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“Really interesting and cool attraction”

Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato)
Ranked #1 of 181 things to do in Takayama
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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."
Reviewed September 27, 2012

We went there in the morning- we actually walked there from town- really not recommended if you are not used to hiking(climbing a mountain+the directions to the site are so bad- even the maps are not scaled right!) we really enjoyed the way though! The village itself is bigger than i thought- all sorts of old houses from the area with a lot of background info in english

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Reviewed August 26, 2012

This village was so easy to get to with only a 10 minute ride from Takayama station. The houses are all different but really interesting and showed the hardships of past life in country Japan. Well set out and mostly good English translations made it a great day.

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Reviewed August 19, 2012

About 30 historic buildings relocated from surrounding rural areas, plus traditional crafts. Seems like it could be a bit hokey, but it's beautiful and really quite interesting. Hint, take the bus or a taxi. You'll walk so much once you're there. The hike from Takayama station is not charming or easy, so save your energy for the more interesting village itself.

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Reviewed August 16, 2012

My husband and i went to Hida no Sato in April 2012. The weather was still very cold, so there weren't many people. It's worth the admission fee as there are many historic houses with stories of their own. It's like time itself has stopped while we were there. The place is really amazing. We spent half day there coz it's so cold to stay out.

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Hida Folk Village captures a slice of bygone life; over 30 traditional gassho-zukuri thatched-roof farmhouses and other traditional buildings populate the village. You can walk into the houses and see traditional artifacts from Hida's past, and five of the houses feature folk-craft workshops where you can see weaving, wood carving, lacquering, and tie-dying being practiced. The distinctive smell of woodsmoke is thick in the air as many of the gassho-zukuri farmhouses have lit fires in their open hearths; the smoke then filters up through slatted floorboards to allow the smoking of meat and curing of silkworms in the upper levels.

The buildings are loosely grouped around a central pond that features koi and graceful swans, so it's an easy stroll to make your way around the village. When I visited in late April, there were still scattered pockets of cherry blossoms in Takayama. Outside on the road back into town, you'll find numerous souvenir stands and shops selling local specialties.

If you don't have the time (or the chance) to make the trip to Shirakawago/Ogimachi (where there are dozens of surviving gassho-zukuri farmhouses), this is the next best thing that gives you a taste for the traditional Hida architecture and way of life.

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