This is one of the most beautiful Japanese festivals with twelve gorgeous festival floats. The highlights are mechanical doll presentations on the three floats called Sanba-so, Ryujin-tai and Shakkyo-tai floats. You cannot miss the float parade at night. In case of rain the floats will stay inside.
Kamiichinomachi,Kamininomachi, Kamisannomachi, Kataharamachi, Honmachi, Shinmeimachi and its neighborhood
15 minutes walk from the JR Takayama Station
Tourism Division of Takayama City（0577-32-3333）
From October 1, 2014, additional products are added to the tax-exemption products at tax-free program participating stores. This includes food, medicines and cosmetics. Consumables (foods, drinks, medicines, cosmetics, etc.) must be purchased at the same store on the same day, and the total spending must be over 5,000JPY but no greater than 500,000JPY.
The cherry blossom and red Nakabashi Bridge are illuminated at night, offering a fantastic view. Even after cherry blossom season finishes, there are still great views of new green leaves and the red bridge with a brilliant color contrast. Light display: 7pm – 10pm
Nakabashi area (Kawaharamachi, Takayama)
12 minutes walk from the JR Takayama Station
Tourism Division of Takayama City（0577-35-3145）
Hida Real Life Hina Festival takes place annually on the third of April at the Hida Ichinomiya Minashi Shrine and its surroundings. This traditional festival is conducted to pray for a good harvest and women’s happiness. It is known nationally therefore it attracts many visitors. Nine unmarried women are chosen from the Hida area and dress up as Hina dolls. As Hina dolls they participate in a parade and mochi throwing ceremony. A collaborative event with TV anime show HYOUKA also takes place on this day.
Hida Ichinomiya Minashi Shrine (5323 Ichinomiyamachi, Takayama)
10 minutes walk from JR Hida-Ichinomiya Station
Hida Ichinomiya Minashi Shrine (0577-53-2001)
See the sake barrel mikoshi, portable shrine, carried by the local youth. You can try "Kami no shizuku" sake and browse many food stalls.
In front of Takayama Jinya and other locations
10 minutes walk from the JR Takayama Station
Chamber of commerce（0577-32-0380）