Discover the Splendor of Otsu Festival

Join a 400-Year Tradition of Vibrant Celebration.

Experience the grandeur of the nationally designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, the Otsu Festival.

Nestled on the shores of Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa, the town of Otsu once thrived as a major hub of water transportation.

This prosperity gave birth to the magnificent Otsu Festival, adorned with luxurious hikiyama floats that have graced the streets for centuries. Today, this rich tradition continues to thrive.

Join us for a one-day immersive tour where you’ll pull these splendid floats alongside the locals and enjoy the lively festival atmosphere. Engage with the community, listen to their stories, and revel in the traditional music performed by the townspeople.

Come and be a part of the celebration with the spirited citizens of Otsu!


©Yasuyuki Tsutsumi
©Yasuyuki Tsutsumi

Tour Highlights

An exclusive, hands-on festival experience


Hikiyama Float Pulling

Learn about the stunning hikiyama floats, adorned with intricate mechanical dolls, and join the locals in pulling these grand structures through the town.


Traditional Festival Music

Enjoy the captivating sounds of traditional festival music performed by the local townspeople, enhancing the festive ambiance.


Cultural Heritage and Tradition

Discover the rich cultural heritage passed down through generations. Hear the stories of the community's successors and feel the importance of preserving these traditions.

 Peek behind the scenes of the historic Otsu Festival and gain a deeper understanding of Japanese festival culture.

 Join the proud townspeople and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of this celebrated event.

Important Information

Tour Date: October 12, 2024 - Yomiya (Eve Festival)

Duration: 3 hours

Meals: Not included. However, there are numerous dining options nearby, and we can provide recommendations.

Access: We will meet at subway Sanjo Keihan station in Kyoto. 

Departure Point

Sanjo Keihan Station (Keihan-Line)

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Their daily practice scenes