As the thatched village is very flammable and a site of cultural and historic interest, it is protected by an elaborate system of 62 hoses that automatically spray water over the whole village if a fire breaks out. Every year, on the 20th of May and on or around 1st of December (2nd December in 2019), the hose system is tested by the local fire brigade and it’s quite a spectacular sight. The water jets create rainbows over the thatched houses and the festival is always well attended.
||Miyama’s thatched village (Kayabuki no Sato) water hose festival
||〒 601−0712 Miyamacho Kita, Nantan-shi, Kyoto