About Takayama Jinya
In 1692, the Edo Shogunate established Hida (currently the northern part of Gifu Prefecture) as a territory under its administration, and for the next 176 years, a total of 25 government offices and county offices were dispatched to the area to directly manage administrative, financial and police affairs in place of the Shogunate.
It is said that at the end of the Shogunate period, there were more than 60 shogun’s offices and government offices throughout Japan, but only Takayama Jinya survived among all the buildings at that time, and it is designated as a national historical site as the only surviving site in Japan. Takayama Jinya was originally built as one of the suburban residences of the Kanamori family, the lord of Takayama Castle, and from 1692, when it became a territory under the Tokugawa Shogunate, to 176 years before the Meiji Restoration, it was used as a government institution for the government of Hida, dispatched by Edo as a proxy or county proxy.
The roof of the Takayama Jinya was made entirely of wooden planks. It is said that this was due to the fact that Hida was a snow country and a source of timber, and that at that time tiles were easily damaged by snow and timber was easily available. The mansion is built with a heavy gate, and it is worthwhile for visitors to see the restored house of the prefectural government based on the 1830 drawings, and the rice warehouse moved from Sanomaru, Takayama Castle.
How to get there
Address: 1-5 Hachiken-cho, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture
Business hours: 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (4:30 p.m. from November to February)
Closed: December 29 and 31, January 1
Admission Adults 440 yen (Free for high school students and younger)
Access Public transportation: JR Takayama Station → 10 min. walk
Car: 5 km 10 min. from Takayama IC of Chubu Jukan Expressway via Route 41
Parking lot None
We bought a local vegetable, gyosha garlic, and learned how to cook and preserve it. We immediately enjoyed it marinated in soy sauce and stir-fried. The soy sauce rice cakes were also delicious.