April

Page Number T4000186  Updated on  March 19, 2018  Print

Hida Takayama Hina Doll Festival

Hida Takayama Hina Doll Festival (photo)

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)

Date

From March 1 to April 3 each year

Garakuta Fair (Jumble market)

Garakuta Fair (photo)

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.

Date

First Sunday of the month, from April to October each year

Cherry trees in bloom

Cherry trees in bloom (photo)

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.

Date

From mid April to early May

Hida Takayama Kimono Walk

Hida Takayama Kimono Walk (photo)

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).

Date

Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays from mid April to late May

Spring Takayama Festival

Spring Takayama Festival (photo)

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 Shinmeidori 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.

Date

April 14 & 15 each year

Hida Live Dolls Festival

Hida Live Dolls Festival (photo)

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.

Date

April 3 each year