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Karakuri puppets: An indispensable part of Inuyama Matsuri, a traditional event in Inuyama City

Karakuri are traditional Japanese devices that move through the use of thread and clockwork. Karakuri puppets became popular among feudal lords and court nobles in the Edo period. The dedication of floats furnished with karakuri puppets at religious festivals started in Inuyama City during the same era. Inuyama Matsuri, through which this tradition is passed down to this day, is held in April every year, and one of its highlights is watching the karakuri puppets dancing on the gorgeous floats. At the Karakuri Exhibition Room, the karakuri puppets used at the festival are open to the public at all times, and the workings of large karakuri can be seen up close.
Posted photos Main The Karakuri Exhibition Room, where demonstrations of karakuri puppets serving tea are held on Saturday, Sunday and holidays (except for the days Inuyama Matsuri is held)
Two photos Upper A float at Inuyama Matsuri, decorated with karakuri puppets - amazing devices, lower Touch the karakuri and try working them
 
Time 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
 
Address 8 Kitakoken, Inuyama, Inuyama City, Aichi
Phone +81-568-62-4802 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admissions are 30 minutes before closing time)
Holidays December 29th to 31st
Admission fee Adults 100 yen
Junior high school student age and under Free
Access Take the Meitetsu rapid limited express or limited express from "Meitetsu Nagoya Station" near "Nagoya Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 25 minutes, alight at "Inuyama Station" and walk for approx. 15 minutes.
URL Inuyama Tourist Information
https://inuyama.gr.jp/karakuri.html
The Ninth generation Tamaya Shobei Appreciation Society
http://karakuri-tamaya.jp/exhibition.html
* The times of karakuri puppet demonstrations on Saturday, Sunday and holidays may vary depending on the season. Please inquire for details.
* Inuyama Matsuri is scheduled to be held every year on the first Saturday and Sunday of April.

updated on Mar 30, 2018

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