Nakayama Senmaida (literally: Nakayama’s thousand terraced rice fields) is one of the most beautiful areas of Kagawa, as well as probably the only place in the prefecture where you can find terraced rice fields. The terraces are around 700 years old, and while there aren’t actually one thousand rice paddies, there are still several hundred of them.
The view is just superb and the fields are all over this side of the mountain with the village of Nakayama in the middle.
These pictures date from just a little more than two years ago, and it was one of the last times I went (I think I just went a couple of times more in the Fall, but the rice had already been harvested). Yes, Shodoshima is one of the many places I haven’t been to since the beginning of the pandemic, and it’s starting to feel a little long.
In case you’re wondering, the big traditional building is one of the last two traditional “countryside kabuki theaters” remaining on the island (there were up to 30 at some point). Nakayama is also an important place for this. The second theater just being a few hundred meters downhill.
I can’t wait to return and to show you more.