Period
Late July to Early August
Location
Yume-Kyobashi Castle Road area
Hikone Yukata Festival

Yume Kyobashi Castle Road, a revived town in the Edo era, is an “old and new” avenue. We recommend you take a walk in this area in yukata (yukata is a light Japanese cloth worn after bathing) In a nostalgic atmosphere, crowded with event stages and stalls, you may participate in the festival in yukata, as well as take part in a lottery to win an exclusive prize.

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Period
August 1
Location
Biwa Lake, Matsubara swimming beach
Hikone Great Firework Festival

Thousands of fireworks color the castle town at the lakeside. Watching the fireworks from afar and enjoying yourself in the night air at the lakeside bring very good feelings. Besides, a night cruise during the firework night is also romantic.
A number of Star Mine reflected on the surface of Lake Biwa looks like a painting. Particularly, the final display of fireworks is the most impressive. The contest-like Star-Mine is breathtaking.

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Period
August 6
Location
Serikawa River site
Hikone Manto-Nagashi (Buddhist lantern festival)

Many lanterns of farewell candle lights are flown to the river. Thousands of lanterns reflected on the waters of Serikawa River create a fantastic mood in summer.
The origin of these religious memorial events of the ancient succeeded in the local areas is traced back to the Urabon-kyo, (one of Buddhism bibles). In the event people light up at their gate and put light lanterns at the riverside and flow them to the river for comforting the spirits of their ancestors.

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Period
Mid-August
Location
The shopping streets
Hikone Bayashi Whole Dance Competition

This is the climax of the summer in Hikone. With the new folk song made in 1960, “Hikone Bayashi” thousands of citizens participate in dancing and parading on the shopping streets. In recent years many groups of people dressed in novel styles take part in this event and gain popularity.

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