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SATOYAMA

Keihoku's attractions

Approx. one hour by car from central Kyoto City.If you go just a little further than on the typical trip to Kyoto, you will discover a satoyama rural area where wisdom for living with nature--what could be called the traditional Japanese landscape--remains alive and well today.

The lifestyle of Kyoto, Japan's eternal capital, has long been sustained by wood, fuel, and food supplied by this area known as Keihoku. Through forestry in particular, the Keihoku area has played an important role in supplying building materials for shrines and temples in the city of Heiankyo, in the ancient capital as the Misoma-goryochi(Misoma Imperial Estate).Keihoku is also famous as the area where Emperor Kogon (1313-1364) lived in seclusion as a Buddhist priest after his abdication during the Period of the Northern and Southern Courts. Also, the Yamagunitai (Mountain Country Brigade) unit of conscripted soldiers that was formed in the Keihoku area and fought on the side of government forces during the Meiji Restoration (1868). They are known as the model for theIshinkinnotairetsu(Restoration Brigade Loyal to the Emperor) that leads the historical procession in Kyoto's annual Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages).

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This area has such a rich and varied history and boasts an appealing food culture that fully utilizes nature's blessings. Vegetables and rice nurtured by beautiful water and fertile soil as well as ayu(sweetfish) and other freshwater fish captivate all who visit Keihoku.Furthermore, Keihoku has many farmhouse B&Bs and workshops where you can try your hand at manufacturing crafts that use nature--both experiences that are unique to this area. Here you will discover a gentleness of time unlike the rush of the city, as well as human warmth, history, and theblessings of mountains and rivers. Moreover, this is an area where novel urban creativity coexists with traditions passed down from ancient times and where a lifestyle for the next generation is beginning to evolve.You, too, can enjoy wonderful satoyama rural village experiences in Keihoku. Won't you come and join us?

Access

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By Car

You can enter at the Meishin Expressway Kyoto south, a Kyoto eastern interchange, a Route 1 line, route 9 of national highway and route 171 of national highway on route 162 of national highway (Shuzan highway), and it's to Shuzan via Kaohsiung from Fukuoji intersection. (From a Fukuoji intersection, the required time for about 40 minutes (about 25 km))

By Bus and Train

Get on Takao "and" Keihoku line of West Japan JR Bus (for Shuzan) and get off "in front of Keihoku government offices" from JR Kyoto station. (From Kyoto Station, the required time/80 minutes)