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Miyama, literally "beautiful mountain", belongs to the Protection Area of Urban and Landscaped Architectural Patrimony. Covering 95% of the land, conifers and lobed-leaved trees look like the French Provence. Children play along the Yura River, which waves sparkle in the sun. The village is characterized by its trees pruned at the base, ploughed fields and about forty houses with thatched roofs. Each structure has a large ridge tiling and the family blazon is inserted in the center of the side. Built with natural materials, most of the houses are aligned east-west, parallel to the river. No-one could sum up in a word the charms of this green place. This is an unexplored hamlet far from the center of Kyoto.







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