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

March 1 to April 3 Hida Takayama Doll Festival
  The doll (Hina) festival is celebrated one month later than the traditional Doll’s Day in Takayama so that the actual festival day is April 3. Approximately one month before the festival day, traditional (Hina) dolls such as clay dolls, antique dolls, Meiji era dolls, etc. are displayed at various locations throughout the city.
Places: Various locations throughout the city, including tourist facilities and historic houses such as Hida-no-sato (Hida Folk Village)
   
April 3 Hida Live Dolls Festival
  Single women selected from all over Hida render service at a Shinto shrine, attired in costumes of the Empress, consort, ministers, and court ladies. The parade of Live Dolls, as it winds through the village, looks as if it were right out of a picture scroll of the Heian period. Rice cakes are scattered at the end of the festival.
   
April 14 and 15 Spring Takayama Festival
  One of the three most beautiful festivals of Japan: twelve gorgeous decorative floats are pulled in a festival procession on the red-colored Nakabashi Bridge and Shinmei-dori (Street); in particular, karakuri marionettes operated for god on three floats (Sanba-so, Ryujin-tai, and Shakkyo-tai floats) are the highlight of the festival. In the evening, a night festival continues while festival floats are led by the festival procession, which parades through the streets.
Place: Hie Shrine, etc.
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Mid April to Late May Travel back in time to the Edo period
  You can take a 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).
   
Mid April to Early May Cherry trees in bloom
  Hida Takayama has many fine spots from which you can view magnificent cherry trees in bloom, such as the Garyu Cherry Tree and the Shokawa Cherry Tree.
   
Late April to Early May Excursion to the grove of the village shrine
  Annual festival held at each shrine in Takayama City. Spectators can enjoy various traditional folk dances and music including worship ceremonies, lion dancing, Tokeiraku, and Urayasunomai.
   
May 3 and 4 Kinzojishi (Kinzo lion dance)
  This valiant, lively, and original dance is a unique expression of the story where the evil lion who plays the mischief with the village is punished by the god Kinzo and the goddess Okame.
   
May 4 and 5 Annual Hida Sosha Festival
  This is the annual festival of the grand sanctuary enshrining most guardian gods of Hida. A worship service attended by approximately 1,000 people is like viewing an Edo era picture scroll. Do not miss seeing Kaguradai (a sacred music and dancing platform) which is designated as a prefectural cultural asset.
Place: Hida Sosha Shrine
   
First Sunday in April, May and June 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.
   
  What are antique goods?
  Antiques sold here are old tools including antique folk crafts and antique arts. The antique folk crafts are called “getemono” (meaning “weird things”) in Hida, most of them being tools used at olden merchant houses: for example, money boxes, tobacco trays, dressing tables, hibachi (charcoal braziers), iron kettles, pot hangers, paper lanterns, etc. Antique arts include clocks, Hida’s unique furniture, china and porcelain ware, Takayama’s specialty handicrafts such as old Shunkei lacquer ware, old Shibukusa pottery and Netsuke (ornamental buttons for suspending a pouch). The antique stalls look like forming a small museums.
   
May 11 Banryu Festival (opening of the climbing season at the Northern Alps)
  This festival is held each year to pray for the safety of those climbing the Northern Alps. Praising the great accomplishments of the holy priest Banryu, who founded the worship of Mt. Yarigatake and Mt. Kasagatake, representatives of various fields get together to hold this festival in the Onoue Park clad in fresh verdure. Following a Shinto ritual, local performing arts such as Torigei (dance of fighting cocks and hens) and Henbetori (lion dance representing a legend of defeating evil snake) are dedicated to god of mountain.
   
May 15 to Late October Opening of hiking season at Mt. Norikura to climbers
Norikura Skyline is open
  This high area consisting of 23 ridges, 7 lakes, and 8 plains is collectively referred to as Mt. Norikura. The highest peak is Mt. Kengamine, 3,026 meters above sea level. You can travel up the mountain along the Norikura Skyline, Japan’s highest-altitude mountain road, to a height of 2,700 meters without stopping.
   
Mid May Mizubasho in bloom
  These mizubasho (Asian skunk cabbages), which are designated as a Gifu Prefectural natural treasure, grow abundantly on an area of about one hectare and display their snow-white flowers across the entire marsh surrounded by the swampland near the Yamanaka Pass, 1,375 meters above sea level.
   
June 26 Open-Air Bath Day
  The Oku Hida Hot Springs Village sets June 26 each year, in Japanese equivoque, as open-air bath day. On that day, a communal open-air bath is available to the public free of charge, and people are invited to follow a prescribed walking course and join a stamprally.
   
Late June to Mid July Lavender in bloom
 

There are two parks featuring lavender flowers: the Kiyomi Lavender Park and Pascal Kiyomi Lavender Garden. In early summer, light-purple lavender flowers come into bloom, releasing a relaxing fragrance that floats on the air, suffusing the whole area with their heady scent.


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

   


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