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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Takayama Jinya and other Takayama attractions using our handy Takayama tour itinerary tool .
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  • With the other Chao in Japan, he's not selling a lot of wild. Selling d hand-letter decorations There is little fruit in the same thing, so if you want to go to the street, it's not a good place to live. But people are lazy and deep knowledge of Japanese can also communicate with him!
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  • You can see the valuable cultural heritage of the Edo period. The Hall in the winter cold than expected. For visitors it is recommended to secure winterization.
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  • Morning, Mitarashi dango are eaten and intellectual around the start of the old town. I thought it better to start and finish point.
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  • It's interesting to see a glimpse of how Japanese Samurai lived in the past. I'm mostly shook'd by the Torture Chamber, Weaponry and housewares collection and the men-carried Carriage. Plastic bags are provided to cover our footwear and wet umbrellas. Please return the plastic covers to the staff at the exit. Please do not step into exhibition areas or touch things you are not allowed to touch. Some items are vulnerable. Please be considerate in using nano-pod (selfie stick). You might end up disturbing other visitors or causing damage to exhibited items.
  • Arrived 3.30pm and opening time was until 4.30pm yet not allowed in anymore. There were supposed to be English guides as well. Passed by 3 times in total and each time the answer was 'later' and last time well...see the above. 2 stars because it's supposed to be nice and gives good explanation and feel about edo period.
  • Worth to go if you want to understand about history of Japan. If not, it is still a nice place to enjoy the nice scene. We went here in Nov, and could see falling red leaves!
  • Very interesting to learn about the history of Japan. A very historic building and helpful guides that explain all you want to know.
  • Located a short walk from Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya served as the local administrative offices of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan from 1600 to 1868. The compound itself dates back to 1615 and the present buildings date back to 1816. You can tour the rooms and learn about how business was conducted back in the day. Rice was paid as tax during the Tokugawa Period and you’ll note the all-important rice granary in the compound.

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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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