Created in 1971, the Hida Folk Village contains over 30 historic buildings that were built all over the Hida region, but were then relocated to the village for this open-air museum. The shape of these roofs is unique in comparison to what you would see in everyday life in Japan. Due to the freezing temperatures and large amounts of snowfall the region receives during the winter, the sloping roof was designed to allow the snow to fall off without weighing the building down. In addition to the historic buildings, visitors can learn more about the area’s history by exploring the different artifacts and tools on display in various rooms.
The village makes the perfect day trip as it is located only 20 minutes away from Takayama, one of Gifu’s historical cities. The open-air museum is perfect to visit during any season, as each season offers a new experience. Though summer is one of the least popular seasons to visit Japan, it is great to visit the Hida Folk Village during this time as it offers a whole different atmosphere, with vibrant green scenery complementing the idyllic Japanese farmhouses.