This traditional mountain town is a great escape
Thirty kilometers north of central Kyoto lies Miyama, an isolated region known for its kayabuki—traditional Japanese thatched roof farmhouses. With its fresh mountain air, serene atmosphere and old-world vibe, Miyama is a lovely place to escape from the city.
In May and December, the local fire brigade spectacularly tests the hose system that protects the kayabuki
You can rent bicycles to ride around Miyama
How to Get There
You can reach Miyama by train and then bus.
Take a local or rapid train on the JR San-nin Line to Hiyoshi Station. From Hiyoshi take a Nantan Bus into Miyama.
A traditional town preserved
Unlike most of the other kayabuki found in Japan, most of Miyama's 200 houses remain private residences. Many of the residents are craftspeople, skilled in such practical arts as basket making and roof thatching. Kayabuki no Sato is Miyama's main village, made up of 40 kayabuki, the largest concentration of thatched roof houses in Japan.
Stay overnight in a kayabuki
For a unique and authentic experience, you can spend the night in one of Kayabuki no Sato's minshuku, or guesthouses. Staying in one of the traditional homes will make you feel as if you've stepped back in time. Meals here feature local produce and fish.
Kayabuki no Sato Folk Museum
Traditional tools and household items are on display here, and you can learn how the kayabuki are made and repaired.
Working in indigo
Near the folk museum you'll find the Little Indigo Museum, a small indigo dyeing studio and gallery.
For the outdoor enthusiast
Miyama is a great place to indulge in outdoor activities. Popular choices include fishing for ayu, or sweet fish, in the Yura River, hiking local trails, cycling, and river rafting.