About Nihon Taishō Mura
Akechi Town in Ena City, Gifu Prefecture, central Japan, was once a place where sericulture and silk production flourished during the Meiji and Taisho eras, leaving behind a glorious legacy. Taisho Village is a theme park that preserves the entire Akechi town in its original Taisho-era atmosphere, where visitors can still enjoy the sericulture of the Taisho era and the special romantic atmosphere of the period.
Taisho Village has preserved intact the culture of silkworms as a local industry in the Taisho era, from the culture and architecture to the culture of life, people and nature, and has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the village since it was established in Showa 59. Taisho Village is a small village as well as a tourist attraction, with a series of tourist attractions such as tourist information office, Taisho Period Museum, Toy Museum, restored Kyoto old café, Tengoku Museum, etc. The fresh air and beautiful environment make it a good place for city dwellers to get away from the hustle and bustle and find the old village life in a peaceful atmosphere.
In addition, there are still some cherry trees planted during that period in the village, and in spring, cherry blossoms are in full bloom to accompany the old buildings, giving off the fragrance of history everywhere.
How to get there
5 minutes on foot from Akechi Station on the Myochi Railway
From Chuo Expressway “Ena IC”, approx. 40 min. via Route 257 to Route 636
From “Mizunami IC” of Chuo Expressway, approx. 40 min. via Prefectural Road No. 20 to National Road No. 363
I had been to Taisho Village only a few decades ago and had not been able to walk around the area, so I visited again, this time with a visit to the Taiga Drama Museum. We arrived there around 10:30 in the morning on Sunday. Inside the Taisho-Roman Museum, there was an exhibition about the Taiga Drama “Kirin ga Kuru,” which was easy to understand, with photos and explanations on panels to help visitors better understand the drama.
From there, we toured two museum buildings. It was interesting to see the sericulture industry that once flourished in the village, daily necessities and other exhibits from the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods, and an exhibit on the Taisho Emperor. The parking lot was empty in the afternoon, so if you have time, it might be a good idea to visit in the afternoon.