In the far north of Kyoto City is a mountain village that is a world apart from the rest of the city.
Kumogahata is a rural village within the city limits.
To get there is a bit of a climb, but from downtown will take only about one hour.
The villages that make up Kumogahata feature several temples, rural scenery, a river (that is in places unfortunately filthy with trash) that is the source of the Kamo River, and mountains.
The area has been inhabited for than a thousand years.
A highlight is the annual August 24 the Kumogahata Torch-throwing Festival.
On weekends, there are a fair number of cyclists on the roads.
Ride Kumogahata ride.