Miyama’s thatched village (Kayabuki no Sato)

The thatched village or Kayabuki no Sato is the most visited attraction in Miyama. Almost the whole village is composed of old thatched houses and is carefully maintained as a cultural heritage site. You can walk around the village and enjoy the atmosphere and the breathtaking views of the thatched roofs with a mountain backdrop. To get the best sense of the area and avoid the crowds, we recommend getting here early in the morning or visiting later in the day. Staying in one of the accommodations within the village will give you the most authentic taste of village life.

There are 2 cafes (Cafe Gallery Saika and Cafe Milan) and 2 B&B (Matabe thatched B&B and B&B Hisaya) in the village.  Almost all houses in the village are private houses used as living place of villagers.  If you'd like to see the inside of a thatched-roof house, visit Miyama Folklore Museum

If you have plenty of time to explore the village, we recommend you to book our tour, Thatched Village Guided Walk.  Our local English speaking guide shares the history and traditions of Miyama.   

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 ●Parking fee
 Minicoach: JPY1,000-
 Standard-sized car:JPY500-
●Parking Hours
 Summer (April - November) 9:00 - 17:00
 Winter (December - March)  10:00 - 16:00

* Public restrooms in the parking space is only available during parking hours. 
* Please put the above fees into the parking fee payment box during outside parking hours. 

◆Must-see spots within the village

  • Miyama Folklore Museum

  • Little Indigo Museum

  • Chii Hachiman Shrine

Miyama Folklore Museum

Admission Fee JPY300
9:00 to 17:00 (April to November) 
10:00 to 16:00 (December to March)

Little Indigo Museum

Admission Fee: JPY300
Open Hours: 10:00-17:00
Closed:  Thursday and Friday 
* Closed during winter period (17 December 2020 - 5 March 2021)

Chii Hachiman Shrine

The precinct of this shrine is designated as the heritage site by Kyoto Prefecture. 

◆ Stroll around the village with our local guide

Stroll around the village with our local guide (English) to find more about the village.  The guide will explain details of thatched-roof houses as well as history and traditions of the village.

Thatched Village Guided Walk


◆ B&B in the village

  • Matabe thatched B&B

  • B&B Hisaya

◆ Cafe in the village

  • Cafe Gallery Saika

  • Cafe Milan