Takayama Yatai Kaikan 高山屋台会館
The parade stopped
All year round, inside Hachiman-gu Sakurayama Shrine, Takayama Yatai Kaikan Exhibition Hall with high ceilings, presents four of the eleven yatai, the three-floor floats, which parade during the fall Takayama Matsuri on October 9th and 10th.
They shine and catch the eye with their garish red, excessive gold and majestic black. The floats installed here wait while being admired, they are changed three times a year to show visitors the entire collection. Some dating back to the seventeenth century, their sculptures and lacquered panels require special care, which also explains the rotation of these pieces of art that are truly put to the test when they set forth, slowly but surely, in the streets of the city.
The entry ticket also gives access to Sakurayama Nikko-kan, which displays models of Nikko shrines.
Where are the other yatai hiding? Maybe you will stumble across, in the middle of the city, a long hangar with doors on several levels? Inside, a float is sleeping.