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【Yamaguchi Sightseeing】Places to see when you visit Motonosumi Inari Shrine! 3 Gorgeous Spots in Nagato

Today we’d like to introduce you to some places to visit along with Motonosumi Inari Shrine, including some Nagato spots that are perfect for taking photos.

Motonosumi Inari Shrine → Yuya Terraced Rice Fields (Approx. 10 minutes by car)

What are the Yuya Terraced Rice Fields?

  Facing to the east, the Yuya Terraced Rice Fields present a beautiful rural landscape. The terraced rice fields here were selected as a part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ 1999 “100 Japanese Terraced Rice Fields,” and during late April to June, the combination of fishing boat lights and the water-filled fields are especially beautiful. Every year, cameramen come from across the country to capture images of this scene. The squid fishing boats that appear in great numbers during mid-May offer a wonderful photo opportunity as they glisten at sunset. The scene here is of course just as beautiful during the daytime. You’ll be sure to have gorgeous photos to upload.

Photography Conditions

  • On Saturday nights, when the weather is bad, there will be few fish, so there will be fewer fishing lights.
  • Fishing lights will begin to grow in number in mid-May.
  • After June, the rice grasses will grow longer, and the reflective quality of the rice fields will begin to change. (The photo of fishing lights to the right was received from the Nagato Tourism Convention Association)
>> See a Website of an access map to Motonosumi Inari Shrine

From the Yuya Terraced Rice Fiels to Senjojiiki (Approx. 13 minutes by car)

Senjojiki is a scenic, photographic spot with a beautiful contrast of fresh green and the blue of the sea. At an elevation 333 m above sea level, there’s a panoramic view of the Kita-Nagato Kaigan Quasi-National Park from Senjojiki. At the observatory at its top, there’s also a café called Country Kitchen. Come stop by to take a break.

Country Kitchen

  • Suggested treats: Soft-serve ice cream 320 yen, Homemade bread (2 pieces) 380 yen
  • Open: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Food menu is available until 3 p.m.)
  • Closed on: Thursdays

From Senjojiki to Sugamuta Park (Approx. 5 min by car)

On your way back from Senjojiki, you’ll find Sugamuta Park close by the windmills. On previous years, just during the Golden Week holidays, some 18,000 rhododendrons bloom here. We recommend catching a shot of the windmills and azaleas together. The park is also visited by honey bees, and visitors can truly enjoy the best of spring flowers.

Photo Point

  • 2: Around Golden Week, azaleas grow thickly around the central stairs here, making them almost like a stairway to heaven. Within the park, a path has also been constructed for visitors to stroll around its expanse. Why not take a leisurely stroll?
  • 3: The view seen from the crest of the hill is a panorama that looks out across the mountains of Nagato. Around Golden Week, the colors of the azaleas bring out the brilliant blue of the sky and the green of the mountains even more.
(Photo was taken April 26th, 2018)
If you come to Nagato during Japan’s Golden Week holidays, come find your own favorite photo-taking spot! >> There are many more! See information on events in Nagato during Golden Week  

Access from Otani Sanso

  • Motonosumi Inari Shrine … Approx. 30 minutes by car
  • Yuya Terraced Rice Fields … Approx. 29 minutes by car
  • Senjojiki, Sugamuta park … Approx. 30 minutes by car
■Nagato Weather Forecast during Golden Week

average temperature in May1st-5th: 11.8 - 24.2 Celsius(53.24-75.56 Fahrenheit)

■ Access
»See a Website of an access map to Motonosumi Inari Shrine