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Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan)
Ranked #31 of 194 things to do in Takayama
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Owner description: This museum displays hundreds of lion-masks traditionally used in ritual Japanese dance.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

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 across the ages.

Thank Julie G
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

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 are explanations in both Japanese and English to understand the show. Very entertaining show not only for kids, adults also got very attracted. Show lasts about 20-25 mins, you are allowed to take pictures. Lion exhibition took us some 5 mins to go through. Definitely join if you are around.

1  Thank endis
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

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 of Japanese Buddhist shrines.

The other half of the museum was a stage, full of Karakuri puppets. The puppets are traditional mechanical puppets, originally made from the 17th-19th century. We watched a show and it was very impressive, especially considering the age of the puppets used. You can imagine the wonderment that would have been felt all those years ago when the puppet started to move, seemingly by itself.

2  Thank Chelsea B
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

The lion dance masks are very much secondary as the puppet show and explanation is much more interesting and I like to go when I visit this part of town (normally after the float museum). BUT, I find it very frustrating that about half the time the place is shut with no explanation of hours or opening ???? Therefore 3 rather than 4 stars - if they had regular hours, that would be better.

Thank JapanCustomTours
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Reviewed 7 July 2017

Amazing puppet show with audience participation, suitable for both adults and children. It really is good fun and the exhibits are interesting also. There is also a large collection of face masks.

Thank Gringo999
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