It is one of Japan’s three great float festivals, boasting a history of over 400 years.
Built by generations of craftsmen, the ornate hikiyama floats are masterpieces known as “moving art museums,” and their tapestries have been designated important cultural properties.
The “Children’s Kabuki,” that has continued since the Edo period, is not to be missed, as boy actors from five to 12 years old dress in ornate costumes and give passionate performances on the floats that harken back to a different era.
In the fall of 2016, Nagahama Hikiyama Festival, along with 33 other Japanese yama, hoko, and yatai float festivals, will be registered as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
|Event Dates||Mid-April every year (tentative)|
|Event Details||April 13: Evening performance of child kabuki plays
April 14: Morning performance of child kabuki plays in own neighborhoods, Noboriyama (floats pushed to Hachimangu Shrine)
April 15 (main day): Performance of child kabuki plays at shrine, Modoriyama (floats return to neighborhoods)
April 16: Goen kyogen (Tears of children after last show)
|Location (venue)||Nagahama Hachiman-gū Shrine, Nagahama City|
|Address||13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama-shi, Shiga|
|Category||Shrines and temples, Traditional performing arts|
Event organizers may change the date and time. Please check the official website.