Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama
(4.3/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
Wander among historic farmhouses and homes at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), an open-air museum preserving a range of buildings and architectural styles from the nation's rugged mountain regions. The grounds of the museum contain nearly 30 structures, including numerous examples of rural constructions with distinctive thatched roofs. Within these buildings, moved here from around the surrounding countryside, you can observe lavish wooden paneling and low ceilings. As you explore the wooded grounds nestled among the lush hills, you'll learn about the region's rural way of life through the artifacts and decorations present in each house, some of which date back nearly five centuries. See Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) and all Takayama has to offer by arranging your trip with our Takayama vacation planner.
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  • Well we like folk villages and this one is typical of a couple of others we have visited in Japan. Its a collection of old houses, farms etc from the surrounding area all brought onto this site. Its o...  more »
  • Very nice, especially in November, Momiji season. Many houses and other farm buildings, very photogenic place. There is a room for rest: Here you can get warm, buy drinks and ice cream. If you do not have time to take a trip to Shirakawa-go, this can be considered a worthy substitute)
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  • This place is a theme park, where you can see how people lived in the old Japan. Although the info was interesting, it felt too much like a theme park... 
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  • If you can't make it to Shirakawa-go, this is the next best thing, and in some respects it might be better as there's a greater variety of buildings on display. The buildings have been relocated from all over Japan and most of them you can enter and see some display items relevant to the building. The best times to visit are in Spring or Autumn.
  • Very interesting attraction and definitely recommended. There are different routes on the free guide to make it longer or shorter as you like, so go explore and enjoy some local history.
  • Entrance fee: ¥ 700 Other than Shirakawa-go, I personally like Hida no Sato. Went there during winter, they build a gigantic Totoro. Because tourist are very focus in visiting Shirakawa-go, we basically have the whole place to ourself. It was a Japanese version of winter wonderland. Getting Here:Sarubobo Bus (210 yen/ride) 10 minutes ride from Takayama Bus Center( Next to JR Takayama station.
  • Recreated village of houses from Takayama and other places with great explanations of life at the time. In autumn annexing colours.
  • Really a very intersting place to visit. I just thought that would be ok for tourism but it's actually a fantastic place as historical museum building techincs and way of life. Good for kids with stamp games and don't miss the big wish bell. After that the Edo tokyo museum is a bit less interesting. Amazing work they put to build this village.