Located in Tokamachi city, Niigata, the Hoshitoge Rice Terraces are famous for their scenic terraced rice fields and have been selected as one of the 100 most beautiful villages in Japan.
When the paddies are filled with water photographers come here to catch picturesque reflections. If you visit in the early morning, you may have a chance to see an illusionary landscape of misty clouds over the terraced fields.
Visitors come throughout the year to see the area’s scenic beauty and enjoy the seasonal colours of the fields from the verdant green of summer to the pure white of winter. The landscape is fantastic with its early morning mists, the golden glow of the evening sun and the twinkling stars of night. You will find it hard to tear yourself away!
Please note the following:
The terraced fields are not for trespassing.
The fields are the private lands of local farmers producing their rice crops.
Please do not enter the farmlands or any roped-off area.
Please park your vehicle only in the designated car park.
Please ensure you take your rubbish with you as there are no bins.
Please respect the local farm workers at all times. Thank you!
- Opening Times
- Open all year round *No entry to vehicles during snow coverage.
- 20 minutes by car from "Matsudai Station" on Hokuhoku Line
1-hour drive along National Route 253 from "Muikamachi IC" on Kan-Etsu Expressway
1-hour drive along National Route 253 from "Joetsu IC" on Hokuriku Expressway
- Car Park
- Ordinary vehicle parking: 20 spaces available
Large vehicle parking: 1 space available
*Note that the area gets very crowded during the Water Mirror Season (especially in the morning).
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- The Water Mirror can be seen when the paddies are filled with water in spring (from when snow melts to June) and autumn (from late October to November).
*Please contact for details.
- Tokamachi Tourist Association Matsudai Office
- Telephone Number