Gifu: 1st Takayama Autumn Festival held since pandemic

The Yomiuri Shimbun
A line of floats is seen at the Takayama Autumn Festival in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, on Sunday.

TAKAYAMA, Gifu — The Takayama Autumn Festival, registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, was held in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, on Sunday and Monday for the first time in three years.

Spectators filled the streets to catch a glimpse of the glittering floats. One of the highlights of the festival was the Hikisorae event in which 10 floats lined up along the approach to Sakurayama Hachimangu shrine.

The Karakuri Dedication, featuring a performance by mechanical dolls, took place after that on the shrine grounds, drawing cheers and applause.