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Miyama, Kyoto

Miyama in Rural Kyoto is Untouched by Modern Society

Miyama is a rural town surrounded by mountains in Kyoto. Traditions and customs from old Japan are still being taught. Learning traditions is a way to preserve the culture.

The Rural Town in Kyoto “Miyama”

Miyama, Kyoto

Miyama is a peacful rural town preserving Japanese traditions. Miyama is located 50 kilometers north of Kyoto, the town is surround by mountains. Since this town is behind the mountains, old Japan has continued to live on and prosper. The ring of mountains surrounding Miyama is about 1,000 meters highs high. Before the 1930’s the only way in and out was a long hike through paths guarded by black bears. The weather conditions meant that the people had to adapt and become self-sufficient. Community values and team work is what kept this community alive. Getting to Miyama now is an 80 minute car drive from Kyoto.

Miyama, Kyoto

The people have great knowledge about farming, building, and handicrafts. In the past and even now, everything is locally produced. About 98% of the land is covered by forest. The forest is the source of heat, energy, and food. Mushrooms, wild berries, wild boar, and deer meat are abundant and served in local restaurants. Almost all of the vegetables and rice is grown behind the thatched houses.


Sight-seeing at Miyama

#1. Kayabuki no Sato

Kayabuki no Sato
Photo Credit: Party Lin@Flickr

Kayabuki no Sato is a heritage site and almost the whole village is continuing to use thatched roofs for their houses. This is the most visited attraction in Miyama. There are carpenters, craftsmen, and potters etc living in Miyama. Guests are allowed to walk around and view the breathtaking landscape. To avoid the crowds, it is better to arrive early in the morning or later in the day.
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Kayabuki no Sato 

Address: 21-1 Kita Ageishi, Miyama cho, Nantan, Kyoto

Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone: 0771-75-1906

Website: Kayabuki no Sato


#2. Ashiu Forest

Miyama, Kyoto

This is the largest primary forest in western Japan. With the wide variety of flora and fauna, the forest is magnificent and distinctively different from other forests. The forest looks different spending on the season. Only guided tours are allowed through the forest, the serene atmosphere won’t be ruined by hoards of tourists.
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Ashiu Forest 

Address: Ashiu, Miyama cho, Nantan, Kyoto

Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Phone: 0771-77-0321

Website: Ashiu Forest (Japanese)


#3. Kayabuki Art Museum

Kayabuki Art Museum
Photo Credit: cotaro70s@Flickr

This museum is in a 150 year old thatched house. The house is eye-opening experience, the art displayed here is beautiful. The art changes about six times a year, this art could be glass, carvings, pottery, or paintings. The museum next door showcases many artifacts from the region.
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Kayabuki Art Museum

Address: 21-1 Shimahounoki, Miyama cho, Nantan,Kyoto

Hours: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (April – November)

Admission Fee:
500 yen (Adults)
200 yen (Children)

Phone: 0771-75-1777

Website: Kayabuki Art Museum (Japanese)


Things to Experience at Miyama

#1. Shower Climbing

Shower Climbing
Photo Credit: wenhao wu@Flickr

This activity is for climbers and people who like to go backpacking, this is available only in the summer. Shower or waterfall climbing recently became a popular river sport, the group climbs up Miyama River in the Ashioi forest.

#2. Snowshoeing

Photo Credit: kcxd@Flickr

Snowshoeing is walking over snow with large footwear. Snowshoes distribute ones weigh so that the foot doesn’t sink into the snow, it’s similar to flotation. There are other snow activities such as snowboarding and skiing.

#3. Camping

Photo Credit: 傑克 生@Flickr

Come camp in Miyama surrounded by the peaceful nature. Pitch a tent and stay one or two nights in silence and with the correct equipment camping can be done all year around.


