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OKU Experience Exploring Kyoto's Mountain Recesses "Miyama Kayabuki no Sato" with a Local Guide



OKU Experience Exploring Kyoto's Mountain Recesses

Kyoto's Miyama Town is located about 90 minutes by car from the City of Kyoto. At Miyama Kayabuki no Sato (Miyama's Thatched Roof Village), 39 thatched roof homes remain and are inhabited by people. The thatched roof culture has been passed down for thousands of years as traditional Japanese architecture and has found itself in the spotlight in recent years as a symbol of SDGs and the ultimate in eco-friendly housing. The locals who proudly share their stories about preserving the kayabuki roof and way of life are one of the allures of this area.

In this program, a local guide informs you about the kayabuki roof preservation initiatives, people's lifestyles, and the mechanics of the roofs.

This guided tour provides impressive scenery created by the skills of kayabuki craftsmen registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage along with first-hand experience with the local lifestyles and attitudes towards preservation.


Kayabuki no Sato guided tour

Kayabuki no Sato guided tour (up to 60 minutes)
A tour of the Thatched Roof Village by a local guide with fun facts and stroll around the kayabuki townscape
-Experience time
from 10am
-Experience time
30 to 60 minutes (depending on the course)

Program Schedule

  1. Register at the hotel (by two days before)
  2. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Kaya no Sato, a souvenir shop in Miyama Town
  3. Participate in the guided tour (30 to 60 minutes)
  4. Program ends, leave individually Please stop by at Miyama Town's local produce shops and cafes.


Choose a course - 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes.

  • [30-minute Course] (Walking distance about 0.5 km)
    Get an overview of Kayabuki no Sato and learn about the visible parts (e.g., water hose, roofs). There is not much time for Q&A
  • [45-minute Course] (Walking distance about 0.5 km)
    In addition to the above, learn about the characteristics of the village, annual events, and seasonal scenery.
  • [60-minute Course] (Walking distance about 0.5 km)
    In addition to the above, learn about what interests you, such as villagers' way of life, local shrines, and the great fire.


5,500 yen (tax inclusive) per group *Up to 20 participants Please pay your own transportation fees.


[How to apply]
Select "Apply here" to request a booking.
Your booking will be confirmed as soon as your participation slot is fixed.
[Deadline to apply]
By two days before (negotiable one day before)
[Minimum participants required]
[Age restrictions]
12 and over


[Cancellation fees]
7 to 2 days before the day before participation: 30%
One day before participation: 40%
On the day of participation or no show: 100%

[Circumstances for cancellation of the program]

  1. When there is a heavy rainfall or strong wind alert in Nantan City as of 8:30 a.m. on the day
  2. When a state of emergency has been declared in Kyoto prefecture
  3. When there are not enough participants (at least 2)

*The program will generally be carried out even in rainy weather.

Important Notes

- Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking.
- Please bring your own sunscreen and bug repellent.
- Please refrain from recording video and audio during the tour.
- Please wear a mask in the village.
- Please contact us if you will be more than 15 minutes late to arrive.
- We may treat your booking as a cancellation if you are more than 30 minutes late to arrive.
- Please give yourself plenty of time to arrive.

*Photos are displayed for illustrative purposes.

*This activity is only available in Japanese, but arrangements for an interpreter (separate fee required) can be requested from the concierge.
However, whether or not an interpreter can be reserved depends on the availability of interpreters. Please inquire with the concierge first.
English speaking guide tour (60 courses only) is also available.