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Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan)

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Address: 53-1 Sakura-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 577-32-0881
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This museum displays hundreds of lion-masks traditionally used in ritual...

This museum displays hundreds of lion-masks traditionally used in ritual Japanese dance.

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Karakuri (special puppets) and umpteen lion heads live here

So if either captures your fancy, jump in. The puppet show is short but delightful and interesting in the historical development. These are the same kind of puppets featured on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
Catbird28
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

So if either captures your fancy, jump in. The puppet show is short but delightful and interesting in the historical development. These are the same kind of puppets featured on the floats and well loved by festival goers. The lion head display seemed exhaustive, and somewhat perplexing as you wonder who would be so interested. But then people collect bottle... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

We visited at the same time as a small group of local schoolchildren and one other tourist. The puppet show is twice hourly, lasts about 40 mins, is informative and great fun. Five mechanical puppets and video of a puppet maker. Plus there's an exhibition of lion masks spanning some hundreds of years.

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Thank alexblinks
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Our family enjoyed the amazing old puppets demonstrated during the show that seems to run every 15 minutes. There is only really enough on display here to capture you for around half and hour, but this is a memorable place and particularly special for children and puppet lovers.

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Thank tabithaws
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

For a real slice of traditional japan and unique entertainment, don't miss this museum. We are puppeteers ourselves so were very interested to see this kind of puppetry which is very different to anything else! It won't cost you much and you get to see quite a few different kinds of karakuri puppets perform. We were the only ones there... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely great. Wrong TripAdvisor map location as of 9/28/14. Not near the Takayama City Office. Follow the Google Maps location for an accurate location. My Takayama paper map listed it as the 'Karakuri Museum' but I walked to the wrong location before I figured out it was the same thing as Shishi-Kaikan. Ultimately this is near the Float Exhibition and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We had already seen karakuri, japanese traditional mechanical puppets, in action but were impressed by the show at the museum. It's a lot of fun and really interesting to learn how they are controlled and the kind of complicated wood work that makes them move. The staff will provide english explanations during the show if there are foreigners in the... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Although the lion masks are worth a view, we went to see the short puppet show that runs regularly throughout the day. I had not appreciated the mechanical nature of these puppets and their operation so it was a fun and interesting visit. To see the skill and time the artisans who look after and restore the puppets gave me... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

As a kid, I was fascinated by Katherine Paterson's "The Master Puppeteer," a young adult book about bunraku (Japanese puppet theater) set in 18th-century Osaka. So when I heard about the Shishi-Kaikan, I was excited to see this ancient art form in action. In the hands of master puppeteers, the amazingly detailed wooden puppets perform very lifelike actions (in this... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

If you are interested in Bunraku and the like do go and see their Edo puppets perform. A guy works them and is very skilled...glad i didnt miss it.

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Thank ilovejapan2012
Los Angeles area
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

We had no idea this hall held puppets and a well-done show demonstrating how they work and how they are made. This was our favorite in Takayama. Even better than seeing the floats.

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