A range of events are held year-round in the Sugatani Hot Springs area.

Bonbai Festival

盆梅まつり January through March
Bonbai refers to the practice of potted plum plants — in other words, bonsai art. You will even find large trees and some over 400 years old on display. Many guests from nationwide come to see the fine botanical specimens on view here.

The event is held each year from January through March in Nagahama and Azai.

Nagahama Bonbai Exhibit

Nagahama Hikiyama Festival

長浜曵山まつりApril 14-15
This is one of Japan’s three great portable shrine festivals, with a history of over 400 years. The luxurious and dazzling shrines are considered “walking museums,” and the event concludes with a send-off of some specially-designated important cultural properties. Children’s kabuki, a type of performance that has persisted since the Edo period (1603-1868 CE), sees boys aged 5-12 donning colorful costumes and performing, as if they stepped out of a classical picture. (Designated as important intangible folk cultural asset)

Visit the Hikiyama Museum web site
Nagahama Hikiyama Festival

Kaizu Osaki Cherry Blossoms

海津大崎のさくらAround April 15
600 cherry trees line a 4km space along Lake Biwa. Cherry trees planted by local road workers have formed a beautiful line of blossoms along Lake Biwa.

Takashima Tourism

Amano River Firefly Festival

Japanese fireflies (Luciola cruciata) from the Amano River area are designated as a protected species. Each June, the Firefly Festival is held in Maibara (formerly Santo-cho)

Shiga Prefecture Tourism

Mt. Ibuki Station 3 Daily Lily Illumination

伊吹山3合目 ゆうすげのライトアップ July 16-August 14
Daily lilies overlook Lake Biwa and Chikubu-shima, bathed in the light of the setting sun.

Nagahama Fireworks Festival

長浜花火大会August 5
The Nagahama Fireworks Festival is held every August 5. Selected as among the “20 Must-See Fireworks Shows Nationwide,” it is one of the finest shows on offer.

Nagahama, Maibara, and Okubiwako


Grape picking (Imajo Vineyards)

ぶどう狩り(今荘ぶどう園)Early August-late September
The Imajo Vineyards grow a variety of grapes, such as the Early Stuben and Muscat Berry A.

Imajo Vineyards

Nagahama Azai Appare Festival (yosakoi dance)

長浜あざいあっぱれ祭り(よさこい) September 6
The Appare Festival is hosted by Nagahama, Biwa, and Azai. Danced in the yosakoi style, there are both street performances and stage shows with massive light and sound displays.

Appare Festival

Welcome to this festival, tied to Kinomoto-Jizo-in Temple, one of Japan’s three signature Jizo statues

日本三大地蔵のひとつ「木之本地蔵院」にお越しやすAugust 22-25
Kinomoto-Jizo-in Temple houses a statue that is held to grant recovery from eye diseases and ailments, and believers nationwide flock to its gates. Around this area and the neighboring shopping arcades, street stalls pack the streets to welcome 100,000 visitors to this lively street fair. This year, the first day of the event will host a concert, and the final day will close with a dazzling fireworks show.

Shiga Prefecture Tourism

Hikone Castle: Hear the sound of insects at Genkyu-en

彦根城 玄宮園で虫の音を聞く会September
This event lets you hear the chirping of insects in the illuminated garden. The sound of insects at Genkyu-en has been named as among Japan’s “100 finest sonic experiences.”


Hagi Festival

萩祭り September 7-25
This festival is described in the 141st poem in the Man’yoshu, a classical collection of poetry. Hagi (bush clover) is known for growing at Jinsho-ji Shrine (Nagahama, Shiga), where beautiful reddish-purple, pink, and white blossoms grow.

The bush clover planted throughout the precincts is said to have been planted by Takauji Ashikaga, the first shogun of the Muromachi period (1333-1573 CE), after reconciling with his brother Tadayoshi.
The breezes in early fall rustle the stalks of the thin and reedy bush clover, with blossoms at its tips that resemble stalks of rice. This scene is particularly notable.

Also held during this time:
Exhibit of rare artifacts: Fudo Myo-o statue belonging to Nagamasa Azai, Boke-Fuji Temple 1,000 Hand Kannon, Decorative Keko Vessel (national treasure)
Special exhibit: Kobo Taishi (Kukai)

Jinsho-ji Temple

Odani Castle Furusato Festival

小谷城ふるさと祭りNovember 5
This festival is held in the plaza in front of the Children’s Museum in Kohoku-cho. See the kenshi-bu sword dance, a promenade of Azai samurai, ride a pony, and more.

Nagahama, Maibara, and Okubiwako tourism

Fall foliage

The Kohoku region is blessed with abundant nature and has beautiful foliage to see in November. It is particularly beautiful at sites like Keisoku-ji Temple and Koho-an Temple.

Skiing (Mt. Ibuki and Yogo)

After a skiing trip in Mt. Ibuki or Yogo, come to our inn to rest your cares away.

Mt. Ibuki Ski Area
Berg Yogo: A stylish resort and ski area

Sugatani Kannon Festival

須賀谷観音参り18th of every month
A Kannon statue found at Zencho-ji Temple (associated with the Taira clan — the head abbot of this temple also bears the surname “Taira”) was borrowed by one of the early founders of Sugatani Hot Springs. On the 18th of every month, the monks come to chant the Heart Sutra before the statue, a truly awe-inspiring sight. This event is rich in local flavor.

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