Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

The Japan Alps and the North Chubu Coast Sights

Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan (Takayama Float Exhibition Hall)

  • 178 Sakura-machi Map It
  • Takayama
  • Arts/Performance Venue

Updated 09/20/2013

Fodor's Review

This community center displays four of the 11th-, 17th-, and 18th-century yatai (festival floats) used in Takayama's famous Sanno and Hachi-man festivals. More than two centuries ago Japan was ravaged by the bubonic plague, and yatai were built and paraded through the streets to appease the gods. Because this seemed to work, locals built bigger, more elaborate yatai to prevent further outbreaks. The delicately etched wooden panels, carved wooden lion-head masks

for dances, and elaborate tapestries are remarkable. Technical wizardry is also involved, as each yatai contains puppets, controlled by rods and wires, that perform amazing, gymnast-like feats.

Read More

Sight Information


178 Sakura-machi, Takayama, Gifu-ken, 506-0858, Japan

Map It



Sight Details:

  • ¥820
  • Mar.–Nov., daily 8:30–5; Dec.–Feb., daily 9–4:30

Updated 09/20/2013


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Sights

See all sights in The Japan Alps and the North Chubu Coast

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss