Terraced Rice Fields and the Magnificent Northern Alps

In Hakuba Village, there is a small settlement nestled halfway up the mountain called "Aoni Hamlet." Old Japanese-style houses built from the Edo to Meiji period are clustered together, and it was even selected as a traditional architectures preservation district where you can experience a trip to the past.
Located there is also one of "Japan's 100 Best Terraced Rice Fields", with a panoramic view of the rice fields, hamlet and the Northern Alps spread out.
(20 minutes by car from the hotel)



Rice field art

Using seedling of ancient rice varieties that grow to have leaves and spikes that turn green, purple, yellow, etc., they are planted in organized rows so that when they grow, a drawing pattern or letters would show up on the paddy field. Many of them are designed and planted to be looked from diagonally upward. You can see the perfectly calculated rice field art from a approx. 6 m tall special observatory for seeing it. (Admission fee required)
This time, the theme is Kankuro Nakamura, who acts a role on TV as the marathon runner who ran in the Olympics for the first time as a Japanese. The observatory will be open until September 28th.
(60 minutes by car from the hotel)