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Takayama Jinya

Address: 1-5 Hachikenmachi, Takayama 506-0012, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 577-32-0643- 
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Ranked #7 of 58 Attractions in Takayama
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This interesting structure has been a government building since the 17th century and is now open to...
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This interesting structure has been a government building since the 17th century and is now open to the public.

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

If you visit this museum you must book the free English guide she is lovely and very knowledgeable. You can ask the tourism office outside the station to reserve for you or probably turn up and ask. Without a tour you would fail to appreciate the history of this place. There is some English signage but limited.

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Hong Kong, China
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This was the 1st place to go in Takayama after taking off the train. As we heard this was a major reserved site. It was quite big inside. A lot of rooms but it looked like each rooms are more or less similar. Little decoration inside. Perhaps it would help if there was some guide to explain each room. I... More 

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

I went to Takayama Jinya because it was snowing heavily and there was nowhere else to go. It was supposed to be some government buildings from the Edo period. I am not really into Japanese architecture so I couldn't really appreciate the place. Also, the rooms are rather bare. Towards the end of the route, there are more exhibits but... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We booked a free guide who spoke English. She was delightful and made our visit most enjoyable to this beautifully maintained building the only Government outpost of this kind in Japan. She explained the history of the building and the functions of the various rooms.

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Toronto, Canada
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We had low expectations for this government building. So low, that it wasn't even on our itinerary but when we were passing by we said f--k it, let's go. This place was beautiful and impeccably preserved. The grounds are truly sprawling for a town of Takayama's size, but if we had had high expectations going in, I think we would... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

a beautiful historical building close to the major sights of takayama. Look out for the chrysanthemums and the torture suite.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The local Hida folk around Takayama were quite big on bureaucracy and this building is a good example of that. The site demonstrates the culture well.

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Clayton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This office building served as the official goverment site to perform administrative business - tax collection, finance, police action and forest management - between 1603 & 1868. It contained rooms for conferences, officials residences and visiting guests. It also had a large rice storehouse and traditional Japanese garden. It is breautifully restored and well worth a visit. The floors are... More 

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East Midlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This building appeared confusing at first as a series of inter-connected rooms. But, they are explained to be rooms for court officials and show the status of the person. there is even a room where prisoners were tortured. Then there are the more domestic rooms with separate quarters for the lord and lady. The empty spaces take some getting used... More 

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Arizona, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is a very interesting example of an Edo-era government headquarters. English guides are available--if one isn't present they will schedule one for you--no extra charge. The guide was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot on our tour.

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