Hikiyama Museum

Hikiyama Museum Nagahama Hikiyama Festival is held around April 15 every year. This festival is a typical traditional Japanese event, and is registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The highlight of the festival are the Hikiyama (parade floats) which are often called “moving museum”, and the Kodomo (Children’s) Kabuki performed only by boys between the ages of 5 and 12. The museum has 2 real Hikiyama floats on constant display, and you can also experience the feeling of the festival on screen. In the video exhibition room on the 2nd floor, you can select and view the video you want to see from among 5 videos, such as “Style of Hikiyama Festival”, “Children’s Kabuki”, “Special structure of Hikiyama”, etc., which introduce the festival from various aspects in an easy-to-understand way. A museum that explains the history and culture of the Hikiyama Festival. You can see actual hikiyama floats used during the festival and video of the traditional performances of children on the floats during the event. The Hikiyama Festival itself is gorgeous enough to have been called a "moving museum," bringing together traditional Japanese techniques including metalwork, wood carving and lacquer work.
14-8 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City, Shiga
[Public transportation] 7-min. walk from Nagahama Stn. of JR Biwako Line
Business hours
(Final admission 16:30)