Takayama Jinya consists of three elements: the office space where the provincial governor/magistrate and his subordinates worked, the living space where the provincial governor/magistrate and his family lived, and the rice granary where the annual rice tax was stored.
Tour Takayama Jinya
The existing front gate was rebuilt in 1832.
There are seven entrances just for the government office section in Takayama Jinya. Social status determined which entrance a given person would use.
The entry directly connected to the entranceway could only be passed by provincial governors/magistrates or traveling inspectors dispatched by the Shogunate.
This is a tokonoma (alcove) that has an impressive presence with a width of 4.5 meters. This is painted with the seigaiha pattern.See details
This is the room in which the provincial governor/magistrate and his deputy officers/clerks who served as his subordinates performed their official duties. It is the central part of the government office. They performed various tasks connected to local administration – including land tax collection, mountain and forest management, civil engineering administration, police work and judicial work – here.
*Deputy officers and clerks: Low-ranking government officials in charge of work as subordinates of the provincial governors and magistrates
6.Official Business Room
This is the room in which the former vassals of the Kanamori Clan who stayed in Takayama even after the clan relocated and who were then appointed as the provincial governors – that is to say, local government officials – performed their duties. Many were involved in mountain and forest management and guardhouse work.
*Guardhouse: This was a facility set up on important points of the domain border and transportation to supervise the entry and exit of people and supplies.
7.Office for Scribes
These are the rooms used to create the various documents issued by the provincial governor/magistrate office. The sons of deputy clerks worked in many of these rooms as office apprentices.
This is the room in which the provincial governor/magistrate would entertain guests. It was also used as a place to consult with subordinates.
This is the room in which the provincial governor/magistrate would perform his duties during the day.
10.Living Room of the Wife
This is the room for the wife of the provincial governor/magistrate.
11.Living Room of the Head Official
This room was used in the daily lives of the provincial governors/magistrates. A tearoom was established in the back.See details
This is the room for maids who took personal care of the provincial governors/magistrates.
This is the place where the meals for the provincial governor/magistrate and his family were prepared.
This is the largest room in Takayama Jinya. It was used for important annual events such as those at the beginning of a new year.See details
This is the room used by officials dispatched by the Shogunate.
16.Law Court and Interrogation Room
The oshirasu is a place where investigations were carried out and judgments were announced.See details
The onkura is a rice granary that stored the annual rice tax paid by neighboring villages.
This is one of the oldest and largest rice granaries (thick earthen wall storehouses) from the Edo period (1603 to 1868) still in existence in Japan. It is currently used as an exhibition facility to showcase the history and culture of Hida.
18.Tatami Mat Borders
There are approximately 40 rooms in Takayama Jinya. Most of these have been laid with tatami mats. However, the tatami mats and borders have been laid in different combinations in each room. It is thought that the status of the room is expressed with the type of tatami mats and borders.