Miyama is a beautiful historic farming village -- about 2 hours' drive from Kyoto -- set in a valley surrounded by thickly forested mountains. Rice and soba (buckwheat) fields dominate the landscape, and as luck would have it, the soba was in full bloom with showy white flowers. Centuries-old thatched-roofed farmhouses are kept in pristine condition (thanks to government subsidies) for the enjoyment of Japanese tourists who flock to this area. It was a weekday, so we had relative peace and quiet and enjoyed leisurely walks down lanes bordered by tidy gardens. I couldn't decide whether I had just walked into a fairy tale or Eden itself!
|The Hisaya Bed & Breakfast where the four of us were fed a delicious dinner and |
traditional breakfast and slept comfortably on futons on tatami mats.
|One SERIOUS thatched roof! They are at least 12" thick, can bear heavy snowfall in winter,|
and as the brochure says "they have a feminine and formative beauty".
|If I could, I'd take brush to canvas and paint this pretty landscape|
|Bright yellow-green rice fields|
|Soba (buckwheat) in bloom. We enjoyed locally made soba noodles|
for lunch at a small restaurant. Mmmmmm.