From late Jan 31 through Feb 7 in 2015, Kayabuki no Sato Lantern Festival
The Lantern Festival is held every winter during the snow season. People decorate the town with handmade lanterns and flower lanterns from Kyoto Arashiyama region.
Early Feb., Miyama Snow Festival
The Miyamacho Municipal Nature and Culture Village holds a snow festival in the beginning of Feb.. There are snow statue contests, snow sports, shops, and other events.
After the Chii Shrine ritual is held, women in traditional clothes and hats plant rice to the sound of Japanese drumbeats.
Every May 20th and the first Sunday of Dec., a water spraying festival is held in Kayabuki no Sato as a part of a fire protection event. Many people come to enjoy the picturesque scenery.
Ono Dam is located at the west end of Miyama town. The park of the dam is a beautiful scenic spot for cherry blossoms in spring and maple leaves in autumn. There are many shops and activities during the maple festival held at the park. Night viewing of illuminated maple trees is also popular.
The agriculture festival is held once a year to celebrate the harvest. There are many stands selling local products such as newly harvested rice, meat, fresh eggs, milk and vegetables. People enjoy stage shows, contests, lottery games and many other events.
Snow season from January to March, Snowshoe Tour
Located just 1 hour and 30 minutes by train from Kyoto, Miyama town is covered by more than 50cm of snow in winter. In the mountain areas, the depth of snow can be more than 2 meters. Snowshoe is one of the winter sports in the region. One can walk on rice fields or mountain roads in these shoes without sinking into the snow. The local guide will guide you into the beautiful snow world.
There are transportation services of Snowshoe Tour from Kyoto Sta.
Late April, Amago Fishing Class
On a Sunday in late April, a Amago fishing class is held in Kochidani, where the mountain stream is famous for its Amago fish. Tools and baits are prepared. The instructors are experienced anglers who were winners of Ayu fishing tournaments or other fishing tournaments held all over the country.
Entry fee is 5,000yen, including a barbecue lunch.
From late July until late August, Ayu Family Day
Every year in this season, the Ayu Family Day event is held at Yuragawa river, which has the best quality clear stream in Kinki area. It is great fun to chase after Ayu and try to catch the fish with bare hands.
The entry fee is 2,000 yen for adults, 1,500 yen for elementary school children. Pre-school children are free of charge. Please make a reservation in advance.
Weekend in the beginning of September, Rice Festival - Harvest Festival
Half Farming Half X (part-time farming)Rural Life Seminar
This is a 2 day 1 night event. It is a great experience to taste the steamed newly harvested rice with miso soup. The newly harvested rice will be send to the attenders by mail after the event. There will be a seminar hosted by Mr. Naoki Shiomi, the president of Research Institute of Half Farming Half X, where attenders discuss dreams and problems of rural life with local residents.
End of November or beginning of December, Rice Festival - Straw Harvest
The roofs of thatched roof houses are made of straws. Please come with your family to experience cutting straws, the rural culture of Japan. The event might be delayed depending on the weather.