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Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

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Address: 178 Sakura-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 577-32-5100
Description: Four remarkable 17th century floats occupy this museum celebrating...
Four remarkable 17th century floats occupy this museum celebrating Takayama’s famous Autumn Festival.
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Rain, rain!

The floats are spectacular but seeing them in the museum cannot compare to seeing them in action. Unfortunately it rained cats and dogs this year and the parades were cancelled... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Leesburg, Florida
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The floats themselves are impressive, but you don't get any idea of the excitement of the festival nor of the marionette performances.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I would love to see the real procession but this exhibition gives a great insight into the culture and something you won't see in many places

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israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

It was light raining on the day of the festival (April 14), so they decided to leave all the Floats in the hangars. It was very dissapointing and insulting to all the people who came a long way for the festival.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This was a great museum for our rainy day in Takayama. It was Spring Festival the next day, so disappointing for the locals and many visitors who'd come just for that. We enjoyed this museum and the stories associated with each float.

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Leesburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The floats are spectacular but seeing them in the museum cannot compare to seeing them in action. Unfortunately it rained cats and dogs this year and the parades were cancelled. We also saw two in their sheds, but the museum offers better viewing possibilities. Even if you are there in good weather and the parade takes place, take time to... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The Spring festival was on 14 & 15apr but was cancelled on 14 Apr due to the rain. We were lucky to catch the floats parade on our way to the hotel on 15Apr. Takayama is a lovely place where you can shop for souvenirs, take lovely cherry blossoms photos & eat delicious confectionery... We strolled wherever our legs bring... More 

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New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We thought there was a fabulous spring festival parade each April (on 14 or 15th) in Takayama but when we were there it was torrential rain and no parade . So a long trip from Tokyo for nothing. The Floats Exhibition Hall is excellent on a rainy day but didn't make up for the rainy day parade cancellation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The floats (Yatai) were amazing and beautifully preserved. the cultural experience on Japanese Matsuri also different since we see the whole community was busy preparing for it. In the morning, We happened to see the children Yatai, and it was so cute to see all the kids and toddler lining behind the Yatai which was carried by the adult. however,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

When I was told we were visiting a float museum, I was curious. Most in our group didn't think it would be interesting. We were surprised. These are not your Santa Claus Parade floats. These are works of art. The region hosts two parades a year in spring and autumn and there are 23 floats in all but only 4... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This was to be the high spot in my trip to Japan but due to persistent rain the Matsuri was cancelled and the floats remained in their "sheds". They are superb and the procession would have been spectacular. Worth knowing that the event is weather dependent as many people I met had travelled to Takayama just for the festival.

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