This is a model of a folk village (including National Cultural Treasures) which has over 30 buildings at the sloped/thatched-roof, shingled roof houses etc. The replica is a successful remade of the Hida's historical Edo period. Although these buildings were moved from different parts of Hida region and located to this village, it can still give us an overall view of Hida Folk Village.
Visiting Hida Folk Village was different from Shirakawago. Visitors are allowed to walk into the houses and read the history of each houses. It was interesting to learn who were the owners, the occupation of the owner, the house' layout, the lifestyle that people lived in the Edo period in such an amzing village etc. It is worth to spend a few hours there if you are interested to learn all these, just to watch out for the operating hours - I managed to get there one hour before it was closed.
Walking around the area was just like walking pass the live back in the Edo period, it was indeed an interesting experience. For example, Taguchi's house's owner was the head of the village and hence meetings were always held there. Along the path, you will walk pass the charcoal kiln, the wheel-shaped rice field, the paper making house, wood carving house etc.
There was a Misogura - the storehouse to keep Miso (fermented soybeans), it looks like a small little wooden house.
I have to mention that each and every single houses had its' own smell, well - it was kind of like an old house smell that depends on what was in it. There were houses with horse room in it, charcoal fire place, toilet just right outside the front door etc.
Battari (Karausu) Goya
This Battari is a large wooden scoop which is based upon the principle of the lever, you may refer to the photo below for the actual look. Once the water filled up the Battari Goya, the flow of water provides the power source and you may hear the rhythmic sound of the system. Back then, it was believed the gentle knocking sound would chase away the animals that tried to enter into the village.
Illumincated Traditional Gassho-Style Houses
If you are interested in the different experience from the day time Hida Folk Village, you can arrange your time to check out the illuminated traditional gassho-style houses at night.
Usually it's during Jan - Feb winter with the light display from 17:30 (5:30pm) - 21:00 (9:00pm)
Since I last checked, the admission fee for this light display was 300yen per adult and 100yen for child from age 6 - 15.
We were too tired to check out the Winter Illumination after a long day to Shirakawago, the Higashiyama Walking course as well as the Hida Folk Village. Remember to plan your itinerary with your top priorities so that you can check out the most of your trip!
Hida Folk Village Event
Jan - Feb : Winter Illumination
Mar - Apr : Hina Doll's Festival
May : Rice Planting at the Wheel-shaped rice field
Jun : Irises in bloom
Jul : Anniversary of the foundation of the village
Aug : Tanabata-star festival
Sep : Rice Harvesting at the Wheel-shaped rice field
Oct : Autumn Illumination
Nov : Preparations for the winter
Dec : Christmas Illumination
How to get there
Access (From JR Takayama Station):
By Bus from JR Takayama Station - 10 mins
On foot from Takayama Station - 30 mins
"Sarubobo Bus" - provides connections every 20-40mins
Japan, 〒506-0031 Gifu Prefecture, Takayama, 上岡本町1−590
1-590 Kamiokamotomachi, 506-0055, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
Hours & Fees
8:30am - 5:00pm
Adult 700 yen; Child (age 6-15) 200 yen
Japan is easily at the top of my travel list despite I have been there multiple times. I will update some travel information and tips from time to time.