Hiyoshi Sannosai 日吉山王祭 Shiga (Apr.)
Hiyoshi Sannosai is a dynamic matsuri with a history of over 1200 years. The origins of the enshrinement of the deities is recreated with mikoshi, or portable shrines, and people pray for peace, and bumper crop harvests. Seven mikoshi participate during the matsuri period. Many historic scenes unfold, including the carrying of mikoshi down from the summit of Mt. Hachioji in the Uma-no-Shinji ritual, the Yoimiya Otoshi Shinji ritual, in which gods are born, and the Funatogyo, in which mikoshi are transferred across Lake Biwa.
Hiyoshi Taisha, Sakamoto, Otsu City, Shiga
Approx. 20 min. walk from Hieizan-Sakamoto station on the JR Kosei line.
Approx. 10 min. walk from Sakamoto-hieizanguchi station on the Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto line.
Approx. 15 min. down National Route 161 from the Kyoto-higashi interchange off the Meishin Expressway.