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高山陣屋 Takayama Jinya

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  • Around Takayama
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1-5 Hachikemmachi, Takayama-shi, Gifu, 506-0012, Japan
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Opening Hours
[Mar-Oct] 8:45-17:00, [Nov-Feb] 8:45-16:30, [Aug] 8:45-18:00
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Date of post:2015/07/24

The only well-preserved Edo goverment building

  • Historic / Cultural Experiences

Tourist Center Address:1-5 Hakken-machi, Takayama-city, Gifu pref.
Japan Category : Building
Opening Hours : 8:45a.m.-5:00p.m. (Mar.-Oct.)
8:45a.m.-6:00p.m. (Aug.)
8:45a.m.-4:30p.m. (Nov.-Feb.)
Tel.: +81-577-32-06431.

1. Outline
Takayama-jinya was originally built by Lord Kanamori, ruler of the Hida Takayama area. During the Edo period (1603-1868), it was used as a government office of the Edo Shogunate. It is a National Historic site, and is the only existing building with such function in Edo period. After the Shogunate was directly put under its control in 1629, Ina TAKADATSU rebuilt the complex and he ruled as the local deputy administrator, then Takayama-jinya became the local government office in 1777.

In 1868, the Edo Bakufu (Edo's government) lost its political power and returned it to the Emperor Meiji. Takayama-jinya was still used as offices until 1969. Because the historical heritage has been well-preserved, this building became a museum and opened to the public. Inside the building, you can see the important historical documents, utensils and ornaments.

2. Entrance fee
Adults: 430 yen, Groups of 30 or more: 380 yen
High school students and under: free of charge

3. Access
About ten minutes walk from Takayama station
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
Takayama is often called "small Kyoto", this is one of my favorite cities because it is a really charming old town, the "Original old Japanese town" is still existing. Takayama-jinya is one of the most important building in old town because the original shape is well-maintained. You can find the governmental function in this building and also this is a kind of museum where you can see armors and helmets, tax payment in rice stores and law court and interrogation rooms. It is like a time Travel to the Edo period.

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

6. Other
Asaichi, an open-air morning market held in Takayama-jinya is famous and very popular among the locals.

Date of post:2015/07/23

The Only Remaining Office of Edo Government

  • Historic / Cultural Experiences

Takayama Jinya served as the Edo government's administrative office for the Hida province during the Edo period (1603-1868). It’s the only remaining office for that period in Japan, and it is designated as a National Historic Site.

The ideas of the Tokugawa government to rule all over Japan for 265 years, are now drawing international attention. At this site, you can get a glimpse of those ideas. For example, the government ("bakufu" in Japanese) directly ruled important areas of Japan, and also ruled Hida which produced good timbers and mineral resources. So you can see the rooms for government officials’ to perform business like managing the tax collection, finance, police action and forest management. The government also handed off many responsibilities of self-government to the neighborhood community. Therefore, you can see some rooms for local communities. Also, there are some places for judgement and punishment. You can learn that the government used the idea of “carrot and stick” from some structures in the law court.

You can see around the site by yourself, but since there aren’t so many explanation panels, I recommend you to take a tour guide. If you have enough time, a free guide will explain about each room for you in English. (For inquiries, you should better call and reserve the tour in advance). The information will let you understand and enjoy further more about the structure and the government mechanism.

*Brochures in English/French/Simplified Chinese/ Traditional Chinese/Korean/Thai are available.

  • * 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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