It is winter again…. for someone staying in a country where it is humid almost year round, heading to the cold winter aka snowy country is something exciting that we look forward to. Although friends whom have grown up in a four season country may have different opinions. I remember once having an interesting conversation with my Dutch superior whom hates the winter as it is too cold for him whereas I was excite about my holiday during the winter.
This time, we head over to check out a popular UNESCO World Heritage site in Japan. And on the way, we decided to stop in Takayama for a night. Using the opportunity, we decided to explore a little around exciting town of Takayama.
We took the “Sarubobo Bus” from Takayama Station to explore the area. At only 620 yen for one day pass, we are able to explore several interesting places of interest around Takayama. The route of the bus covers the following areas:
- Hida Folk Village (Hida no sato bus stop)
- Hida-Takayama Museum of Art (Hida-Takayama Museum of Art bus stop)
- Hida Takayama Festival Forest (Matsurinomori bus stop)
- Hida Earth Wisdom Center (Hida Earth Wisdom Center bus stop)
Takayama Town is a relatively small town hence exploring the town on foot is an option for those whom are adventurous. However, should you want to explore somewhere a little further, then taking the “Sarubobo Bus” would be a better option as it certainly help to save some time. The bus only took us 10 minutes ride from Takayama Station to our first stop, Hida Folk Village (飛騨の里).
Hida Folk Village (飛騨の里) also known as Hida no Sato is an open air museum featuring the traditional houses from the Hida region of the mountainous district of Gifu. The houses were built as far back as from the Edo Period (1603 – 1867) and were relocated from their original locations in 1971 for the purpose of creating this museum.
In this village-like atmosphere of Hida Folk Village (飛騨の里), one is able to see many buildings such as the village head’s house, logging huts, storehouses and gassho-zukuri farmhouses.
There were also a huge lake at the entrance of Hida Folk Village (飛騨の里) which looks beautiful especially with the frozen lake in the beautiful winter and the surrounding covered with snow. And during our visit, the beautiful white swan walking around in the pond is indeed an awesome sight!
One exploring Hida Folk Village (飛騨の里) will truly enjoy the exploration as each buildings exhibited in Hida Folk Village (飛騨の里) are open for exploration. The unique wooden architecture and all the exhibits utensils were once used in the everyday life in the past.
What makes it more interesting exploring the Hida Folk Village (飛騨の里) is the indoor fireplaces that were lighted hence, making the place cosy and nice.
Hida Folk Village (飛騨の里) is truly a picturesque museum overlooking the Takayama Valley.
So, if you happen to be in the area, do ensure that you spend some time checking out Hida Folk Village (飛騨の里).