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Takayama Yatai Kaikan
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 fa
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Although their beauty indisputable, kimonos have a defect. They do not have pockets. How can you carry your bits-and-peices without the hassle?
Shunkei Lacquer Museum
Cuts in the bark of a tree exposes the raw plant flesh, from which flows clear and thick blood, which is highly toxic.
Few museums seem as alive as Hida-no-Sato, which attracts visitors both for its traditional houses and its authentic Japanese crafts.
Hida Folk Archaeological Museum
A museum and former samurai house, the Hida Folk Archaeological Museum houses both a collection of historical and prehistoric objects from the region, as well as secret passages that wouldn't be ou
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