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“Wonderful Example of Japanese Architecture”
Review of Takayama Jinya

Takayama Jinya
Ranked #5 of 160 things to do in Takayama
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Owner description: This interesting structure has been a government building since the 17th century and is now open to the public.
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 to offer more display space and appeared to be in the final phase of restoration and improvement. A guaranteed satisfactory experience.

Thank John H
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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 how the local population was segregated from the ruling officials, and even mis-treated (a small room shows instruments of "convincing" people to confess their crimes against each other or the government). We found the property very interesting.

Thank PassportEnvyTA
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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 entrance fee but the tour is free and it is available in english. It gives you the real feeling of what it must have been like in that era. Very worthwhile.

Thank larkenRidgefield_CT
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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 and presented. Shoes have to be removed for walking on the tatami areas. The city loop bus stops right outside.

Thank Judy C
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Reviewed June 13, 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.

Thank bubble202
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