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Takayama Jinya

1-5 Hachikenmachi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture 506-0012, Japan
+81 577-32-0643- 
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Ranked #7 of 48 attractions in Takayama
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Description: This interesting structure has been a government building since the 17th century and is now open to the public.
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St.Paul, Minnesota
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341 reviews 341 reviews
105 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This beautiful set of buildings and artifacts that are displayed helps explain the evolution in governing, as well as some aspects of Japanese government. Some displays are unique, such as a room that displays the way that prisoners were tortured. Sounds grim and there are two pictures - see below. But they are not disgusting. It would be ok to... More

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Perth, Australia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
47 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

It is worth visiting this building but as a previous reviewer said, there are lots of rooms that look the same with different labels on them. The gardens are quite nice, probably nicer in the summer or when some azaleas are out.

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Sagamihara, Japan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Government offices during the Tokugawa's military dictatorship. Only remaining Tokugawa government center. Interesting the town/district head chief got a significant promotion after successfully doubling the tax revenues without a rebellion. Expansive grounds. Small museum tucked into a warehouse on the grounds. It's not heated or air conditioned. You have to take off your shoes and April is still cold.

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Traralgon, Australia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
54 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This building is one of the many attractions of this lovely old town high in the Alps which is famous for it's carpenters and timber and this I think was why it came under the direct control of the Shogunate and became part of his government and this was the government office. We spent hours walking around in the snow... More

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Sydney, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

It's quite a nice shrine although it's not a big shrine compare to a lot of other shrines in Japan. In front of the shrine they have a morning market selling fruit and vegetables. If you have time to walk around Takayama it's quite a good place to visit.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Little place with lots of treasure from the past...lovely cafes and dessert places. Don't forget to get some Takayama sake! Water is very important in sake brewing and the water in Takayama is refreshing and suitable in making sake. Do try some Takayama sake while you're there!

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62 reviews 62 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

If you are in Takayama it is worth going to see this Historic site,part of the Edo Bakufu,which was the government from 1692,part of the Shogun time.This is the only building of its kind in Japan.The rooms are of law court,guest room,offices etc.Large area to walk around,interesting to see how farmers were taxed in rice.Plenty to read in english.

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Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This place was interesting as it is one of the few remaining shogunate administrative compounds remaining in all of Japan. It is a great place to touch, see and breathe what life was like in Japan many centuries ago. It is touching seeing how hard life was for the common people of the Hida/Gifu region under the shogun rule.

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Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Walking through the main street from our tour bus parking to the Building, we saw a tourist information stand with a hand written sign for free English guided tour. We didn't have time for the full tour (bus was leaving too soon) but our wonderful guide took us for as long as we could go. It was much more interesting... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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127 reviews 127 reviews
48 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The building was quite nice, but also a little boring. After seeing 20 rooms that looked identical but had small signs saying they were used for different purposes, we decided to walk out. A few nice gardens to be seen along the way, though.

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