Kyoto by the Sea

Sodeshi Rice Terraces

Sodeshi Village of Tango-cho, Kyotango City, is located on the northernmost peninsula in the Kinki area. It is famous for rice terraces that stretch out between the steep mountainside and the ocean. The land was originally a flat and shallow seabed that was raised by an earthquake, and gradually shaped through erosion by the waves, creating approximately 400 rice terraces.
From these rice terraces you can see the Sea of Japan. The harmony between this village and the sea has created some incredibly beautiful scenery, certified as "One of the best 100 rice terraces in Japan". At the beginning of May the rice sprouts are planted and the terraces are filled with water. Then, at the beginning of September, the rice is harvested. Both make for beautiful scenes to enjoy.

*Note, because these rice terraces are in use, be careful not to get in the way of traffic.

Sodeshi, Tango-cho, Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture
Bus: From Amino Station on Kyoto Tango Railway's Miyatoyo Line, take the Tango Mineyama Line bus (bound for Kyogamisaki) for 60 minutes and get off at "Sodeshi" bus stop.

Car: From Sanin Kinki Expressway Nodagawa Omiya Road, get off at Kyotango Omiya Interchange, head straight and turn right onto National Highway 312, turn right onto National Highway 482, turn right onto National Highway 178, continue until you reach Sodeshi.
*Note, parking is free near National Road 178, about 10 minutes' walk away