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

  • Culture / Art / History
  • Around Takayama
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Around Takayama
1-590 Kamiokamotomachi, Takayama-shi, Gifu, 506-0055, Japan
  • Culture / Art / History
Opening Hours
Open Every Day
Date of post:2015/07/24

Traditional houses in the mountains of Japan

  • Historic / Cultural Experiences

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's 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 here from the original location along Shogawa 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 houses, 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 from 100 to 500 years ago. 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 where you can see and touch the warmth and bitterness of the old life in mountainous regions of Japan. Also you 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 another challenging choice, you can enjoy climbing a sloping road in the beautiful nature.

5. Best visit time
Spring and Autumn are especially beautiful with cherry blossoms and colorful leaves.
Winter is also beautiful but there may be some difficulties because of heavy snow.

6. Other
Hida-no-Sato is an open-air museum, unlike Shirakawa-go, the buildings were brought from other areas. Therefore here you can find more variety of buildings than in 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, 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.

Date of post:2015/07/24

Learn and relax in this open air museum

  • Historic / Cultural Experiences

Hida No Sato is a kind of open air museum. It is larger than the one in Shirakawa-go. You can walk around, see and experience the traditional Japanese life style. It feels just like going go back to old times of Japan.

In this open air museum, you can see many gassho style houses which roofs are very steep and big like the ones in Shirakawa-go. And, you can see two kinds of traditional Japanese roofs there. One is Kayabuki : a thatched roof like in Shirakawa-go. The other one is Kurefuki which is very rare. Those houses are real houses that were relocated and reconstructed in this open air museum.

You can also see tools, arts and crafts and demonstrations with traditional tools for agricultural and forest work.

For example, there is a house where many different types of sleighs are displayed. During the winter, a lot of snow is piled up so sleighs are necessary for work and life. There are some photographs and explanation panels so you can imagine how people spend and enjoy winter in this region. And also, they use sleighs to bring heavy things on steep slopes of the mountains for forest work. You can see real sleighs with many different ideas in the house.

In addition, you can experience traditional work like making tools, arts and crafts. And, you can experience traditional Japanese games as every month, various events take place here.
The panoramic view of Hida Mountains is incredible too on a sunny day.

  • * The information above is from the date of the review. Please be aware that some of the content may vary from the most recent information.
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