These parties are organized so the participants go to the fields to pick wild herbs and vegetables, cook and enjoy them.
In this event, the participants walk a corridor flanked on both sides by over-5-meter-high snow walls to reach the highest point of all of Japan's national highways at 2,172 meters in altitude to enjoy magnificent panoramic views.
Of the "Three Deities Guaranteeing Happiness," the Kannon Statue of World Peace is famous for divine power to guarantee peaceful life, the Statue of Enmei Tobacco Jizo for healthful life, and the Statue of Miroku Bosatsu for life without natural disaster. In this spring festival, visitors pray for the fulfillment of their wishes, visiting each of the three Buddhistic deities in the Heiwa-no-Oka Park which is graced by cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Take the Mt. Ryuo Ropeway to the summit at 1,800 meters which commands a panoramic view of fantastic alpine vistas. There is a marshland around the summit where you can enjoy lovely white Mizubasho flowers.
This event signals the arrival of the Shiga Kogen summer mountain-climbing season. Participants enjoy hiking toward the 2,295-meter summit of Mt. Iwasuge.
In this event, participants stroll through the fresh green that surrounds Shiga Kogen. Graced with wafting breezes, being one with Mother Nature enhances the enjoyment of alpine vistas.
Highlighted by nightly traditional Obon dancing, a shooting gallery and a lottery for prizes - the festival offers a delightful occasion to fully appreciate the typical atmosphere of a Japanese hot-spring resort.
During this period, Shibu Onsen's nostalgic stone-paved main street is blocked from car traffic and becomes a pedestrian paradise. All are invited to participate in a variety of entertaining events to enhance the enjoyment unique to this historic hot-spring town.
These concerts are staged by a number of university music clubs and circles that visit Shiga Height for summer practice and training. Genres range from orchestral music and wind-instrument music to chorus performances. All comes are welcome to any and all of these youthful and exuberant performances.
A huge manmade serpent parades through the streets depicting the legendary serpent believed to live in Onuma-ike Pond in Shiga kogen. Highlighted as well is a contest to select the serpent's bride, accompanied by a spectacular fireworks display.
>In this festival, participants enjoy flower viewing in the extensive soba (buckwheat) fields as well as experiencing the true taste of soba noodles. According to local folklore, a Buddhist priest named ?oin-san,·a lover of soba, liked the Sugakawa soba so very much that, as a token of gratitude, exercised his miraculous powers to cure local people of disease.
Fireworks professionals gather from country wide to vie in competitive pyrotechnic displays. A grand diversity of pyrotechnical choreography representing the best of craftsmanship colorfully enlivens the night sky.
Rally participants enjoy walking through the streets of Yudanaka Onsen resort while looking for clues in order to answer a given set of questions.
Several ascetics who have purified themselves in Shibu Onsen parade through the Kambayashi Onsen district while cutting sacred straw wreaths on the way. After arrival at Kambayashi Fudoson Temple, they pray for everyone's good health and happy life by performing the ritual of treading over red-hot open-air coals.