Takayama Travel Blog› entry 9 of 34 › view all entries
March 15th, 2008 – by: portia
The rain was gone, and the sun was out. We packed our luggage but left them at the guest house and went for another walk around town. We walked toward the river and saw the morning market in front of the Takayama Jinya. To be honest the market wasn't that interesting, it had stalls selling some fruits and spices, vegetables and some knick knacks. But the Takayama Jima turned out to be much better than I had imagined. Takayama Jinya was the local government building for administration, finance/tax, police and courts.
We toured the jinya which consisted of the Entrance Hall, many offices, guardroom, lounge, kitchen, living room of the head official, maids' room, tea house, large hall, a courtroom and torture devices, storehouses for rice, kitchen utensils and books. You can easily spend 2 hours looking at everything.
We next visited the Hida Kokubunji Temple, with its 3-tiered pagoda. Then we walked along the river, crossed it at Yayobashi bridge, where a couple of real tall and odd looking statues were installed on its railings. Then we went into the Kusakabe Folk Museum right next to the Yoshijima Hertiage House we visited yesterday. The folk museum used to be a money lender's house, its structure was similar to the Yoshijima Hertiage House. The special thing it had was the folk museum and display of dolls, furniture, combs, money boxes etc.
There were still a lot to see in Takayama, if we had stayed 2 nights, we could have seen a lot more. Takayama is real popular during the festivals (once in spring, another in the fall) because of all the floats would be decked out and paraded around town. I quite liked the Edo era housing with the latticed windows and mostly wood construction. Some people named Takayama as the place where time forgot, staneding on one of the old preserved streets, you could use your imaginiation and see if you were living some 200 years ago.
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