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An encounter with the poetry of yesteryear on the Chirimen-kaido Byway

The northern part of Kyoto Prefecture is nestled amongst mountains of the likes of the Oheyama Peaks. Fertile plains fill the Noda River basin that extends all the way to the Aso Sea where the views of scenic landscapes and Amanohashidate are breathtaking.
The area is enveloped in seasonal beauty with tender greens in spring, herbs and sunflowers in summer and golden ears of rice and autumnal tints in the fall, and flowing rivers and wondrous seascapes throughout the year.
Long ago, Kaya prospered as a gateway for culture from mainland Asia. Even before that, it was home to early settlements in Japan’s long history, which can be enjoyed from a historic park built around the Ebisuyama and Sakuyama Tumuli. A stroll down the Chirimen-kaido Byway in the old quarter of the town introduces the visitor to the local weaving trade via the sound of working looms.

How to get there - By trainHow to get there - By car
Take the JR Fukuchiyama Line from Osaka Station (approx. 1 hr 30 min by Limited Express) to Fukuchiyama Station. Change to the Miyafuku Line of the Kitakinki Tango Railway and get off at Ohe Station (approx. 20 min). From Kyoto
Take Nat’l Rt. 9 to Nat’l Rt. 175 then Nat’l Rt. 176 to Kaya.
From the Hanshin area
Take the Kinki Expressway to the Maizuru Route and exit at the Fukuchiyama IC. Take Nat’l Rt. 9 to Nat’l Rt. 175 then Nat’l Rt. 176 to Yosano.


1.Old Kaya Railway Station
The Kaya Railway ran for almost 60 years from 1926 to 1985.
2.Chirimen-kaido Byway
The name Chirimen comes from the crepe, said chirimen in Japanese, that has been, amongst other products and wares, transported along this road between Tango and the Nishijin area of Kyoto since the Edo Period.
3.Former Bito Family Home
This crepe merchant's home was built in 1865. It was opened to the general public in October 2004 after a full year of restoration and preservation work.
4.Old Kaya Railway Station