadate Village Observation Deck, is located in the Inakadate Village Office building, which resembles a castle. Visitors can view the art from the 4th floor observation deck and the 6th floor castle keep. You can travel between the first venue and the second venue, the Yayoi-no-sato Observatory, in about 10 minutes using the free shuttle (9 seats). 

●The art of paddy art #1 over the past five years:

2015 Gone with the Wind

2016 Ishida Mitsunari and Sanada Masayuki from Sanadamaru

2017 Yamata-no-orochi and Susanoo-no-mikoto

2018 Roman Holiday

2019 Oshin

This information is current as of April 1, 2020.

General Information

Address
青森県田舎館村田舎舘字中辻123-1
Prices
4th floor observation deck:
Adults (junior high school students and older) 300 yen, elementary school students 100 yen, preschool children free
6th floor castle keep (additional charge): *Admission to the 6th floor only is not allowed
Adults (junior high school students and older) 200 yen, elementary school students 200 yen, preschool children free
*No group admission fee
Opening Times
9:00-17:00 (last entry 16:30) 
Closures
Date of the "Rice Harvesting Experience Tour"
(The last Sunday in September or the first Sunday in October)
Directions
About 15 minutes by car from the Kuroishi IC
About 10 minutes by taxi from JR Kawabe Station
About 20 minutes from JR Hirosaki Station on the Konan Bus (bound for Kuroishi/Ogawara). About a 3-minute walk after getting off at the Hatanaka Bus Stop.
Car Park
Parking is available at the Inakadate Village Office parking lot and other nearby temporary parking lots.
(Free of charge, about 250 spots)
*Large and medium-sized buses are not allowed to park until around 2022 due to the demolition and new construction of the Inakadate Village community center and gymnasium. Please use the waiting area about 3 minutes away
Official Website
http://www.vill.inakadate.lg.jp/
Notes
〇The art is on display from early June to early October every year
〇 Admission is free for bus/taxi staff and tour guides who accompany their customers
〇 If the number of visitors is 15 or more, excluding transportation staff and tour guides, they can enter without any waiting time by using the group reservation service in advance

Please check the village website for details

Contact

Telephone Number
0172-58-2111
Fax Number
0172-58-4751
E-mail address
muraokoshi@vill.inakadate.lg.jp

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