Oyama Senmaida Rice Terrace3.2
Oyama Senmaida Terraced Rice Fields is located in the long and narrow Nagasa Plain at the foot of Mt. Oyama, to the west of the city of Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture. There are 375 rice paddies in step-like terraces on a slope that covers an area of 4 hectares (10 acres) with a width of 600 meters (1,969 feet) east-west, at an altitude of 90 to 150 meters (295 to 492 feet). These rice terraces were formed and preserved because this hilly area was left behind from the readjustment of arable land. It is known as the terraced rice field closest to Tokyo and is the only rain-fed rice field in Japan. Here you can view the splendid rural scenery which is chosen as one of Japan's 100 Best Rice Terraces. The Night Festival are held from mid-October to early January and the fields are lit by 100,000 LED candles.
Transportation: 20 minutes by bus from JR Awa Kamogawa Station to Kamanuma (aka Oyama Senmaida Iriguchi) bus stop and a 20-minute walk from there
Bus Time Table (Japanese)
Time table PDF as of October 2019 (Japanese)
鴨川駅東口 = Kamogawa Station East Exit
釜沼(大山千枚田)= Kamanuma (Oyama Senmaida)
Purposeinstagrammable,Traditional folk,night view,Japanese resort,Nature & Wildlife,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Yasuda Sta. (about 12.4km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.03 months ago
Rare visual experience that will stay with you for a long time.
5.04 months ago
Very serene. Also varies a lot by the season.
4.07 months ago
Very beautiful with best architecture design the light changes with different color
4.011 months ago
View would be different in different seasons
This one was taken in late winter early spring time when nothings in the field
3.0a year ago
I would have given this place 5 stars, but it was so difficult to get to on public transport that the stress of the journey diminished the beauty of the place! I couldn’t find anything other than a 4 year old bus timetable in English online, but thought it was worth risking the journey. I wanted to see the illumination so went late afternoon - luckily got a bus almost immediately after arriving at Awa-Kamogawa at about 15.20 - I’ve posted the location of the bus stop for non-Japanese speakers as I am! I mentioned the bus stop Kamanuma to the bus driver and he told me when we got there thankfully. You then have to walk back in the direction the bus came and take the first road right and follow it through a tunnel an up a hill for about 20 minutes - you will see the rice paddies on the left side of the road.
It is a beautiful sight watching the sun go down and the lights come on! Take snacks as the cafe is closed by 16.00, but there is a bench to sit and wait for the lights. We went on Wednesday afternoon and there were only 2 other people there.
To return, the bus stop is opposite the one you get there by and I’ve put a photo of the timetable- we caught the 17.37 bus, which in November was enough time to see the lights in the dark.
I hope these details help other foreigners to get to and from this place - it’s really beautiful! Just a pain to get to when no one can tell you about the bus timetable! Even staff at the hotel didn’t know!!