Update: June 10, 2013 About Shiga
This dazzling autumn celebration of Tenson Shrine is one of the Three Great Festivals of Shiga. It has also received the distinction of being named a Shiga Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property. The Otsu Festival has a history of nearly 400 years. It is said to have begun in the early Edo period (1603-1868) in the tanuki (raccoon dog) mask dance of a salt peddler named Jihee. The tanuki mask tradition has been preserved as an Otsu Municipal Cultural Property, and as the festival’s roots lie in these masks, each year the Saigyo-Sakura-Tanuki float from Kajiya-cho leads the festival procession.
The Otsu Festival has many attractions—most notably the thirteen extravagant floats adorned with tapestries and other ornaments which parade throughout town on the day of the festival and the lively festival music that can be heard reverberating endlessly throughout Otsu’s neighborhoods on the eve of the procession.
http://www.otsu.or.jp/festival/index.htm( External link )
Second Saturday in October
From nightfall to 21:00
Second Sunday in October
From 9:30 to 17:00