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Address: 1-52 Ojinmachi, Takayama 506-0851, Gifu Prefecture
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Takayama’s old town district still boasts some of these merchant houses...

Takayama’s old town district still boasts some of these merchant houses dating from the prosperous Edo period, when Tokyo was under Shogun rule.

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Old merchant's house open to public.

The house still belongs to the merchant's family who were in the timber business. Best to go with a guide who can give you a running commentary of what you are seeing. There is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Adele W
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The house still belongs to the merchant's family who were in the timber business. Best to go with a guide who can give you a running commentary of what you are seeing. There is free tea in the courtyard. There is a tiny cabinet of nutsukes for sale in the newly opened arts and crafts section. The nutsukes are sold... More 

Thank Adele W
Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A village that time has bypassed. Walking through this village with its thatched roofed buildings brought one back several centuries. Asian history buffs will enjoy this place

Thank Bob D
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

The owner of the house very kindly gave a talk of the history of his family and the house itself with good humour. There is much to see including a beautiful family shrine. You can sit to enjoy some tea after walking around.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

It was raining when we visited but it showed the gorgeous interior of the old samurai house and all the relevant history associated with each alcove-quite large showing the wealth of this family-At the end a lovely cup of tea.

Thank monigates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This small museum contains some interesting exhibits. You are required to remove your shoes at the entrance, so make sure you are wearing socks! The museum is a well preserved example of a wooden building of Japanese cypress wood and includes craft items.

Thank Fleckney
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

The timber structure and architecture alone was amazing. You can see the main residence of the family, kitchen and servants quarters too. Definitely worth a visit and immerse yourself in a culture of bygone says. Enjoy the complimentary green tea served adjacent to the garden and kitchen.

Thank Chyeyu
Hexham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

If you have the time then this site is worth visiting, but there is not a huge amount to see. Other historic sites offer better viewing and value.

Thank PASP123
Mannheim, Germany
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

As most of the house-museums in the city.... one must leave the shoes at the entry when entering. This makes sense because the entire structure is covered with the traditional mats, however in November it gets windy inside as windows are open everywhere. The people are really nice... they even oferen tea in traditional cups to everyone :)

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

I was quite excited about visiting but there is really not much to this place except a nice lady selling tea. Only some of the exhibits are labelled in English which doesn't help!

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

The house is spacious, different from many Japanese houses. This is one of a few houses which we can walk between rooms to see their courtyards in different angles. A cup of tea as complimentary before another tour to the second building is definitely a plus.

Thank Janet C

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