Higashi Ushirobata Tanada

Keisuke Kawahara

Mar 5, 2018

Sometimes beauty comes about in the most unexpected ways.

Take Higashi Ushirobata Tanada, for instance. Carved out of a hillside to grow life-sustaining rice, the picturesque terraces are now ranked among the 100 Great Rice Fields of Japan.

The moment you arrive, you’ll be treated to a glorious ocean view. Have your camera ready as you meander through the terraces. From certain angles, the rice fields appear to float above the sea!

Needless to say, sunset here is breathtaking, but another amazing sight awaits at night: fishing fires from squid fishing boats.

The flames hanging over the vessels are used as squid lure, but from a distance, the flickering lights dotting the coast are mesmerizing, making the terraces an even more magical place to be.

ADDRESS: 〒759-4711 山口県長門市 油谷後畑 [Map]

TRANSPORT & MORE: 20 mins by cab from JR Nagatofuruichi Station.

JR山陰本線「長門古市駅」からタクシーで約20分の場所に、東後畑棚田はあります。夕日が沈んであたりが暗くなった頃、イカ釣り漁船の漁火があたりを照らし、それはそれは言葉も出ないほど美しい夜景になります。その光景をカメラに収めようと、毎年多くのカメラマンが絶景目当てに東後畑棚田を訪れます。「棚田」とは、階段状に造成された水田のことで、 山口県でも多くの棚田が形成されているので、滞在中に見かけることがあるかもしれません。1999年に農水省が発表した「日本の棚田百選」にも選ばれていることから、東後畑棚田の美しさは保証されていると言っても過言ではありません。昼間の晴天が映える風景も綺麗ですが、夕焼けにピンク色に染まる空を反射した棚田も圧巻です。

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