Winter Walks: Village Of ‘Miyama’ In Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is famous for its historic temples and shrines, But Not so many tourists know about the beautiful village like Shirakawa-go, Miyama.

Miyama (美山) is a remote, rural area in the mountains 30 kilometers north of central Kyoto. 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. This in turn lends a very nostalgic atmosphere to the area, and gives visitors a chance to experience the traditional, authentic feel of rural Japan.

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