An old castle town of the Sasayama Clan (Tanba Province). The town’s streets and festivals are deeply influenced by the culture of Kyoto. Surrounded by lush mountains, the town didn’t have many industries other than rice cultivation, which led to several revolts in the late Edo period. To resolve this, farmers were allowed to go to Nada (Settsu Province) for sake production in winter as a side business, and masters of Kyoto-yaki were invited to open kilns. Ojiyama-yaki was born in those days and still remains today.