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July 2018

Sumiyoshi-san Summer Festival

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until July 27, 2018

Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine, 5-10 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0813 Japan
Free

Sumiyoshi-san, along with the Tokasan and Ebessan festivals, is one of Hiroshima city's big three annual shrine festivals that have long histories. Sumiyoshi Shrines are dedicated to water gods and Sumiyoshi Shrine is located right next to the river in Sumiyoshi-cho on Route 2. It's a real local festival and the neighborhood streets are lined with the usual festival food and game stalls. Many people visit the shrine over the two days to pray for good health and good fortune.…

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Onomichi Sumiyoshi Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onomichi Suido Channel (near Sumiyoshi Shrine) Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

This display, and the Hamadonya Group which provides the 10,000 fireworks that are used, have been going since the Edo period. In 1741, the recently appointed magistrate of Onomichi, Hirayama Kakuzaemon Naozumi, moved Sumiyoshi Shrine from the Jodoji Temple to Sumiyoshihama on the waterfront protect the port from misfortune. The festival is held in order to wish for the prosperity of business and the safety of sea traffic. There is a colorful parade of boats and the air is filled…

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Hiroshima Port “Dream” Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hiroshima Port 10,000 Ton Berth (hiroshima-kou-ichi-man-ton-baasu), Ujina
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Hiroshima city's big fireworks extravaganza. Held in the bay in front of the 10,000 Ton Cruise Ship Berth (ichi-man-ton-baasu) next to Ujina Hatoba Koen near Hiroshima Port, this display is big and loud with around 10,000 bangs for your buck (although it's laid on for free). It's also an hour long. Many (and we mean many) people head down to Ujina, a lot decked out summer yukata to catch the show. Others watch from further afield. Ujina-bashi Bridge with its…

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Kure Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Tsukiji-cho, Kure, Tsukiji-cho
Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-0822 Japan
Free

An hour long fireworks display in which 4000 fireworks explode above the water and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force ships docked in the port of Kure decorated with lights. Access: 15 minutes walk from Kure JR Station.  

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Hikari Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nijigahama Beach, Nijigahama 2 Chome
Hikari-shi, Yamaguchi-ken 743-0022 Japan
Free

View 3300 fireworks go off over the Seto Inland Sea from Nijigahama Beach in Hikari. Cancelled in the event of bad weather. Access: 5 minutes walk from Hikari JR Station

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Akitsu Sumiyoshi Festival and Fireworks

July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:00pm, repeating indefinitely

Mitsuhama, Akitsu-cho
Higashi-hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-2402 Japan
Free

This is a two day festival in the port town of Akitsu which culminates on the second day with a fireworks display over the water and the lighting of a huge man character (万) on a nearby mountainside.

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August 2018

Etajima Summer Festival & Fireworks

August 4 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
JMSDF the First Service School Etajima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-2195 Japan
Free

Summer festival with stalls, stages and bon odori dancing in the grounds of the Self Defence Force naval school on Etajima Island. Fireworks over the water from 8pm.

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Hamakko Summer Festival & Fireworks

August 4 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Hamada Fishing Port, Harai-cho
Hamada-shi, Shimane-ken 697-0017 Japan
Free

Iwami kagura performances, street stalls, music and fireworks in Hamada. Fireworks: 20:30-21:15 Access: 10 minutes by bus from Hamada Station

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Masuda Suigousai Summer Festival

August 4 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Takatsu river estuary, Takatsu
Masuda-shi, Shimane-ken Japan
Free

A 3500-blast fireworks display is part of this summer festival in the port town of Masuda in Shiamne Prefecture which also includes traditional fishing boats decorated in lanterns and kagura performances. 18:00-22:00 Stalls 18:30-18:50 Shinto ceremony 19:00~ Fishing boats decorated with lanterns 20:05~ Fishing boats decorated with lanterns 20:00-20:40 Fireworks 20:40-22:00 Kagura performances Cancelled in the event of bad weather.

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Yassa Fireworks Festival

August 4 @ 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Numata River Mouth, Enichi-cho
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 723-0015 Japan
Free

The grand finale to Mihara's three day Yassa Festival is a fireworks display with 5000 bangs spread over 45 minutes. Organizers advertise some spectacular booms and surprising combinations. Organizers expect about 10, 000 people. Access: At Itozaki Port, 10 minutes from of Itozaki JR Station and 30 minutes walk from Mihara JR Station

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Lake Shinji-ko Fireworks, Matsue

August 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lake Shinji-ko Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken Japan
Free

Matsue's annual Suigosai Festival climax with a gorgeous 10,000-blast fireworks displays which light up Shinjiko Lake silhouetting Yonegashima island against a blaze of color. The festival goes all day. Expect quite some congestion if driving.

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Nishiki-gawa (Kintai-kyo Bridge) Mizu-no-Saiten Fireworks Festival

August 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Iwakuni Kintaikyo Bridge, 1 Iwakuni
Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi-ken Japan
Free

Annual fireworks display held on the first Saturday of August each year with the dramatic backdrop of the Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni. 6000 blasts over an hour and a half. Most people view from the parking area along the side of the river. Kintai-kyo Bridge is closed to the public during the display. More pics from this fireworks festival.

