Takaoka Mikuruma-yama Festival

Bringing history and culture to the modern day

  • The beautiful and graceful mikuruma-yamas

The Takaoka mikuruma-yamas (wheeled float) carried in this festival are apparently based on the court carriage used by Hideyoshi Toyotomi to welcome Emperor Go-Yozei and Retired Emperor Ogimachi to Jurakudai in 1588. After Toshie Maeda received it as a gift, Toshinaga Maeda gave it to the townspeople in 1609 when he was building Takaoka Castle. A barrel roof was added to the carriage to make the current mikurama-yama. Supported by the spirit and wealth of the Takaoka townspeople, this is one of Japan’s most gorgeous hikiyamas, with wheels decorated using superb local craft techniques, such as metalwork, lacquer ware and dyeing.

  • The mechanical dolls are a big attraction

  • Huge crowd charmed by the mikuruma-yamas

  • Enormous effort required to push the float forward

Takaoka Mikuruma-yama Festival

Event date 2018/04/30~2018/05/01
Time April 30th: Pre-festival 18:00 - , Illuminated display at Rinji Yamakura 18:30-21:00
May 1st: Float parade in the city 11:00 - 18:00
Place Yamamachi District, Takaoka
Address The area around Yamamachi District and Katawaramachi, Takaoka, Toyama
TEL 0766-20-1301 (Takaoka Tourism and Exchange Section)
Access 10 minutes by car from the Takaoka Interchange on the Noetsu Expressway
15 minutes walk from Takaoka Station (JR Hokuriku Main Line)
Parking Please use the municipal car park near the station
Cost of parking: Depends on the car park
Official URL http://mikurumayama.jp/
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