Shiroyone Senmaida

About Shiroyone Senmaida


Shiroyone Senmaida

Shiroyone Senmaida to maintain the traditions that have sustained generations

About Shiroyone Senmaida

Shiroyone Senmaida (A Thousand Rice Paddies in Shiroyone) is the rice terraces located in Shiroyone town, Wajima City of Ishikawa Prefecture. The scenery of 1,004 small rice paddies on steep slopes along the seaside is splendid, and thus famous among the many other rice terraces in Japan. Shiroyone Senmaida was selected as one of "Japan's Top 100 Terraced Rice Paddies" and nationally designated a "Special Place of Scenic Beauty". In June 2011, it was also registered to Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).

The average surface area for 1 rice paddy is just about 20 square meters. People visiting Senmaida should be pleased by the magnificent view of many layers of 1,004 small rice paddies on the steep slopes with an area of 3.8 hectares. Because of paddies' small size and various shapes, no machinery can be used for farming therefore and all the work needs to be done by hand, unlike the normal rice fields on the plains.

These green rice paddies create a beautiful and bright contrast to the background of the blue sea. The rays of the evening sun setting over the sea reflect beautifully on the paddies and make it an ideal spot for landscape photography. The traditional and beautiful scenery of Japan is also popular among international tourists in recent years.

Shiroyone Senmaida Landscape Calender


Senmaida Light Up

The annual Senmaida Light Up (Aze no Kirameki) is one of the best and most famous illumination events in Wajima City. The rice paddies twinkle in the darkness with 21,000 Solar LEDs every night from mid-October to mid-March. The LED lights, each placed by hand by local volunteers, change color every 30 minutes. With the rice fields changing the color from pink to yellow against the backdrop of the ocean, they are truly something to behold.

Rice Planting and Harvesting
Rice Planting and Harvesting
The irrigation of rice fields starts from the end of April. Rice is planted in mid-May, and harvested at the end of September. Because of paddies' small size and various shapes, no machinery can be used for farming and all the work needs to be done by hand by local farmers and volunteers.

Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Traditional Japanese wedding ceremony takes place on the background of the beautiful rice fields. The event is open to the public to view. With receiving blessings from family members and locals, the ceremony should be a very memorable experience.

Highlights of the Year

Snow January to February: Snow

Sunset End of April to July: Sunset

Ripe golden ears (heads) of rice August to September: Ripe golden ears (heads) of rice

Senmaida Light Up October to March: Senmaida Light Up


There is a lot to see in Wajima City as well as Shiroyone Senmaida.



Wajima Salt Farm "Wajimashio"

Wajima has the long history of making salt. At Wajimashio, visitors can see and try the traditional Agehama method of salt farming. Salt products sold at the available shop would make a good souvenir.

Address 17-2 Okawa-ha, Machi-no-machi, Wajima-shi, 928-0231 Ishikawa
Phone 0768-32-1177
Open Hours 8:00-17:30
Closed Sat. Sun. and Holidays from Dec. to Feb.


Ceramic Wall Painting of Gojinjo Taiko Drumming at Nafune Por

The painting is located at Nafune Port, which is the birthplace of Gojinjo Taiko Drumming. The Gojinjo Taiko is part of Ishikawa Prefecture's intangible cultural heritage. The wall is made of kutani style porcelain and painted with Wajima lacquer. Visitors can see both the local traditional culture and craft at the same time.

Address Nafune-machi, Wajima-shi
URL Gojinjo Taiko Preservation Association


Nanso Museum of Art

The historic house museum exhibits over 240 pieces of artworks including paintings, calligraphy, ceramics and crafts, which had been collected for generations by the old village head, the Nanso family. It was registered as a national tangible cultural property in March 2006.

Address Higashi-ono, Machi-no-machi, Wajima-shi, Ishikawa
Phone 0768-32-0166
Open Hours 9:00-17:00
Closed Open Everyday
Admission Adult: 700yen Children under 15 years old: 400yen
*50yen discount for groups with over 30 people


Noto-don Bowl Dish Noto-don Bowl DishA rice bowl dish made using locally-produced food including rice. 17 restaurants in Wajima City offer this bowl dish along with a set of chopsticks as a gift.

Skewered Sashimi at Asaichi Sakaba Skewered Sashimi at Asaichi SakabaAsaichi Sakaba, a standing restaurant situated at the well-known morning market in Wajima City, offers fresh fish caught in the morning for a reasonable price. Skewered Sashimi is good for walking while eating.