Local Cuisine of Miyama

#1. Yururi

MIyama, Kyoto

At Yururi, the course menu is seasonal vegetables, Miyami Kyoji chicken, seasonal rice, dessert, and coffee. There are other seasonal items such as grilled chicken, sukiyaki, and Ayu fish cooked in a clay pot.
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Address: 15 Sanomae Morisato, Miyamacho, Nantan, Kyoto

12:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Lunch)
6:00 PM (Dinner)
*Reservation only

Phone: 0771-76-0741

Website: Yururi (Japanese)


#2. Morishige

The house this restaurant is in was built 140 years ago. All of the rice, vegetables, and river fish are locally grown and caught. Must have two or more people to order the course menu. The course menu includes vegetables from all four seasons, one pot of chicken, soba noodles, Arctic Char sashimi, and grilled  Arctic Char. Reservations are required.
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Address: 15 Uchikubo Taninoshita, Nantan, Kyoto

Hours: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Phone: 0771-75-1086

Website: –

Tabelog: Morishige


#3. Miyama Suisenan

This restaurant is located on a hill so the magnificent panoramic view of the landscape while eating. All of the vegetables used are fresh picked in the morning. Philip Harper is a world famous brewer and his sake and organic wine is served here.
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Miyama Suisenan

Address: 81-1 Oharadani Kashihara, Miyamacho, Nantan, Kyoto

11:30 AM – 2:30 PM (Lunch)
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Dinner)
*Reservation only

Phone: 0771-75-1625

Website: Miyama Suisenan


Places to Stay in Miyama

#1. Ryokan Kigusuriya

Ryokan Kigusuriya
Photo Credit: Booking.com

This ryokan (traditonal Japanese inn) first started as a pharmacy in the Meiji period. The original name was “Herbal Store”, the name has stayed the same. The main idea of this ryokan is to heal the body and mind. In 1919, the store was transformed into a space for travelers. Even though many years have passed, the hospitality has not changed.
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Ryokan Kigusuriya

Address: 1-8 Imayasu Tsurugaoka, Miyama cho, Nantan, Kyoto

Check-in: 3:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

Price: 14,040 yen (per person)

Phone: 0711-76-0015

Booking.com: Ryokan Kigusuriya


#2. Ryokan Chinsen-rou

Ryokan Chinsen-rou
Photo Credit:Chinsen miyama

This traditional ryokan is located 1.2 kilometers upstream from the village with thatched roof houses. Relax in silence while hearing the water of Miyama river flow by. There is a good view of the landscape from every room. Enjoy the open air bath with mineral water from the hot springs.
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Ryokan Chinsen-rou

Address: 26 Naka Uwamae, Miyama cho, Nantan, Kyoto

Check-in: 3:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

Price: 24,000 yen (per person)

Phone: 0771-77-0003

Website: Ryokan Chinsen-rou


#3. Suisen-an

This ryokan is located on the top of a hill so there is a panoramic view of the landscape. Hear the river and nature while relaxing at this ryokan. To fully enjoy your stay, this hotel allows only one set of guests at a time. It is recommended to book as soon as possible.
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Address: 1-81 Oharadani Kashihara, Miyama cho, Nantan, Kyoto

Check-in: 3:30 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

Price: 35,000 yen (per person)

Phone: 0771-75-1625

Website: Suisen-an


Souvenirs from Miyama

#1. Kayanosato

This shop prides themselves for selling only local products. Some things that can be found here are rice crackers, sweet dumplings, hand-cut postcards, and homemade cookies.
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Dokoro Kayanosato

Address: 1-21 Kita Yoseki, Miyama cho, Nantan, Kyoto

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone: 0771-77-0660

Website: Dokoro Kayanosato (Japanese)


#2. Koubou Fuusha Gallery

This is a shop that specializes in glassblowing. Glassblowing in a technique that involves inflating molten glass into bubble using a blowpipe. The craftsman manipulates the glass while it is still hot to achieve the desired shape. Come find your the perfect glass, bowl, or vase.
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Koubou Fuusha Gallery

Address: 33 Ikenotani Uchikubo, Miyama cho, Nantan, Kyoto

Hours: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Phone: 090-4906-7811

Website: Koubou Fuusha Gallery (Japanese)


#3. Matsuda Farm

Matsuda Farm
Photo Credit:Izu navi

This farm produces ham, bacon, and the sausage is handmade. They do not use an artificial ingredients or filter so everything for sure the highest quality.
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Matsuda Farm 

Address: 27 Hakanomoto Agake, Miyama cho, Nantan, Kyoto

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
*Closed on Tuesdays

Phone: 0771-75-2818

Website: Matsuda Farm (Japanese)


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