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August 2019

Miyajima Fireworks Festival

August 24 @ 7:40 pm - 8:40 pm
Miyajima Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

2018 event has been CANCELLED due to transportation problems further west caused by the July flooding disaster (Miyajima itself is open for business, but organizers were concerned that they could not guarantee adequate transportation for the huge crowds expected).

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Shobara Summer Fireworks Festival

August 25 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ueno Park, Higashi-honmachi
Shobara-shi, 727-0011

3000 fireworks, the scale of some of which really impress visitors, over the lake in Shobara's Ueno Park.

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Akitakata Fireworks Festival

August 31 @ 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Haji Dam, Yachiyo-cho
Akitakata-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-0301 Japan

Kagura performances, a flea market and an impressive fireworks display over the water of Haji Dam. Fireworks 19:30-20:30

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Miyoshi City Fireworks Festival

August 31 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Downstream from Tomoe-bashi Bridge Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 728-0011 Japan

A 90 minute display of 7,000 fireworks in this city in the north of the prefecture. Wondering if it's worth dealing with the other 40,000 plus people along the riverside to get a good view, try up in Ozekiyama Park. Access: Take the Geibi Line to Miyoshi JR Station, from where it is a 10-15 min walk. See our guide to the all the summer's firework festivals here.  

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Takehara Summer Fireworks Festival

August 31 @ 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In the bay in front of Oonori Elementary School, 185−7 Takasaki-cho
Takehara-shi, Hiroshima-ken 729‐2313 Japan

About 20,000 people watch from the shore as 3200 fireworks go up over the sea for 30 minutes. Access: 10 minutes walk from Oonori JR Station.  

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September 2019

Kangetsu Moon Viewing Tea Ceremony

September 13 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
moon viewing tea ceremony at shukkei-en garden © Shukkei-en Garden

The end of September is the time for "moon viewing" or kangetsu in Japan and a moon viewing tea ceremony is held in Shukkei-en Garden annually at this time. ¥800 for the (more formal) tea ceremony in a tea house (honseki) ¥600 to take tea in the gardens (nodate) The garden admission fee is also required (adults ¥260) and the garden is open to until 9pm. The neighboring Prefectural Art Museum where the Da Vinci exhibition is currently showing also has…

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Kagura & Taiko Drums at Kumano Brush Festival Zenyasai

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sakakiyama Shrine [榊山神社], 5-1-13 Nakamizo, Kumano-cho
Aki-gun, Hiroshima-ken 731-4214 Japan

Lively kagura and Japanese taiko drum performances at Sakakiyama Shrine on the eve of the annual Kumano Fude Brush Festival. No parking  

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Kumano Fude Matsuri

September 23
Kumano Aki-gun, Hiroshima-ken Japan
kumano fude matsuri brush festival

It's all about the calligraphy (and, more recently, make up) brushes at this festival which celebrates Kumano's claim to fame. One of our favorite days out in autumn. Read about the Fude Matsuri here. Read about Kumano Fude Matsuri in the JapanTimes here. See photos from the Fude Matsuri here. See videos from the Fude Matsuri here The official Fude Matsuri site is here (Japanese only, but some nice photos). If you are interested in brush manufacture and calligraphy you might…

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October 2019

Onomichi Akari Matsuri

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Onomichi Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

30,000 candles decorate the route up from the water's edge all the way along the Onomichi Sanzan (3 mountain) Route taking in Senkoji-ji, Saikoku-ji and Jyodo-ji as well as many other temples. Live music adds to the atmosphere and several buddhist treasures, usually locked away, are on public display. In the event of rain the event will be postponed until the following day. Unfortunately, the official website is mostly only in Japanese, but you can see photos of the candles…

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Takehara Shokei-no-michi Candle Festival

October 26 - October 27
Takehara Historical Preservation District, 3 chome, Honmachi
Takehara-shi, Hiroshima-ken 725-0022 Japan

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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Etajima Fireworks Festival

October 27 @ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
JMSDF the First Service School Etajima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-2195 Japan

Etajima's summer fireworks festival has shifted to an autumn festival! Fireworks 18:00-18:30 (2100 blasts)

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Shirakami-san Autumn Festival

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until October 28, 2019

Shirakami Shrine, 7-24 Naka-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0037 Japan
kagura at shirakami-san autumn festival hiroshima japan

Two nights of Hiroshima Kagura performances, street stalls and wishes for good fortune on Peace Boulevard.

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November 2019

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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Ebisuko Festival

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