Kainokawa Terraced Rice Fields and Cultural Exchange

3 hours

Throughout the year

Price: ¥ 12,500 above
(tax included)

Guided / Self-guided

Kochi, Shikoku

3 hours

Activity Level

Technical Level


  • Participate in the creation of PET bottle candles used in the Tanada Candle Festival, an initiative by the Kainokawa Preservation Society.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the terraced fields from an elevated observation deck, offering a unique perspective from above.
  • Optional kick scooter riding is available for strolling.


Nestled on the slopes and in the valleys, terraced rice fields, known as tanada, are created like steps on the mountain’s incline. Often referred to as Senmaida (a thousand rice paddies, even though the actual count may reach into the thousands), this scenery evokes a sense of nostalgia for visitors as it represents one of Japan’s original landscapes.

Terraced fields constitute a mere 8 percent of all rice paddies in Japan. Despite their historical significance, they face a decline due to factors such as reduced rice consumption, policy changes, and an aging farming population.

In the town of Tsuno, Kochi Prefecture, the Kainokawa Tanada Preservation Society is dedicated to preserving and passing on this precious landscape. Join an interactive experience with the preservation society members, gaining insights into their dedication to preserving and inheriting the history of these terraced fields.

Tour Details and Duration

  • Meeting at the site
  • Strolling the Kainokawa terraced rice fields, interacting with local residents at a rest area (30 min.)
  • Walking to the observatory
  • Making PET bottle candle holders (60 min.)
  • Dispersal at the site (30 min.)

Activity Level

  • The walk to the observatory is uphill.

Technical Level

  • A cutter will be provided for making PET bottle candle holders.

Price Per Person

  • Japanese : 12,500 JPY
  • English : 40,000 JPY

Clothing/Wha to bring

  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for walking.

Included in the fee

  • Guide fee
  • Experience fee
  • Production cost
  • Electric kick scooter rental fee (optional)

Not included in the fee

  • Transportation to and from the meeting and dispersal points
  • Insurance (please obtain international travel insurance in your home country)
  • Anything not included in “What’s Included” in this program. (Customers are required to cover bank transfer fees.)


English interpreter guide is optional.

Additional Information

Optional kick scooter course available.

Event Duration

About 3 hours

Age / Height:


Meeting Point

Kainokawa Terraced Rice Fields
(Tsuno Town, Takaoka County, Kochi 785-0203)

Disbanding Point

Kainokawa Terraced Rice Fields

Program Availability

Throughout the year


5 – 15 people

Application Deadline

One month prior to the tour date

Agent Name

Okushimanto Kochi
Kochi Pref. Governor Registered Travel Agency Type 3-139


9:00Meeting at the “Kainokawa Terraced Rice”
9:00-9:30Strolling the Kainokawa terraced rice fields, interacting with local residents at a rest area.
9:30-9:45Walking to the observatory
9:45-10:45Making PET bottle candle holders.
10:45-11:30Dispersal at the site

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation due to customer’s convenience

  • 10 days to 2 days before the reserved date: 30%
  • the day before the reserved date: 50%
  • on the day of the reservation: 100%

■ Cancellation at the discretion of the organizer

  • In case of cancellation due to bad weather conditions such as storms, rainstorms, etc., or when such conditions are predicted, or in case of cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances, we will notify you by the day before the cancellation. In such cases, we will contact you by phone by the evening of the previous day. In this case, no cancellation fee will be charged.

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