Takayama is a beautiful town in the Japanese Alps that hosts two major festivals (matsuri) annually. The Hachiman Matsuri, or Fall festival, took place in October and is often quoted as one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan. A friend and I decided to take the beautiful drive through the mountains to take part. One of the most interesting parts of the festival are the numerous enormous floats decorated with lanterns that parade down all of streets of the old town. The whole town participates in both the evening and the daytime performances that include dragon dancing, traditional music and of course the floats. Take a look for yourself!