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Takayama Festival | Gorgeous Floats Paraded Through Town

Takayama Festival | Gorgeous Floats Paraded Through Town

Even though Takayama Festival's origin is unknown, it is said that they were first celebrated between 1586 and 1692 when the Kanamori family governed the Hida Takayama area. Unlike most Japanese Matsuri's, the Takayama Festival is celebrated twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. While the festival is celebrated twice a year, it is still considered one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan. The spring festival is associated with Hie Shrine and the autumn with Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Both are much alike and feature a parade of large floats (yatai) decorated with thick curtains, lacquer ware, and mechanical dolls (karakuri). Twelve floats appear in the spring festival and eleven in autumn. The procession carrying the portable shrine (mikoshi) is unique to the autumn Takayama Festival. Both festivals attract large crowds of travelers each year, though the spring festival is believed to be more crowded as it coincides with Cherry Blossom Season. Nothing beats the stunning wonder of cherry blossoms dance in the skies as lavish floats cover the streets of Takayama.

Experience the most beautiful festival in Japan firsthand during any of our fully-escorted Takayama Festival Japan Tours available in the Spring & Autumn. Enjoy this experience of a lifetime in the hidden village of Little Kyoto.

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