Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village
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. Of particular interest are the thatched and shingled roofs, such as the gasshō-zukuri-styled buildings. Many of the buildings were brought from their original sites to preserve them. The village is picturesque, as it is built on a hillside overlooking the Takayama Valley and surrounds a large pond. It is in the town of Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, about 2.5 km southwest of the train station.
The structures range from 100 to 500 years in age. Many are open to perusal and are filled with artifacts from their respective periods, including spindles, silk worm raising artifacts, cooking utensils, and clothing. There is a workshop illustrating how many of Japan's famous handicrafts are made, including wood carving, tie-dying, weaving, and lacquer work. Sometimes it is referred to as "the village hidden in the leaf".
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