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(: Urban Area, : North Area, : South Area, Events without any marks: All areas. For the areas, see the map.)

Throughout September Excursion to the grove of the village shrine
  Annual festival held at each shrine in Takayama City. Spectators can enjoy various traditional folk performing arts, such as lion dancing, Shinto music and dancing, Tokeiraku, and parade of a portable shrine.
September 1 Cosmea Park is opened
  The skiing slope in the Honokidaira Ski Resort during the off-season offers a 4-hectare site teeming with about eight million cosmea flowers in full bloom.
Early September Soba (buckwheat) Festival of Hida Kokufu Arakigo
  Arakigo is a place where you can see fields of bright golden rice ears and snow-white buckwheat flowers. You can enjoy walking through the buckwheat fields, reveling in the rich abundance of the harvest.
First Sunday in September and October Garakuta Fair (Jumble market)
  An antique fair started in 1982. Held on the first Sunday of the month from April to October. The streets are temporarily closed to vehicles (called “pedestrians’ paradise”) and over 20 art dealers have stalls on the street. You will enjoy looking at olden daily life utensils while strolling down the street.
Mid September to Late October Travel back in time to the Edo period
  You can stroll through the old townscapes of Hida Takayama, clad in a kamishimo (a ceremonial dress) or kimono (everyday clothes)
of the Edo period, about 200 years ago.
Early September to Early Octoberer Red autumn leaves from Mt. Norikura to the Hirayu Pass are at their most beautiful
  Autumn leaves are at their best.
Late September Rice harvesting in kurumada, wheel-shaped rice fields
  The method of planting rice plants concentrically around a rod standing at the center of the rice paddy is a very rare method in Japan and is a unique method developed in Hida.
Place: Hida-no-sato (Hida Folk Village) Hida Folk Village (PDF) Matsunoki-cho
Early October Autumn Illumination in Hida Takayama
  The Nakabashi Bridge is illuminated soon after dark to create a fantastic view of the surrounding area.
Place: Nakabashi Bridge and nearby area 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
October 9 and 10 Autumn Takayama Festival
  An extremely elegant and beautiful festival which is among the three most beautiful festivals of Japan. The highlight of the festival is gorgeous floats described as “moving Youmeimon (the famous, gorgeously-decorated gate to Toshogu Shrine in Nikko)” and marionettes skillfully operated on the floats.
Place: Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

Mid October Hida Shokawa Hometown Festival and Renjishi
  Thirty lions gather, coming from the shrines in the Shokawa district, to put on magnificent dances as if calling up the nostalgic memories of the mountain villages.
Late October to Early November Autumn leaves in the city are at their best
  At the Hida Folk Village (Hida-no-sato), the red autumn leaves are illuminated at night.
November 3 Sukuna Festival
  Local produce festival where mochi (sticky rice cakes) made of ancient heirloom rice and Sukuna pumpkin are a popular treat and where a variety of exhibitions can be enjoyed.
November 3 New Soba Festival of Hida Shokawa
  At this time of harvesting soba (buckwheat), you can see new style of cooking soba noodle, experience soba noodle making, watch masters make soba noodle, and also taste noodle just handmade of newly-ground soba flour with just-fried topping, free of charge.
Mid November Na-arai (vegetable washing) and preparation of pickles

Na-arai for the preparation of pickles such as pickled Chinese cabbage as a preserved food for the long winter in the Hida region is rarely seen in urban areas nowadays, but this is a rural scene which used to be often found late in autumn in Hida Takayama.
Place: Hida-no-sato (Hida Folk Village)
Hida Folk Village (PDF)

For further information about the aforementioned events, contact: Hida Takayama Tourist Information Office (i-Information Desk) Tel: 0577-32-5328

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