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Takayama Spring Festival is annually held on April 14th and 15th. It is considered one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan. The yatai (floats) embody the hundreds of years of craftsmanship in the Takayama area and rivals the Yomeimon Gate of the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko.

Takayama Spring Festival has 12 antique yatai (floats) that are lavishly crafted. The floats showcase the craftsmanship, which dates back hundreds of years ago. This event has been held annually on April 14th and 15th to signify the beginning of spring in Takayama. The first time the Takayama Spring Festival was held is unknown, there are records going back to mid-17th century. Hie Shrine hosts this annual festival and is located in the southern part of Old Town in Takayama. It is also referred to as Sanno-sama and thus the spring festivities are also known as Sanno Festival.

On the day of the festival the yatai are displayed from the morning to the late afternoon. If the weather is not at the optimal conditions that day then the floats would be in the storehouses with the doors open for people to go in and see them. Several 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. The performances by these mechanical puppets have been designated as a cultural asset.

In the afternoon there is a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession going around the town. These portable shrines carry the Shinto deity (kami) from their respective shrines. For the Takayama Spring Festival the festivals begin at Hie Shrine and end there. The craftsmanship of these floats is amazing and it is said to be equal to the Yomeimon Gate of the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko. At night time on April 14th the yatai are pulled through the streets of Old Town. The night festival (yomatsuri) is considered one of the highlights. These floats are illuminated by the paper lanterns that are hung all around the structure.

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