Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama

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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. Put Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) into our Takayama route builder website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Takayama.
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  • Beautiful village to spend few hours (2-3 hrs is enough) with gassho architecture (the house with triangular hay roof) and a look into farmers life in the old days  more »
  • Bought the combination ticket of entrance ticket + roundtrip bus from the bus terminal = 930yen per person. Its only 10mins bus ride away to reach this serene place. I was lucky to be here 2 days afte...  more »
  • Love the scenery in this traditional village. I bought a package to go here for 930 Yen, including return bus ticket **Sarubobo Bus** and entrance fee. Bus fare is 210 Yen oneway and entrance fee 700 ...  more »
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  • Gorgeous collection of homes, tools and photos from 1600s to 1800s taken from their original locations around the Hida area and arranged around a tranquil pond. Informative plaques in several languages (incl. Eng) abound and there are some free games and dress-up clothes at the entrance.
  • Cute village with stuff for kids and English translation on signage. Interesting look at different farmhouse styles in the Gifu region, and great place to see local crafts and woodworking being made. You can also score some stamps at different buildings on-site! It's a bit of an uphill hike to get here from Takayama, but it's worth it.
  • It's was beautiful to see, during the night. It is all fake but that doesn't matter. They rebuild a small part of Shirakawa-go as a open air museum. Easy accessible for any one. Very recommended to visit at night. Just take the bus from the bus station, short ride.
  • super cool historical spot. You get to see exactly how life was back in the day. Beautiful landscapes.
  • 'Snow Country', by Yasunari Kawabata, is a novel about a mountain geisha who lives in a silk worm attic. Hida Village is the perfect place, with a little imagination, to experience life in a small mountain village in Japan.

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Look along the banks of the river running north-south through Takayama for arguably the town's best accommodations. Traditional ryokan (guesthouses) with onsite onsen (traditional Japanese spas) occupy scenic positions across this central area, displaying fine carpentry skills of the locals and the distinctive architectural style they developed over the years. West of this area, you'll find a number of basic ryokan, with a decent selection of side-street hostels and standard hotels around the train station.
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