Thatched roof village in the snow

One of the villages along the old Saba-kaido trading route in Shiga running between Kyoto and the Sea of Japan coast to the north.  Unfortunately a lot of the distinctive traditional kayabuki houses now have their thatches covered by tiles or sheeting as re-thatching them is so incredibly expensive.  Thatched roofs are great for the winter – excellent insulators!

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