Egara Manju Egara ManjuThis is a beautiful local rice cake with bean paste inside and yellow-dyed rice by gardenia color outside.


Wajima Lacquer Ware Wajima Lacquer WareWajima lacquer is the art of applying lacquer onto various wares, such as cups, soup bowls, plates, chopsticks and furniture. It originated in Wajima city, and is designated as a Japanese traditional art. The wares are applied with a thick coat of lanquer, which makes it last longer.

Wajima Lacquer Accessory Wajima Lacquer AccessoryA beautifully lacquered accessory using Wajima laquer technique would make a special souvenir.

Folk Crafts Folk CraftsPlease feel the traditional Japanese lifestyle through the carefully-made folk crafts.

Photo Album


A photo album of seasonal landscapes of Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Fields. The rice paddies spread geometrically and thus create a beautiful landscape on the background of the sea.

See Photo Album


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By Air

○Haneda Airport 8:55/14:55 → Noto Airport 9:55/15:55 (About an hour flight)
○Noto Airport 10:40/16:55 → Haneda Airport 11:45/18:00 (About an hour flight)
*ANA(All Nippon Airways)    Phone:0570-029-222

[Airport Bus] (About 40 min)

Noto Airport→ Hokutetsu Bus: Wajima Express(About 20 mins.)→ Exchange at Platform 3 at Wajima Roadside Station "Furatto-homu"(輪島ふらっと訪夢)→ Hokutesu Bus: Machino Line(About 10 mins.) →Shiroyone

By Train

  • From Tokyo
    Joetsu Shinkansen  Exchange at Echigo-yuzawa St./Direct Express to Nanao and Wakura Onsen through Kanazawa→About 5 hours
  • From Osaka
    Direct Express to Nanao and Wakura Onsen through Kanazawa→About 3 and a half hours
  • From Nagoya
    Direct Express to Nanao and Wakura Onsen through Kanazawa→About 4 hours

【Nanao Station or Wakura Onsen Station→Shiroyone Senmaida】(About 40 mins.)
*Note: If you would like to use a train from Kanazawa Station, please take the train on Nanao Line of JR Hokuriku Honsen. Both local and express are available.

Nanao Station or Wakura Onsen Station→Noto Train(About 40 mins.)→Anamizu Station[Exchange]→ Hokutetsu Bus: Anamizu Wajima Line (About 30 mins.)→ Wajima Roadside Station "Furatto-homu" (ふらっと訪夢)[Exchange]: Platform 3→ Hokutetsu Bus: Machino Line (About 20 mins.)→Shiroyone

By Bus

[Kanazawa St.→Shiroyone Senmaida] East Exit of Kanawasa St. Platform 1→ Hokutetsu Bus: Wajima Express (About 2 hours) → Wajima Roadside Station "Furatto-homu" (ふらっと訪夢)[Exchange]: Platform 3→ Hokutetsu Bus: Machino Line (About 20 min.)→Shiroyone

By Taxi (English available)

Fuji Taxi
Naruwa Kotsu Taxi


Tourist Information

At Wajima Roadside Station "Furatto-homu" (ふらっと訪夢), there are staff members who speak English, Chinese and Taiwanese. Please feel free to visit us.


Address:20-1-131, Kawai-machi, Wajima-shi, Ishikawa
TEL:0768-22-6588(Tourist Information Center)
Open Hours:9:00-17:00(Tourist Information)
Closed:Open Everyday


Q.Is there a hotel with staff members who speak English?

A.The following hotels and ryokans have English-speaking staff.
[Juen (宿守屋寿苑)]

[View Sunset (能登・門前ファミリーインビュー・サンセット)]

[Yashio (輪島温泉 八汐)]

[Tadaya (多田屋)]

[Biwanso (ゆけむりの宿 美湾荘)]

Q.Can I use a credit card?

A.Some shops do not accept credit cards. Please ask the shop staff if a credit card is available.

Q.Where can I find a coin locker?

A.There are coin lockers at East Exit and West Exit of JR Kanazawa Station, and also at the Wajima Roadside Station "Furatto-homu" (ふらっと訪夢).
The luggage storage counter at the tourist bureau is available for larger sized luggage. [Cost] Coin lockers: 200yen or 300yen, Luggage storage counter: 300yen