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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 thoughts on “Travel Photography – Hida Folk Village – Takayama, Japan”

  1. 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!

    1. @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. ♥

    1. @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.

  2. @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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