Spring Planting Event – Let’s Plant Rice Together
Since 2014, people from around the country join artists from various fields to create rice field art events to benefit the people of Soma and have fun planting rice. There are many different ideas about the issues the people of Fukushima are facing. One way to show support and find answers together is by planting rice. Please join us for this incredible community experience that is full of good fun, great conversation, and plenty of laughter. It is a unique chance to spend time in one of the prefectures loveliest places with great people. Come join us for this very special local event!
Saturday, May 25, 2019 (rain or shine!)
Schedule for the day
13:30 Reception opens
14:00 Opening ceremony. Rice planting starts
16:00 Rice planting ends.
17:00 BBQ party starts
Note: Based on the number of participants and traffic, the schedule may change.
Event entry fee
¥1,000 – includes event participation fee, event insurance
（Elementary school age and younger are free）
Please pay at the reception desk.
BBQ party fee
¥2,000 – includesBBQ and some drinks.
Please pay at the reception desk.
If coming by car:
Please fill out the event participation form to secure a parking spot.
* When you arrive at the site, staff will guide you to the parking lot.
Event participation form
To help us prepare, please fill out and submit the event participation form as soon as possible.
* It is not necessary to apply separately for the bus tour.
Things to bring:
- Clothes for working in rice field and gloves
- Rice planting boots (You can plant barefoot, but we don’t recommend it for safety reasons. Also, ordinary rubber boots are unusable in the rice fields. We recommend wearing old socks or Tagutsu, a kind of boot specifically designed for rice field activities), and flip-flops (handy when you take a break during the event).
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, insect repellent, warm clothes (cold at night), wind breaker, rain gear
Special Rice Harvest Beer!
At the event, we will sell our special Rice Harvest beer brewed. Limited supplies are available, so don’t miss your chance to try some!
Bus Tour from Iwaki!
Thanks for your patience!
For the first time, we will be organizing a bus tour from Iwaki, Fukushima, to the Tambo Art Rice Planting Festival.
For those who come from Tokyo area, please take public transport to Iwaki. *Information on public transport follows.
We will meet up near Iwaki station at 11:20 am on Saturday, 25 May. The bus will depart at 11:30 a.m.
We will return to the same place in Iwaki around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26.
Please note that lunch on Saturday, May 25 is not included. Please plan to have it earlier in Iwaki or bring your own or purchase it at one of the stops along the way to Soma.
Organized by: Soma Tambo Art Project
Travel planning and implementation: Dososhin Inc.
Tourism Agency Director Registration Travel Industry No. 757
KU Building 7th Floor 7-24-4 Nishi Gotanda Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0031
Number of spaces available
April 17th, 2019 to May 20th, 2019
* Registration will end when all places are reserved.
11,000 yen (including tax) – includes all of the following:
Transportation, accommodation, event participation fee, event insurance
Meals – Day 1 Dinner (BBQ party) – Day 2 Breakfast
After receiving the reservation form, we will send a bank transfer receipt by email.
Please complete the transfer within three business days. As soon as payment is confirmed, we will send you an email with booking confirmation.
* Any transfer fees are the responsibility of participants.
* If you apply as a group, please make one transfer for everyone.
* If the transfer cannot be confirmed, your reservation may be cancelled.
Tour accomodation: Seifuso Onsen Hotel
We will be staying at the Seifuso Onsen Hotel on the Matsukawarura Sea in Soma, Fukushima. In traditional Japanese style, there will be separate group rooms for men and women. Towel and toothbrush are included. Please bring your own pajamas. Please also note that Western-style beds are not available.
Tour of Fukushima’s current situation
We will take a tour of current reconstruction activities and progress in Fukushima on Sunday, May 26 on the return trip.
*Tour participants should be 18 years old and over.
Recommended Public Transport from Tokyo area to Iwaki station
We recommend the highway bus from Tokyo station.
Tokyo station — Iwaki station ¥3,450 (One way)
Booking starts a month + a day advance. Please make sure to book it.
Iwaki 1, Tokyo 7:00 — Iwaki 10:03
Iwaki 5, Tokyo 8:00 — Iwaki 11:03
Iwaki 86, which departs from Iwaki 13:45, might be too tight on schedule. We recommend to book a bus later than that.
JR Hitachi Special Express 3, Ueno 8:30 — Iwaki 10:23
Note: We don’t guarantee the information of the public transport above. Please find them on the official website.
JR Bus time table