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 (高山祭屋台会館), 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.

Getting there and around

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.

How to get to and around Takayama

Hours and Fees


9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from December to February)


No closing days


1000 yen (allows entry to both halls)

Typical Visit Duration

45 minutes (total for both halls)

Hotels around Takayama

Recommended Hotels
Best Western Hotel Takayama
Conveniently located a short walk from Takayama Station.
Agoda Booking
Super Hotel Hida Takayama
Inexpensive, no-frills business hotel conveniently located in central Takayama.