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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 #8 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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London, United Kingdom
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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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East Midlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

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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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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plymouth, uk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I didn't plan on viewing the floats...but somehow ended up there anyway. They were really impressive and beautiful!

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Makati City
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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44 reviews 44 reviews
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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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Senior Contributor
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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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