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**During the 2021 State of Emergency and Coronavirus Outbreak, events are subject to change and cancellation at a moment’s notice. Please do always check with the official website for any last minute changes or cancellations.**
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CANCELLED Rice Paddy Art | GYODA
August 1 @ 08:00 – October 12 @ 17:00
There is no rice paddy art in 2020. The rice planting event – the preparation for the art – was due to take place in the middle of June. However, they cancelled the planting event too. The rice is planted in such a way that it grows into a beautiful image. The image changes each year. Without the rice planted to create the image, there will be no rice art display to see at Kodai Hasu no Sato in Gyoda (Saitama) in 2020.
Rice Paddy Art 2019 Information
True to the forecast, the 2019 RUGBY rice art depiction started to become visible in early August. This depiction is made from planted, not painted rice plants. It is absolutely incredible. The image is usually crystal clear for most of September. It will start to fade at the start of October, but you will be able to see parts of it until about mid October.
Gyoda in Saitama, near the Kumagaya 2019 Rugby World Cup stadium, is the largest rice paddy art display near Tokyo. However, in 2020, due to the Coronavirus outbreak they did not grow the rice. Hence, there will be no rice art display until at least 2021.
You can view from the 50 meter observation tower of Kodai No Hasu between the hours of 9 am and 4.30 pm (last entry 4 pm). The cost to enter the tower is 400 yen for adults and 200 yen per child over 6 years of age. There is a small nature museum of the first floor which is included in the entry price. Parking and use of the neighboring park are free. The outdoor rest area is also free to use. There is an udon restaurant and “fried jelly” (not actual jelly, just the name) kiosk beside the entrance to the tower building.
The 2018 theme of the rice paddy art in Kodai No Hasu (Gyoda) was “Great Wings and Nazca lines”. Each year there is special events during the 2 month period the rice period art is visible / partially visible. The 2019 rice paddy art theme image is the Rugby World Cup. The image will display three of the Japanese rugby team members.
Rice paddy art in Gyoda is relatively new. The first display was just 11 years ago. It was very basic. However, the designs have become more elaborate and bigger over the years. And in 2015 the field was awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest work of rice field art (bottom row first picture on left on above collage). The art work, which uses 9 different types of rice for contrast, is over an approximate 27,000 square meters.
If you want to read more about how the rice paddy art is created I recommend this blog post (I have no affiliation to this site):
More about the tanbo art, ancient lotus and Kodai Hasu No Sato park:
Each year Kodai Hasu No Sato has winter illumination: Winter Illumination in Saitama, Gyoda City
More than 300 events (including events that coincide with the 2019 Rugby World Cup) in Saitama can be found on the event pages.
Access Rice Paddy Art Gyoda
From the Saitama Prefectural Tourist website (map in the grey details box at the bottom of the post):
・From Gyoda Station on the JR Takasaki Line, take the City Loop Bus (Nishi Junkan Bus Counter Clockwise)
and get off at “Kodaihasu no Sato”
・80 minutes on foot from Fukiage Station on the JR Takaski Line
・30 minutes from Hanyu IC on the Tohoku Expressway
・40 minutes from Higashi-Matsuyama IC on the Kan-Etsu Expressway
・30 minutes from Okegawa Kitamoto IC on the Ken-O Expressway
Kodai Hasu No Sato
Gyoda, Saitama 361-0024 Japan + Google Map 048-559-0770
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