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Address: 1-5 Hachikenmachi, Takayama 506-0012, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 577-32-0643- 
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8:45 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: This interesting structure has been a government building since the 17th...
This interesting structure has been a government building since the 17th century and is now open to the public.
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Great introduction to history of Takayam

An awesome building from the Edo period. Massive and impressive in scale finished off with good signage and full of interesting detail and artefacts. Make sure you grab one of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

An awesome building from the Edo period. Massive and impressive in scale finished off with good signage and full of interesting detail and artefacts. Make sure you grab one of the free guides if you can - we missed out.

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Singapore
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

As it is very close by to the main historical street of Sanmachi, this was a convenient visit. The Architecture is interesting, and artefacts on display did a good job in portraying life and history 300 hundred years ago. The ticket booth staff speak very good English and made visitors feel very welcome. That's the trademark of the people of... More 

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Brussels
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Differently from many historical sites e.g. in Kyoto, where I felt overwhelmed (if not crushed) with historical/religious information, the visit to Takayama Jinya was rather relaxing and easy digest: it is a centuries-old government building -- it is the oldest (Shogun times) fully preserved one in entire Japan. Here ruled the local power, law was applied, sentences failed (inclusive torture),... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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80 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

It's amazing to think that this 18th century was used as an administrative building until the 1960s. Now it is outfitted as it was in the 18th and early 19th centuries, with displays on the administrative and criminal justice aspects of the building, as well as its living quarters and warehousing facilities. Kitchen and toilet facilities are particularly interesting.

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This building was next to the red bridge. Definitely worth adding to your list whilst in Takayama. Has a family set of samurai armour on display. A must see.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Very Interesting historical structure. Worth visiting and spending time there. Can see how people lived hundreds years ago.

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Konan, Japan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is the good building that was the Public office to work till about 40 years ago. Then the office and its function were transfered to another new building. Suprised as a real office for civilian recently that was built in Edo Era of Samurai. It has very value to see.

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St. John's, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This site gives a good look at the municipal history of the region. The post was established in 1629 and remained in use until 1969. The structure contains administrative rooms as well as kitchens, residential spaces, a court room and storehouses for rice as rice was used as taxes. There is even a torture room.

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sydney
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

while there are not a lot of furniture, the complex has good views and history of the workings of the feudal government, I especially liked the magistrates court with the various implements used to torture/incarcerate . highly recommended

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Hobart, Australia
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We went on a guided English tour of this building - it was very good. We learned a lot about the political climate and practice of the time and the functions and details of the rooms we visited. It is a lovely old building with a pretty garden and well worth visiting. The tour was good too - we had... More 

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