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Inakadate Mura Tanbo Art

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MarkKwok wrote a review Sep 2019
Vancouver129 contributions80 helpful votes
Despite having seen the photos of the paddy art, seeing this in person still gives the wow factor. From Aomori, I took the train to Hirosaki. I then switched to Konan Railway (which shares the same station). Konan railway is not covered by the JR rail pass. At the ticket window, I bought the return ticket (430 yen one way, to 860 yen return). The direction of the train is Kuroishi and the station to get off is Tamboato, which is just a platform. There is not even a station building but it's a lovely little station in the middle of nowhere. This is the location of the Yayoi No Sato Observation Platform (second venue). Tickets are sold from machines. There is a free shuttle that connects the second venue to Inakadate-mura Observation Platform (first venue). If you plan to take the shuttle, may want to make note of the schedule (also available online). At the first venue, one has to buy another ticket (again from machine). The first venue is bigger and there is a hall on the ground floor with photos of past paddy art. There are also food stalls by the first venue. As I bought the Konan railway return ticket, I took the free shuttle back to the second venue to catch the train. If one does not have a return ticket, as Tamboato station does not have a station building, there is no place to buy the ticket. When you get on the train, pull a number from the ticket machine by the door (just like riding a bus), and you'll pay when you get off. I'd like to add that me and my husband were the only visitors using the shuttle on both ways and the driver was the same person. On our way back, he spoke to us in Japanese which I didn't quite understand other than catching that he was talking about the time and train. I said "Tamboato Eki" trying to let him know that we would be catching a train. I then realized that according to the shuttle schedule, the shuttle will arrive at second venue one minute AFTER the arrival of the Konan train, and the next train is an hour away. We were prepared to kill an hour at the second venue but the driver was so kind as to drop us off right at the tracks, pointing to the arriving train. We made it to the platform a minute before the train arrived. We were so grateful of his kind gesture.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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unescotravelbug wrote a review Sep 2019
Wooster, Ohio4,164 contributions631 helpful votes
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Two years ago I traveled through Tohoku Region and read about the Rice Paddy Arts from an Aomori Prefecture's tourism brochure page but it was too late for us to visit. This summer we made a trip back to Tohoku and I made sure that visiting of Rice Paddy Arts(Tanbo Art) was on the agenda. We stayed in Hirosaki for two nights and designated a full day-trip to cover Apple Park and Rice Paddy Arts(Tanbo Arts). We took Konan Rail from lower level of JR Hirosaki Station. The access to two fields of rice paddy arts are easy, the Konon Rail made a temporary station just outside of the Second Rice Paddy location during the Tanbo Arts viewing months. There is a free shuttle service runs between the two locations. Shuttle stop at Second Rice Paddy is by the car parking lot; and Shuttle Bus Stop at Field #1 is just outside of the Inakadate village town hall. The Konan rail ticket fare for round trip is 430 yen. For 2019, Second Rice Paddy Art exhibits include two pebble stone art portraits of Singer/actress Hibari Misora and movie actor Kuruma Torajiro and a large field of cartoon characters Garapiko-pu from 1959 animated TV program. Admission is 300 yen/adult, purchase from self-help ticket machine(staff is standing by to help you). You then take the elevator to the 360 degrees viewing platform; short waiting line. Family with children can also enjoy outdoor activities and rides at Second Rice Paddy's playgrounds. The admission at First Rice Paddy Art location is also 300 yen, but had a longer line waiting to go up to the viewing platform when we visited in Mid-August. While waiting in line to the view platform of Field # 1, which is larger than Field # 2, visitors can walk through the roped lane to see displays of large framed posters from themes of previous years' rice paddy arts. They were from movie/t.v./cartoon/historical characters of famous ones. This year the planted theme on First Rice Paddy Art Field is "Oshin", a popular Japanese TV series ran in the 80's. Visiting of Tanbo Arts is a must if you happen to be around Hirosaki or Kuroishi, which is probably the closest city to Inakadate where seasonal Rice Paddy Arts welcome your presents. You can see how amazingly the Japanese rice paddies go beyond the yieldings of rice crops! These rice paddy arts, look like giants water color canvases with three-dimensional settings, have been attracting multiple thousands of visitors since 2006. Each year the Inakadate Tanbo Art committee choose themes and workers plant rice stalks according to the images chosen. During the early Spring each field is planted with various colors of natural rice stalks; majority are edible, others are from ancient heirloom rice seeds; or seeds of ornamental purpose. These are real color rice crops grow from young seedlings. In the past the chosen themes included international renown movie stars from Roman Holiday, Gone With The Wind, Marilyn Monroe, Star Wars...along with famous Japanese movie stars, historical figures, cartoon characters and Pebble Arts showcasing portraits of someone famous in Japan. Singer/actress Hibari Misora and movie actor Kuruma Torajiro are chosen pebble stone art images for 2019 at Second Rice Paddy Art. Outlined and rice stalks filled images of Tanbo Art become vivid with sharp contrast of colors during growing season of June-August. We visited in Mid-August, it was a hot day out in the park but many visitors took the advantage of gorgeous stunning views. From September to October colors will turn more of yellowish as green stalks of rice field turning to reap season. I suggest that you visit during the growing season for the best results.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Susanlam2015 wrote a review Oct 2018
Melbourne, Australia88 contributions38 helpful votes
The rice field art at Inakadate was much more interesting than I thought it might be. Yoou view the rice fields that have been planted in complex patterns to create the pictures from a viewing platform to which you need to pay a small admission charge. The pictures they create are impressive. They have been doing this for many years and as you leave the platform you can walk down the stairs and view pictures of previous years and ullustrations showing them doin the planting. They also have pictures created in stones that can be viewed from the other sides of the platform. The journey to the area is fun by train - you get off at the most charming little station surrounded by rice fields. The viewing platform is only a one metres over the road. The area is miles from anywhere. The pictures are only viewable for a few months so check if it is open before going.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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DYA717 wrote a review Sep 2017
Honolulu9,364 contributions531 helpful votes
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Very impressive real live rice field artwork. They have 2 sites and provide a free shuttle service to and fro. I took the Konan railray at Hirosaki station. Konan is a private company so the JR railpass did not apply. 430-yen and a 25-minute ride to the Tanbo Art station which is at the #2 art field. The tower charges 300-yen. This year you can see the Momotaro rice art and stone arts of Princess Di and actor/singer Yujiro Ishihara. They have a children's amusement park adjacent to this site. Then an 11-minute ride on the free shuttle to the #1 art field and the village community center. It costs 300-yen to get up to the 4th floor observation platform. Then you pay 200-yen to walk up to the 6th floor on the tower for a great wide-area view of the fields and surroundings. This year's artwork in field #1 is based on Japanese mythology. From here, you can opt to catch a bus back to Hirosaki station -- 490-yen for a 20-minute ride. Or, catch the free shuttle back to field #2 and catch the Konan train. Note that this station does not have a ticket machine so you need to grab a number ticket when you get on the train. Then you'll pay when you get off according to the ticket number you pulled.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Tangtian wrote a review Oct 2016
Bangkok, Thailand272 contributions42 helpful votes
It was the high light of our trip to Japan this year and we were not disappointed. It was incredible to see how precise the Japanese farmers are. The plant different kinds of rice to create a pictures. I am sure it takes enormous organization to do such things. There are two fields you can visit. The first one at the town hall of Inakadate and the second one is nearby, with free shuttle bus service. After that there is a quick train ride back to Hirosaki. I totally recommend this one.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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