Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Takayama Matsuri (Festival) is regarded as one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan. (along with Chichibu Matsuri in Saitama Prefecture and the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto.) The focus of the festival is the magnificent floats which are pulled through the strees of the town. The Takayama Matsuri actually composed of two festivals: the Spring Festival in which 12 floats take part, and the Autumn Festival which features 11 floats.The Takayama Festival began about 350 years ago as a simple village ceremony. Since Takayama is in Hida, the center of Japan’s timber producing region, the town grew as an important distribution center for the area, attracting large numbers of sake brewrers, cloth merchants, woodworkers, and other craftsmen.
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Ramadurai R
Nashville, TN148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Amazing display of floats that go around the town twice a year. Wish we could have come during the festival season - April and October to have an even more interesting experience. Only 5 were on display even though many are carried around during the festival. Big tradition and lot of handwork
Written 14 August 2020
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Joyce261
Sapporo, Japan218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
I wish that we had planned our trip to coincide with the festival when these magnificent floats parade through the streets. Although only four floats were on show, they were brought to life through the free commentary you could get when paying your entry fee.

We went mid-afternoon and it was quiet with maybe a dozen other visitors so you could go around at your own pace. There is a video showing the festival and all the floats in their glory which is well worth sitting and watching. The floats shown are rotated every four months.

We stayed for over an hour.
Written 4 October 2019
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Sly29_11
Glasgow, UK308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
Its was great to get to see some of floats used in the Festval floats processions. Also the models in tbe museum great craftsmanship. I would recommed & visit.
Written 15 September 2019
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Stuart1
Sheffield, UK418 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A must see in Takayama. There are a number to floats on display and a introduction to how these are used still today.
Written 20 November 2019
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JoseGGoncalvesR
Lisbon District, Portugal237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
You have two venues in one ticket.
The first one is the floats exhibit, extraordinary!! Do not miss it.
This century old floats are used in a autumn festival, beautifully crafted.
The exhibit is changed every so often; you are given an audio guide.
There is a second museum with small scale reproductions of Japanese landmarks; with such painstakingly detail!.
On the back is an ancient active shrine.

Written 6 November 2019
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Wrighty214
London, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
We were glad a horrible wet day lead us to this museum. Several of the intricately carved wooden floats were on display and a short well produced film showed how the floats are deployed in the two day festival in the town which takes place in April each year. The film was subtitled into English as were some ( but not all) of the descriptions of the exhibits. Well worth a visit whether or not it is raining!!
Written 29 October 2019
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Sharon C
Melbourne, Australia256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We timed our trip for the festival and even though the parade was called off due to bad weather on the Sunday evening, it was perfect weather the day after. The floats were out along with many of the locals and tourists. This day was so worthwhile seeing. We really enjoyed the floats and the other entertainment that was on offer.
Written 28 May 2019
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Lou085
London, UK130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
We saw the floats inside and they are very colourful and extremely large. Unfortunately the weather prevented us from seeing the Spring floats on parade but well worth seeing these and the adjacent buildings.
Written 12 May 2019
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Kevin M
Newtown, Pennsylvania, United States240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
If you’re not in town to catch the Takayama Festivals in April and October (when hotels are more expensive and harder to book, so I won’t blame you), you should at least check out one of the museums showcasing its giant shrine-floats. The Yatai Museum, on the site of Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine, is a good place to start. You get to see some of the floats from a hallway lined with tall windows. Not the closest of views, but these are the actual floats used in the festivals. English audio-guide devices are available, and describe the impressive mechanisms within some of them in detail. For more festival fun, the Matsuri-no-Mori museum just outside of town is more impressive, from what I’ve read, but public transportation connections are less frequent. The price is a little much for a place of this size, but it includes admission to the Nikko-kan next door. The Nikko-kan is filled with intricate scale models of the already-intricate mausoleums and other old buildings from Nikko. A random presence, considering how far away Nikko is from Takayama, but it was a nice bonus.
Written 30 April 2019
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Mindelle
Charleston, SC59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
This is a "must do" in Takayama. The Festival Floats are a treasure. The exquisite details of the floats are works of art. We could not stop taking pictures from every angle. The way the works are displayed is equally impressive. There are life-size costumed mannequins around the large carts on wheels. Make sure you watch the ten-minute movie, which shows how the floats are transported through the streets for the two- day Fall and Spring events in October and March or April. It is a treat to watch the charming puppets on the floats performing acrobatics with precision.
Written 11 March 2016
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