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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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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Julie S
mossley344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Lovely, well preserved building with pretty gardens and lots of info about the way things used to be run in Takayama. You need to take your shoes off and carry them in a plastic bag but, as it was a warm day, this wasn't a problem.
Written 17 May 2024
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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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Jake Lee
Baldivis, Australia71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The Takayama Jinya was quite the history lesson on how the Japanese administration works and how Japanese bureaucracy functions.
Written 27 March 2024
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Considered Review
Norwich, UK1,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A rather severe and imposing example of a serious administrative building from history. Many lives were shaped and changed by decision-makers in this place.
Written 28 February 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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Luv2TravelFarNWide
Atenas, Costa Rica1,348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This was a branch office for the Edo government from 1692 to 1868, and the only site in Japan of a provincial office where the main building remains. It also housed a legal court and an interrogation room (with torturous methods), as well as being the official residence of the governors/magistrates.

The rooms have been recreated beautifully and the signage explains a bit about the customs. In addition, a rice granary -- the oldest and largest from the Edo period) -- offers insight into how taxes were paid in rice.

All very interesting and worth the time to walk through.
Written 16 September 2023
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Regu Pillai
Singapore, Singapore1,951 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Fantastic experience on governor housing. It is very educational and could be boring to some. Enjoy the little garden. Quite a historical moment.
Written 18 May 2023
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melsays
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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