Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan - Gifu

Located at 178 Sakura-machi in Takayama City in Gifu Prefecture, Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan (高山祭屋台会館) is an exhibition hall for the floats used during the Takayama Festival.

高山祭屋台会館
Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan (高山祭屋台会館)

Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan Details

Each year, Takayama City holds its Spring Festival (April 14 and 15) and Autumn Festival (October 9 and 10). These festivals are generally called the Takayama Festival and are ranked as one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan.

Those photos show 5 of the 11 floats used during the festival and are currently displayed inside the exhibition hall

Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan Admission Fee:

To enter Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan and Sakurayama Nikkokan, one has to pay an admission fee of 900 yen per adult, 450 yen for children 6-15 years old, 550 yen for High school students. Those with disabilities get a discounted price of 450 yen admission fee.

Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan Opening Hours:

Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan is open 9AM - 5PM every day.  

The admission fee rates as of 2018

Welcome to the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan

The Mikoshi

The Hotei Tai

Kyuho Sha

Hoju Tai

Jinma Tai

Mannequins show the costume worn by those in charge of a specific float

The highlight of these festivals is the parade of the elaborately decorated floats called yatai around town. Overall, there are eleven floats that are surprisingly around several hundred years old. These floats would have been a challenge for many, especially foreign tourists. That's why the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan was established. 

Checking out the photos on the second floor.

The four floats are seen from this vantage point

Watching the Takayama Festival in the Media room

The Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan also known in English as the Takayama Festival Float Exhibition Hall houses four of the eleven of the festival. The floats on display are changed three times a year. In addition, some scenes of the parade are reproduced to give visitors the festival feels. There is also a media room where visitors could watch a very informative documentary video about the Takayama Festival.

Inside the Sakurayama Nikkokan next door

Just a heads up, there is an admission fee of 900 Yen for adults and 450 for children. This fee includes entrance to the Sakurayama Nikkokan next door. My family and I got to visit Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan during our 16th day in Japan. Since we visited Takayama City in June, this was the closest activity that we could do to experience the famous Takayama Festival. During our visit, we were accompanied by our Japanese family. They made the visit more meaningful and educational as they patiently answered our questions about the exhibits. 

Saw these torii gates on our way back to the parking lot. 

Why visit Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan?

Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan offers the second-best experience for those who really wanted to see and the Takayama Festival floats. This place is also perfect to visit if you hate big noisy crowds but want to see the big historic floats.

Getting to Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan:


From Takayama Station, Takayama Matsuri Yatai can be reached by foot (20 minutes walk) or by taxi (5 minutes ride).


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Comments

  1. Great pictures. Looks like a beautiful exhibit

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    1. Thank you! This exhibit hall sure does have plenty of beautiful exhibits.

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  2. This looks beautiful. I have never been to a big festival. I hope I experience one someday soon.

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    1. You should see this at least once in your life. =) It's something that you will never forget.

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  3. thanks for sharing. I'd love to visit next time I travel to Japan again

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  4. those floats are pretty amazing

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    1. I agree. You should see it during the festival. =)

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  5. Awesome photos. The floats are brimming with colors and design. I hope someday I can visit this festival. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I wish for the same thing. It's very different seeing the floats on display compared to seeing it during the festival. =)

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  6. I'd like to visit this exhibition sounds so much fun!

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    1. Please do visit the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan when you are in Japan. =)

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  7. I have never heard of this place before. It looks amazing from the pictures.

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    1. Thank you. I'm happy that you discovered this place from me.

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  8. Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to
    look it over. I'm definitely enjoying the information. I'm bookmarking and will
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  9. This is beautiful. I would love to see this places for myself sometime.

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    1. Please do Grace. You'd surely learn a lot about the Takayama Festival.

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  10. They have similar floats in Fukuoka. I was able to see a shrine dedicated to those about three years ago and they were beautiful!

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    1. Oh! I must see that for myself as well. I haven't been to Fukuoka. I will surely check that place out soon.

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  11. So Good to know about Takayama Festival. Such bright and vibrant pictures. I love reading about festivals and cultures of different places.

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    1. I'm happy to hear that. =) Please do visit Takayama City and see for yourself the beautiful floats during the Takayama Festival.

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  12. WOW! Those floats are amazingly so detailed! This seems like an amazing festival!

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  13. It is indeed a wonderful place and to witness this grandiose festival is such a great experience.

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    1. I agree Elizabeth. I'd comeback here someday to see for myself the Takayama Festival.

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  14. Oh wow this looks so unique and fun

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    1. Please do visit this place when you get the chance.

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  15. Looks like such a relaxing yet educational vacation! I enjoyed looking at all the pictures included in your post!
    *Samantha- https://herjournal.blog

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    1. Thank you Samantha. I'm happy that you find my article educational. =)

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  16. The floats look amazing. This takes perfection to another level. Great

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  17. This looks so cool, love the floats!

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  18. That place a lot of mannequin with a lot of costume collection. Is so Unique.

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    1. That's true. It's one of those Only in Japan places. =)

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