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August 2019

Shobara Summer Fireworks Festival

August 25, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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Takehara Summer Fireworks Festival

August 31, 2019 @ 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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Miyoshi City Fireworks Festival

August 31, 2019 @ 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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September 2019

Kangetsu Moon Viewing Tea Ceremony

September 13, 2019 @ 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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Samurai Parade In Hiroshima City Center

September 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

Samurai era period costume parade through Hiroshima city center.

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Kagura & Taiko Drums at Kumano Brush Festival Zenyasai

September 22, 2019 @ 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, 2019
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, 2019 @ 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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Sorasaya-jinja Shrine Autumn Festival

October 19, 2019 - October 20, 2019
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An event every day that begins at 6:00am, repeating until October 19, 2019

Sorasaya-jinja Shrine, 3-3-2 Honkawa-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima 730-0802 Japan
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 19 Kagura from 18:00 Saturday, October 20 Kagura from 17:30 Photos © Sorasaya Shrine sourced from the Sorasaya Shrine Facebook Page

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Takehara Shokei-no-michi Candle Festival

October 26, 2019 - October 27, 2019
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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Hiroshima Food Festival

October 26, 2019 - October 27, 2019
Hiroshima Castle Hiroshima-shi, Japan

Hundreds of stalls hawking every food product from every part of the prefecture around Hiroshima Castle and in Chuo-koen Park for two days. As I'm sure you know, Japanese people love nothing more than a bit of food tourism, so it can get pretty busy with thousands of people crammed between the tents pumping out mouth-watering smells and the castle moat. There are also boat rides around the castle, a big flea market as well as some live music and…

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Etajima Fireworks Festival

October 27, 2019 @ 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 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until October 29, 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

Onomichi Betcha Festival

November 1, 2019 - November 3, 2019
Onomichi Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

When, in 1808, plague was sweeping through the porttown of Onomichi, the lord in control at the time ordered local shrines to perform purification rights in an attempt to ward of the disease. The rights were to be performed over 3 days and two nights and, in addition, an omokoshi portable shrine was carried through the streets with young men dressed a lion and three demons named beta, shouki and soba at the head of the procession.   Today, a…

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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
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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December 2019

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

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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January 2020

Tondo Festivals

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

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

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

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February 2020

Setsubun-sai at Saikoku-ji, Onomichi

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saikoku-ji Temple, 29-27 Nishi-kubo-cho
Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0044 Japan

Lucky beans, mochi rice cakes, mikan oranges and lucky tickets for prizes thrown out into a large crowd after rituals to banish evil spirits and welcome in good fortune at Saikoku-ji Temple in Onomichi. Read more about Setsubun in Hiroshima here.

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Setsubun-sai at Sumiyoshi-jinja

February 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine, 5-10 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0813 Japan

Have the smell of 1000 fish heads wafted over you by shrine maidens wielding giant fan to ward off bad luck in this ritual Sumiyoshi Shrine claims to date from Heian times. Read more about and see photos and video of Setsubun at Sumiyoshi Shrine here and more about Setsubun in Hiroshima in general here.  

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Setsubun-sai at Gokoku-jinja

February 3 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Gokoku-jinja Shrine, 2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan

After a cleansing ritual to ward off evil spirits and bring in good luck performed in the shrine building which includes a little bit of bean throwing, the action moves outside and a shrine priest shoots arrows at a big image of an oni demon head. Finally, there is quite a battle to grab bags of lucky beans thrown from the top of a tower erected in the shrine precinct. Some of the bags of beans have lucky tickets attached…

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Mihara Daruma Festival (Shinmei-ichi)

February 7 - February 9
North side of JR Mihara Station, 1-1-1 Shiromachi
Mihara-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
mihara daruma festivaln in japan

During the 3-day Mihara Daruma Festival the streets are taken over by stalls selling lucky daruma dolls and every kind of festival food you can imagine. The pride of Mihara is also on display, the nation's biggest daruma doll which weighs in at a couple of hundred kilograms. Read and see more photos from the "Daruma Festival" here.  

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Miyajima Oyster Festival

February 8 - February 9
Miyajima Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Serving up oyster stew at the Miyajima Oyster Festival.jpg

One of Miyajima's specialities is oyster, and every year on the second weekend in February, some of the juiciest are served up at rock bottom prices. Also traditional taiko drumming performances on the Sunday. Held in front of the ferry terminal on Miyajima so you can't miss it. 10:00-15:00 Read in more detail about this festival here and get the low down on all the oyster festivals in the region here.  

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Yokogawa Valentine’s Fireworks Event

February 14 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Around Yokogawa Station and Yokogawa Shopping Arcade, Yokogawa-cho, Nishi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

For anyone looking for something fun to do on Valentine's Day, why not join the annual Valentine's Day fireworks event held in the Yokogawa area of Hiroshima city. The event will be held next to the Yokogawa Ebisu Shrine along the riverside where everyone can enjoy watching heart-shaped fireworks launch into the sky.  It's free to come and watch the fireworks, there will also be some food booths, Valentine's activities, and a festival-type atmosphere to enjoy starting from 5:30. For…

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