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“Takayama Autumn Festival” 5 of 5 stars
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Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
178 Sakura-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
+81 577-32-5100
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Ranked #9 of 67 things to do in Takayama
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Four remarkable 17th century floats occupy this museum celebrating Takayama’s famous Autumn Festival.
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“Takayama Autumn Festival”
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 Hachimangu Shrine with a marionette performance dedicated to the deities. the dolls are controlled by dozens of strings. The main attractions are the ornate Yatai which are kept in their storehouses and only once a year are displayed together. It was possible to see them on the main street near the shrine.
They are intricate wooden structures, with exquisite carvings, drapes, metal ornaments and other traditional Japanese craftsmanship. They were very beautiful.
The many parade groups walked around the town playing music and drums and all the many people who came to see it stand on the side walks.
It took a few hours and it was also interesting to walk around the old town, with its many shops and restaurants.
It was a fantastic experience.

Visited October 2013
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“A must see museum in a most interesting town - how long to say in Takayama?”
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 at a leisurely pace, having arrived by train mid afternoon from Tokyo, so we had 2.5 days. We would have liked to stay one more night to catch a bus out to the cable car in the nearby mountains but did not know about it, but everybody we spoke to raved about the experience. One item of note, you need to be able to walk to appreciate Takayama, although it is completely flat.

Visited October 2013
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“Don't miss the floats parade!!”
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!!

Visited April 2013
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“A Takayama tradition that one must see.”
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 the other.
But, it was a fascinating experience altogether.

Visited October 2013
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“Spectacular floats with a fascinating histor”
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.

Visited September 2013
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