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Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

178 Sakura-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
+81 577-32-5100
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Ranked #7 of 51 attractions in Takayama
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: Four remarkable 17th century floats occupy this museum celebrating Takayama’s famous Autumn Festival.
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Makati City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

If you can't be around for the town festival then this is the next best thing. The beautiful and elaborate floats are put on permanent display here, and are pulled out only on the festival day for a parade around town. Regular admission price is 820 yen but if you obtain a free discount leaflet from the tourist info booth... More

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The Woodlands, Tx
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The floats and the annual parade mean a lot to the folks of Takayama and there is some exquisite handiwork. I just wasn't in the mood, it was a long day, and I suspect the guide took us there more for a break on the road trip.

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Kapolei, HI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

These "floats" are amazing. They are huge, sometimes as tall as a two or three story building, and yet they are carried on men's shoulders to transport. It was interesting to see, and to learn what an intregal l part they play in Japanese festivals. An impressive piece of Japanese history and tradition.

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Ridgefield, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This was interesting to learn about and see but it was frustrating because it was behind glass so difficult to get good pictures. If the glass had only been a partial, it would have given a better view. These floats are quite ornate and large. They are used in a festival twice a year. The float museum is on the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

A terrific display of four of the festival floats and the mikoshi, well displayed and well lit. You can view the floats from above as well, via an ascending spiral gallery walk around the circumference. Free use of wheelchairs is available, which meant my husband could spend plenty of time looking and photographing without having to stand for long. The... More

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waiwera
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A large space (viewed from 2 levels) showing 4 of the numerous huge floats used in the past during festivals. Photos & videos of the actual processions when the floats were pulled/carried were interesting

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

These marvelous floats are uniquely Japanese--I think. Maybe they something like them in other Asian countries, but the elaborate decorations and the craftsmanship are amazing. We were lucky to see a float in a parade in Tokyo--we wouldn't have known to appreciate it in the same way if we hadn't visited the museum.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Float Exhibition Hall in Takayama displays in rotation the amazingly complicated 17th century carved floats used in Spring and Autumn festivals. Upon entering the museum, we were greeted warmly and given a tape in English to guide us around the four floats displayed behind a glass wall. It was very interesting to examine the minute details carved into the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

At the far north end of the old town, just beyond a huge torii gate. The museum is a bit expensive at 820Y. There are about six really tall festival floats which you view through a surrounding corridor. A video shows them in action, parading around the streets of Takayama twice a year - in Mid April and early October.... More

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The festival floats are nothing that I imagined when I saw pictures of them. Getting to see them up close was amazing and to think that the era that produced them had little or no modern technology. It is simply breath-taking.

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