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Takayama Jinya, Takayama

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Visit Takayama Jinya, the only surviving "Jinya," a government office during the Edo period. The structure was built in the late 17th century to be used by officials from Edo to govern the Hida region around Takayama. Reconstructed in 1816 and used as a public office building until 1969, it's the only building of its type that remains in Japan. Step inside to explore the chambers, evocative of the Japanese lifestyle of the period. Wander through the workspaces, kitchens, and meeting rooms, or hang out in the peaceful courtyard. To visit Takayama Jinya on your trip to Takayama, use our Takayama trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Examples remain of counties in tents, at least nationally, is invaluable. In addition, larger and will also guide. Exhibition of precious materials are rich in charm is morning market in front of the gate.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Could not visit for repair in the past was visited three times in the high mountains. Was visited for the first time, amazed at the size! Calmly blocked foreign children visited the slowly is cannot be visited, that was disappointing.
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  • August 14, 2017
    A dive in the Japan of the era Edo, this visit to the residence of the Governor with public areas, private apartments, Court of justice, torture chamber, attics... is a welcome change from the usual n visits of temples and shrines, a place also in fact quite unique in historical terms.
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  • May 24, 2017
    A traditional Japanese house that was preserved since the Edo period. All the house items, utensils and etc are display like a museum. It gives you a clearly picture on how the Japanese live and understand their culture as there a display that have full elaboration. Nice garden too.
  • April 13, 2017
    The traditional and original house for government. This place is well preserved. This is a must go attraction in Takayama. For you to understand the culture here.
  • June 7, 2017
    Great visit. Must see for the old style housing with sliding doors and tatami mats.
  • May 11, 2017
    A hidden gem of Japanese history. Free tour in English by the staff, so friendly and knowledgeable about the building and traditions.
  • February 24, 2017
    An old building with long history and interesting history that become a museum. This museum is spacious and there are english description inside and also an english-written pamphlet.

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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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