Update: June 10, 2013 About Shiga
The Sanno Festival is held annually at Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, the head shrine of a national network of 3,800 Sanno shrines. Along with the Otsu Festival and the Nagahama Hikiyama Festival, it is one of the Three Great Festivals of Lake Biwa. The Sanno Festival has also been named an official Otsu Municipal Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
The Sanno Festival lasts for a month and a half beginning March 1. However, the most notable festivities occur on the three days between April 12 and April 14. On April 12, two mikoshi (portable shrines) are carried down from Mt. Ushio (Mt. Hachioji), a location symbolizing divine marriage, to the shrine’s east hall in the Uma no shinji (Holy Ritual of the Horse). On April 13, the birth of the prince is commemorated in the Yomiya otoshi (Shaking of the Shrines), an event where four mikoshi are violently shaken in an expression of the pains of childbirth. On April 14, seven mikoshi are transported by boat across the lake and back, aboard which the solemn and majestic ritual of Awazu no goku (Offering of Awazu) is held.
If you are visiting Sakamoto to view the spring cherry blossoms, be sure not to miss the Sanno Festival.
http://www.otsu.or.jp/festival/index.htm( External link )
Holy Ritual of the Horse (Uma no shinji)
Departure from summit: 20:30
Arrival at shrine: 21:00
Shaking of the Shrines(Yomiya-otoshi)
From 19:30 to 21:00
Boat Procession (Funatogyo)
Offering of Awazu (Awazu no goku)
From 15:00 to 16:30