November 18 - November 20Free
Ebisu Shrine‘s autumn festival marks the arrival of winter in Hiroshima. Known among locals as Ebessan after the god of commerce, surrounding stores hold sales and buy komazarae bamboo rakes adorned with gold coins and atreasure ship. You might here business owners complain that the whole thing is a racket, but you won’t see a shop, restaurant or bar in the area without one. A huge barrel with mouth wide open is placed in front of the shrine to receive offerings.
Learn more and see more photos of the annual Ebisuko Festival here.
The main Chuo-dori road is closed to traffic on at least one night during the festival where two stages were kagura dance and taiko drum performances are held.
In 2019 Chuo-dori is closed on Wednesday, November 20 between 19:00 and 22:00 with performances of Ebisu and Yamata-no-orochi by the Sanou Kagura Troupe and Japanese taiko drum shows.