Miyama is a rural and remote area in the north of Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture in the beautiful Ashiu Forest, the largest primary forest in western Japan. This naturally scenic region, encircled by a ring of mountains, features quaint little villages scattered throughout the countryside of lush green valleys. The over 200 traditional, thatched-roof farmhouses, known as kayabuki, are the main attraction of Miyama. The idyllic little village of Kayabuki is a popular world heritage site boasting nearly 40 of these thatched farmhouses as well as a Folk Museum and a Little Indigo Museum. Miyama offers the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities including cycling, hiking, wildlife watching and even fishing, river rafting, and canyoning.

PIcture by Kansai Explorer