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Takayama Jinya, Takayama

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Must see · Architectural 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. 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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  • One of the few places open during covid. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I thought it'd be a quick walk through but was there over an hour. QR readers was a nice bonus plus most items have at.....  more »
  • It was interesting to see how this building used to function and to learn about the local history. Beautiful garden.  more »
  • We enjoyed touring the well-preserved historic home, especially the latter part of the tour which included informative artifacts and displays. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The buildings have no climate control, with most doors open to the garden views. It was quite cold inside. In addition, visitors must remove their shoes before entering the home. However, we were given plastic bags in which to place our shoes and had to carry the bags for the whole tour. It would be nice to see shelves or lockers installed in the future for shoe storage. Fortunately, they had different sized sandals for visitors to use, including large for our American feet. Overall a nice experience made better by the staff.
  • When you visit this acting administrator office in Edo era, you can feel this city was very rich and flourishing. Anymore you can see very old traditional Japanese bathroom!

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