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Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan)

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Address: 53-1 Sakura-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
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This museum displays hundreds of lion-masks traditionally used in ritual...

This museum displays hundreds of lion-masks traditionally used in ritual Japanese dance.

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Amazing experience!

I can't be more happy of this experience, the lion masks are beautiful but the best part is the exhibition with the ancient puppets. The staff was gentle and spoke also a little... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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rome
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't be more happy of this experience, the lion masks are beautiful but the best part is the exhibition with the ancient puppets. The staff was gentle and spoke also a little English to let us understand what was happening, we were the only guests and we enjoyed it so much!!! Thanks again, amazing!!

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Surrey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016 via mobile

Worth a visit to see the karakuri (mechanical marionettes) demonstration which lasts around 25 mins. Apart from this the museum only contains lots of lion head masks which are reasonably interesting but only take 5/10 mins to look at.

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Thank Jasmine101Surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

I was thrilled that I popped into this museum. It was awesome to see the puppets in action! It takes a lot of skill to be able to work the puppets and you will get to see that during the performance. Wish I could share the videos I took during the performance. Great for the young and the young at... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016

This is also known as the Karakuri museum, and it's the live puppetry demonstrations (about 40mins in total duration) which are the highlight rather than the collection of lions masks. They're interesting too, but the traditional puppets are a dynamic experience. Incredible what people were able to just do with clockwork and manual levers and the like. Well worth the... More 

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Haifa District, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2016

highly recommended. you get a chance to learn about the art of kakuri puppeting traditional technique and watch example prformances. the 300 lion mask exhibition is colourful and very impressive.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2015

So if either captures your fancy, jump in. The puppet show is short but delightful and interesting in the historical development. These are the same kind of puppets featured on the floats and well loved by festival goers. The lion head display seemed exhaustive, and somewhat perplexing as you wonder who would be so interested. But then people collect bottle... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

We visited at the same time as a small group of local schoolchildren and one other tourist. The puppet show is twice hourly, lasts about 40 mins, is informative and great fun. Five mechanical puppets and video of a puppet maker. Plus there's an exhibition of lion masks spanning some hundreds of years.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2015

Our family enjoyed the amazing old puppets demonstrated during the show that seems to run every 15 minutes. There is only really enough on display here to capture you for around half and hour, but this is a memorable place and particularly special for children and puppet lovers.

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Thank tabithaws
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2015

For a real slice of traditional japan and unique entertainment, don't miss this museum. We are puppeteers ourselves so were very interested to see this kind of puppetry which is very different to anything else! It won't cost you much and you get to see quite a few different kinds of karakuri puppets perform. We were the only ones there... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely great. Wrong TripAdvisor map location as of 9/28/14. Not near the Takayama City Office. Follow the Google Maps location for an accurate location. My Takayama paper map listed it as the 'Karakuri Museum' but I walked to the wrong location before I figured out it was the same thing as Shishi-Kaikan. Ultimately this is near the Float Exhibition and... More 

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