Takayama Spring Festival
April 14 - 15, 2017

Considered to be one of Japan’s three most beautiful festivals with origins in the late 16th to early 17th century, Takayama’s Sanno Matsuri heralds the arrival of spring, and is the annual festival of the guardian, Sanno-sama. Twelve floats, or yatai, appear in the Kamimachi area. Three of these floats present performances by karakuri ningyo, or marionettes. The main events include the procession of hundreds of people in traditional dress accompanying the portable shrine (mikoshi), the pulling and gathering of the twelve floats, the karakuri performances, and the fantastic spectacle of the lantern-adorned floats during the night festival on April 14.

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