Hida’s craftmanship and woodwork heritage is revered nationwide and one step inside Hida Crafts Museum is all it takes to see why. Have a go at learning about Hida’s woodwork joinery thanks to the hands-on, interactive displays — and see how the sophisticated joinery techniques do not rely on even a single nail.
Hida’s master craftsmen (Hida no Takumi, 飛騨の匠) developed a reputation for their innovative joinery techniques and prowess when dispatched from their forested home region of Hida to the ancient capitals to build palaces and temples. The influence of both their skill and success can be seen all over Hida Furukawa today and is now a recognised Japan Heritage and a beloved aesthetic.
Learn about Hida’s joinery, browse the architectural models that show the different techniques in use, or explore the shop for an ideal souvenir. The eastern corner of the second-floor also hides an Instagram-friendly photo spot when peeking outside, revealing the Seto Canal, Enkoji and large gingko tree together in one harmonious view.