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.