Welcome to the World of Dashi and Karakuri.

Sixteen float festivals Chubu are UNESCO World Heritage!

Dashi Floats, Karakuri
Experience Program

Understanding Dashi Floats 1 Day Tour

Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine Float Display Rotation
TAKAYAMA MATSURI YATAI KAIKAN (The Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall)

The Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall in the grounds of the Sakurayama Hachiman-gu Shrine displays 11 actual Autumn Festival Yatai floats, with 4 floats on display at any one time, and displays rotated 3 times a year, in March, July and November. On Sunday, March 11 from 6:30am, the current four floats will be replaced. Although canceled if raining, it will be the only time to see the floats being moved outside of the Autumn Festival itself.

TAKAYAMA MATSURI YATAI KAIKAN (The Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall)
Chief Priest Led Shrine Grounds & Festival Float Special Tour
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

Be guided around the shrine by the knowledgeable Chief Priest. Discover the history of the Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, the Autumn Festival, and visit the Float Exhibition Hall.

25 minute

Festival Float Preservation Work Tour
Yano Carpentry Workshop

Marvel at the skills of the traditional carpenters repairing and preserving the Takayama Spring Festival’s Daikokutai floats. Mr Yano Yasuaki, hereditary head of the 10 member Takayama Festival Float Preservation Technology Cooperative will explain everything, having followed in the footsteps of his carpenter father and grown up surrounded by parts of floats and floats under repair.

15 minute

Lunch in the City

Hida Beef, Magnolia Grilled Miso and More...

Kimono Experience at a Traditional Kimono Store

Visit the Nakada-Gofukuten, Sugikyu-Gofukuten, ICCA and Other Kimono Stores

Explore the Old Town Streets Kami-Sannomachi and Surrounding Areas

Cityscapes that hark back to the samurai period can be found along the Miya River, running through the ancient town. Two of the districts have been selected as National Important Traditional Building Preservation areas. These scenes, along with the breweries, bakeries, souvenir and traditional craft shops, café’s and more, make this a tourist friendly destination.

10 minute

Morishitamachi Shi-shi Gumi, Shi-shi Lion Dance Viewing
Morishitamachi Community Center

Every Tuesday (except for year end and New Years), practice for Takayama’s Morishitamachi Shi-shi Lion Dance is held. Come and discover the history and culture of this traditional Takayama Spring Festival event, and meet some of the 70 men, women and children of the Shi-shi Gumi group keeping this fascinating art alive.


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  • Times are rough guides only.
  • Please contact for program details (English service available).
  • Introduction to Travel Agencies.


Dashi Float and Karakuri Festival Promotions Council
Public Interest Association Incorporated Japan Travel and Tourism Association, Chubu Branch