“Takayama Festival” in Hida Takayama is a traditional festival boasting about 300 years of history, originating from the latter half of the 16th century to the 17th century. This Takayama Festival is a generic name for two festivals, “Sanno festival” in the spring and “Hachiman Festival” in the fall, loved by the people of Hida Takayama, it has been taken over and protected. Among them, the “Sanno festival” to be held in the spring is an annual festival of Hie-jinja Shrine which is the Shrine of the southern castle town of Takayama. The “Takayama Festival” is famous as Japan’s three biggest Hikiyama Festival, which is in line with “Gion Festival” in Kyoto, “Nagahama-Hikiyama Festival” in Shiga.
The Gion Festival to be held in summer is famous, but the “Takayama Festival” you see in the calm climate of spring is also elegant and tasteful.
“Yama, Hoko, Yatai” (including the Yatai of Takayama Festival) was registered as UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016. At the “Takayama Festival” (Sanno Festival) to be held every April, festival’s procession, Yatai, which is a festival’s procession, Karakuri dedication and night festival are spectacular coloring the city of Hida Takayama. While the festival is held for two days, the city of Hida Takayama shows a completely different bustle. During the day, 12 Yatai which can be seen in the city color the city gorgeously, you can enjoy lion dancing mainly around Mikoshi and hundreds of procession around the city. Also, you can see Karakuri dedication twice in the morning and afternoon. Karakuri dedication is a virtuosity in which a skilled worker manipulates several ropes and remotely manipulates the doll as though it is alive.
The “Sanno Matsuri” (Sanno Festival) performed in spring and the “Yahata Matsuri” (Yahata Festival) performed in Autum were generically called “Takayama Matsuri” (Takayama Festival), and it was protected carefully, and inherited by residents of Takayama. It is considered that the origin of it were from late 16th century to 17th century and it is one of the Japan’s three greatest beautiful festivals with “Gion Festival” and “Night Festival of Chichibu”.
The “Sanno festival” of spring is annual festival of the Hie-jinja Shrine. It is held on April 14th and 15th every year.
The 12 festival cars, which is the treasure of the “Sanno festival”, appear in Kamimachi being the main site of the festival. Three of them dedicate Karakuri, and the lively traditional performing arts are performed. It is highlight that the festival cars being drawn throughout in the night, too.
The “Hachiman Festival” of autumn is annual festival of the Sakurayama Hachiman shrine, and held on October 9th and 10th.
The Takayama Matsuri is designated folk-cultural properties tangible and folk-cultural properties intangible of Japan.
“Karakuri Hono” performed in the Yahata Shrine precincts is the particularly recommended highlight. On the Sanno Festival of spring, there is three Karakuri dedication, but, by the Hachiman Festival of autumn, only one of it dedicates Karakuri.
|Name:||Takayama Matsuri (Takayama Festival)|
|Adresse:||Takayama-city, Gifu 506-0053 Japan|
|Access:||JR Takayama-honsen “Takayama-eki Station” (10 - 20 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 577-35-3145 (Takayama City Tourist Office)|