Flying above Rice Terraces

Mountainside rice ready for harvest

By Tristan Scholze    - 1 min read

Japan’s alluvial plains are the population and farming centers of the nation, but the terraced rice fields in the mountains might be the most beautiful agricultural lands. Fields just before harvest are commonly lined with red higanbana, or spider lilies. Take a ride on the wind over mountainside rice terraces outside of the village of Mitsuse in rural Saga.

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Tristan Scholze

Tristan Scholze @tristan.scholze

I'm also known as Faer Out. I love learning about people and nature. I've traveled around the world and throughout Japan, and I hope to continue seeing and experiencing the wonder of this planet as long as I live.Based in Japan for nearly two decades, I'm the Regional Partner here for Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. In addition to my work at JapanTravel, I have a language school called Rainbow Bridges English Academy in Fukuoka and am very interested in teaching, languages, communication, and photography, among other things. Recently, I've been a guest host on NHK World's J-Trip Plan for Caving Adventures in Western Japan as well as Exploration for Black Gold.I love heading downtown to meet up with friends for a night out as well as being able to hop on my motorcycle and be riding through forest-covered mountains or to sandy beaches in 20 minutes. This area is very photogenic and even after years of exploration, there are still plenty of places to discover each weekend! My photographs are available for purchase on iStock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime or by contacting me.Please contact me if you have any questions about travel in Japan. I'd also be grateful for any follows on social media!

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Elena Lisina 4 months ago
Beautiful flight and the music! Thanks!
Amber Mezbourian 5 years ago
I enjoyed this unusual perspective! It must be fun capturing this footage. I think I'd be scared of accidentally directing the drone into a tree, though! Do you find it easy enough to use?
Tristan Scholze Videographer 5 years ago
It's a bit of a challenge. Especially with any wind or objects that might interfere with the signal. Definitely takes practice. But I'm impressed with its stability nonetheless!
Tristan Scholze Videographer 5 years ago
Sometimes it pays just to wander off into the "middle of nowhere" and see what you can see. I found these terraces just going for a short drive off the main road. Thank you for the kind comments!
Zeba Ahmed 5 years ago
I've seen rice field before but nothing like this! So colorful!! This is great. I can not wait to experience this with my own eyes.
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JapanTravel Guest 5 years ago
Japan is barely touched by tourism drones yet, but it's coming. Nice example of the vivid colors and contrasts of countryside Japan. Impressionism through a vision2+ camera...!