It was possible to enter this float and see the inside (Photo: Cathy Cawood)

Otsu Festival

Thirteen ornate floats with mechanical puppets

Cathy Cawood   - 1 min read
Venue : Tenson Shrine When : Mid Oct 2022
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Otsu Matsuri takes place in early October, which is preferable to the sticky July heat of Kyoto's Gion Matsuri. It features thirteen gorgeous tall lantern floats which can be viewed on the first day of the festival, and a parade which takes place the following day. The floats have ingenious mechanical puppets which move during the parade.

Food stalls are set up in the grounds of Tenson Shrine and along the covered shopping street. The floats are located only 10 minutes walk from Otsu JR Station.

Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page ha...