Miyama is a region 50 kilometers to the north of Kyoto city surrounded by mountains. The area is famous for its traditional, thatched roof (kayabuki) farmhouses of which over 200 can be seen dotting the countryside. Unlike those found in many other historic towns and districts around the country, the majority of Miyama‘s old houses survive as residential dwellings where people still live and work. In Miyama, the ancient culture is very much a part of everyday life, spending time here allows you to experience that culture first hand. The village “Miyama Kayabuki-no-sato” has 38 houses whose roof is thatched. This village itself is like a postcard! This in turn lends a very nostalgic atmosphere to the area, and gives you a chance to experience the traditional, authentic feel of rural Japan.