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Kusakabe Folk Museum日下部民藝館

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The Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture is located in a building that was originally the mansion of the Kusakabe family, merchants who were closely associated with the Bakufu (Shogunate). The mansion was rebuilt in 1879; with its impressive interlocking beams and wide spaces, it can fairly be described as a masterpiece of vernacular architecture that embodies the apogee of Edo period craftsmanship. The building’s single most impressive feature is the magnificent Butsudan (family Buddhist altar) which cost 300 Ryo (around 10 billion yen in today’s money) to construct. When the mansion burnt down in 1875, the Butsudan was saved; today, this resplendent altar is renowned in Takayama as a place of great spiritual power.


Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Oushinmachi 1-52

phone 0577320072


Review of Kusakabe Folk Museum

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/08/22 A small but interesting museum
Well worth a visit if you are in Takayama. On three floors, each one has interesting display of folk art and artifacts.
Reviewed:2018/08/03 Historic merchant’s house + amazing folk art
The Kusabe family were successful merchants during the reign of the Tokugawa clan. Their store (Taniya) lent money to the public office. Later it was an exchange house. In 1879 it burned down and...
Reviewed:2018/06/09 Intersting
An unusual place but very interesting to see how the gentry lived in days gone by. There ae some steps to the second level but plenty to see on the ground floor with a gift shop

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Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Oushinmachi 1-52 [map]



Feb.-Dec. Tuesday (Jan. has Irregular holidays)
[Admission fee]Adults500yen, High School Students500yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students300yen, ChildFree
Parking Lot
Not available
Credit Card
Available (museum shop only)
Not available (non-smoking throughout)

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          Tucked away in the very center of Japan, Gifu prefecture houses mountains, old towns, and one of Japan's greatest hot springs, Gero Onsen. A tour of the prefecture's traditional architecture will take you from the mountain-enveloped wooden streets of Takayama to the mountain village of Shirakawago, where visitors can explore 250-year-old thatched roofed houses known as gassho-zukuri.

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