Takayama’s Teddy Bear Eco Village: A Whimsical Journey into Culture and Conservation

Discover a world where plush bears teach life lessons and reflect on global culture and environmental issues.

Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village Museum

Have you ever imagined a world where teddy bears play the role of humans? That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Teddy Bear Eco Village in Takayama, Japan. This enchanting place is a treasure trove of lessons and wonders, cloaked in the innocent charm of teddy bears!

Teddy Bear Eco Village Details

  • Hours: 10 am – 5 pm (last entry at 4 pm). Closed on Wednesdays
  • Cost: 1000 JPY (adults), 600 JPY (children)
  • Location: πŸ“ Teddy Bear Eco Village – Google Maps
  • Parking: Free parking in the front of the building

Takayama Teddy Bear Museum

Ever wondered what the world would look like if humans were teddy bears?

The Teddy Bear Eco Village is not only a place for kids, but there are so many deeper meanings as well. It’s a place where children and adults alike can learn about world issues and history in a non-abrasive, cute, fun way.

Miniature dancing bears at Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village

Never did we think that we would learn so many life lessons through the eyes of teddy bears!

At times, you’ll be in awe at the sheer creativity. Other times, you may feel a little sad. You might feel your heartstrings pulled at a little bit.

Overall, the Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village is an interesting and fun experience. There are tons of photo opportunities and even some animatronics.

One thing to note is that the teddy bears are collected from all over the world. There are miniature dancing bears, Patagonia hiking bears, and eco bears that remind you to take care of the planet.

We think that this is an excellent place to bring children, where they can not only marvel at the cute displays but also learn about how we can better take care of our planet.

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How to Get to Teddy Bear Eco Village

The Teddy Bear Eco Village is located in Takayama, Gifu, Japan.

The address is: 3 Chome-829-4 Nishinoisshikimachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0031, Japan

Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village entrance sign

The best way to get to the Teddy Bear Eco Village is to catch the Sarubobo Bus from the Takayama Nohi Bus Terminal. The Sarubobo Bus runs twice every hour.

Alternatively, you can walk to the Teddy Bear Eco Village, it’s about a 25-minute walk from Takayama Station.

We recommend going to Teddy Bear Eco Village after visiting Hida Folk Village. They are near each other, and you can walk to Teddy Bear Eco Village from Hida Folk Village.

Our Experience at Teddy Bear Eco Village

Upon entering, we were welcomed by the friendly staff, and they handed us a pamphlet to the village.

Teddy Bear Eco Village Our Experience

Our journey began with miniature bears showcasing a myriad of cultures – from Renaissance artistry to Japanese street food.

Then, we were greeted by a colossal bear perfect for photos! It was such a striking contrast to the miniature bear displays.

Massive teddy bear at Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village

But it’s not all just cute and fun. As we walked further through the village, the exhibits began to mirror our world, showcasing bears donated from around the globe, each telling a story, and uniting us in our diversity.

One exhibit, in particular, focusing on recycling and garbage consumption, struck a chord. If you look closely, the brand labels don’t look the same anymore! It’s a subtle reminder of the enduring nature of our environmental challenges, despite the passing years.

trash teddy bear

There are also some pop culture teddy bears sprinkled in there, such as a Michael Jackson teddy bear. It makes you think about how old some of these teddy bears are, and like taking a step back in time.

The animatronic bears add a touch of joy and lightness. It’s honestly the perfect thing to see after looking at the eco bears and the grim outlook of our planet.

Animatronic baker teddy bear in Takayama Japan
A cute, animatronic baker teddy bear rolls his dough back and forth!

And what would a Teddy bear museum be without a collection of teddy bears? The eco village has a large collection of teddy bears from the last 100 years, so you can see what teddy bears were in the times of your grandparents.

Antique Teddy Bears

Our journey culminated in a bear-themed wedding chapel, complete with life-size bride and groom teddy bears.

Life-size wedding chapel teddy bears in Takayama Japan

These bears reminded us of ourselves and the important life milestones that people experience.

Our experience at the Teddy Bear Eco Village is fully documented in this video!

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