Rice Field Art

A canvas of grain

Aug 8th
Oct 6th
Venue: Kodai Hasu no Sato When: Aug 8th - Oct 6th 2021

Rice Field Art - are you picturing a gallery in a rice field? Because when I first heard the buzz about the rice field art in Gyoda City Saitama, that is what I pictured. In my defense, I am not from a rice-growing country so my mind didn't go to the glorious truth; art made from rice plants in a rice field. It is a sight to behold.

Every year, in June, the rice is strategically and carefully planted so that it grows in the design of the image for that year. The image is decided on by a committee. Planting is a community effort. Dozens of locals and even people from further afield, who have applied to participate, work together under the guidance of the rice field art committee to plant the rice in the correct position. They use nine different types of rice for contrast, over an approximate area of 27,000 square meters. The result: a piece of art in the rice field. Every year the image is different.

Event Report

The 2015 display that won the Guinness World Record
The 2015 display that won the Guinness World Record

The 2015 depiction, pictured above, was the one that won the Guinness Record World as the largest rice field art in the world. The 2019 depiction took on a Rugby World Cup theme.

The image should be visible from around early to the middle of August with the best viewing in early September. The image usually remains visible until early October, although toward the end it is not as clear or as dynamic. It can be seen from the observation tower of Kodai Hasu no Sato, which affords a birds-eye view.

Entrance into the observation tower, which is also home to a small lotus museum, costs 400 yen for an adult and 200 yen for children six years old or over. The tower is fifty meters high and gives a 360 view of the park, Gyoda city, and the surrounding areas.

Getting there

By car: The park, tower and art are accessible from three different highways. The closest isthe Hanyu Interchange of the Tohoku expressway, which is a 30 minute drive. The Okegawa Kitamoto Interchange of the Ken-o expressway is also about a 30 minute drive from Kodai Hasu no Sato. Higashimatsuyama Interchange on the Kanetsu expressway is about a 40 minute drive.

By public transport: You can get a city loop bus from Gyoda Station on the JR Takasaki line to Kodai Hasu no Sato.

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Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan @lynda.hogan

Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog insaitama.com for 14 of them.  Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experience some off-the-international-tourist-trail locations and meet with locals and national tourists. I hope to introduce a taste of what there is to do and see in my articles on Japan Travel and help you with your Saitama travel planning.  Be sure to stop by my website where you will find 600 things to do in Saitama and 400 active events! 

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Elena Lisina 2 years ago
Incredible!!! Do they create one picture in a year or few?
Elena Lisina 2 years ago
I bet to see more than one picture is possible only from a plane or a helicopter! : )
Elizabeth S 2 years ago
Great photos! The space themed one is so charming. Is it Kaguyahime?

Lynda Hogan Author 2 years ago
The theme was 未来へつなぐ古(いにしえ)の奇跡 ~ finding it hard to put natural English on that! Past miracles carrying us to the future... a miracle of yore to connect to the future?? I just assumed it was Kaguyahime, but it didn't actual say at the site.
Kim 2 years ago
The scale of these is so impressive!
Kim 2 years ago
I saw some similar to this on a road trip in Tōhoku a few years back, I think it was Yamagata Prefecture. I was completely amazed! I don’t know if it was for a competition or just a festival but it was cool nonetheless!