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Only four of the 12 floats have karakuri puppets which perform. Takayama Matsuri, Gifu321 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri, Takayama Festival, Gifu 龍神台からくり286 views
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Floats are displayed on the street. Takayama Matsuri, Gifu285 views
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The Takayama Festival is held twice a year, during April 14-15 and Oct. 9-10. The spring festival is held by Hieda Shrine and it is called Sanno Matsuri. 221 viewsThe festival features twelve ornate "yatai" floats which are displayed and pulled along the streets. In a large plaza, katakuri puppets perform on a few of the floats. The festival is also dramatic at night with a float procession. The Takayama Festival procession in spring starts at Hieda Shrine. Photo shows a banner reading "Hieda Jinja." 祭行列
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The floats cross Nakahashi Bridge.206 views
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On Nakahashi Bridge.188 views
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JR Takayama Station 高山駅156 views
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Torture room 吟味所・御白洲156 views
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The puppets come out on a plank sticking out of the float and perform in a mini play with various stunts.156 views
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Large crowd gather to watch the karakuri puppets perform on the ornate floats.154 views
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Hie Shrine hall. The shrine is on Shiroyama Hill. 日枝神社153 viewsOn Dec. 1, 2016 (JST), Takayama Matsuri Festival was inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as one of 33 "Yama, Hoko, and Yatai float festivals in Japan."
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Traditional building preservation area in Sanno-machi Suji.149 views
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Gate to Takayama Jinya149 views
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Shrine officials in the procession.149 views
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The portable shrine (mikoshi) passes through Hie Shrine's torii to join the procession. 神輿147 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri 龍神台からくり146 views
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Portable shrine 神輿144 views
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Lion dance or shishimai. See the video at hidanet.ne.jp. 獅子舞143 views
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Shrine maidens143 views
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Large crowd gather to watch the karakuri puppets perform on the ornate floats. Sign says "Watch out for pickpockets."141 views
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The karakuri puppets first appeared on the Takayama Matsuri floats in the 18th century. They were handcrafted by artisans in Kyoto.140 views
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Held on April 14, the night procession is the festival's major highlight. 夜まつり曳行140 views
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A middle-aged woman uses her camera phone to photograph herself. "I was here!"137 views
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Shakkyoutai Karakuri which transforms into a lion dance. See the video at hidanet.ne.jp. 石橋台からくり137 views
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Shrine maidens134 views
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Higashiyama Teramachi134 views
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Storehouse for a float. 屋台蔵133 views
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View from Shiroyama Park133 views
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Japan has three basic types of karakuri puppets based on the region: Kyoto, Nagoya, and Kanto (Tokyo area). The Takayama karakuri are the Nagoya-type.132 views
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Important Traditional Building Preservation Area 重要伝統的建造物群保存地区131 views
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Superb embroidery130 views
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Nakahashi Bridge over Miyagawa River 宮川に掛かる中橋129 views
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Entrance to Rice Storehouse. 御蔵129 views
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Shrine priest128 views
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The floats are lit and paraded on the streets.128 views
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Tourist info office127 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri 龍神台からくり127 views
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Youth hostel127 views
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Waiting room at JR Takayama Station126 views
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Sanbasou Karakuri 三番叟からくり126 views
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Mikoshi125 views
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Shrine maidens125 views
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Portable shrine 神輿125 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri 龍神台からくり125 views
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Turnstile at JR Takayama Station124 views
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JR Takayama Station123 views
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Shopping street123 views
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JR Takayama Station, tourist info office on left.122 views
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Higashiyama Teramachi (Temple Row)122 views
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Sanbasou Karakuri 三番叟からくり120 views
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Bus terminal for Nohi Bus119 views
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The karakuri perfom one float at a time.119 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri 龍神台からくり119 views
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JR Takayama Station118 views
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For 176 years or 25 generations, the building housed government administrators, accountants (rice tax collectors), and the police.117 views
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Miyagawa River 宮川115 views
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Nakahashi Bridge115 views
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Beckoning cat115 views
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Street lined with floats.115 views
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Many attractions are within walking distance from JR Takayama Station.114 views
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Entrance to Takayama Jinya. A Jinya was a regional government office during the Edo Period. The Tokugawa government dispatched magistrates to administer the region. About 60 jinya existed and only this one survives.114 views
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JR Takayama Station112 views
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Nakahashi Bridge. During the Takayama Festival, ornate floats cross this bridge. 宮川に掛かる中橋112 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri throwing confetti. See the video at hidanet.ne.jp. 龍神台からくり112 views
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Shiroyama Park, former site of Takayama Castle.112 views
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Palanquin110 views
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Bamboo screen109 views
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Former Takayama-cho Town Hall 旧高山町役場108 views
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Nakahashi Bridge and pine tree107 views
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Magistrate's (governor) office 御役所107 views
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Shrine near Shiroyama107 views
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Nakahashi Bridge105 views
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Storehouse for a Takayama Festival float105 views
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Former Takayama-cho Town Hall 旧高山町役場104 views
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View of Administrator's office from the veranda102 views
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Former Takayama-cho Town Hall 旧高山町役場101 views
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Magistrate's living quarters 居宅(嵐山の間)100 views
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Large Hall (Dai-hiroma) where ceremonies and meetings were held. It could also be partitioned into three rooms. Total area is 48 tatami mats. 大広間100 views
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Bamboo screen99 views
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Tokonoma alcove98 views
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The main building was built in 1816.92 views
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Large Hall (Dai-hiroma)91 views
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Toilet87 views
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Kitchen86 views
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Bath area79 views
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