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October 2017

Autumn Sumo Tour in Hiroshima

October 28 @ 8:15 am - 3:00 pm
Sun Plaza Hall,
3-1-1 Shoko Center, Nishi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

Around 260 sumo rikishi take part in this one day exhibition at Hiroshima Sun Plaza near Al Park. Tickets: ¥5000-¥14,000 Reserve tickets by emailing [email protected] with the following information: ① Type of seat ② Number of tickets ③ Number of ¥2000 bento lunches ④ Your name ⑤ Address ⑥ A daytime telephone number As of September 27, ¥12,000 tamari-seki seats and ¥5000 2nd Floor stand-seki seats remain.

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November 2017
¥600 - ¥800

Chrysanthemum Tea Ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden

November 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden,
2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan

As the annual chrysanthemum viewing tea ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden is held on the November 3 Bunka-no-hi or "Culture Day" holiday, entrance to the garden is free. You can experience a tea ceremony in the beautiful Seifukan tea house or opt for the more relaxed outdoor setting. There is also large ornamental chrysanthemum display. Photo: © Shukkei-en Garden

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Free

Ritual Fire-walking at Daigan-ji Temple, Miyajima

November 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Daigan-ji Temple,
3 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0535 Japan
Daigan-ji Temple firewaalking ritual Miayjima Hiroshima

Impressive and elaborate ritual that culminates in priests and members of the public rushing across hot coals in front of Daigan-ji Temple, located at the exit from Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima. For more about and photos and video of this fire-walking ritual click here.

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¥1500

Momiji Maple Viewing Tea Ceremony

November 12 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden,
2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
momiji tea ceremony shukkei-en garden in hiroshima japan

Momiji maple viewing tea ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden. ¥260 garden entrance fee also required. Photo: ©Shukkei-en Garden  

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Free

Fire walking ritual at Daishoin Temple

November 15 @ 11:00 am
Daisho-in Temple,
210 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0592 Japan

Photo: Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer "Hi-watari-shiki" Fire walking ritual takea place at Daishoin Temple on Miyajima twice a year on April 15 and November 15. Readings from the 8000 verse Perfection of Wisdom Sutra begin at 11am and extravagant Saito-goma rituals begin around 1pm in the temple forecourt with a purification offering to the alter and the chanting of sutras. This is followed by two Buddhist monks circling the area with swords and then shooting 7 arrows into the air…

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January 2018
¥150

Nanakusa-gayu at Tōshō-gū Shrine

January 7, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Tōshō-gū Shrine,
2-1-18 Futaba-no-sato, Higashi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, 732-0057 Japan

300 bowls of the healthy seven-herb rice porridge traditionally eaten on January 7. Available from 11am until they are all gone (¥150 a bowl). Read more about the Nankusa-no-sekku festival here.  

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Free

Mid-winter Swim in front of the A-bomb Dome

January 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
A-bomb Dome,
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

Every year on Seijin-no-hi (Coming Of Age Day), a group of swimmers between the ages of 7 and 70 brave the near freezing water of the Motoyasu River in front of the A-bomb Dome to demonstrate Edo era swimming techniques and welcome the new year. More details here.  

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