Miyama-cho, Tamba is about an hour’s drive from Kyoto city, which is crowded with temples and shrines and Kyoto Tower. Miyama, located in Nantan City in the northern part of Kyoto, is a quiet village surrounded by beautiful mountains. There are many photogenic tourist spots such as “Kayabuki-no-sato” with houses with thatched roofs, and restaurants and shopping spots that use abundant ingredients.
There are highlights every season, but in winter, the fantastic snow scenes that fall on thatched roofs are particularly beautiful and popular.
Not only those who come to take pictures, but also various tourists from home and abroad visit and are healed by beautiful nature and life.
There are many attractions in Miyama-cho, such as a folk museum that knows old-fashioned life, a natural dam, a soft-serve ice cream shop of Miyama milk, and Japanese food.
Miyama-cho, Nantan City was located almost in the center of Kyoto Prefecture, and it prospered as a stopover point for the “West Saba-kaido Road” from towns along the Sea of Japan, such as Fukui Prefecture, to Kyoto City. This place still retains the image of a former highway.
About 90 percent of Miyama-cho is covered with forest, and the entire area is designated within the Kyoto Tamba Kogen Quasi-National Park area. “Kayabuki no Sato” is located in the middle of the town.
In addition to “Kayabuki no Sato”, there are other sightseeing spots that use rich nature. In recent years, activities such as rivers and forests, cycling, and nature tours to visit primeval forests are also popular. An increasing number of visitors come to enjoy the “natural beauty”, “experience”, and “gastronomic food” nurtured in clean water and soil, regardless of the season.
Miyama Town in the middle of Kyoto Prefecture is surrounded by rich nature and leaves the original landscape of Japan. More than 250 houses of thatched roofs exist in Miyama Town. This old-fashioned private houses with thatched roof are in harmony with the mountains at the altitude of 800 meters and the Yura River which flows through the center of Miyama Town, and it shows us the worldscape of Japanese folktale as it is.
Among private houses in Miyama Town, there are many private houses with thatched roof in the village called “Kayabuki no Sato” in Chii district located on the north side of Yura River. These households that strongly maintain the original scenery of Japan enhances the beauty of the forest approaching behind and are designated as a preservation district of the important traditional building group of the country. Existing houses with thatched roofs in Miyama Town are private houses where ordinary people live, except for inns and museums. If you are strolling around “Kayabuki no Sato” you will be able to see a glimpse of the lives of people who value the tradition.
There is the village called “Kayabuki no sato” (the thatched village) which is said that the original scenery of Japan, located in the north of Kyoto urban district approximately a little less than two hours by car. Among the thatched village, it is the third scale in Japan next to famous Shirakawagou of Gifu and Shimogorimura of Fukushima.
Kayabuki-no-sato is a village of approximately 38 houses with thatched roofs in the valleys of North Kyoto. This place keeps the scenery only of the thatched farmhouse that are now a rarity still remain here today, and you can follow a trace of the development of the local private house here. It’s chosen important preservation district of historic buildings of the country.
Throughout the year, it gains a reputation as a tourist attraction representing Miyama-cho, and as the place that can come across original scenery of Japan.
The folklore museum or the restaurant that utilized a private house are dotted in the village. While you can enjoy various beautiful sights in whole year as for the fresh green or the colored leaves, the recommendation is a snow scene of the winter.
The scenery that snow covers the scenery of nostalgic mountain village softly is one of the landscape representing Miyama-cho. In addition, from the end of January, the fantastic event, which the garden lanterns made by snow being displayed, is held. Because most of thatched private houses are the houses where local people live in, please mind your manners when you take a walk.
|Adresse:||Miyamachokita Nantan, Kyoto 601-0712 Japan|
|Access:||JR Sanin-honsen Line “Hiyoshi-eki Station” (40 minutes by bus)
Details are described in the Nantan City Web Site, so please refer to it.