[Video] A brief Guide to the Autumn Takayama Festival in October
On October 9th and 10th, the Autumn Festival is held in the Takayama town.
Main Events in the daytime
There are 3 main highlights during the daytime.
They will show you their traditional marionette performance in the Sakurayama shrine.
A festival parade with locals dressed in in traditional costumes walking around the town.
Four of the 11 floats, or “Yatai” as we call it, parade through the town.
Night time event
The most recommended highlight is definitely the Yoi-Matsuri, the night time parade. This happens only at the Autumn festival, not at the Spring festival.
Tips and Advice
Book a hotel 6 months earlier
Locals start searching a hotel 6 months earlier to the event. So should you 🙂
If it rains
Unfortunately, Yatai (floats) will stay inside their sheds if it rains, and the Yatai parade and the night time parade will be canceled. (Sorry, I wish I could change it, but it is nature…)
Get pamphlets on the official website
The official website of Takayama offers detailed brochures in several languages. Make sure to check it!