Hoko (Star Floats)
There are five large floats that represent the procession of Gion Matsuri. They are as tall as 25 meters, and travel on large wheels carrying musical accompaniment. A star float is tugged by thirty to forty men on ropes.
FUNE-HOKO (BOAT-SHAPED FLOATS)
These two boat-shaped floats respectively crown the procession in Saki-matsuri and in Ato-matsuri. In 2014, Ofune-hoko for Ato-matsuri was restored for the first time in 150 years. Ancient people called Fune-hoko a “boat of departure” and Ofune-hoko a “boat of return”.
Hiki-yama (Towed Floats)
Three floats are classified as hiki-yama (towed floats), which are large for yama and resemble hoko (aka -boko-), in that they have wheels and carry musical accompaniment, though they have pine instead of cypress on top.
Kaki-yama (Carried Floats)
Twenty floats are classified as kaki-yama (carried floats), which are carried on shoulders of around twenty men. They are decorated with pine or cedar on top, and hold such divine items as small shrines and divine dolls.
Kasa-hoko (Umbrella Floats)
Two floats are classified as kasa-hoko (umbrella floats), which hand down a very old shape of floats. These floats carry an umbrella hanging textile trail, and are accompanied by dancers and musicians.
Yake-yama (Burnt Floats)
Floats have been burnt and restored through numerous wars and fires. There are three floats classified as yake-yama (burnt floats), which appear in historical records but do not currently participate in procession, due to destruction by fire or other community reasons.