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Takayama Autumn Festival - Hachiman Festival

Trishy

Joined September 2007

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The annual festival of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine (affectionately known as Hachiman-sama), the guardian deity of the northern half of old Takayama castle town. Believed to have originated in the 16th or 17th century and started as a thanksgiving ceremony to offer gratitude to the gods for the bumper harvests.

There is a spring and autumn festival in Takayama and these are regarded as among the three most beautiful festivals in Japan along with the Kyoto Gion Festival and the Saitama’s Chichibu Night Festival.

Designated by the government as an intangible folklore cultural asset, its main attractions are the ornate yatai – the yatai – gumi groups who own the yatai take immense pride in maintaining their yatai – each handed down from generation to generation.

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