Tokamachi Satoyama Walk -Gimyo & Kamo Rice Terraces Course-

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This walking tour takes you from the Gimyo rice terraces to the Kamo rice terraces throughout the villages.

You can visit two of the most popular terraced rice paddies scattered around Tokamachi City.
Take a look at life in a ‘satoyama’ (a place where nature and human life intersect) as you walk through the villages and satoyama with a guide.

The approximately 1.5-hour course is mostly on paved paths, making it easy to walk, and anyone can participate, regardless of age.

 

The landscape of the satoyama with its terraced rice paddies, a symbol of Japanese culture.

Beautiful terraced rice paddies have been cultivated and passed down from generation to generation since ancient times. In Tokamachi, the satoyama lifestyle centred on terraced rice paddies is still alive today.

Tokamachi City in Niigata Prefecture is dotted with beautiful terraced rice paddies, of which the Gimyo Rice Terraces and Kamo no tanada

This walking tour takes you from the Gimyo rice terraces to the Kamo rice terraces throughout the villages.

You can visit two of the most popular terraced rice paddies scattered around Tokamachi City.
Take a look at life in a ‘satoyama’ (a place where nature and human life intersect) as you walk through the villages and satoyama with a guide.

The approximately 1.5-hour course is mostly on paved paths, making it easy to walk, and anyone can participate, regardless of age.

 

The landscape of the satoyama with its terraced rice paddies, a symbol of Japanese culture.

Beautiful terraced rice paddies have been cultivated and passed down from generation to generation since ancient times. In Tokamachi, the satoyama lifestyle centred on terraced rice paddies is still alive today.

Tokamachi City in Niigata Prefecture is dotted with beautiful terraced rice paddies, of which the Gimyo Rice Terraces and Kamo Rice Terraces in the Matsudai area are popular spots visited by many tourists and photographers. The Gimyo Rice Terraces offer a spectacular view of lingering snow and mountain cherry blossoms all at once in early spring, while the Kamo Rice Terraces are known for their fantastic morning misty scenery.

The terraced rice paddies in this region, which is also famous for its heavy snowfall, are the crystallisation of our ancestors’ efforts to remain strong and flexible in the face of nature’s fury.

 


Challenges behind the beauty of the terraced rice paddies

While outsiders consume the beautiful scenery of the terraced rice paddies free of charge, the people living in the villages have been making steady efforts to protect this scenery by cultivating the terraced rice paddies on a daily basis, weeding and sometimes removing rubbish dropped by visitors to the area.

However, this area, like other rural villages in Japan, has an ageing population and the challenge is to continue to produce energy to cover the enormous amount of work required to maintain the terraced rice paddies and surroundings.

We hope that by learning about the thoughts of the villagers who protect these terraced rice paddies and the environment surrounding them, you will have the opportunity to think a little about the universal issues facing Japan today.

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Highlights

  • Enjoy both the Gimyo Rice Terraces and the Kamo Rice Terraces
  • You can feel the life of a satoyama rural village
  • Safe walking course for everyone
Itinerary

Meet your guide at Gimyo Rice Terraces or Matsudai Station. The tour takes approximately 1.5 hours.

The tour starts at Gimyo Rice Terraces., famous for its mountain cherry blossoms and water mirror-like terraced rice fields.

While gazing at the rice terraces spread out before you, your guide will tell you about the rice terraces in the area, such as:
-How are the terraced rice fields formed?
-What kind of cultivation is done?
-What is the role of terraced rice paddies in Satoyama?

 

The tour then continues through the villages that live with the terraced rice paddies, giving a glimpse of life in the snow country.
Along the way, listen to the guide talk about life in a region of heavy snowfall, seasonal flowers and wild plants.

 

The goal is the Kamo Rice Terraces, with the Echigo Sanzan Mountains towering in the background.

You will be led by a dedicated guide to the banks of the terraced rice paddies, where you can finish the tour with a delicious packed lunch* made with plenty of locally grown vegetables or local snacks and tea, while enjoying the view of the terraced rice paddies to your heart’s content.

The tour ends with a return transfer to either the Gimyo Rice Terraces or Matsudai Station.

 

*If you would like to request the packed lunch option, please let us know at the time of application. Snacks will not be provided if the packed lunch option is selected.

Departure times

Please inform us of your departure time preference at the time of application. (If you would prefer a different time, please contact us.)

 

From Apr to Jun, late Sept to Nov.

  • Morning: Departs 10:30am – finishes around 12:00pm (finishes around 13:00pm if packed lunch is included).
  • Afternoon: Departs 13:30 – finishes at 15:00 (finishes at 16:00 if packed lunch is included).

July to mid-September

  • Morning: Departs 7:30 – finishes at approx. 8:00 (finishes at approx. 9:00 if packed lunch is included)
  • Afternoon: Departs 16:00 – finishes at 17:30 (finishes at 18:30 if packed lunch is included).
PeriodAll reasons
VenueGimyo Rice Terraces or Matsudai Station
IncludesGuide fees (English speaking guide), transport to and from meeting and disbanding points, accident insurance, tea and snacks, donations to the community
Required EquipmentsComfortable walking shoes, rainwear (in case of light rain), towel, 500ml or more water, insect repellent, *Wear long sleeves and long trousers recommended to prevent insect bites
Event Conditions2 or more participants
・Minimum number of participants: 2 ・Booking deadline: 1 week before the tour date ・Cancellation policy:

We charge cancellation fee as following:

6 days to 1 day before the tour: 30% of total tour cost

Before the tour starting time: 50% of total tour cost

After the tour starting time: 100% of total tour cost

・Special notes:

・As the tour course includes private land, you are not allowed to enter the course without a guide after the tour has finished.

・Although our tour guides take the utmost care, you are responsible for any accidents that occur during the tour.

・Tea and snacks are provided during a break. If you have any allergies or dietary concerns, please contact us in advance.

・Tour guide/tour manager

Our tour guide/tour manager will escort you from the pick up point to drop off point.

Other than the time frame above, kindly arrange your trip by your own.

Walking only: 6,000 yen/person; With packed lunch: 8,000 yen/person
Iincl. tax

*After sending a booking request, we will confirm availability and get back to you.

How To Book

Booking Request

First, send us a booking request to check availability.

Confirming Availability

We will review the request and reply to you.

Completing The Booking

Fill the form we send by email and proceed with payment.

Departure Day

Finally, come to the meeting point to enjoy the tour!

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