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Shiroyone Senmaida refer to the layers of some 1000 rice paddies on the slopes that stretch toward the sea. These rice paddies spreading almost geometrically are regarded as “the holy land of agriculture” in Japan. No ploughing machinery can be used and all the work is done by traditional Japanese agricultural methods. The roadside station "Senmaida Pocket Park" has the best view of Senmaida and the sea. The annual event in winter, Aze no Kirameki is an illumination event when you can see another stunning view of rice paddies.
- Shiroyone-machi, Wajima-shi, Ishikawa
- Contact No.
- 20 minutes by bus from the roadside station Furatto-homu. Take a route bus on Machino line. Get off at the bus stop "Shiroyone Senmaida"
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Free for observation
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
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One of the Best Sightseeing Spots in Okunoto - Shiroyone Senmaida
Senmaida in Shiroyone-machi, Wajima city is a famous sightseeing spot which was registered to Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems as the rice paddies of “Satoyama and Satoumi in Noto.” The rice cultivating work is done by the Japanese traditional way here. The large layers of rice paddies create a gorgeous scenery considered as “the original Japanese landscape.”
Illumination Event “Aze no Kirameki”
About 20,000 LED lights are placed along the walkways between rice paddies after the rice is harvested. Flickering LED lights change colors every 30 minutes to present the night of Senmaida in a fantastic and magnificent atmosphere. The LED lights work solely on solar power and demonstrates the greatness of natural energy.
Senmaida Before Sowing against the Backdrop of the Sunset
Senmaida is also famous for its view of the sunset. The best time is the season just before planting when rice paddies are filled with water. The water reflects the sunset and the sea and creates an unspeakably nostalgic scene.
Senmaida Pocket Park
It is a roadside station on route 249 that offers various information of Wajima city. It also deals with local specialties and set meals cooked with local food. This is the best viewing spot of “Shiroyone Senmaida.”