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“Wow, Magnificent Floats” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
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3-Day Tour from Kyoto to Tokyo: Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa
Ranked #8 of 146 things to do in Takayama
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Owner description: Four remarkable 17th century floats occupy this museum celebrating Takayama’s famous Autumn Festival.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Wow, Magnificent Floats”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Can't believe that some reviewers say this exhibition is over rated.......there are usually 4 floats to see but when we went there were 5 as one float's "garage" was being repaired. The floats are magnificent and beautiful and easily seen in a huge glass enclosed hall at both ground level and then again from a gallery walk way. Each float has its own sign explaining its history and models in traditional costume help set the scene. It is unrealistic to expect to touch or get up close to these antique, valuable exhibits. Some are covered in gold leaf and others have valuable and delicate fabrics and scrolls. Also grab a brochure for more information, make sure you get the English one.There is a video room where a film plays showing the floats in one of the festivals. There are 2 festivals each year, one in April, Spring and one in October, Autumn when floats are paraded down the streets of Takayama. As you walk around the heritage preservation streets of the town you will come across the "garages where many of the floats are kept. A plaque explains which one is kept there. There are 11 Spring floats and 12 Autumn floats in all. Having seen just 5 of them we want to come back to see more during a festival.

Visited March 2013
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“colourful floats”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

we were late afternoon visitors, the curator gave a brief but informative introduction and provided answers to our questions, the film gave further insight into the festival floats and we were then able to identify around town the storage facilities where the floats are also housed.

Visited November 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Over rated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

To me, Takayama Float Exhibition Hall was a great disappointment . It is was not tourist friendly at all as no explanation in English . We completed the whole tour less than 20

Visited December 2012
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“Impressive But...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

I would prefer to see the floats and costumes being used to sitting in a large glassed in space where you cannot approach, touch and get a true sense of the enormous size of these floats. There is video of the festivals, which made a big difference to me, but there's nothing like a true grand festival in person!

It's easy to understand that the charge to travelers is to maintain the building and floats, but it could easily cost less and have more, inviting more travelers to come see the awesome floats!

Visited June 2012
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“Not much to see for the money”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

There are 4 of the floats on display - and they are impressive, but it won't take you long to look at them for the rather high admission price they charge.

Visited October 2012
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