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“A Fascinating Glimpse into Old Japan” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato)

Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato)
1-590 Kamiokamotomachi, Takayama 506-0055, Gifu Prefecture
+81 577-33-4714
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Ranked #1 of 47 Attractions in Takayama
4.5 of 5 stars 296 Reviews
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: Authentic homes moved from a nearby valley and preserved intact make this attraction a very special "open air museum."
Newcastle, Australia
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“A Fascinating Glimpse into Old Japan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We arrived in the morning and had the place to ourselves. The buildings have an authenticity about them and the grounds are well laid out. Building methods were eye-opening and apart from the absence of people you felt like you had stepped back in time.

Visited April 2013
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  • Danish first
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  • Japanese first
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Vancouver, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Lovely open-air museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This spot was perfect. It had many examples of old-style housing, including a Gassho Zukuri house, which you could go inside and explore. When we went the weather was a bit iffy, so we pretty much had the entire place to ourselves. It was fantastic to see the effort that has gone into preserving this very tangible piece of history. There are even displays in English and great local crafts to see too.

To access, catch the Sarubobo bus at the station (every 1/2 hour). I'd recommend walking back as there are some nifty little shops along the way.

If you cannot make it to Shirakawa-go, this is not to be missed.

Visited April 2013
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Merimbula, Australia
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“Interesting and unique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This village is an easy bus ride from Takayama, and the bus stops right at the entrance (you can walk it but it would take a while).
An incredible amount of care and detail has gone into relocating and restoring the village to what it was in a time gone by.
The descriptions of each building and what they were used for, and who lived there, are in both Japanese and English, and go into a lot of detail.
Aside from the buildings the lake they are set around is peaceful and serene with resident ducks and a swan.
A really lovely way to spend an hour.

Visited April 2013
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florida
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Ideal for having a sense of life a century before ours. Nice spot for photographs. Try to go early in the morning so as to avoid crowds. Easily reached by bus from train station. Timetable at the stops but by default every half hour.
In the village you will see people carving the wood which is one of the specialties of the city, the other are the Hida beef.

Visited May 2013
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Perth
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Living in the Past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This is the real deal and the attention to detail in moving the buildings from all over Japan to this site must have been a monumental exercise. A great way to learn some of the history of Japan and have fun at the same time

Visited April 2013
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