Explore the Miyama’s thatched village (Kayabuki no Sato) with the help of local guides and get in touch with the villagers' everyday life
An ideal location for people who love the Japanese culture and tradition, Miyama offers a variety of tours to enjoy. Located about 50 km north of Kyoto, Miyama expands over an area of approximately 340 km², 96% of which consists of forests, and comprises several villages. In any of them you can spot ‘kayabuki no ie’ (thatched roof houses), but nowhere is the density of these traditional homes larger than in Kayabuki no Sato. Although Kayabuki no Sato (literally Thatched Roof Village) is a National Heritage Site, the thatched roof houses in this area are all private dwellings of Miyama residents. As you walk along the narrow, steep paths of the village, you may feel the delight of hearing voices calling out to one another or the sounds of the kitchen - in other words, the sounds of Miyama’s everyday life. One of the popular tours is the Thatched Village Guided Walk, where English-speaking local guides show you the main sightseeing spots in the village. The tour brings the opportunity to ask locals about the way of life in Miyama.