October 31, 2016

Update on Autumn colors in Takayama (Oct 31)

It was supposed to be your correspondent's day off today but he failed to finish all his work (poor him!) the previous day and had to go reluctantly to work today. But luckily he managed to finish
all the remaining tasks in the morning, and after a quick lunch, and armed with his new iphone (your correspondent dropped his iphone 5 on the ground, broke it, bought a new phone, then dropped it into the toilet in less than two weeks, necessitating the purchase of yet another phone; your correspondent is broke right now), he headed down to the Shiroyama Park to check out the autumn colors. Rumor has it that the autumn colors this year are less vivid than in a regular year because of heavy rainfall in the last few months, and I am afraid I have to agree. But still you can spot trees with vividly red maple leaves here and there in the park. Based on my experience, the autumn colors here are still a week away from its peak, as we are expecting the weather to turn pretty cold next week, which will hopefully speed up the change of colors. So don't forget to check out the Shiroyama park in a week! (Don't forget your bear bell...just in case).


October 11, 2016

Autumn Light-up in Takayama

During the Autumn the leaves change color and Takayama get illuminated all around the city !

Well this year is maybe not the most beautiful one due to the heavy rain of the past months, but the light-up are still running in Takayama giving some good view of the city by night.

Spot #1(number 8 on the map) : Nakabashi, the red bridge
From the 1st of October until the 30th of November
Everyday from 18:30 to 22:00

Spot #2 (number 9 on the map) : Enako River, the little river in th old town
From the 1st of October until the 30th of November
Everyday from 18:30 to 22:00

Spot #3 (number 10 on the map) : Hida Folk Village
From the 1st of October until the 13th of November
Sat./Sun./Holiday from 17:30 to 21:00
Adult 300 yen / Child 100 yen

October 8, 2016

Takayama Autumn Festival

Takayama's Autumn Festival, one of the three most beautiful one in Japan.

Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow the street of Takayama will be joyfull and crowded as everyone is waiting to see the floats walking down the path. The floats are really high, about 9m, and colorful. Inside the floats you will be able to watch the Karakuri, wooden puppets moving by strings, performing story and dance. Sometimes 10 people are needed to move one Karakuri !

October 9th 2016
9:00 to 16:00 : Line-up of Floats
12:00 to 12:20 : Puppet show (Karakuri)
13:00 to 15:00 : Goshinko processing
13:30 to 16:00 : Parade of floats
15:00 to 15:20 : Puppet show (Karakuri)
18:00 to 21:00 : Night Parade

October 10th 2016
8:30 to 11:30 : Goshinko processing
9:00 to 16:00 : Line-up of Floats
11:00 to 11:20 : Puppet show (Karakuri)
13:00 to 13:20 : Puppet show (Karakuri)
13:30 to 16:00 : Goshinko processing