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Shishi Hall (Shishi Kaikan)飛騨高山獅子会館からくりミュージアム

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The Shishi Hall (Shishi Kaikan) is a museum in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture that is dedicated to Karakuri. Karakuri are mechanically-operated moving human figures and models that are displayed on the floats that parade through Takayama during the Takayama Matsuri (Takayama Festival), one of the “Three Great Festivals of Japan”; they are controlled using strings, springs and clockwork, etc. The Shishi Hall’s “Karakuri Performance,” in which visitors are able to see how expertly the Karakuri are operated, was selected as a one-star item in the Michelin Travel Guide. There is also a display of approximately 300 ceremonial “lion heads” from all over Japan; as the only exhibition of its kind in Japan, this lion-head display has been designated as an Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property.

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place Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Sakuramachi 53-1
phone 0577320881

Review of Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan)

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Reviewed:2018/04/06 Marionettes.
The marionette performance was delightful. Simple but enchanting. There was information about the mechanical working of the marionettes and one can imagine how they have delighted kids and adults...
Reviewed:2017/11/22 Awesome puppet show
After the float museum we were invited by the staff of Karakuri museum to join the puppet show. So glad we did ! Karakuri are the mechanical puppets made in 17th century and still functioning. There...
Reviewed:2017/09/19 Great dolls
We paid 600yen and walked into a relatively small room, mostly full of lion masks. Lions, or shishi as they're known, are magical creatures that protect from evil spirits and stand outside a number...



Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Sakuramachi 53-1 [map]



Irregular holidays (Dec.-Mar. closed)
[Admission fee]Adults600yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students400yen
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Gifu Main Areas


Tucked away in the very center of Japan, Gifu prefecture houses mountains, old towns, and one of Japan's greatest hot springs, Gero Onsen. A tour of the prefecture's traditional architecture will take you from the mountain-enveloped wooden streets of Takayama to the mountain village of Shirakawago, where visitors can explore 250-year-old thatched roofed houses known as gassho-zukuri.