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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Japan . Kyoto . Miyama . 日本 . 京都 . 美山町

Japan . Kyoto . Miyama . 日本 . 京都 . 美山町
Snow fall at another beautiful historical area of Japan apart from Takayama 白川鄉. 
This place still preserve the wellness of the quietness and peaceful from crowded tourist.
If you prefer the visit the very traditional style of Japan without a lot of disturber, perhaps this will be the perfect place.

Miyama (美山町 Miyama-chō) was a town located in Kitakuwada District, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.
As of 2003, the town had an estimated population of 5,070 and a density of 14.89 persons per km2. The total area was 340.47 km2.
On January 1, 2006, Miyama, along with the towns of Hiyoshi, Sonobe and Yagi (all from Funai District), was merged to create the city of Nantan.
In the area there are dozens of grass thatched roof houses.

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There are two distinct Japans coexisting in one fascinating country. One is the fast paced, packed train, high tech modern Japan. The other is ancient Japan, full of tradition, a strong sense of community and a deep connection with the land and the changing seasons. Miyama is a region 50 kilometres to the north of Kyoto city surrounded by mountains. Thanks to this geographic isolation the old Japan has been kept alive here and is flourishing in a country now trying to reconnect with its roots.
The region of Miyama is encircled by a ring of mountains roughly 1000 meters high, until the early 1930's the only way in and out was a long hike over the mountains through forests patrolled by black bears. This unique location along with harsh winters lead the people of Miyama to develop a self subsistent way of life and strong  community values. Now visiting Miyama is just a 80 minute drive from Kyoto city, but the self subsistent living and community values are still important to people here.
Miyama the ancient culture is very much a part of every day life, spending time here allows you to experience that culture first hand. The older residents can often be seen tending to their fields, picking edible wild plants or making baskets from bamboo, they have a wealth of knowledge about farming, building and handicraft. In the past everything required for daily life was locally sourced and much of it still is. Around 98% of the land is covered by forrest and the forrest is a source of heat, energy and food. Mushrooms, berries along with free range wild boar and deer meat are abundant and served in a variety of ways in local restaurants.
miyama_mochitsukiYou won't find any convenience stores or supermarkets here, most people grow their own rice and vegetables and many sell excess produce to the local stores.
Miyama is famous for its thatched houses and although many have been modernised to a convenient facade there are still plenty of thatched roofs on display and more and more people are going back to thatch. Kayabuki no sato is a heritage site with almost the entire village retaining thatched roof old Japanese architecture. There are also several thatchers and traditional Japanese carpenters living in Miyama as well as potters, charcoal makers and many other craftsmen.
The rivers and forests here are some of the most beautiful to be found in western Japan. This natural wealth lends itself to outdoor activities and Miyama has great hiking trails, river rafting, canyoning and cycling. The environment is one of the main reasons I choose to live in Miyama, clean water and air and four distinct seasons provide a wide variety of beautiful scenery to enjoy.
Take some time out from the tourist trail to see, and more importantly experience the roots of Japan. You will find them here in the countryside, just a little off the beaten track.

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