Hie Shrine (Takayama)

Related Events: Takayama Spring Festival
Name in Japanese: 日枝神社
Area: Gifu
Address: 156 Shiroyama, Takayama-shi, Gifu-ken [map]
Website: http://www.gifu-jinjacho.jp/syosai.php?s...

Best known as the host of the famous Takayama Spring Festival, also known as the Sanno Matsuri, the shrine is a peaceful spot surrounded by tall trees.

The seemingly modest shrine contains the floats used in the annual festival, including the karakuri – large marionette-like figures who move in a hauntingly life-like fashion. The temple’s full name is the Hida-sannogu Hie-Jinja, and is dedicated to family safety.