丘のまち美瑛の農業と景観を保つために

We ask for the coopera tion of those engaging in photographing or filming

Okano-machi, Biei is characterized by its vast expanse of fields and agricultural production. In addition, you can find breathtaking natural beauty with the Tokachidake Mountain Range visible in the distance.

With the change of the seasons, the agricultural plots change and resemble patchwork on a quilt.

This sight, combined with the gorgeous view of the mountains and trees, turns the area into a major tourist attraction.

The farmers who live in this area work hard to create unique agricultural scenery as well as preserve its beauty.

We ask those that plan on photographing or filming the scenery of Okano-machi to refrain from activities that would obstruct the work of farmers.

If you plan on photographing or filming, please be respectful of other photographers and follow the proper manners and rules.

Please join us in our efforts to preserve the beauty of the scenery in this area for the sake of future generations.

General Photographing Manners

1. Do not trespass on private agricultural land (fields, pasture, mountains, forest, etc.) or housing

Do not trespass on agricultural land even if there is no signage

Trespassers carry a risk of bringing in insects that cause damage to crops to agricultural areas by carrying them on the bottoms of their shoes

. Although agricultural land may be covered with snow during winter, due to sowing activities in the fall, wheat and other crops are being cultivated underneath.

2. When you are parking, please avoid entrances or exits of fields and be careful not to disturb farmers

3. When agricultural vehicles are in operation nearby, please stop photographing and leave the premises

4. Do not litter. Also, we appreciate it if you pick up any trash you find

Photographing Rules

Make sure that photographing is allowed at the location you shoot at

Make sure to use tripods in a stable location

Make sure that your flash does not bother others

Do not occupy an area for photographing in a way that is a nuisance to sightseers

Do not damage natural surroundings for the sake of getting a better shot

When photographing farmers at work, please adhere to rules regarding photographing consent

The usage of drones and aerial photography using drones in Biei Town is prohibited with the exception that:

※ Permission and consent is obtained from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Civil Aviation Bureau, and from applicable landowners.

※ Furthermore, according to aviation law, some drone flights may be prohibited without further permission from the government. Breaking this law is a punishable offence. For details, please contact the Biei Photography and Filming Association.