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Hoshitoge Rice Terraces

"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.

Niigata is a famous rice-producing region. Tokamachi City is dotted with many rice terraces, giving way to vast, beautiful rural scenery. The Hoshitoge Rice Terraces are particularly famous, and are often called the best rice terrace in Tokamachi.

“Water mirrors” are formed when light shines on the water in rice fields, attracting many photographers who wish to capture their beauty. If you visit in early mornings, you can sometimes see the fields covered in a shroud of mist. It’s like you’ve stepped into another planet.
The fields’ diverse scenery across the different seasons also attracts visitors, from vast greenery in summer to a blanket of snow in winter. You’ll find yourself wanting to come back again and again to see the many beautiful changing faces of the fields throughout the day - morning mist, sunset, and the starry night sky.
The fields were also featured in the opening to the 2009 NHK historical drama "Tenchijin".

Location

Name Hoshitoge Rice Terraces
Web Sites http://www.tokamachishikankou.jp/en/nature/#tanada
Address 1513 Toge, Tokamachi-shi, Niigata
Access Approximately 20 minutes by taxi from Matsudai Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Inquiries TEL:025-597-3000 (Matsudai Office, Tokamachi Tourist Association)

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