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July 2019

Sumiyoshi-san Summer Festival

July 17 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until July 17, 2019

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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Miyajima Kangensai

July 19 @ 3:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Itsukushima Shrine, 1-1 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0588 Japan
Free

2018 Kangensai events have been CANCELLED due to incoming typhoon #12.

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Yoshida Isshin Festival

July 20 @ 5:00 pm - 9:10 pm
Yoshida Sports Park, Yoshida-cho
Akitakata-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

2300 fireworks, taiko drumming, dance performances, bon odori dancing and period reenactments. Fireworks 20:50~ Postponed until the following day in the event of rain. See our guide to all the local fireworks displays over the summer here.  

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Onomichi Saturday Night Market

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until July 20, 2019

Onomichi Shoutengai Covered Shopping Arcade Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Onomichi's Saturday Night Market (doyou-yomise) is as much festival as shopping expedition. On Saturday nights in June and July the town's usually quiet shotengai retro shopping arcade buzzes with people buying nicknacks and playing traditional festival games. It gets particularly colorful from the end of June when the arcade is festooned with tanabata star festival streamers.

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Iwakuni Port Fireworks Festival

July 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Iwakuni Port, Shinminato-machi
Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi-ken 740-0002 Japan
Free

2000 blasts at a small (and thus we hear, relatively uncrowded) fireworks festival. Postponed in the event of rain. There are some nice shots of this display from 2014 on this Japanese blog. Access: 15 minutes by bus from Iwakuni JR Station

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Innoshima Suigun Fireworks Festival

July 20 @ 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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Numata Hongo Fireworks Festival

July 20 @ 8:35 pm - 9:00 pm
Hongou Town Hall, Hongo-minami 6-3-10
Mihara-shi, Hiroshima-ken 729-0495 Japan
Free

This now colorful summer festival has somewhat dark origins. It has grown out of an event to mourn the large numbers of people lost due to famine and disease during the great famines of the Tempo Era in the first half of the 19th century. Over time the event turned into a chance for local farmers and farm workers to let off steam once the hard task of rice planting was complete. Today, the festival features a fireworks display of…

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Onomichi Sumiyoshi Fireworks Festival

July 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onomichi Suido Channel (near Sumiyoshi Shrine) Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

13,000 fireworks explode over the Onomichi sea channel.

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Hiroshima Port “Dream” Fireworks Festival

July 27 @ 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

2018 event has been CANCELLED due to incoming typhoon #12.

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August 2019

Night Safari at Asa Zoo

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 11, 2019

Asa Zoo, Asa-cho, Asa-kita-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-3355 Japan
¥170 – ¥510

A chance to see the nocturnal animals in action and to escape to the relative cool of the Asa highlands. The "night safari" is only held 8 nights a year, and it is always popular with families and dating couples. There is plenty of debate as to just how bad a zoo Asa Zoo is. It seems to us that although the confined spaces in which many of the animals are kept (especially the big cats) are disgraceful, on the…

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Night Safari at Asa Zoo

August 17 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 18, 2019

Asa Zoo, Asa-cho, Asa-kita-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-3355 Japan
¥170 – ¥510

A chance to see the nocturnal animals in action and to escape to the relative cool of the Asa highlands.

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Night Safari at Asa Zoo

August 24 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 25, 2019

Asa Zoo, Asa-cho, Asa-kita-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-3355 Japan
¥510

A chance to see the nocturnal animals in action and to escape to the relative cool of the Asa highlands.

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Night Safari at Asa Zoo

August 31 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until September 1, 2019

Asa Zoo, Asa-cho, Asa-kita-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-3355 Japan
¥510

A chance to see the nocturnal animals in action and to escape to the relative cool of the Asa highlands.

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September 2019

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
Free

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
Free
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
Free

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
Free

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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Shirakami-san Autumn Festival

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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
Free
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
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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Momiji Maple Viewing Tea Ceremony

November 10 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1500
momiji tea ceremony shukkei-en garden in hiroshima japan

Momiji maple viewing tea ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden. ¥260 garden entrance fee also required. Photo: ©Shukkei-en Garden  

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Fire walking ritual at Daishoin Temple

November 15 @ 11:00 am
Daisho-in Temple, 210 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0592 Japan
Free

Photo: Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer "Hi-watari-shiki" Fire walking ritual takea place at Daishoin Temple on Miyajima twice a year on April 15 and November 15. Readings from the 8000 verse Perfection of Wisdom Sutra begin at 11am and extravagant Saito-goma rituals begin around 1pm in the temple forecourt with a purification offering to the alter and the chanting of sutras. This is followed by two Buddhist monks circling the area with swords and then shooting 7 arrows into the air…

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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 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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