Takayama Festival, held twice a year in the old town of Takayama, Spring Apr 14-15, Autumn Oct 9-10 2017
Immerse yourself in the unique culture of old town of Takayama, where floats and performances take the streets amongst ancient shrines. Particularly notable are the are sophisticated mechanical dolls that can move and dance called Karakuri dolls that perform across the festival.
When the sun sets the festival floats are pulled through the streets of Takayama's old town for about two to three hours, hundreds of lanterns adorn the floats illuminating the array of handcrafted ornaments adding a resplendent edge to the Japanese eve.
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