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Asuka Higanbana Festival 2022 Report


Asuka Inabuchi terraced rice paddies

Autumn has come to the terraced rice paddies!

As the season changes from summer to autumn, the ears of rice droop in early autumn.
In Asuka Village, this is the season when ears of rice are harvested and higanbana (cluster amaryllis) blooms along the rice paddies.
In the terraced rice fields of the Inabuchi district, a “Kakashi (scarecrow) contest” is usually held in September as part of village revitalization efforts.
On weekends in mid to late September, when the cluster amaryllis are in full bloom, the “Higanbana Festival” is held.
Here we introduce an autumn festival where visitors can enjoy a pleasant time in the satoyama while gazing at ears of rice swaying in the wind and unique handmade scarecrows.

“Kakashi Contest” and “Higanbana Festival”

Kakashi Contest

This contest is one of the initiatives mainly organized by “people who grew up in Asuka” and “people who love Asuka” with the aim of preserving and passing on the rice and rural landscape of Asuka Village and the scenery of the Inabuchi terraced rice fields to the next generation.
The contest began in 1995, when the Inabuchi terraced rice field in Asuka Village introduced the terraced rice field owner system, and has continued for more than 20 years.
Scarecrows made according to a theme decided each year are displayed on the “Kakashi Road” from September.
The “Higanbana Festival” (see below) is the voting period, during which visitors vote for their favorite scarecrow.

This is a 450-meter road on the Inabuchi side of the
“Kakashi Road” in the Inabuchi terraced rice field.

Higanbana Festival

Every year in mid to late September, red, white, and yellow cluster amaryllis bloom along the shores of the Inabuchi terraced rice paddies and are in full bloom.
On weekends during this period, the “Higanbana Festival” is held in the Inabuchi terraced rice paddies.
During the period of the “Higanbana Festival” in 2022, the number of plants in the Inabuchi terraced rice fields seemed a little smaller than in the central part of the village, but some parts of the fields were in beautiful bloom.

The beautiful terraced rice paddies were created by following the natural terrain in gentle curves.
Inabuchi terraced rice field and cluster amaryllis.

Temporary shuttle bus service is available.

  • Free shuttle bus service is available only during the Higanbana Festival. It is a different route from the shuttle buses operating at the Asuka Hikari no Kairo.
  • During the “Higanbana Festival”, a free shuttle bus will run from Asuka Station or Ishibutai Kofun to and from the Inabuchi terraced rice fields.
    The buses will make the rounds approximately every 15 to 30 minutes.
    The Inabuchi terraced rice paddies are built along the natural terrain on the mountain slopes.
    The shuttle bus makes for an easy outing.
    If you do not use the shuttle bus, please walk or ride a bicycle.

Location of Inabuchi Terraces

“Kakashi Contest” works in 2022

The theme for 2022 is “World Peace”.

In the contest, scarecrows are created according to a theme determined each year, such as “a scarecrow that looks good with a mask,” “bonding,” “a scarecrow that makes you smile,” etc. The theme for the 27th contest in 2022 was “World Peace.
The theme for the 27th Kakashi contest in 2022 was “World Peace”.

In 2022, Jizo was exhibited.
A jumbo scarecrow, a specialty of the Kakashi contest.
  • A smile that suits the blue sky.A scarecrow with a wonderful smile stood at the beginning of Kakashi Road.
  • Reproduction of an old-fashioned foot threshing machine and dragonflies flying over terraced rice paddies.Honorable Mention Award winner in 2022.
  • When you press the pedal with your foot, the dragon with the boy on it sways and shakes.The characters in “Manga Nihon Mukashi Banashi” have gimmicks built into them.
  • It was made to wish for a good harvest in the terraced rice paddies.Cute Jizo made of bamboo.
  • The artist's gentle feelings seem to be reflected in the woman's lovely face and her embrace of the earth.Works with fabrics and yarns, ready-made clothes and natural branches.
  • This is a powerful Jizo made mainly of bamboo and straw, and old cloth from ancestors.One of the 2022 Excellence Award works.
  • The work has a friendly expression and a refreshing windmill made of plastic bottles.Scarecrows made by local police, corporations, and stores are also available.
  • It blends beautifully with the scenery of the terraced rice paddies.A farmer releases a white dove into the sky. The dynamism of the white dove is wonderful.
  • The artist wished for a bright future for the children of the world. The ethnic costumes were also very beautifully made!The work was selected for the 2022 Grand Prize. Children from all over the world in a chorus around a Ukrainian girl.

