Spring Takayama Festival (Sanno Matsuri)

Page Number T4000208  Updated on  April 14, 2021  Print

The parade of Takayama Festival has been canceled as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. However 12 festival floats are displayed at their warehouse for a limited time on April 14 and 15.
Time: April 14. 10:00a.m.~8:00p.m./April 15. 10:00a.m.~5:00p.m

April 14 & 15 annually
On the days of the festival, brochures of the Spring Takayama Festival will be available at the festival information headquarters, tourist information centers and parking areas.

Photograph of Spring Takayama Festival

The Spring Takayama Festival or Sanno Matsuri is an annual festival for Hie Jinja Shrine and tells of the coming of spring. The festival parade is held in the Kamimachi  area, on the south side of Yasugawa Street.

There are 12 matsuri-yatai festival floats in the area, and they are paraded around all at once. Three of the floats have a marionette show. There will be a festival parade and a yomatsuri (nighttime festival).

Featured Events

Festival Parade

Photograph of Festival Parade

A line of several hundreds of people dressed in traditional costumes such as kamishimo (samurai costume) walk around the festival area with a portable shrine which carries the deity. Shishimai performers (lion dance) and tokeiraku people who wear costumes decorated with spirited fighting roosters and ring bells join the parade.

Date Time Schedule
14 1p.m. Leaves Hie Jinja Shrine
14 Around 4p.m. Arrives at the otabisho
15 12:30p.m. Leaves the otabisho
15 Around 4p.m. Returns to Hie Jinja Shrine

otabisho:the location where the deity stops for a rest or overnight stay.

Yatai Float Display

Photograph of Yatai Float Display

There are 12 matsuri-yatai festival floats for the Spring Takayama Festival (Sanno Matsuri).
Each float has its own unique ornaments, so taking time to compare the floats when they are displayed together is one of the enjoyments of the festival.

Date Time Floats Display Location
14 9:30a.m. -
 Around 4p.m.
Kagura-tai, Sanbaso, Ryujin-tai, Shakkyo-tai Takayama Jinya Historical Government House (Otabisho)
14 9:30a.m. -
Around 4p.m.
Kirin-tai,  Godaisan, Houou-tai, Ebisu-tai, Kongo-tai,
Kinko-tai,  Seiryu-tai
Shinmeimachi Street
15 9:30a.m. -
Around 4p.m.
Kagura-tai, Sanbaso, Ryujin-tai, Shakkyo-tai Takayama Jinya Historical Government House (Otabisho)
15 9:30a.m. -
Around 4p.m.

Kirin-tai, Ebisu-tai, Godaisan, Houou-tai

Honmachi 1-Chome
Honmachi 2-Chome
15 9:30a.m. -
Around 4p.m.
Kinko-tai, Kongo-tai, Seiryu-tai Sanmachi Street

Daikokutai is due for repair and will not be displayed at the festival this year.

Marionette Performance

Photograph of Marionette Performance

At the Takayama Jinya Historical Government House, a marionette performance on the three floats-Sanbaso, Ryujin-tai and Shakkyo-tai-is held. Six to eight masters called tsunakata move many strings of the marionettes. The audience will be overwhelmed by the detailed and bold movements of the marionettes, as if they were alive.
The Marionette Performance is held twice a day, morning and afternoon, on both days of the festival.

Day Time Location
14 11:00a.m.-
(Approximately 50 minutes)
Takayama Jinya Historical Government House
14 About 2:30p.m.-
(Approximately 50 minutes)
Takayama Jinya Historical Government House
15 10:00a.m.-
(Approximately 50 minutes)
Takayama Jinya Historical Government House
15 About 2p.m.-
(Approximately 50 minutes)
Takayama Jinya Historical Government House

Please note that we may limit the entrances from the surrounding areas to ensure safety and prevent accidents.

Yomatsuri (Nighttime Festival)

Photograph of Yomatsuri

Yomatsuri is held on the night of the 14th. Approximately 100 lanterns are lit on each float, and the floats are slowly paraded through the city. The audience can experience a fantastic spectacle, which is quite different from the daytime display.

Traffic restrictions are imposed on Katahara st. at 6:30 pm. to 9 p.m. during Takayama Festival.

Information and Requests

In the event of rain

  • The Marionette Performance, Festival Parade, Yatai Parade and Yomatsuri will be cancelled.
  • The festival will not be postponed.
  • Viewing the yatai floats in each storage place may be available depending on the weather.


  • Yatai floats are invaluable cultural assets. Please be careful around them.
  • Do not touch yatai floats. For your safety, please do not come close to the yatai floats when they are displayed.
  • Do not obstruct the parade to take photographs.
  • Heavy crowds are expected during the festival period. Please give way to each other to avoid accidents.
  • Due to regulations, there are no garbage containers for festival visitors, so please take your garbage with you when you leave. Smoking around the Furui-machi-nami is also prohibited.
  • Please note that the festival event schedule may change due to bad weather.
  • There are some roadside ditches which are not covered. Please watch your step, especially at the yomatsuri.

Takayama Festival Information Centers

  • Takayama Festival Information Headquarters: Telephone: +81-577-36-0020
    (Opens on April 14 and 15 only.)
  • Hida Takayama Tourist Information Office: Telephone: +81-577-32-5328
  • Takayama City Hall Tourism Division: Telephone: +81-577-32-3333

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