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The Takayama Autumn Festival is annually held on October 9th and 10th. It is considered one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan.

Takayama Autumn Festival is also known as Takayama Hachiman Festival because it hosted by the Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine. The main event of the festival is the parade with eleven yatai (floats), which are designated as Significant Intangible Folk Cultural Assets in Japan. These floats are decorated with detailed carvings, tapestries, and karakuri dolls (marionettes). For the Takayama Autumn Festival master artisans called Hida no Takumi crafted these floats that date back to the 17th and 18th century. The craftsmanship on the yatai rivals the work done on the Yomeimon Gate in Nikko.

Some of the floats have karakuri (mechanical puppets) that can dance and move in surprising ways. They are controlled from within the yatai using strings and push rods. These mechanical puppets are made out of wood, which are then dressed in silk and embroidered cloth. These performances can be seen at the Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine where many people gather to see the show. Be prepared to sit on the ground depending on your location. Traditional Japanese music accompanies the puppets movements to complete the atmosphere.

At night time there are about 100 chochin (paper lanterns) attached to each float and is illuminated once the area is veiled in darkness. The decorations and ornaments on the yatai are accentuated by the lanterns, which add on to the festive mood. However, if it rains the paper lantern parade would be cancelled since the yatai cannot get wet. Still you can see them in their individual storehouses if you wish to see them. Also there are food and game stands for people to enjoy at the Takayama Autumn Festival that will not disappoint.

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