Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri

Parade in Nagahama

Nagahama's famous festival lasts a week, but the highlight takes place on 15 April, when costumed five- to 13-year-old children perform kabuki (a form of stylised Japanese theatre) aboard a dozen elaborately ornamented hikiyama (festival floats).

The rest of the year, visitors can see two floats and video footage of the festival at the Nagahama Hikiyama Museum.