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Takayama Festival (Spring)

Around Hie Shrine, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
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Authentic and amazingly beautiful!

The festival lasts two days (April 14-15). We arrived from Tokyo in the afternoon and shortly after... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CatherineBulg
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Moscow, Russia
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Spring Festival

Such a great day out. We travelled from Nagoya and the train ride was spectacular and soo... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2018
eL1eG
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Adelaide, Australia
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Takayama in Gifu Prefecture is where the Spring Sanno Festival is held at Hie Shrine (April 14-15). It is also locally referred to as the "Takayama Festival (Spring)." Believed to originate in the late 16th through 17th centuries, the Go-junko is a festive march in which sacred palanquins are accompanied by lion dancers and those in ceremonial watchman's garb, in total some several hundred strong. Must-sees are the twelve luxurious sacred floats exhibiting the craft of the Hida region, as well as amazing dolls manipulated with seamless mastery born of years of practice. They are so vivid as to make modern-day robots seem rigid by comparison. Like its spring variant, the Autumn Hachiman Festival at Hachiman Shrine (October 9-10) is also called the "Takayama Festival (Autumn)."
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The festival lasts two days (April 14-15). We arrived from Tokyo in the afternoon and shortly after it started to rain. We had a romantic stroll through the rainy Edo town, although the evening show was canceled and everyone felt disappointed. Nevertheless, we didn’t loose...More

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Reviewed May 16, 2018

Such a great day out. We travelled from Nagoya and the train ride was spectacular and soo pretty. When we arrived at Takayama we got a map of the area and made our way to the Square. We watched the parade which was colourful and...More

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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

In the course of two days, twelve beautiful floats course through the historic quarter of Takayama - each processing under the power of about a 20-man crew. The floats are beautifully adorned with music emanating from each of them. I spoke with one crew head...More

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Reviewed April 14, 2018

I'll be honest - a lot of the negativity I'm feeling towards my trip to see the Takayama Festival is due to travel problems, but if the festival had been as spectacular as I was expecting then I wouldn't have been all that fussed about...More

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Reviewed September 23, 2017

The festival, believed to have begun in the 16th century, is held to pray for a good harvest. It is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan. We were staying in Takayama at this time and during the afternoon the...More

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Reviewed September 16, 2017

We built our trip around the festival and stayed in an awesome airbnb/ house in the hills and came via train using the Japan rail pass from Hidahagawara. About 35 mins away. Loved the daytime drumming, dragon dancer appearing in a restaurant while we ate...More

Thank Jo S
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Reviewed April 15, 2017 via mobile

I don't want to be negative, because the float is spectacular and rich in history. However, it does take hours to get there from nearly everywhere. If it rains - or looks like rain - the float is cancelled , and then there is nothing...More

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Reviewed March 30, 2017

We built our trip to Japan around ensuring we could attend this event. No regrets. The festival was brilliant, from the peculiar puppet performances delivered from the floats around mid day, to the festival street food, to the parade and dances at night. It is...More

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Reviewed August 17, 2016

Our trip to Japan was somewhat on short notice. Initially, we didn't realize that any festivals were occurring during our stay but when we saw the Takayama Spring Festival was happening we left Tokyo a day early and headed for it. Fascinating. Some of the...More

1  Thank Gary M
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Reviewed May 3, 2016

A whole new world in this picturesque town. The cherry blossoms are in bloom, food booths are set up throughout and people are decked out in traditional wardrobes. To a westerner not up on Japanese history and tradition, I didn't fully understand what the event...More

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SaraD_Toronto
March 4, 2018|
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Response from Jo S | Reviewed this property |
I think individual owners would have to agree or maybe could arrange? You may need to enquiry directly. Good train links along the line. We got a lift there but caught half ten train back which took about 40 mins.
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boscoblake
January 13, 2018|
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Response from Jo S | Reviewed this property |
We moved a few times. It got super crowded in the night. I think it starts up where the exhibition area is and then over the bridge downtown. We went by the main bridge. Some restaurants overlook the procession and you can... More
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