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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 47 Attractions in Takayama
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Four remarkable 17th century floats occupy this museum celebrating Takayama’s famous Autumn...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Four remarkable 17th century floats occupy this museum celebrating Takayama’s famous Autumn Festival.

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Tianjin, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

This is my second time to this museum. Outside is beautiful, there's a Shinto shrine and the scenery is lovely. The museum itself can be a snooze. You can literally walk through it in 5 -15 minutes. But it's something to do in that area and it's apart of their cultural heritage.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Its great to be able to se these impressive floats but all in all the museum is lacking a little personality. If you are interested in seeing some floats I highly suggest going to the float museum in Hida-Furukawa (I believe its 3 Train stops up from Takayama on the main line)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Very impressive floats. Well preserved. Got some great photos. Shame not to see them in a parade. Price was ok and there's lots of other museums within walking distance

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

These floats are the personal collection of Kinta Nakada and built at a cost of $2,000,000 each. We saw three of them operating with mechanical dolls performing such things as a drumming performance and Kabuki theatre. They are huge and intricate floats with beautiful unique designs and the mechanical theatre of each float is fascinating. The museum also houses the... More 

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Toledo, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Viewing the collection of traditional Japanese festival floats was very worthwhile. The size, craftsmanship, and beauty of each float was impressive. Make sure to see the nearby exhibit of temple models, too. You can use the same ticket.

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Is a part of japanese culture that we don't see before visit the Museum. If you visit Takayama is nice to see.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

i dashed into this museum to escape the rain but was not disappointed with the exhibits. The floats are spectacular. Watch the film to get a fuller flavour of their festival pedigree.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Besides looking at these REALY fantastic floats, so colorful, there is a short 15 minutes video enlightened us. Next building is a museum with replicas of the shrines. Everything is truly beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Having been used to huge floats in Somerset carnivals, nothing had prepared me for the size of these floats. How I would love to see the in the Matsura parades. Some of the very elaborate floats are displayed in this museum. They are very elaborate creations in wood and metal. The intricate carving, lacquerwork and metalwork need careful study. Also... More 

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Jerusalem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Twice a year 12 or 13 floats are taken out of their various warehouses and paraded through the streets. Four of these floats are in the exhibition hall along with figures dressed in costume. There is also a video showing the festival. Very worthwhile to visit

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