“Maruyama Village was established in 1794. Most of the villagers came from Okuhata in Hata district and worked as mizumori (managing the castle’s water supply). Seven of the twelve houses became vacant due to depopulation and aging. However, the old house renovation project has been in effect since 2007 and has helped restore it into some of the houses as a restaurant and B&B. It has received support from the NPO and has become a model of regional revitalization.”