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飛騨の里Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato)

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  • Around Takayama
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1-590 Kamiokamotomachi, Takayama-shi, Gifu, 506-0055, Japan
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Date of post:2015/07/24

Open-air Museum of traditional architectural styles of the mountainous regions of Japan

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Tourist Center Address:1-590 Ueoka-Honmachi, Takayama-city, Gifu pref.
Japan Category : Open-air Museum
Opening Hours : 8:30-17:00
Tel.: +81-577-34-4711

1. Outline
Hida-no-Sato (Hida Folk Village) is a kind of Open-air Museum, located 2.5 km southwest of Takayama city center. There are more than 30 old farmhouses built in the traditional architectural styles of the mountainous regions in Japan.
In 1955-1965, Mihoro dam construction was decided, before that many important buildings were brought to here from the original location along Sho-gawa river valley, south of Shirakawa-go. They are built with old traditional building styles, for example, the thatched and shingled roofs, such as the Gassho-zukuri-styled buildings, same style we can find in Shirakawa-go. The village is quite beautiful and well organized, it is built along the Takayama Valley, and surrounds a big pond.

The buildings in the village were built some hundreds years ago, from 100 to 500 years. You can see and even touch the traditional artifacts in this region, including spindles, cooking utensils, silkworm raising artifacts and traditional clothing. There are also workshops in the village showing so many Japanese famous handicrafts, including weaving, tie-dying, wood carving, and lacquer works, of course you can try to create your own masterpieces!

2. Entrance Fee
Adults: 700 yen, (Hida-no-Sato Fee + Bus from Takayama Station: 900 yen)
Junior High School Students and under: 200 yen

3. Access
About ten minutes by Sarubobo-bus from Takayama Station (2.5km)
Via JR train: 2 hours and 15 minutes from Nagoya Station to Takayama Station
Via highway bus: 2 hours and 35 minutes from Nagoya Meitetsu bus center to Takayama Station

4. My recommendations
This is the place we can see and touch the warmth and bitterness of the old life in mountainous regions of Japan. Also we can experience many handicrafts, as well as agricultural farm works such as rice planting, they are quite interesting.
I recommend you buy tickets including Hida-no-Sato Entrance and Bus service from Takayama Station, its price is 900 yen. If you are young and have enough energy, rent a bicycle is other challenging choice, you can enjoy climbing a sloping road in a beautiful nature.

5. Best visit time
Spring and autumn is especially beautiful with Sakura, cherry blossoms and colorful leaves.
Winter is also beautiful but just some difficulties because of heavy snow.

6. Others
Hida-no-Sato is an Open-air Museum, unlike Shirakawa-go, the buildings were brought from other area. Therefore here you can find more variety of buildings than Shirakawa-go, including more ordinary and common people’s houses, and wide different ages.
It is a good idea if you want to stay in Takayama-city, but you do not have enough time to visit Shirakawa-go, you should go to Hida-no-Sato where you can find more variety of buildings in shorter time.

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Date of post:2015/07/24

Enjoy and relax in this open air museum

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Hida No Sato is a kind of open air museum. It is larger than one in Shirakawa-go. We can walk around, see and experience traditional Japanese life style. Some people say that we seem to go back to old times of Japan. It is true. But, actually, some people still live in a similar house which we can see in Hida No Sato and make a living with the traditional way. Everybody does not make a living in a modern way in Japan.

In this open air museum, we can see and observe many Gassho Style houses whose roofs are very steep and big like ones in Shirakawa-go. And, we can see two kinds of traditional Japanese roofs here. One is Kayabuki, thatched roof like in Shirakawa-go. The other one is Kurefuki. Kurefuki is very rare to see. Those houses were relocated and reconstructed to this open air museum.

Not only houses, we can see traditional Japanese life style in this region totally. We can see tools, arts and crafts. And, they demonstrate with traditional tools for agricultural and forest work.

For example, there is a house where many different types of sleighs are displayed. In winter of Hida, a lot of snow is piled up. So, sleighs are the necessities for work and life. There are some photographs and explanation. We can imagine how people spend and enjoy winter in this region. And also, they use sleighs to bring heavy stuffs on steep slopes of mountains for forest work. We can see real sleighs with many different ideas in the house.
Not only sleighs, we can learn many aspects of life in Hida from real examples. Actually, if we look all of them carefully, we need to visit this museum more than twice.

In addition, we can experience traditional work like making tools, arts and crafts. And, we can experience traditional Japanese plays. Every month, various events are taking place. In a clear day, a panoramic view of Hida Mountains is incredible. So, Hida No Sato is a place full of fun.

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