Parade in Nagahama

Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri

The town's famous festival, Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri, takes place from 14 to 16 April. The highlight is costumed five- to 13-year-old children performing kabuki (stylised Japanese theatre) plays aboard a dozen elab…
Fireworks in Ōtsu

Biwa-ko Dai-Hanabi Taikai

For the best views of Ōtsu's Great Fireworks Festival head to the waterfront near Keihan Hama-Ōtsu Station. Trains to/from Kyoto are packed for hours before and afterward.
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.