The Aomori town of Inakadate has become famous for its Tanbo Art event held from early June until early October each year. Tanbo means rice field. The ingenious art is created by growing different crops to paint enormous living murals.
The murals can only be viewed from up high. One observation point is the Japanese castle-themed village office (Inakadate Village Observatory), where you’ll see “The Gate Fence and the Girl with the Pearl Earring” rice paddy art. It will be open from May 29-October 9. Closed on October 1.
You will be able to see the One Piece art from the other observation tower, Yayoi no Sato Observatory. It will be open from June 10–October 9.
Both towers cost ¥300 and are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free 9-seater shuttle runs between the two venues.
How to get there
From Shin-Aomori Station, take the Ou Line for 45 minutes until Hirosaki Station. Change to the Kuroishi Local Train and stay on for around 30 minutes to Tambo Art Station. From here you can walk to the Yayoi no Sato Observatory in 5 minutes.Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.