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Buddhist Temple in Ōtsu

Mii-dera Temple

Just past its 1200th anniversary (in 2014), these rambling, deeply wooded precincts at the edge of central Ōtsu are the head temple of the Jimon branch of Tendai Buddhism. Four of its buildings are national treasure…
Cultural in Ōtsu

Ōtsu Matsuri

At Tenson-jinja, near JR Ōtsu Station, ornate floats are displayed on the first day and paraded around the town on the second day.
Fireworks in Ōtsu

Biwa-ko Dai-Hanabi Taikai

Ōtsu's Great Fireworks Festival is held in early August. Best views are along the waterfront near Keihan Hama-Ōtsu Station. Trains to and from Kyoto are packed for hours before and afterward.