The Autumn Festival is an annual festival of the Sakurayuama Hachimangu Shrine.The people who live in the northern half of downtown Takayama worship at this shrine.
The actual festival starts on Octover 7th, when the order of the procesion offestival floats is decided. On October 9th, after the ritual ceremony at the shirne,a festival procession with hundreds of townspeople wearing traditional costumes begins. During the daytime, all Autumn Festival floats are pulled out, and themarionette performance is dedicated to the gods. In the evening of October 9th,a night festival containing beautifully decorated floats preceeds through the town.People are fascinated bt the beautiful breathtaking scenery.
The next day is a highlight of the festival. Marionette performance on Hotei-taifloat is executed , and the shrine's main god, led by festival procession, visits everyhousehold. A group of people in the procession play Shinto music, which is JapaneseImperial music; the other group carries a "Mikoshi", or a portable shrine with a godin it. The long procession featuring traditional music and people in traditionalcostume takes us back to old Japan.
The festival finishes with another ritual ceremony at the shrine. The ceremony isheld in a solem atmosphere.