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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 #6 of 48 attractions in Takayama
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: Four remarkable 17th century floats occupy this museum celebrating Takayama’s famous Autumn Festival.
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Sagamihara, Japan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Admittedly an impressive display of floats with histories going back hundreds of years, but the entrance fee was much higher than other float exhibitions I've been to. I felt like they were skimming from tourists to pay for the fancy building. The 1/10th model of Iesu Tokagawa's tomb/shrine was OK but I've actually been there so it meant little to... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

one of the most famous festival in japan held in april & october. huge floats with mechanic dolls on top, flute & drum music, procession on streets and street food stalls around. can you ask more, for a real insight of japan traditional culture?

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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212 reviews 212 reviews
82 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We didn't know about the Festivals that are held twice a year, but do so now. The entrance fee includes free audio in English. The floats are changed, four times a year. Magnificent examples of carriages, with associated history. Well worth a visit.

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York UK
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7 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Interesting to see the floats which are still used today. Discounts are available. We were amazed at the intricacy of the designs

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New York City, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

This museum perfectly captures the history of the floats and festivals. We were given an English audio guide, but so much is written in English on the signs that without the guide you can still learn and understand so much. The floats are truly a vision! If you appreciate learning about the culture of Japan and the history of the... More

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Jerusalem
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53 reviews 53 reviews
38 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Takayama Festivals are annual events held in Autumn and Spring. We had organized our tour to get to Tokayama on the 10th of October, when the main celebrations took place. The festival seems to have its origins in the 16th and 17th century as a thanksgiving ceremony to the gods for good harvests. It started in front of the... More

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Melbourne
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

The exhibition of Takayama's festival floats exceeded anything I expected when we walked through the doors - large, bright, attention to every detail, gobsmacking really, to witness a parade of them would be truly special if your itinerary could be arranged. But how long is enough time to spend in Takayama - we stayed 3 nights and did the town... More

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Alor Setar, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Historical and fascinating floats gathered from respective clans. Each float carried it's legendary story. The puppet plays were controlled by skillful masters, magical movements without any electronic technology. Salute!!

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Manila, Philippines
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

A visit to Takayama is highlighted by a visit to the exhibition hall of their Festival Floats. This aptly captures the culture and tradition of the people in Takayama that has been passed on from generation to generation. While the floats look lavish and luxurious in its preparation, I seemed to have a hard time differentiating it from one to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Up close look at the intricate detail of these ancient floats, They supply a portable tape machine that tells of the history and meaning of each of the floats on display. Unfortunately the sound quality was not very clear. They also take a photo of you when you enter the exhibition and ask 700y for it when you leave.

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