We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Takayama Jinya

1-5 Hachikenmachi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture 506-0012, Japan
+81 577-32-0643- 
Improve this listing
Ranked #8 of 51 Attractions in Takayama
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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.
Write a Review

187 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a must see in Takayama. There are all the elements of Japanese architecture there, from the formal garden and external structure to the floor layout of the formal and informal rooms, the kitchen , toilets and even the torture chamber. Having visited in 2007 we returned to see it again in 2014. The adjacent storehouse has been modified... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kapolei, HI
Top Contributor
244 reviews 244 reviews
130 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

As other reviewers have suggested, it is a well-preserved government building, quite large, actually. But it is not cold and industrial, as you might expect. Instead, it is more like a large house, with many chambers for work, but also for personal use for officials for rest and refreshing. Much business was conducted here, and it is interesting to see... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ridgefield, CT
Top Contributor
484 reviews 484 reviews
264 attraction reviews
278 helpful votes 278 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is the only remaining office of the Tokugawa shogunate for the Kanamori Clan. It dates back to 1816 and it is quite well preserved. You remove your shoes because you are walking on tatami mats through the offices, kitchens, tea rooms, torture chamber and rice tax areas. The property is extensive and filled with historic explanations. There is an... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This is the only remaining building of its kind in Japan I believe, and it was interesting to see the various types of official rooms and the kind of deference afforded people of varying status, and the living quarters for the officials. Particularly interested in the court section which displays various types of punishment meted out to miscreants! Well kept... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Georgetown, Malaysia
13 reviews 13 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Beautiful architecture . Wanderful place to visit . Historical building all around Can spend hours roaming around. Food is not a problrm . There's all of shops. the Sake shop is also good.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I was having a great time following the arrows from one room to th next and reading the plaques on the walls, most of which had English translations. A group caught up to me and the guide asked if I would like to join them. Being something of a loner, I was reluctant, but why not? Why not indeed! She... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

This historical building is in the centre of Takayama, near the shopping district. Allow at least an hour to walk through the many rooms and look at the displays.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
37 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The property is huge and fascinating. Its best to do the viewing with the free english guide. Majority of print exhibits are in english which is a shame, as it spoils the experience. Beside the morning Jinya market so you can time the visit together. Gives you a good feel of how the rich and warlords used to live. If... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
1,362 reviews 1,362 reviews
1,184 attraction reviews
551 helpful votes 551 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

In Japan it seems the done thing to get a notepad stamped at every place you visit. Here by the entrance is this sites stamp. People never prepare you for such things. The building is a major sight in Takayama and was the governors house from 1692 - 1969. Built in the Edo period it is higher than all the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
55 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

If you are stopping at the Jinya Mae morning market, the Takayama Jinya is right behind the market. Well worth the admission fee to see the house and how it was used as an administrative building during the Shogunate period. Many of the rooms also have information written in English. It was really worth the time spent there.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Takayama Jinya also viewed

Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
Takayama, Gifu Prefecture

Been to Takayama Jinya? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Takayama Jinya, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing