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Takayama Autumn Festival Tours

Takayama Autumn Festival Tours

The Takayama Autumn Festival is annually held on October 9th and 10th. It is considered one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan.

Takayama Autumn Festival is also known as Takayama Hachiman Festival because it hosted by the Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine. The main event of the festival is the parade with eleven yatai (floats), which are designated as Significant Intangible Folk Cultural Assets in Japan. These floats are decorated with detailed carvings, tapestries, and karakuri dolls (marionettes). For the Takayama Autumn Festival master artisans called Hida no Takumi crafted these floats that date back to the 17th and 18th century. The craftsmanship on the yatai rivals the work done on the Yomeimon Gate in Nikko.

Some of the floats have karakuri (mechanical puppets) that can dance and move in surprising ways. They are controlled from within the yatai using strings and push rods. These mechanical puppets are made out of wood, which are then dressed in silk and embroidered cloth. These performances can be seen at the Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine where many people gather to see the show. Be prepared to sit on the ground depending on your location. Traditional Japanese music accompanies the puppets movements to complete the atmosphere.

At night time there are about 100 chochin (paper lanterns) attached to each float and is illuminated once the area is veiled in darkness. The decorations and ornaments on the yatai are accentuated by the lanterns, which add on to the festive mood. However, if it rains the paper lantern parade would be cancelled since the yatai cannot get wet. Still you can see them in their individual storehouses if you wish to see them. Also there are food and game stands for people to enjoy at the Takayama Autumn Festival that will not disappoint.

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The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour arrow readmore icon

Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

    75 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3498.00

Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Autumn Festival.

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Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Mon. Oct 13, 2025 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Oct 6, 2026 Tue. Oct 13, 2026 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

    75 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Autumn Festival, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Sun. Oct 5, 2025 Mon. Oct 13, 2025 US $3798.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTH1519349

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour arrow readmore icon

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

    26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

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Mon. Sep 30, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Sep 30, 2026 Tue. Oct 13, 2026 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

    26 reviews

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6298.00

Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival and Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Mon. Sep 29, 2025 Mon. Oct 13, 2025 US $6298.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTH1105193

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves arrow readmore icon

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)

    4 reviews

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Exploring Japan's two main islands: Honshu & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

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Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Tue. Oct 21, 2025 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTX2571585

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto

    3 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Tue. Oct 15, 2024 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Wed. Oct 15, 2025 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Oct 6, 2026 Thu. Oct 15, 2026 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTS1527893

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival & Autumn Leaves arrow readmore icon

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo

    9 reviews

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8998.00

Exploring Japan's all four main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

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Mon. Sep 30, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Sep 30, 2026 Wed. Oct 21, 2026 US $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTD0618198

Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe

    6 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $9298.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Sat. Oct 19, 2024 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Sun. Oct 19, 2025 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Oct 6, 2026 Mon. Oct 19, 2026 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTG4978385

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival & Autumn Leaves with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo

    9 reviews

23 Days 22 Nights | from US $9298.00

Exploring Japan's all four main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival and Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Mon. Sep 29, 2025 Tue. Oct 21, 2025 US $9298.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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