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November 2017
Free

Hiroshima Dreamination

November 17, 2017 - January 3, 2018
Peace Boulevard and around,
Peace Boulevard
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0037 Japan

2 months of thousands and thousands of sparkly, colored LEDs along Peace Boulevard and around the city center. Very popular with young families and dating couples.

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¥260

Autumn leaves illuminated at Shukkei-en Garden

November 17 @ 9:00 am - December 3 @ 9:00 pm
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Daily until November 17, 2018
Shukkeien Garden,
2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan

Photo: © ABB-KBB-DIARY As part of Shukkei-en Garden's annual "Momiji Matsuri" it's maple trees with their red leaves will be lit up until 21:00 each night. There is also a nice Japanese-style cafe serving tea and sake, where you can try dressing up in kimono too. Garden is open 09:00-21:00 Illumination 17:30-21:00 Final admission 20:30  

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¥200

Autumn Leaf Viewing at Yoshimizu-en Garden

November 19 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Daily until November 19, 2017
Yoshimizu-en Garden,
Kake
Akiota-cho, Yamagata-gun Japan

Yoshimizu Garden is lovely, private garden, only open to the public on two weekends, twice a year. It is known for its stunning autumn leaves and is a great place to take in on the way to or from Sandankyo Gorge and a worthy destination in its own right. Check out some photos of the leaves here. Read more about Yoshimizu-en Garden.

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¥410

Bihoku Hillside Park Winter Illuminations

November 19 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Daily until January 8, 2018
Bihoku Hillside Park,
1300, Kamiharacho, Shobara-shi, Hiroshima
Shobara, Hiroshima 727-0022 Japan

This expansive park in Shobara is a favorite destination for dating couples looking for a romantic setting and families after some holiday magic. Deep in the countryside, the lights really pop. The 17:30 switch on is pretty cool and the Japanese village area is surprisingly tasteful. Fireworks every Saturday. 2016/2017 Season Opening Times 11/15-1/12 17:30-21:00 (Final admission 20:00) Closed 12/31 Admission: Adult: ¥410 Junior high & elementary school: ¥80 Access: 5-10 minutes from Shobara IC on the Chugoku Expressway More…

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¥170

Botanical Gardens Winter Illuminations

November 25 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every 1 week(s) on Sunday that lasts 0 day(s) and 3.5 hour(s), the last of which will begin on December 24, 2017
Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens,
495, Kurashige 3-chome, Saeki-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 731-5156 Japan

Annual "Pageant of Flower and Light" at Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens in the hills above Itsukaichi held every weekend and national holiday in December. Illuminated dinosaurs Giant Christmas tree candle installation Giant Mt Fuji tableau 11m tall bamboo Christmas tree 20,000 LED "maze of light" Live music concerts Free Shuttle Bus between Itsukaichi Station and the gardens Departs Itsukaichi JR Station North Exit: 15:30, 16:10, 16:50, 17:30, 18:55, 19:35 Departs Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens: 15:50, 16:30, 17:10, 18:35, 19:15, 20:45,…

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Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs FC Tokyo

November 26
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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December 2017
Free

German-style Xmas Market

December 15 - December 17
Urban View Grand Tower,
4-1 Hatchobori Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0012 Japan

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

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Free

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

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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January 2018
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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Free

Sanba Tondo Shinmei Festival, Onomichi

January 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sanba Elementary School,
1630 Sanba-cho
Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0052 Japan

Sanba Shinmei Festival Tondo dates from the 17th centuryand is designated as an Intangible Folklore Cultural Property by the City of Onomichi. Locals bid farewell to and see off the deities who came to visit during the New Year's holiday as they return to the heavens. Men and boys carry tondo towers made of straw and bamboo on their shoulders and, after dancing to music, throw them, along with other New Year's decorations, into a fire, as an offering for…

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Free

Tondo Festival at Gokoku Shrine

January 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gokoku-jinja Shrine,
2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
tondo festival gokoku shrine hiroshima

Big tondo bonfire which lets off some huge snaps, crackles and pops, as well as some powerful heat. The fire fighters who keep things under control look very cool in their traditional gear. This is one tondo festival where you really don't have to worry about looking like a tourist. Read more about Tondo here.

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August 2018
Free

Miyajima Fireworks Festival

August 25, 2018 @ 7:40 pm - 8:40 pm
Miyajima,
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

Hiroshima's most well known fireworks festival. 5000 fireworks explode over the sea silhouetting Itsukushima Shrine's O-torii. Worth seeing, but expect huge crowds (300,000 people showed up last year) and you should get there early to avoid a fight for the prime viewing spots. For those relying on the train, a good tip for the return trip on the way back to Hiroshima is to take the first train heading in the opoosite direction (Iwakuni bound) one stop so you can…

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