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October 2018

Hirose-jinja Autumn Festival

October 20
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An event every day that begins at 6:00am, repeating until October 21, 2018

Hirose-jinja Shrine, 1-19 Hirose-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0804 Japan
Free
kagaura at hirose shrine autumn festival in hiroshima

Two nights of kagura dance performances and street stalls at this historical, city center shrine's autumn festival. Saturday, October 20 18:00 Kagura (Mitani Kagura Troupe from Tsutsuga in Akiota) Sunday, October 21 10:30~ Omikoshi portable shrine parades in surrounding neighborhoods 17:00 Kagura (Doi Kagura Troupe from Togochi) 19:00 Mochi-maki throwing of lucky rice cakes

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Waseda-jinja Shrine Autumn Festival

October 20
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An event every day that begins at 6:00am, repeating until October 21, 2018

Waseda-jinja Shrine, 1-2-22 Ushita-waseda, Higashi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima 732-0062 Japan
Free
kagura at waseda shrine autumn festival

Kagura performances on Saturday night and omkoshi portable shrine parades and kids sumo on Sunday in Ushita. Saturday, October 20 From 18:30 Kagura followed by mochi-maki rice cake throwing Sunday, October 21 Mid-morning Omikoshi portable shrine parades around surrrounding neighborhoods 14:00 Kids sumo

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Sorasaya-jinja Shrine Autumn Festival

October 20 - October 21
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An event every day that begins at 6:00am, repeating until October 21, 2018

Sorasaya-jinja Shrine, 3-3-2 Honkawa-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima 730-0802 Japan
Free
sorasaya shrine autumn festival hiroshima

Two nights of kagura (starting around 17:30/18:00) and lots of stalls at this riverside shrine just north of the Peace Memorial Park. The Omikoshi parade around the surrounding streets on Sunday is quite impressive - the neighborhood groups carrying the portable shrines should converge on the shrine at around 15:00. Saturday, October 20 Kagura from 18:00 Saturday, October 21 Kagura from 17:30 Photos © Sorasaya Shrine sourced from the Sorasaya Shrine Facebook Page

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Ikari-jinja Shrine Autumn Festival

October 20
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An event every day that begins at 6:00am, repeating until October 21, 2018

Ikari-jinja Shrine, 1-2 Hakushima-kukencho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima 730-0003 Japan
Free

Aki-matsuri autumn festival at one of Hiroshima's oldest shrines. Stalls, kagura and wa-daiko Japanese drumming. Saturday October 20 18:00 Japanese taiko drumming 19:00-2200 Kagura Sunday October 21 09:00-11:00 Neighborhood omikoshi portable shrine 09:30~ Festival rites and community tug of war

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English Kagura Experience

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000

Awesome kagura show with English subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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Takehara Shokei-no-michi Candle Festival

October 27 - October 28
Takehara Historical Preservation District, 3 chome, Honmachi
Takehara-shi, Hiroshima-ken 725-0022 Japan
Free

The streets of Takehara's beautiful Edo period historic preservation district are illuminated by bamboo candles for two nights. Photos from a previous event and a write up of the event from 2009 here.   The Takehara Historic Preservation District is 15 minutes walk from Takehara JR Station The candles are lit 17:00-21:00

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Shirakami-san Autumn Festival

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until October 29, 2018

Shirakami Shrine, 7-24 Naka-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0037 Japan
Free

Autumn aki matsuri festival at the historic Shirakami Shrine on the corner of Peace Boulevard and Rijo-dori (opposite NHK Starbucks and next to the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel. The festival is held on October 28 and 29 no matter what day of the week those days fall upon, and in addition to the lively atmosphere, food and game stalls, it is a great opportunity to catch live kagura performances on both nights. The kagura starts at 6pm on the 28th…

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English Kagura Experience

October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Yamata-no-orochi-performed-by-the-Asakita-Kagura-Troupe

Awesome kagura show with English subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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November 2018

Grand Inoko Matsuri

November 3 - November 4
Fukuromachi Park, 9 Fukuromachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0063 Japan
Free

City center festival which melds tradition with art in Fukuromachi Park – centered on a 1.5 ton rock suspended by ropes attached to 88 bamboo trees. The festival was resurrected in 2013 after a 17 year hiatus. The schedule below is based on that of the 2017 event. Please check back for updates. Saturday, November 3 Food stalls open Kids Inoko parade along Hondori and Kinzagai arcades (starting from Fukuromachi Park 15:00 Raising the great rock (family version) 19:00 Grand Inoko Festival…

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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
Free
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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Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Vegalta Sendai

November 10
Edion Stadium, Hiroshima Kouiki-kouen, 5 Ozuka-nishi, Asa-Minami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-3167 Japan
sanfrecce soccer fans at edion stadium in hiroshima

J League soccer action at Edion Stadium Hiroshima. Edion Stadium Seating Guide Tickets Seat Advance Gate Reserved seating SS Reserved ¥5300 ¥5900 SA Reserved ¥3700 ¥4300 Free seating Back stand (Adult) ¥2600 ¥3200 Back stand (6-18 years old) ¥1000 ¥1500 Home supporters' stand(Adult) ¥2100 ¥2600 Home supporters' stand(6-18 years old) ¥500 ¥1000 Visitors' stand(Adult) ¥2100 ¥2600 Visitors' stand(6-18 years old) ¥500 ¥1000 Scroll down to this page to see photos of the view you will get from different sections of…

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The Trunk Market

November 10 - November 11
Fukuromachi Park, 9 Fukuromachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0063 Japan
Free

Well put together market offering high quality (though not cheap) artisanal goods, designer clothing and food and drink - local and from around the country - in the center of Hiroshima city. Cancelled in the event of rain. The Trunk Market Facebook

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December 2018

German-style Xmas Market

December 14 - December 16
Urban View Grand Tower, 4-1 Hatchobori Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0012 Japan
Free

3 days of mulled wine, beer, sausage, stollen, music and more at the base of the Urban View Grand Tower.

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Handel’s Messiah

December 23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gaines Hall, Jogakuin High School, 11-32 Noborimachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0014 Japan
Free

The annual performance of Handel's Messiah at Jogakuin High School is a rare chance to see a classical concert without charge. Child care is provided too!

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Chinkasai Fire Festival

December 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mikasa-no-hama, Miyajima, Mikasa-no-hama, Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, 739-0588 Japan
Free

With most people living in the wooden houses, closely clustered together along narrow streets for centuries, fear of calamitous fires is deeply ingrained in the Japanese psyche. The Chinkasai on Miyajima is an impressive fire appeasing festival held on New Year's Eve. Read more about the Chinkasai Fire Festival here.  

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