“Even though time flies and things change, the memories of way of life and the Japanese dormitory buildings which reflect local society and culture still remain standing here to start the most beautiful conversation.”
Alishan forestry culture is rich in the memories of humanity’s way of life over the last hundred years; the official dormitory buildings built during the development of the Alishan forestry industry have occupied the area of 3.4 hecares since that time. Due to using the Alishan’s cypress wood as the building material in the entire district, the place was originally called “Hinoki Machi,” which was then changed to “Hinoki Village.” It is the most well-preserved group of Japanese official dormitory buildings with the largest coverage.
A total of 29 Japanese-style wooden buildings can be divided into 4 different types; the single-family house for the senior supervisors; the duplex house for the executives and their dependents; the four join residences for officials and their dependents; and, the townhouse for the unmarried officials. Meanwhile, the places for recreation in the past are kept in the village “Yinglin Club,” which imitates the Tudor-style architecture of the 17th century.
The dormitory buildings have now been transformed into spaces for selling and displaying innovative cultural products. After completing the culture railway journey, visitors can explore the lifestyle in the past and buy some local souvenirs before returning home.
Except for the non-accessible areas, people are welcome to visit the village; they can have meals or buy souvenirs. No admission fee is charged.
- Address: No.1, Linsen E. Rd., East Dist., Chiayi City.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00, from Monday to Sunday.