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Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato)

1-590 Kamiokamotomachi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture 506-0055, Japan
+81 577-33-4714
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Ranked #2 of 51 Attractions in Takayama
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Description: Authentic homes moved from a nearby valley and preserved intact make this attraction a very special "open air museum."
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East Midlands
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The folk village on the outskirts of Takayama has houses collected from the area to preserve them. The houses are grouped round a hillside above a small lake. Layout maps suggest different length walks depending on the time available. Some of these are wheelchair friendly. There are some information boards in English as well as Japanese by the main houses.... More

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British Columbia, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Buildings have been collected from around japan, They are beautiful and classical. Although we arrived during a rainstorm, we made the best of the half day. Especially with no crowds. In summer this looks like it would be happening place, in late Sept it was wet, but there were boots provided, a welcome change of footwear and umbrellas. Our grandson... More

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Arizona, USA
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46 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

They have gathered a large number of old houses, mills, shops, etc. in this place. Really gives you a picture of life in old, rural Japan. Take a bus from the bus station next to the train station. You can buy an inclusive ticket that includes the museum and round-trip bus fare.

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We would consider this a "Must do" in the Takayama area. Our plan, which we thought worked well, was to see the other area sites we wanted to see and then to go to the Hida Folk Village after lunch. We purchased a pass that included round trip bus fare and admission. The price is reduced to the cost of... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Lovely little village just out of Takayama. We rode our bikes there from our Ryokan. We are a family of 4 including 2 children, aged 12 and 9. There is a bit of a hill which you can get off and walk but otherwise managed fine. Very interesting place with lots of information about Japanese history and culture. Lots of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We rented bikes to drive to this village. We had a great time feeding the carp in the pond and playing with different traditional Japanese children's toys :) There is a lot to see and do in Hida no Sato, so we would recommend future visitors not to rush and take half a day for learning about Japanese tradition and... More

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Tonsberg Municipality, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Lots to look at and experience in Hida folk village. Great view of the city. Also, there is a small antique shop that two men run. They are both swordsmen and sell many interesting and nice things for cheap money. When you exit Hida folk village and look at the bus stop, you go right for about 100 or 200... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This village of structures saved from submersion by a dam project is a wonderful look back at how rural Japanese lived hundreds of years ago. The Gassho-style thatched roof houses are incredible. The interiors of these buildings truly give one a feel for what life was like in these rugged mountain conditions. The map is very useful and the signage... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

It like people who lived once in this village still care and restore this place, that never change. You still can feel relaxed when you walking in a village, entering in a houses, see the small temples. And just enjoy nature all around you. Great place to visit in good weather :)

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Charming little town. Nice rice fields, great place to take pictures and for walking. You can visit some houses to get an idea of the old way of living in the japanese mountains.

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