Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
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8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
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This interesting structure has been a government building since the 17th century and is now open to the public.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,252 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    OK but Not Exciting
    This is the old government buidings. TBH there's not a huge amount to see, as there's several empty rooms, bedecked with tatami mats. It's only the info boards that bring to life went on here. The second half of the one-way (shoes-off) walkaround is more interesting. From empty offices you move on to more interesting areas of the place - stores, kitchens etc. Worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Martina1888
    Inverness, United Kingdom507 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Takayama Jinya
    I felt slightly underwhelmed by this former governmental builing. The walk through the different rooms was ok but there wasn't that much too see and I've seen more intriguing places. I'd recommend to visit only if you have some spare time, there are other more worthwhile places to visit in Takayama.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 October 2023
  • chowso
    Gloucester, United Kingdom1,758 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting glimpse of the past
    This was an interesting building to explore and it wasn't crowded. It was raining and cold, so having to remove shoes for the whole experience, we started to get very cold and rushed at the end to be able to put our shoes back on. There is a lot of history, lovely gardens and some interesting exhibits. It's definitely worth visiting.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 May 2024
  • Johnstanno
    Singapore, Singapore509 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learnt alot 👍
    This place is more interesting than we thought and definitely learnt alot from this visit. Understand more on the historical Takayama area, government officials in the past and see beautiful garden. The whole visit at leisure pace should take you about 45mins. Definitely worth the visit but do note the operating hours.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2024
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nyc138 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We arrived here on a Tuesday and learned many of restaurants and stores are closed Tuesday and Wednesday because they are open weekends. So watch your timing.

The town has some very pretty photo-op views and a preserved street or two. We really thought it was special, until we visited the next stop on our itinerary, Shirakawago (see my review), an hour away by bus.

That said, there are interesting things to see, especially the storehouses that hold incredibly intricate and beautiful floats wheeled out for the spring and fall festivals.

For us, the hi-light was a hands-on lesson in woodworking using hand tools to fashion a ladel of magnolia wood. (see separate review and photos).

Written 12 April 2023
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was an interesting building to explore and it wasn't crowded. It was raining and cold, so having to remove shoes for the whole experience, we started to get very cold and rushed at the end to be able to put our shoes back on. There is a lot of history, lovely gardens and some interesting exhibits. It's definitely worth visiting.
Written 1 May 2024
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK507 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I felt slightly underwhelmed by this former governmental builing. The walk through the different rooms was ok but there wasn't that much too see and I've seen more intriguing places. I'd recommend to visit only if you have some spare time, there are other more worthwhile places to visit in Takayama.
Written 17 October 2023
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,252 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This is the old government buidings. TBH there's not a huge amount to see, as there's several empty rooms, bedecked with tatami mats. It's only the info boards that bring to life went on here. The second half of the one-way (shoes-off) walkaround is more interesting. From empty offices you move on to more interesting areas of the place - stores, kitchens etc. Worth a visit.
Written 30 September 2023
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Helena H
London, UK1,145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We were surprised how interesting we found this building. We spent around an hour there and found it enjoyable. There were QR codes with explanations of various items. Also loved seeing the torture area and the loos!! The rice building area was closed off for repairs.
Written 29 March 2023
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Kent P
Batavia, OH101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
One of the few places open during covid. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I thought it'd be a quick walk through but was there over an hour. QR readers was a nice bonus plus most items have at least a little English explanation. I'd recommend visiting.
Written 25 February 2021
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Johnstanno
Singapore, Singapore509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This place is more interesting than we thought and definitely learnt alot from this visit. Understand more on the historical Takayama area, government officials in the past and see beautiful garden. The whole visit at leisure pace should take you about 45mins. Definitely worth the visit but do note the operating hours.
Written 7 June 2024
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Roger W
Siebnen, Switzerland1,766 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
This building was a place for the Edo-Bakufu Government from 1692 til 1868. It shows you how a building looked in this time. Inside you see many rooms and take a look around. For me it was nothing special but if you are interested in things like that you will like it. The building also looks nice from the outside so it was still worth to visit.
Written 1 June 2019
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edyTBD
malaysia215 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Up to you whether to visit or not. if you have visited other castles or local houses I think there is no need to pay entrance to visit this place.
Written 12 February 2020
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ns1991
Yardley, PA479 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
.. but be sure to wear thick socks.

A historic official compound of the Edo period. Beautiful rooms, interesting exhibits of the period. A lovely garden, too.

English explanations somewhat scarce.

All in all, probably the #1 place to visit in Takayama.

You have to take off your shoes to go inside, which means a good hour or two in your socks. The building isn't heated, and it does get relatively cold here :)
Written 31 March 2019
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