SpotSakurayama Hachimangu

Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine is worshipped locally as a guardian deity that guards the north eastern approaches to Takayama (the direction from which evil spirits were believed to approach). The shrine's majestic pavilions are made of hinoki (Japanese cypress) and are surrounded by old cedars. During its autumn festival, floats are paraded here and the sight of these floats as they approach the shrine is the highlight of the festival.

The Yatai Kaikan exhibits 4 of 11 floats in rotation at the annual autumn festival and visitors can study in detail the Takayama Festival. 300 inro (medicinal pillboxes) are displayed at the nearby Inro Museum. An inro, originally hung from the waistband, became a luxurious accessory carved and decorated with gold lacquer and cloisonné enamel during the Edo period. The artwork that goes into producing these pieces attracts a steady stream of visitors.

Sakurayama Hachimangu


15 min on foot from JR Takayama Sta.


178, Sakuramachi, Takayama city, Gifu





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