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Takayama Jinya, Takayama

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Government Building Historic Site
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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Where to stay in Takayama

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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  • It's hard to believe that these buildings that served as the local government offices were in official use until 1969. We might expect a large stone edifice with thousands of artifacts and ornate furn...  more »
  • Visited and were glad we did. Access a bit cluttered by large school groups and a large number of coaches. Would still give it a go as it's right on the edge of town.  more »
  • Strange to walk through this unique historical sites and just envision their warrior style of government and power. while it may look so simple too us now, it was the office of the Edo Bakufu governme...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great visit. Must see for the old style housing with sliding doors and tatami mats.
  • A hidden gem of Japanese history. Free tour in English by the staff, so friendly and knowledgeable about the building and traditions.
  • 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.