In the Kewara District in Oe-cho, Fukuchiyama City, a large number of rice paddies of various sizes spread irregularly across the steep slope of this mountainous region. These are known as terraced rice fields ("tanada"), and the gentle curves drawn by the rice paddies as they follow the slope of the hillside, and the beautiful meandering lines of the farm roads together make for quite a lovely sight to behold. Visitors can enjoy the sights of the different seasons here in Japan, with the water-filled rice paddies reflecting the blue of the sky and the white of the clouds above during planting season, and the rice stalks shining golden during harvest season. The landscape here reflects the scenery of legends and history in the Japanese countryside.
Since 1997, the Kewara District has held activities aimed at preserving the rice terraces, like the Rice Terrace Farming Tour. In July 1999, the terraces here were selected as one of the "100 Best Rice Terraces in Japan" by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. In recent years, the locals have introduced a rice terrace ownership system, in order to make use of non-farming land. A walking path has also been installed, and a water mill has been restored, which, together with some flowers, has added some playfulness to the scenery here.
- Kewara, Oe-cho, Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto Prefecture
- 20 minutes from the Maizuru Oe IC on the Kyoto Jukan Expressway