Japan offers adventure travelers plenty of opportunities to explore the old country in new ways. Famous for its large rice paddies, one Japanese town has created a unique piece of art that is attracting visitors from all over the world.
According to the New York Times, paddy art is one of the main reasons why people come to visit Inakadate. Using different strains of rice, which each have a different color, farmers are able to design large pieces of art on their fields. The news source reports that almost 170,000 people came to the town last year to see the art.
We have no sea and no mountains, but what we do have plenty of is rice, said Mayor Koyu Suzuki to the news source. We have to create a tourism industry using our own ingenuity.
Stand on an observation deck and look out onto a rice paddy that illustrates an expansive mountain range, or a samuri fight made entirely from strains of rice. It truly is something that everyone traveling through Japan should see.
The best way to travel through the small town of Inakadate is in a small group to ensure the most authentic experience.