Sanno Matsuri (Takayama festival) at Hie Jinja Shrine, Takayama City, Gifu Pref.
14th - 15th April, 2015 | at Hie Jinja Shrine, Takayama City, Gifu Pref. Sanno Matsuri is a festival at Hie Jinja Shrine in Takayama that features gorgeous floats carried on the shoulders of floatbearers. Symbolizing the wish of farmers for a good harvest, the first day of the festival begins when the floats are taken from the storehouses and prepared for the procession. After a Shinto ceremony at Hie Jinja Shrine, the wooden floats, some hundreds of year old, are paraded through the streets. In the evening the procession continues with floats adorned with lanterns. Many people dress in Edo period costumes. On the second day, marionettes shows are performed on three of the 12 floats. official website ›› http://www.hida.jp/matsuri/