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Hiroshima Minato Marché

August 5 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00am on day First of the month, happening 12 times

An event every month that begins at 9:00am on day Third of the month, happening 12 times

Open Space between East and West Terminal of Hiroshima Port, Hiroshima Port
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
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Outdoor market in Ujina held every 1st and 3rd Sunday. Fresh local produce and food stalls.  

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A Summer Evening of Prayer & Peace

August 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Futaba-no-sato Walk of History, Higashi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

On the night of August 5, the string of temples and shrines in Futaba-no-sato, originally constructed to protect the castle town of Hiroshima from misfortune that was said to come from the inauspicious northeast direction, are illuminated by candles and decorated with flowers to comfort the souls of the victims of the A-bombing and to wish for peace throughout the world. There are several cultural events scheduled at some of the temples and the event coincides with a local summer…

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Peace Memorial Ceremony

August 6 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Peace Memorial Park, 1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0811 Japan
Free

The Peace Memorial Ceremony is held each year in memory of the victims of the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima at 8:15am on August 6, 1945. On this occasion, those who lived through the event as well as those who lost loved ones play a special part in the proceedings. People of all ages from Hiroshima, throughout Japan and the around the world, as well as a number of Japanese and overseas dignitaries, gather in front of the cenotaph in the…

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A-bomb Survivor Testimony in English

August 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hiroshima International Conference Center, 1-5 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0811 Japan
Free

Opportunity to hear A-bomb survivor testimony in English in the Hiroshima International Conference Center within Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. No reservations required and free of charge. Venue is Cosmos Room in the International Conference Center Hiroshima in Peace Memorial Park.

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Lantern Floating Ceremony

August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Motoyasu River, 1-1 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0811 Japan
¥600

Every year on the evening of August 6 thousands of people make their way to banks of the Motoyasu River that runs below the Atomic Bomb Dome , bordering the Peace Memorial Museum. Here they set colorful paper lanterns bearing personal appeals for peace and to, once more, commemorate those who lost their lives in the bombing, many of whom took their final painful breaths before succumbing to their injuries in this stretch of water. Everyone is welcome, and encouraged,…

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Summer of Love

August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Hanover Koen Park, Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Free
© Jumpei Ishida

Local DJs and musicians commemorate Aug 6th in their own way at this free outdoor party from dusk until the police shut it down. It has gone until close to dawn in the past, but more recently, until 1 or 2am. The location is behind the site of the old baseball stadium in the area called Hanover Park. Things are generally pretty chill, it's quite a local affair, but outsiders are very welcome. In recent years, there have been lots…

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A-bomb Survivor Testimony in English

August 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, 1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0811 Japan
Free

Opportunity to hear A-bomb survivor testimony in English in the Peace Memorial Museum. No reservations required and free of charge. Venue is B1F Meeting Room 1 in the basement of the East Building of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. There will also be a free screening of Renzo Kinoshita's short animation Pica-don in the same room 12:30-12:40.

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Higashino Sumiyoshi Festival

August 13 @ 11:15 am - 8:45 pm
Shiramizu Port, Osakikamijima-cho
Toyota-gun, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Seaside festival with traditional boat racing and other events. The boats lit with lanterns that reflect in the water around the port is said to look lovely. Fireworks 20:15-20:45

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A-bomb Survivor Testimony in English

August 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, 1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0811 Japan
Free

Opportunity to hear A-bomb survivor testimony in English in the Peace Memorial Museum. No reservations required and free of charge. Venue is B1F Meeting Room 1 in the basement of the East Building of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. There will also be a free screening of Renzo Kinoshita's short 10-minute animation Pica-don 12:30-12:40 in the same room

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Yanai Goldfish Lantern Festival

August 13 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Yanai, Chuo
Yanai-shi,
Free

The route from Yanai Station to the Kanaya old quarter, with its many traditional white-walled storehouses, is decorated with over 2000 red and white paper goldfish lanterns are decorated in town. There are giant goldfish lantern floats, lantern dances, and, of course, a big fireworks display to round everything off. Fireworks: 20:45-21:00

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Kanmon Kaikyo Fireworks Festival

August 13 @ 7:50 pm - 8:40 pm
Free

Huge fireworks display over the channel that separates Honshu from Kyushu. 15,000 fireworks are set off from either side of the channel. Big displays also mean big crowds, and this one attracts a total of around 1.2 million viewers along the coastline! Access: 20 minutes walk from JR Shimonoseki Station East Exit 5 minutes by bus from JR Shimonoseki Station http://hanabi.moji-retro.com/

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Osakikami-jima Summer Festival

August 14 @ 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Okushi Beach, Osakikamijima-cho
Toyota-gun, Hiroshima-ken 725-0303 Japan
Free

Summer beach festival with fish catching contests, stalls, taiko drumming and other performances. Fireworks from 20:00-20:15.

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A-bomb Survivor Testimony in English

August 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, 1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0811 Japan
Free

Opportunity to hear A-bomb survivor testimony in English in the Peace Memorial Museum. No reservations required and free of charge. Venue is B1F Meeting Room 1 in the basement of the East Building of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. There will also be a free screening of Renzo Kinoshita's short 10-minute animation Pica-don 12:30-12:40 in the same room

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