Sunday, November 20, 2011

Miyamaー Beautiful hamlets in north Kyoto

If you yearn for a glimpse of old rural Japan,head to lovely Miyama,
a town nested in the Kitayama mountains of northern Kyoto.
The town is composed of several village clusters spread over a large area.
These picturesque hamlets are home to an abundance of traditional
Kayabuki-yane(thatched-roof) farmhouses
thatched with a thick roof of long susuki (pampas grass) reeds.
Miyama-cho has become a popular home for artists,
and is also gaining attention from outdoor enthusiasts
for its excellent hiking,camping and kayaking on the Yura-river.
There are many thatched-roof farmhouses.
Some of the houses are farmhouses,and oters are cafe,inn,and so on.
There are many wild flowers.
This is also thatched-roof farmhouses.
Scarlet-tinged leaves are beautiful.
This is Yura-river.
There are many tourists from abroad.
It is possible to travel to Miyama as a day trip from Kyoto,but it makes a much nicer overnight trip.
In 1994 the village was designated a national preservation site.
There is not much to do in the village except walk around and admire the wonderful old houses.
Miyama is located in "Nantan City", next to Kyoto City. (Please look at this map.)
Public transport is very poor in this area(Nantan-City).

How to access

JR Kyoto - JR Sonobe JR train (570yen,44 minutes /one-way)
JR Sonobe - Miyama(Kayabuki-no-sato)   →a municipal bus (900yen,50 minutes/one-way)

Kajika-sou(河鹿荘) 10,000~13,000 yen a night per head (dinner and breakfast are included) 
You need reservation beforehand.
Tel  0771-77-0014
※Attention   Dishes change every season.
This dish is an example.

If you want to know more.....→Miyama tourist society  Tel 0771-75-1906