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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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  • 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
    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. 
    It was interesting to see how this building used to function and to learn about the local history. Beautiful garden.  more »
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  • Visited this summer, on a Saturday. Not many people so there wasn't a line at the ticket booth. Learned about how Takayama Jinja is a unique building in all of Japan. Each section has a small English transcript or description of what can be seen. There are also QR code posts that lead to links that talk about specific areas in detail. There is no airconditioner of course, but if you're lucky a slight breeze might just come through while taking a brief rest at the "living room" - this area overlooks the garden and the pond. At specific dates during summer, a special kabuki performance is held in the big room (3 rooms really, with the sliding doors taken off).
  • With the entry fee costing ¥440, you will get great experience immersing yourself into Edo Bakufu era (17-19th century). Takayama Jinya was a branch office of the Edo Bakufu (government) from 1692 until 1868 when new government was formed (Meiji government). This place is designated as a National historic site and is the ONLY existing building of its kind in Japan!!! The winter season in particular is recommended for foreigners who want to enjoy beautiful snow :)

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