2022 “Higanbana Festival” will be held on 24th and 25th.

What is Inabuchi Terraced Rice Field?

  • Inabuchi Terraced Rice Paddies, selected as one of the 100 best terraced rice paddies in Japan, were cultivated in medieval Japan…Heian to Muromachi periods, and are formed by about 300 rice paddies and fields.
    Inabuchi terraced rice fields were designated as an important cultural landscape in 2011.
    In spring, rape blossoms bloom; in early summer, before and after rice planting, the water in the paddies creates a fantastic landscape reflecting the surrounding scenery; and in autumn, the contrast between ears of rice and higanbana (cluster amaryllis) is beautiful in the satoyama.
  • Inabuchi terraced rice fields in early summer.
  • White cluster amaryllis.
  • Not only red but also white and yellow cluster amaryllis are blooming in the Inabuchi terraced rice paddies. You can also see them planted in the Ishibutai area of the National Asuka Historical Park.

Terraced rice paddies during the “Higanbana Festival”.

  • Ears of rice are firmly growing in the paddy fields. Harvest is just around the corner.Sun, Sept. 25, 2022, during the Higanbana Festival.
  • Butterflies and dragonflies swam pleasantly in the sky on the fresh breeze.The tent on the left side of the photo is a store set up for the higanbana festival.
  • The small bus on the right side of the photo is the shuttle bus to the Inabuchi terraced rice fields.There seemed to be few higanbana plants, but some were blooming well.

Asuka Village’s specialty products for sale, food court and kitchen cars.

  • Inabuchi Asakaze Pass Plaza, the main venue. A tent sold snacks such as yakisoba, shaved ice, konjak skewers, and baked rice cakes, as well as Asuka Village specialties and local vegetables and fruits.
    Another tent was set up with chairs and garbage bags, creating a food court.
    Stage events such as live bands and Manyo recitations were also held during the two-day event.
  • Kitchen car opens at 11:00. Offering spaghetti with wild boar meat sauce.
  • The modest amount of salt enhanced the flavor of the rice, and it was very tasty.
  • This is a salted Omusubi made from new Kinuhikari rice, which was sold at the tent. The rice is chunky and perfect for Omusubi. We enjoyed it sitting on chairs in the food court overlooking the terraced rice paddies.

A view of the center of Asuka Village.

In Asuka Village, not only the Inabuchi terraced rice paddies, but also many rice paddies in the center of the village, and around Tachibana-dera Temple and Asuka-dera Temple, many cluster amaryllis were in bloom.
Many people were enjoying sightseeing by bicycle or on foot, with their cameras ready to take pictures as they strolled through the village.

  • Tachibana-dera Temple is beautiful with its drooping ears of rice and cluster amaryllis.The north side of Tachibana Temple is a popular spot for photographers.
  • Taken from the west gate of Asuka-dera Temple, near the head mound of Soga Iruka. The forest-like area on the right is Amakashi Hill.The area around Asuka-dera Temple is filled with rice paddies.
  • There is nothing to avoid the sun, so hats and sunscreen are essential depending on the season.There are well-maintained paths between rice paddies, perfect for strolling.

“Asuka Hikari no Kairo” will be held on 23rd and 24th.

A night of fantastic lights in Asuka Village

The “Asuka Hikari no Kairo” is a popular event that has been held since 2003 in Asuka Village, Takaichi-gun, Nara Prefecture.
It is held over two days on a weekend in September every year.
Major historical sites, temples, shrines, and facilities in the village, such as Ishibutai Kofun and Oka-dera Temple, are lit up and the surrounding area is illuminated by approximately 20,000 candles.

  • Oka-dera Temple, visited by many camera enthusiasts, is full of photo-worthy spots.The Chozuya (purification fountain) at Oka-dera Temple. Popular for lighting up with colorful marbles.
  • Fantastic lights can be seen in many places.This is an activity to view Asuka at night from the sky in a hot-air balloon.


Please use “Asuka no yado” for your excursion to Asuka Village.
The hotel is located in easy access to the “Asuka Hikari no Kairo” and “Higanbana Festival” sites, not to mention sightseeing.
You can come and go as you please between check-in (15:00) and check-out (11:00).
We also provide a small flashlight to illuminate your feet as you walk through Asuka Village at night.
Please be careful when walking around Asuka Village after dark, as there are many places in the village where it is dark and difficult to see your footsteps even during the event hours.

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