Takayama Jinya

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layout of the ryokan, we had the upper left room, with one garden on each side, the little square on the lower left of our suite was the bathroom and toilet area
In the morning, we had breakfast in our room. It's really nice to be served breakfast and dinner as part of the deal for the ryokan, we got to see how these meals were served and consumed in a home setting instead of in a restaurant.
 
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.
Street of Takayama in the sun
For about 200 years from the 17th to 19th century, this was where officials dispatched from Edo (Tokyo now) administer the state of Hida. The government of Tokugawa government during this time had almost 60 such jinyas all over Japan, but this one in Takayama was the only one to have been preserved. Only in 1969 was this building given up as the local administration office. The various rooms were well kept, and the store house had been turned into a museum showing artifacts and history of the past few hundred years. It was interesting to note that being the chief administrator of Takayama (or anywhere else probably) was not always a good thing, many were killed or punished in jail for not doing their jobs or not have kept the area in peace. So although they lived in this magnificant house, they were not in safe haven.
a corner store in Takayama


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.
a cypress tree with the umbrella shaped rope structure (we supposed to support it when it has snow so the shape of the tree is preserved?)
After that we were pretty much out of time, so we grabbed a quick bite at a small store selling steamed flour buns with meat and vegetable fillings. As we  went back to the guest house to fetch our luggage, we saw more of these tall (2-story) nooks, and wondered if they contained the floats used at the Takayama festivals, and they were indeed. We caught a taxi for the ride back to the train station.

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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layout of the ryokan, we had the u…
layout of the ryokan, we had the …
Street of Takayama in the sun
Street of Takayama in the sun
a corner store in Takayama
a corner store in Takayama
a cypress tree with the umbrella s…
a cypress tree with the umbrella …
looking down one of the Edo-era st…
looking down one of the Edo-era s…
Cross the river in the middle of t…
Cross the river in the middle of …
A vendor at the morning market in …
A vendor at the morning market in…
another vendor
another vendor
Entrance gate of Takayama Jinya
Entrance gate of Takayama Jinya
A lantern at the entrance gate of …
A lantern at the entrance gate of…
the main gate to Takayama Jinya
the main gate to Takayama Jinya
once inside the gate to Takayama J…
once inside the gate to Takayama …
Roof detail, Takayama Jinya
Roof detail, Takayama Jinya
a building at Takayama Jinya
a building at Takayama Jinya
the rope support for the cypress t…
the rope support for the cypress …
The ruin foundation at Takayama Ji…
The ruin foundation at Takayama J…
A statue in the yard of Takayama J…
A statue in the yard of Takayama …
the special waves pattern screen s…
the special waves pattern screen …
the main hall where the administra…
the main hall where the administr…
the wave pattern in the sand
the wave pattern in the sand
another view of the administration…
another view of the administratio…
the inner courtyard at Takayama Ji…
the inner courtyard at Takayama J…
view of interior corridor in Takay…
view of interior corridor in Taka…
A tea kettle with the fish adjuste…
A tea kettle with the fish adjust…
the rabbit shaped nail head cover …
the rabbit shaped nail head cover…
the courtyard at Takayama Jinya
the courtyard at Takayama Jinya
an old toilet at Takayama Jinya
an old toilet at Takayama Jinya
an old urinal at Takayama Jinya
an old urinal at Takayama Jinya
the old bath in Takayama Jinya
the old bath in Takayama Jinya
another inner courtyard at Takayam…
another inner courtyard at Takaya…
kevin showing how steep the stairs…
kevin showing how steep the stair…
the receiving room for ladies in T…
the receiving room for ladies in …
The old kitchen at Takayama Jinya
The old kitchen at Takayama Jinya
the storage area in the kitchen in…
the storage area in the kitchen i…
the water basin
the water basin
an old carriage for traveling
an old carriage for traveling
a grand hall in Takayama Jinya
a grand hall in Takayama Jinya
Some torture devices in Takayama J…
Some torture devices in Takayama …
pictures showing how the torture d…
pictures showing how the torture …
a closer look at the wooden fish u…
a closer look at the wooden fish …
red children shaped hangings at a …
red children shaped hangings at a…
statues wearing the red bibs (supp…
statues wearing the red bibs (sup…
entry gate at the temple with the …
entry gate at the temple with the…
the bell tower at the pagoda
the bell tower at the pagoda
top of bell tower at the 3 tiered …
top of bell tower at the 3 tiered…
a very old tree at the pagoda
a very old tree at the pagoda
at the 3 tired pagoda temple
at the 3 tired pagoda temple
ringing the gong at the medicine b…
ringing the gong at the medicine …
the three tiered pagoda
the three tiered pagoda
top of the 3 tiered pagoda
top of the 3 tiered pagoda
3 tiered pagoda with some cherry b…
3 tiered pagoda with some cherry …
a funny statue on the bridge over …
a funny statue on the bridge over…
another statue opposite the tall o…
another statue opposite the tall …
interior of the folk museum, which…
interior of the folk museum, whic…
another view, interior of folk mus…
another view, interior of folk mu…
a wood structure for hanging the t…
a wood structure for hanging the …
interior of folk museum
interior of folk museum
a cat in the box inside the folk m…
a cat in the box inside the folk …
storage boxes for the money lender…
storage boxes for the money lende…
display of dolls at the folk museum
display of dolls at the folk museum
dolls in the folk museum
dolls in the folk museum
more dolls in the folk museum
more dolls in the folk museum
combs on display at the folk museum
combs on display at the folk museum
a game (like chess)  at the folk m…
a game (like chess) at the folk …
interior of the folk museum with t…
interior of the folk museum with …
corridor of folk museum
corridor of folk museum
a funny looking chair at the folk …
a funny looking chair at the folk…
sandals hanging over a door at the…
sandals hanging over a door at th…
a beaver with a bottle of wine at …
a beaver with a bottle of wine at…
A sake brewery store
A sake brewery store
an antique Hello Kitty statue on t…
an antique Hello Kitty statue on …
architecture of Edo era
architecture of Edo era
sake store
sake store
Edo era street in Takayama
Edo era street in Takayama
a store front in Takayama
a store front in Takayama
view of pastries being made in a r…
view of pastries being made in a …
more architecture
more architecture
more latticed windows, street of T…
more latticed windows, street of …
a box hanging at the door of a hou…
a box hanging at the door of a ho…
kevin in front of a storage for on…
kevin in front of a storage for o…
Kevin in front of the guesthouse
Kevin in front of the guesthouse
slippers at the entrance of the gu…
slippers at the entrance of the g…
train station of Takayama
train station of Takayama
Takayama
photo by: Eric