Travel Photography – Hida Folk Village – Takayama, Japan

This picture was also off of the old film set that had gotten the eerie effect from the Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome. This is a shrine at the Hida Folk Village in Takayama, Japan. I was so taken aback by the beautiful light that had presented itself, I had to capture this tranquil moment. While the town can be quite out of the way, it is definitely worth your visit.


Hida Folk Village (飛騨民俗村 Hida Minzoku Mura?) is an open air museum of close to 30 old farmhouses illustrating the traditional architectural styles of the mountainous regions of Japan. The Hida Folk Village (飛騨の里 Hida no Sato?) is located in the town of Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, about 2.5 km southwest of the train station. Of particular interest are the thatched and shingled roofs, such as the gasshō-zukuri-styled buildings. Many of the buildings were brought to this location from their original sites in order to preserve them. The village is quite picturesque, as it is built on a hillside overlooking the Takayama Valley and surrounds a large pond.

The structures in the village range from 100 to 500 years in age. Many are open to perusal and are filled with artifacts from their respective time periods, including spindles, silk worm raising artifacts, cooking utensils, and clothing. There is also a workshop in the village illustrating how many of Japan’s famous handicrafts are made, including wood carving, tie-dying, weaving, and lacquer work. Sometimes the village is referred to as “The village hidden in the leaf”. – Wikipedia

Address: 1–590 Kami-Okamoto-cho, Gifu Takayama, 506-0055 |
Hours: 8:30 to 17:00
Admission: 700 yen


28 Responses to “Travel Photography – Hida Folk Village – Takayama, Japan”

  1. Bethany January 7, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    I love it! The colors are great and there is something about the windows I adore. Great shot

    • Erica January 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

      @Beth: The color was absolutely fantastic at that moment. I really couldn’t believe my eyes.

  2. Kenan Lucas January 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Nice shot! It reminds me of something from a video game I used to play as a kid – Genma Onimusha – which was set in samurai times.

    I hope you are enjoying Japan. I miss it so much!

    • Erica January 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

      @Kenan: This pic is an oldie but goodie – went there in July 2008 but still am incredibly in love with the place.

  3. Andi January 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    Just gorgeous!!! I want to go inside!

    • Erica January 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

      @Andi: The inside was detailed like you would not believe. I felt uncomfortable and disrespectful bringing my camera inside so you’ll just have to believe me. ♥

  4. sarah wu January 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    I like the cold blue tint that’s on the pictures. The little hanging stuff on the door is pretty too! Great shot girl!

    • Erica January 10, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

      @Sarah: Thank you! I totally love this picture. ♥

  5. Dina January 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    Love it, guys. The color composition is pretty.

    • Erica January 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

      @Dina: Thank you!

  6. Laura January 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Nice colors!

    • Erica January 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

      @Laura: Thanks! ♥

  7. Michael Hodson January 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    are you guys HDR photo folks? Thinking about trying it out.

    • Erica January 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

      @Michael: We’re not HDR peeps – I’m still out on whether or not I want to really get into it. I’m iffy on the surrealistic look to it. This picture was taken on really old film so it was a gamble when I took it in to be developed and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

  8. Iain Mallory January 12, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Awesome image, speaks TRAVEL filled with vibrancy!

    • Erica January 13, 2011 at 3:30 am #

      @Iain: Thank you!

  9. dtravelsround January 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    Your photos continue to make my jaw drop. Beautiful!

    • Erica January 13, 2011 at 3:32 am #

      @D: You made me blush lady!

  10. Federico January 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Great shot! Iike the “old” feeling it evokes

    • Erica January 16, 2011 at 12:45 am #

      @Fede: Thanks!

  11. Kimberly January 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Nice shot, the colors are so crisp. I love photographing shrines like this, lovely.

    • Erica January 17, 2011 at 3:39 am #

      @Kimberly: I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect moment while being in complete awe of the shrine.

  12. Margo January 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    Love the otherworldly feel of it… the color on the stairs makes it look so inviting and magical. Beautiful!

    • Erica January 19, 2011 at 2:16 am #

      @Margo: Thank you!

  13. LeslieTravel January 21, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Beautiful photo! We visited several shrines in Japan and they are great places to visit 🙂

    • Erica January 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

      @Leslie: After 3 weeks I still was not shrined or templed out. I’m starting to wonder what my threshold is!

  14. Erica January 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    @Patrick: If I could have recorded that moment to go along with that picture I would have. I wish I could have also recorded the storm that was coming in and the smell of rain in the air.


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