The Takayama Festival, held in spring (April 14 and 15) and autumn (October 9 and 10), is ranked as one of Japan's three most beautiful festivals (the other two are Kyoto's Gion Matsuri and the Chichibu Matsuri).

Four of the autumn festival's eleven floats (yatai) are exhibited at the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan (RՉ), a hall next to Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine. The elaborately decorated floats are several hundred years old and beautiful examples of Takayama's legendary craftsmanship.

Adjacent to the Matsuri Yatai Kaikan lies the Nikkokan, a spacious hall containing impressive models of the different precincts of Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, one of the most ornate and celebrated shrines in the country. The miniature models are beautifully intricate and are accompanied by short explanations in Japanese and English. Photos are permitted inside both halls.

The Nikkokan Hall

Access

The Takayama Yatai Kaikan and the Nikkokan are located at the northern end of Takayama's old town, a 20-25 minute walk from Takayama Station.

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Hours & Fees

Hours

8:30 to 17:00 (March to November)
9:00 to 16:30 (December to February)

Closed

No closing days

Admission

900 yen (allows entry to both halls)

Typical Visit Duration

45 minutes (total for both halls)

English

Moderate

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