The Historical Government House Of Takayama

If you have ever been captivated by tales of fierce samurai and feudal warlords, you will love Takayama.

Hida-Takayama is said to be one of few cities in Japan to retain its medieval character, particularly in the timber architecture of the old town that dates back to the Edo* era (1603 -1868). A period when the fragmented country transitioned from turbulence under warring chieftains to centralized imperial rule..

There is no better place than Takayama Jinya, the only surviving regional government office (of the sixty built across Japan at the time), to get a feel for how the representatives of the powerful Shogunate functioned. It also served as the governor’s residence and was in continuous use from 1692 to 1969 when it’s importance as a ‘Historicall National Asset’ was realised.

Come join me on a tour of the Jinya and its many tatami covered rooms.

But don’t forget to take off your shoes before you enter.

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*The word Edo refers to the city of Tokyo.

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Hi, I'm Madhu. Wanderer. Travel blogger. Story teller. Bitten late and hard by the travel bug, I am on a mission to make up for lost time.

79 thoughts on “The Historical Government House Of Takayama

  1. Really fascinating Madhu. Sadly, my attention went to the torture chamber and the examples shown 😦 Makes me happy to live in the the here and now!!

    1. True. But it would be naive to assume that torture chambers don’t exist anymore. They are just better concealed from the likes of us.

  2. To think you covered almost 300 years of history with your beautiful photographs, from detailed decorative touches to the torture chamber. A study in contrasts, as are most periods in time. Interesting post, Madhu.

  3. I also really enjoyed all the lines and the different items in the shots – and the slide show flowed so nicely – had a quiet feel. 🙂

  4. Thanks for your post Madhu. Though I’ve never been to Japan (yet) they seem to me like the epitomy of refinement and civilisation. Everything so delicate. Be good

      1. Another country to add to the list! But India first! 🙂
        (Leaving for Paris in 5 hours! Yeeeeeeeeeessssss!)
        Take care Madhu.
        (I’ll do my best to post pictures! 🙂

    1. Taking shoes off was customary in traditional Indian homes Debra. But urban, anglicised Indians scoff at it. I should get those of my friends who do to read this post 🙂

  5. We too have everyone remove their shoes before entering our home. Hubby didn’t appreciate my fastidiousness initially but has grown accustomed to my ways. 🙂 Thank you for the lovely tour. I hope to visit Japan someday.

  6. I’m not sure I’d fit in well in Japan. I am NOT the minimalist type. These rooms seem so empty. I’m more a collector. I love being surrounded by my books, treasures, pictures, papers, etc. The clutter gets a little out-of-control at times, but I don’t know what to do with myself in empty rooms.

    1. 🙂 I am the complete opposite now Juliann. I did have collections of plates and boxes and what not, that I got rid of when we moved to our present home.

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