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Takayama Jinya

Japan’s only magistrate’s office standing since Edo Period.

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Historical / tourism site

Takayama Jinya is the office building where magistrates and officers were working in the Edo Period. It consists of offices and storage. In 1692 when Hida Province came under the Tokugawa shogunate’s direct control, governors and magistrates sent from Edo performed official duties here for the next 176 years.

At the end of shogunate, there were over 60 such offices nationwide, but Takayama Jinya is the only place with main buildings remaining today, and is designated as a national heritage site.

In 1832, the front gate was restored, behind which the front room decorated with Seigaiha (blue waves) pattern, the office, storage, business room, reception hall, officer’s residence, courtroom, etc. are in the historical premises. You can see Onkura, the oldest and largest rice-tax storage in Japan.

Highlights

  • The officers dispatched from Edo governed Hida in this office/residence.
  • The only office from the Edo Period with main buildings remaining today.
  • National heritage site.
  • The wooden thatched roof was restored and the traditional technique is maintained.
  • The oldest and largest rice storage in Japan, Onkura, is worth a look.

Photos

  • The front gate existed since Edo Period

    The front gate existed since Edo Period

  • The front room’s sliding doors and alcove are decorated with a blue wave pattern.

    The front room’s sliding doors and alcove are decorated with a blue wave pattern.

  • The central office and the business room for local officers

    The central office and the business room for local officers

  • Governors/magistrates and their families lived here

    Governors/magistrates and their families lived here

  • The courtroom for investigation and judge

    The courtroom for investigation and judge

  • Onkura, the storage, said to have been built in 1600s

    Onkura, the storage, said to have been built in 1600s

Reviews

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  • 何婉瑜

    早期當地的行政機關,還能看到關犯人用的器具。

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Details

Name in Japanese
高山陣屋
Postal Code
506-0012
Address
1-5 Hachikenmachi, Takayama City, Gifu
Telephone
0577-32-0643
Holiday
December 29th-January 3rd
*May change depending on the number of visitors,
Hours
8:45am-5:00pm(From November 1st to February 28th: 8:45am-4:30pm)
Admission
Adult: 440 yen, High schoolers and younger: Free (may need to show student ID)
Directions
From JR Takayama Main Line, Takayama Station, walk 10 min.
Credit Cards
Accepted (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, DC, UFJ, NICOS, Diners Club, DISCOVER, MUFG)
Official Website
Official Website (English)