Thatch Roof Fuki-kae Experience

Miyama is home to many traditional thatch roof houses


Miyama Futon and Breakfast

The culture of thatch roofing is not unique to Japan, and this architectural style can be seen in Europe and Scandinavia as well. There is currently an international thatch roof boom. The shape varies slightly depending on the country and region.

The thatch roofs of Miyama are characterized by soft rounded curves and a beautiful and even configuration that extends to the edge. It is necessary to do a "fuki-kae" to replace the "kaya" of the roof once every 20 years. Experience the Satoyama lifestyle through the "fuki-kae" process that is filled with the wisdom and sense of beauty of people's lives.

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  • "Kayabuki no Sato" consists of 39 thatch roof houses (Chii district, Miyama). It was selected as a national important preservation district of historic buildings along with the surrounding rice paddies and mountain forests in 1993.
  • It is about 10 minutes by car to the traditional Japanese house where you will stay. The experience will be held at the adjoining dwelling.
  • You will learn how to create a thatch roof and the different styles in each country.
  • Some of the tools used for fuki-kae (the two tools on the left) are also handmade by craftsmen. Preferences differ slightly based on the craftsman, and it is said that some people use about 20 tools.
  • Tightly tie a rope from the foundation pillar and fasten it firmly so the kaya does not fall out.
  • You will be healed by the beautiful seasonal view and the murmuring of the clear stream that flows nearby.


  • Dan

    Upon arrival we were taken for a hands on experience and challenged to make a piece of thatched roofing. Then made a delicious Japanese style dinner together with the staff. After took a bath under one of the thatched roofs was so relaxing with the smell of the pine. Sleeping on Japanese futons was fun and really enjoyed waking to the beautiful mountains outside. Great memories.

  • Sebastien

    Making of thatched roof is unique!

  • Daphne

    It felt cozy and was great to talk as a group! The bath area was comfortable and great to relax.

  • LaurierTiernan

    The sushi workshop was wonderful, sleeping in an antique Japanese house was great (there are too many houses with man-made materials - like plastic - in Japan) and I really liked having access to the local beers in single-serving brown glass bottles.

  • Martin Collado Francisco Javier

    Make food!!

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Experience information

Name of facility
Miyama E I S A
Name of experience
Thatch roof craftsman experience with accommodation
52 kitsuneiwa, Miyamachoshima, Nantan City, Kyoto 601-0751
Telephone number
Business Hours
Check-in after the experience
Check-in: 4:00 p.m., Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
*Schedule confirmation required (180 minutes for the thatch roof experience)
No holidays
From 61,900 yen per night including breakfast (cost for 5 people) + 10,000 yen per person for the thatch roof experience
*From an additional 12,200 yen per night for a party of 6 or more (weekdays)
*The accommodation cost varies depending on the length of stay and reservation period
Payment methods
Cash or credit card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, UnionPay)
Number of guests accepted (groups)
2-10 people
Multi-language support
Official Website
Official Website(English)
*The kaya may adhere to your clothes (it is best to wear casual clothes that can get dirty)