Miyama is a region 50 kilometres to the north of Kyoto city surrounded by mountains. Thanks to this geographic isolation the old Japan has been kept alive here and is flourishing in a country now trying to reconnect with its roots.
The region of Miyama is encircled by a ring of mountains roughly 1000 meters high, until the early 1930's the only way in and out was a long hike over the mountains through forests patrolled by black bears. This unique location along with harsh winters lead the people of Miyama to develop a self subsistent way of life and strong community values.
Kyoto Research Forest
The forest is located in the northeastern border part of Kyoto Prefecture and stretches 6km east to west and 7km north to south in a rectangular shape. The area is characterized by high relief with altitudes ranging from 355 to 959m above the sea level and encompasses the headwater zones of Yura River flowing into Wakasa bay, the Sea of Japan.
Arashiyama is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. It also refers to the mountain across the Ōi River, which forms a backdrop to the district. Arashiyama is a nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty.