- August 3rd, 2017
[Rice Paddy Art in Asahikawa] Art Work Created by 6 Types of Different Color Rice Plants
Rice Paddy Art
Rice Paddy Art (田んぼアート) is a art work that a rice field is used to resemble a canvas in Higashitakasu located in the northeastern part of Asahikawa city, and has been started since 2006. It is one of the Rice Paddy Arts held in about 20 places in Japan. A observation deck is built at the site of JA Taisetsu Agricultural Cooperative (JAたいせつ農業組合), and visitors can enter it. There are the observation deck, a shop and a restroom at the site. The best time to see it is from mid July to mid August. Rice Paddy Art Festival is held on Saturday in mid August, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
High Speed Asahikawa-go (高速あさひかわ号) and Express Nayoro-go (高速なよろ号), express buses, runs between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, and Taisetsu Liner (たいせつライナー), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and the New Chitose Airport, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Kushiro, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)", an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Obihiro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Asahikawa Station and Asahikawa Airport.
Asahikawa (旭川) that about 340,000 people live is the 2nd largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and has flourished as the center of the North Hokkaido area. Woodworks have been prosperous since the old days, and furniture is famous. Because water is clear, a liquor such as sake of Otokoyama (男山) and Godo Shusei (合同酒精) are famous, too. Popular tourist attractions such as Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園) and Biei (美瑛) are around the Asahikawa, so a lot of tourists use tourist bases in the North Hokkaido. As for a climate, the Asahikawa is located in Kamikawa Basin, the largest basin in the Hokkaido, so it is hot that temperature rises to 30 degrees C in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to -25 degrees C in a winter, and it snow very hard, too. So a winter festival using the snow is famous. Read More
Look of Observation Deck
The size of the rice field is 40 m tall and 170 m across. In 2017, the theme is nocturnal animals, and a snow leopard, a wolf, a yezo deer and a red panda are drawn by colored rice plants. The theme is changed every year. By the way, they do not paint the rice plant, and the rice plants of different colors such as Green Color (Nanatsuboshi Rice * ななつぼし), Yellow Color (Kiine Rice * 黄稲), Purple Color (Murasakiine Rice * 紫稲), Red Color (Beniasobi Rice * べにあそび), White Color (Yukiasobi * ゆきあそび) and Orange Color (Akaneasobi * あかねあそび) are set out. I think that it is hard to set out the rice plants.
The observation deck with about 5 m in height is made of scaffoldings, and the number of tourists entering it is tightly controlled. The capacity of the observation deck is 20 people. Therefor an admission card is distributed at an entrance of a stairway. If there is not the admission card, there is no more place available, so please do not enter it. In addition, please put it back when going back. A whole view of the Rice Paddy Art can be seen from the observation deck. I was moved by its high quality. Marvelous!
Atmosphere of Rice Paddy Art Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (20 cars)|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||From September to mid June|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||79 710 738*34|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Asahikawa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Asahikawa is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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