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May 2020

[CANCELED] Tomo Bentenjima Fireworks Festival

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tomo-no-ura, Tomo, Tomo-cho
Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima-ken 720-0201 Japan
Free

Tomo Bentenjima Fireworks Festival in the quaint port town of Tomo-no-ura  kicks off the summer's fireworks festivals in the Chugoku region. 90min of fireworks over the water silhouetting picturesque Benten Island. Photo: Hiroshima Prefecture

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June 2020

Toukasan Yukata Festival

June 5 - June 7
Tōkasan Enryu-ji Temple, 8-12 Mikawa-cho
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
Singer Minami Issei in Shintenmchi Park at Tokasan yukata festival in hiroshima, japan

Hiroshima really comes alive over the three nights of Tōkasan - a festival that really does feel "festive".  Join the 300,000 people who will be donning their yukata for the first time this year who take over Chuo-dori and environs to promenade, play festival games like fish scooping, buy strange inflatable novelties and stuff their faces with equally strange stuff on sticks. As well as parades and summer bon dancing, there will be taiko drumming and other performances on stages…

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[CANCELED] Mibu-no-Hanadaue Traditional Rice Planting Ritual

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mibu, Kitahiroshima-cho
Yamagata-gun, Hiroshima-ken 731-1515 Japan
Free

Mibu-no-hanadaue is a revived rice planting ritual said to have roots in the middle ages that is renacted on the first Sunday of June every year. The event was designated as a UNESCO Intangible Heritage in 2003 and many people now make the trip to Chiyoda in Kita-hiroshima to view it. Bulls are led through the streets to Mibu Hachiman Shrine where they are dressed with elaborately decorated saddles and colorful necklaces. They are then led to a field, and…

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July 2020

[CANCELED] Innoshima Suigun Fireworks Festival

July 25 @ 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Habu Port, Habu-cho, Innoshima
Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-2323 Japan
Free

2500 bangs packed into 30 minutes with the waters of the Seto Inland Sea and shadows of the surrounding islands as a backdrop on the rural island of Innoshima. The whole display is packed into just half an hour, making for quite some impact. Two blasts selected by popular vote. This is quite far off the beaten track so should be a very local and fun event and international visitors are bound to turn a few heads as they wander…

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September 2020

Lake Shinji-ko Fireworks, Matsue

September 12 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lake Shinji-ko Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken Japan
Free

This spectacular fireworks display over Shinjiko Lake in Matsue in Shimane Prefercture, silhouettes Yonegashima island against a blaze of color, is part of the annual Suigosai Festival and is usually held in August. This year, it has been rescheduled so as not clash with the Tokyo Olympics. The festival goes all day. Expect quite some congestion if driving.

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October 2020

Saijo Sake Matsuri

October 10 - October 11
Saijo, Saijo
Higashi-hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-0011 Japan

Become a connoisseur of Japanese sake in two days... or just get smashed.

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November 2020

Ebisuko Festival

November 18 - November 20
Ebisu Shrine, 5-14 Ebisu-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0021 Japan
Free
Ebsuko Festival

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…

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December 2020

New Year at Gokoku Shrine

December 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Gokoku-jinja Shrine, 2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Free
Gokoku-jinja Shrine in Hiroshima at New Year

December 31 From 17:00 Ooharae-shiki (purification ceremony) & Joya-sai (seeing out the old year festival) From just after 11pm the bell in the main shrine building opens for clanging and the ceremonial sake starts to be served to the first of the over half a million people who will visit over the next few days. 24:00 Shrine maidens dance to welcome the new year. January 1 10:00 Saitansai is a Shinto ritual to mark the beginning of New Year, followed…

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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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January 2021

New Year rituals at Itsukushima Shrine

January 1, 2021 - January 5, 2021
Itsukushima Shrine, 1-1 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0588 Japan
¥300

Jan 1 Shin-i Kenjo-shiki Ceremony (offering new clothes to deities) from midnight Saitan-sai Festival Ceremony Bugaku traditional dance performance starts at 5:30am. Jan 2 Futsukasai Ceremony 09:00 Omatsubayashishinnou Bugaku traditional dance performance 13:00 Jan 3 Genshisai Ceremony 09:00 Bugaku performance 13:00 Jan 5 Chikyusai Ceremony and Bugaku performance 05:30 Includes Batoh (Sunrise Dance) only performed once a year on this day.  

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Dezomeshiki Firefighters Expo

January 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 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
Free

Watch the firefighters display their skill, see their fire engines and helicopters in action.

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Nanakusa-gayu at Tōshō-gū Shrine

January 7, 2021 @ 11:00 am
Tōshō-gū Shrine, 2-1-18 Futaba-no-sato, Higashi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, 732-0057 Japan
¥300
nanakusa no sekku rice soup at toshogu

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

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Momote-sai

January 20, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Miyajima Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Ritual firing of the first arrow at Omote Shrine on Miyajima is held on January 20 every year. Click here for more info and pics.">Click here for more info and pics.  

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