Case Studies

Gyoda city, Saitama

The Committee for Promotion of Rice Cropping Experience through Rice Field Art

Gyoda: The Largest Rice Paddy Art Breaks Guinness World Records, Promote it While featuring the Gorgeous Collaboration.

  • Sights
  • Model courses

After winning The Guinness World Records for the largest rice paddy art at 27,195 m², Gyoda became a leader in rice paddy art.

Gyoda collaborated with the Japanese RPG series Dragon Quest, another recipient of a Guinness World Record for “Longest Running JRPG Series,” to create their most recent motif for the city’s 2016 artwork.
In 2017, they featured the TV drama “Rikuo” which was set in Gyoda and scripted by Jun Ikeido. It featured the star of this drama, Koji Yakusho drawn into the rice paddy art showing how they strive to keep the pieces unique and very popular.

To observe the works of the magnificent rice paddy art in their entirety, we recommend that you visit the observation room at the “Kodai Hasu Kaikan (Ancient lotus hall) .” The view from the 50-meter high room gives you the chance to appreciate the elaborate details and sophisticated gorgeous designs that go into these artworks year after year. In addition to its size, you can also admire the lush rice paddies and beautiful nature spread over the surroundings.

Gyoda boasts the remarkable “Old Gyoda” properties which has “A series of Saitama Kofun (ancient Japanese tomb) ” which features 9 giant kofuns and is where the prefecture name originally came from. These also include the Inariyama Kofun, and “ancient lotus” which are well maintained as a natural monument of the city. They strive to promote Gyoda as a historical and cultural town where the atmosphere of the olden days remains thanks to the castle town dating back to the Edo Period and the rustic nature.

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Sakitama Ancient Tomb park
It is a park in the Sakitama Ohaza Gyoda-city which is the birthplace of the name of the current Saitama prefecture, focusing on one of Japan’s most famous burial mounds created between the late 5th and early 7th centuries. The 9 large ancient tombs have been gathered such as the “Inasayama ancient tomb” from where the national treasure “Gold Inlay Iron Sword” was unearthed and the biggest round burial mound, “Maruhakayama ancient tomb”. There are facilities where you can have an exciting experience, enjoying the mysterious quality of the ancient era such as the “Sakitama historical ruins museum”, the “building for the clay figurine” where you can experience creating a clay figurine” and the transferred old good traditional houses. It has been organised to keep some attraction so that one can stroll around leisurely, having a close contact with nature throughout the 4 seasons, such as the cherry-tree-lined path, the plum garden, the water lily pond, the grass open space and the medicinal botanical garden.
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Oshijoshi / Folk museum
The “Oshijo castle” which is one of the top 7 castles in the Kanto area had been fortified by the Narita clan in the Muromachi era. At the end of the age of Civil Wars, when Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s subjugation was conducted, the castle endured strongly for the flood attack by Mitsunari Ishida, Kenshin Uesugi and accordingly, another name, the “Floating castle”
was born. The movie, “Noboh-no-shiro” was filmed there. Even with being proud of this impregnable fortress, it was torn down in the early Meiji era and currently the turret has been reproduced in the old main enclosure site as the local folk museum. In the museum, many actual data from the ancient to the modern era have been exhibited and you can get the whole view of the city from the observation deck on the top floor. Around the museum it has been perfectly arranged as the Oshijoshi park and it is the place for relaxation and refreshment, surrounded by seasonal nature.
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Kodaihasu (ancient lotus) –no-sato
It is a vast park in which 42 varieties, 120 roots of lotus flowers, starting with the Gyoda lorus (ancient lotus) from about 1400 to 3000 years ago have been planted. Apart from the ancient lotus flowers which are at their peak from late June to early August, there is the fishing pond, the peony garden, the cherry blossom viewing field, the roller-slide, the athletic playing facility and an arbor to have a rest. All ages from children to the aged can enjoy themselves throughout the year. In the Kodaihasu Hall in the site, the nature in Gyoda and the ancient lotus have been introduced, using the diorama and the video on the large screen. You can get a full view of not only Mt. Tsukuba but also the Chichibu mountain range as well as Mt. Fuji in the distance on a day with clear air from the observation tower.

The Committee for Promotion of Rice Cropping Experience through Rice Field Art

Access

2375-1 Kohari, Gyoda, Saitama Prefecture
On the east side of Kodai Hasu Kaikan (Ancient Lotus Hall)
Contact
http://www.city.gyoda.lg.jp