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October 2019

Hiroshima Castle Halloween trick-or-treat

October 31, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima Castle Hiroshima-shi, Japan
Free

Families looking for kid-friendly Halloween fun in the early evening of October 31st, head to the Hiroshima Castle for trick-or-treating fun.

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November 2019

English Kagura Experience

November 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima YMCA, 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-8523 Japan
¥1000

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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Ritual Fire-walking at Daigan-ji Temple, Miyajima

November 3, 2019 @ 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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English Kagura Experience

November 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima YMCA, 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-8523 Japan
¥1000
tsuchigumo performed by the Asashi-ga-Oka kagura troupe

Spectacularly entertaining local folk art with English language support and great photo opportunities.

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Wayugaku: Japanese Culture Plaza

November 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hiroshima City Bunkan Koryu Kaikan, Kakomachi 3-3, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 7400912 Japan
Wayugaku: Japanese Culture Plaza

Try some traditional cultural activities at Hiroshima City Bunka Koryu Kaikan.

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Hiroshima Dreamination

November 15, 2019 - January 3, 2020
Peace Boulevard and around, Peace Boulevard
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0037 Japan
Free

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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Autumn Leaf Viewing at Yoshimizu-en Garden

November 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - November 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until November 16, 2019

Yoshimizu-en Garden, Kake
Akiota-cho, Yamagata-gun Japan
¥200

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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Autumn Leaf Viewing at Yoshimizu-en Garden

November 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - November 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until November 16, 2019

Yoshimizu-en Garden, Kake
Akiota-cho, Yamagata-gun Japan
¥200

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. Read more about Yoshimizu-en Garden. See our guide to enjoying the autumn colors in Hiroshima here.

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Autumn leaves illuminated at Shukkei-en Garden

November 22, 2019 - December 1, 2019
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥260

As part of Shukkei-en Garden's annual "Momiji Matsuri" its 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 See our photo feature on the illuminations here.  

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Hiroshima YMCA 25th International Charity Run

November 23, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Central Park- Chuo Koen, Naka-ku, Hiroshima city (opposite side of the road from the Castle on one side and on the other Green Arena)
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Japan

Hiroshima YMCA International Charity Run is a fun-filled event that raises money to support children with special needs. If you feel that you’d like to do something good for children in the community while having great fun, this is the perfect event for people of all ages including individuals, families, or groups of friends. The 25th International Charity Run will be held on November 23 (Sat) at Chuo-koen (The large open park near Hiroshima Castle). It’s a relay race with each…

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English Kagura Experience

November 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima YMCA, 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-8523 Japan
¥1000
Yamata-no-orochi performed by the Matsubara Kagura Troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.

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December 2019

German-style Xmas Market

December 13, 2019 - December 15, 2019
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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English Kagura Experience

December 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima YMCA, 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-8523 Japan
¥1000
tsuchigumo performed by the higashiyama kagura troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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English Kagura Experience

December 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima YMCA, 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-8523 Japan
¥1000

Spectacularly entertaining local folk art with English language support and great photo opportunities.

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Handel’s Messiah

December 22, 2019 @ 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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Botanical Gardens Winter Illuminations

December 22, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on December 22, 2019 at 5:30pm

Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens, 495, Kurashige 3-chome, Saeki-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 731-5156 Japan
¥170

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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Christmas Dinner at Molly Malone’s

December 25, 2019
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An event every day that begins at 6:00am, repeating until December 25, 2019

Molly Malone’s, 1-20 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0034 Japan
¥3000

3 course Christmas dinner available at Molly Malone's on December 24th & 25th.  Potato & Leek Soup Roast Turkey & Ham Chocolate fondant ¥3000 a plate. Reservations recommended. Full regular menu also available.  

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English Kagura Experience

December 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima YMCA, 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-8523 Japan
¥1000
Momijigari performed by the Uegochi Kagura Troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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January 2020

English Kagura Experience

January 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Takiyasha-hime performed by the Tenjin kagura troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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Tondo Festivals

January 12 - January 15
Unnamed Venue Hiroshima-shi, Japan
Free

Burn, baby, burn! New Year decorations and talismans go up in flames on huge bonfires across the region. Read more about Tondo and where you can see the spectacle here.  

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

January 13 @ 10:50 am - 12:30 pm
A-bomb Dome Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Mid-winter swim featuring samurai swimming techniques in the river in front of Hiroshima's A-bomb Dome.

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English Kagura Experience

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Katsuragi-zan-performed-by-the-Yachiyo-Kagura-Troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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February 2020

English Kagura Experience

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
tsuchigumo performed by the higashiyama kagura troupe

Spectacularly entertaining local folk art with English language support and great photo opportunities.

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English Kagura Experience

February 15 @ 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

Spectacularly entertaining local folk art with English language support and great photo opportunities.

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English Kagura Experience

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Takiyasha-hime performed by the Yoshida Kagura Troupe

Spectacularly entertaining local folk art with English language support and great photo opportunities.

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