Biwa-ko Dai-Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks in Ōtsu

This display of 10,000 fireworks over Biwa-ko is a major summer event, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors. You can get good views from the waterfront near Keihan Hama-Ōtsu Station, but you'll have to get there early in the day to secure a spot. Expect trains to/from Kyoto to be packed for hours before and afterward.