Hi, my friend and I are planning to go to Takayama on 15th April to catch the festival. Actually we are pretty much clueless about how to get there. Would it be better to go on the 14th? We are thinking of staying in Tokyo then taking the train with the JR pass to get to Takayama. Or is it better to stay in Takayama. Also, what is the timing and location of the festival? I have searched online that it is associated with the Hie shrine, but I don't really know where we should head. Please help us with this :D Your help would be greatly appreciated!
I'm planning on heading to Takayama as well for the Sanno Matsuri. The event will be held on April 14 with the shrines / floats lighted up at night. It will end on Apr15 on a solemn note. I'm making my way from Tokyo to Takayama on the bus (5.5hrs)for 6,500Yen website: nouhibus.co.jp/english/index... But if you have a JR pass, you might as well take the Shinkansen to nagoya and change to the Wide View Hida train to Takayama (abt less than 5hrs, great views but cost 13,450Yen 1way).
I'm leaving Tokyo on 12Apr as I plan to take a daytrip to Shirakawago on 13Apr. The only problem I have now is getting rooms in Takayama on these dates. Apparently everyone in Takayama is involved in this event so I don't think you can miss the crowd!
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