Miyara Dunchi is an old style Ryukyuan samurai residence. It was built in 1819 for Miyara Pechin (a middle-order rank in the old Ryukyu Royal Government), the administrator of one of the Yaeyama Magiri (an old administrative district). The original thatched roof was ordered pulled down in 1874 by the Ryukyu Royal Government. It was replaced with a tiled roof after the dissolution of Japan’s clans and establishment of the prefecture system. The house has a red tiled-roof and a dry landscape Japanese-style garden. As one of the few remaining residences in the old Samurai style, Miyara Dunchi is designated an important cultural asset.