|Yatai Kaitan Museum|
|Float from festival, very old|
|Detail of wheel|
|Floats on display|
The Takayama Festival, held in spring (April 14 and 15) and autumn (October 9 and 10), is ranked as one of Japan's three most beautiful festivals.
Four of the autumn festival's eleven floats (yatai) are exhibited at the Yatai Kaikan Museum in Takayama, a hall next to Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine. The elaborately decorated floats are several hundred years old and beautiful examples of Takayama's legendary craftsmanship.