There are beautiful rural areas such as Miyama and unique fishing villages such as Ine in Kyoto prefecture. Speaking of Kyoto, Kyoto city, the center of this Prefecture, is famous, but why not go to the amazing areas around it?
Outline of Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto is a long prefecture in the north and south. The north faces the Sea of Japan and snow falls in winter.
In the southern part of Kyoto Prefecture, there are old traditional cities such as Kyoto City and Uji City. On the other hand, there are various traditional settlements in central and northern part of Kyoto Prefecture. Among these, there are tourist attractions that are very popular among tourists.
It takes time to go to those villages. However, if you visit the settlements, you will discover a wonderful world different from Kyoto city.
Miyama is a beautiful rural village located in the central part of Kyoto Prefecture. There are about 250 Japanese-style houses of thatches.
Speaking of traditional Japanese rural villages, Shirakawago of Gifu prefecture is famous among tourists. However, Miyama in Kyoto also has a beautiful Japanese rural landscape. If you stroll around this village, you can enjoy plenty of old Japanese landscape. Furthermore, you can stay in this traditional house.
The scenery of this village changes beautifully according to the change of the four seasons. If you are interested, please refer to the above video.
To Miyama, please get off at Hiyoshi Station from JR Kyoto Station on the San-in Main Line. It is approximately 60 minutes from Kyoto station to Hiyoshi station. Next, it is approximately 40 minutes by bus from Hiyoshi Station to Miyama.
If you take a direct bus from Kyoto Station, it takes about 100 minutes.
Ine is a fishing village facing the Sea of Japan in the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture. The fishermen 's houses in this fishing village have the first floor a fishing boat garage, as seen in the above picture. These buildings as if they are floating in the ocean are called "Funaya (ship's house)".
Funaya is a Japanese traditional fisherman's house. Because I have a lot of these houses in Ine, it is called "Sea Kyoto". Because the ocean is under the house, it is also called "the town closest to the sea in Japan". Approximately 300,000 tourists visit this village every year.
If you go to Ine, you can experience the life in Funaya. You can get on the boat. You can eat a lot of delicious fish in the Sea of Japan. And you can stay in Funaya. There is no doubt "another Kyoto" in Ine.
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Bon KUROSAWA I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.