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November 2017
Free

Hiroshima Dreamination

November 17, 2017 - January 3, 2018
Peace Boulevard and around,
Peace Boulevard
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0037 Japan

2 months of thousands and thousands of sparkly, colored LEDs along Peace Boulevard and around the city center. Very popular with young families and dating couples.

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December 2017
¥3000

Christmas Dinner at Molly Malone’s

December 23 - December 25
|Recurring Event (See all)
Daily until December 23, 2017
Molly Malone’s,
1-20 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0034 Japan

3 course Christmas dinner available from 11:30am on December 23rd, 24th & 25th. Includes glass of sparkling wine. Ordering just one course is possible too. The ¥3000 meal includes Soup/li> Turkey & ham Dessert Reservations recommended.  

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Free

Handel’s Messiah

December 23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gaines Hall, Jogakuin High School,
11-32 Noborimachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0014 Japan

The annual performance of Handel's Messiah at Jogakuin High School is a rare chance to see a classical concert without charge. Child care is provided too!

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¥170

Botanical Gardens Winter Illuminations

December 24 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every 1 week(s) on Sunday that lasts 0 day(s) and 3.5 hour(s), the last of which will begin on December 24, 2017
Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens,
495, Kurashige 3-chome, Saeki-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 731-5156 Japan

Annual "Pageant of Flower and Light" at Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens in the hills above Itsukaichi held every weekend and national holiday in December. Illuminated dinosaurs Giant Christmas tree candle installation Giant Mt Fuji tableau 11m tall bamboo Christmas tree 20,000 LED "maze of light" Live music concerts Free Shuttle Bus between Itsukaichi Station and the gardens Departs Itsukaichi JR Station North Exit: 15:30, 16:10, 16:50, 17:30, 18:55, 19:35 Departs Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens: 15:50, 16:30, 17:10, 18:35, 19:15, 20:45,…

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Free

New Year at Gokoku Shrine

December 31, 2017 - January 3, 2018
Gokoku-jinja Shrine,
2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
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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Free

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

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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¥2000

New Year’s Eve Himalayan Buffet Dinner

December 31 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kemby’s,
2-9-13 Otemachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0051 Japan

Himalayan dinner duffer on New Year's Eve at KeMBY’S. Drinks ¥500, pay as you go. All-you-can-eat buffet ¥2000 Mutton Curry, Veg Curry, Salad, BBQ Chicken Tikka, Choila, Rice, Momo ( one plate per person), Dessert Buffet 19:00 - 22:00 Regular menu not available. Reservation required.

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January 2018
¥150

Nanakusa-gayu at Tōshō-gū Shrine

January 7, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Tōshō-gū Shrine,
2-1-18 Futaba-no-sato, Higashi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, 732-0057 Japan

300 bowls of the healthy seven-herb rice porridge traditionally eaten on January 7. Available from 11am until they are all gone (¥150 a bowl). Read more about the Nankusa-no-sekku festival here.  

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Free

Mid-winter Swim in front of the A-bomb Dome

January 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
A-bomb Dome,
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

Every year on Seijin-no-hi (Coming Of Age Day), a group of swimmers between the ages of 7 and 70 brave the near freezing water of the Motoyasu River in front of the A-bomb Dome to demonstrate Edo era swimming techniques and welcome the new year. More details here.  

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Free

Sanba Tondo Shinmei Festival, Onomichi

January 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sanba Elementary School,
1630 Sanba-cho
Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0052 Japan

Sanba Shinmei Festival Tondo dates from the 17th centuryand is designated as an Intangible Folklore Cultural Property by the City of Onomichi. Locals bid farewell to and see off the deities who came to visit during the New Year's holiday as they return to the heavens. Men and boys carry tondo towers made of straw and bamboo on their shoulders and, after dancing to music, throw them, along with other New Year's decorations, into a fire, as an offering for…

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Free

Tondo Festival at Gokoku Shrine

January 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gokoku-jinja Shrine,
2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
tondo festival gokoku shrine hiroshima

Big tondo bonfire which lets off some huge snaps, crackles and pops, as well as some powerful heat. The fire fighters who keep things under control look very cool in their traditional gear. This is one tondo festival where you really don't have to worry about looking like a tourist. Read more about Tondo here.

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Free

Momote-sai

January 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Miyajima,
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

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.  

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Free

Hiroshima Ekiden

January 21, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Unnamed Venue,
Hiroshima-shi, Japan

Teams from all 47 prefectures battle it out in this annual 48km road relay on an out-and-back course between Hiroshima Peace Park and Miyajima-guchi. The start and finish is at Peace Park. 2013 Ekiden Instagrammed  

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February 2018
Free

Setsubun-sai at Daisho-in, Miyajima

February 3, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Daisho-in Temple,
210 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0592 Japan

Every year on February 3 (Setsubun) a few thousand people crowd into the precinct in front of Daisho-in Temple on Miyajima for bean throwing, taiko drumming and to try and grab a bag of lucky mochi chucked into the crowd by lucky men and women, toshi-otoko and toshi-onna, with the same Chinese zodiac sign as that of the coming lunar year. See videos of this event and read more about Setsubun in Hiroshima here.

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Free

Setsubun-sai at Saikoku-ji, Onomichi

February 3, 2018 @ 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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Free

Setsubun-sai at Sumiyoshi-jinja

February 3, 2018 @ 2:00 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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Free

Setsubun-sai at Gokoku-jinja

February 3, 2018 @ 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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Free

Mihara Daruma Festival (Shinmei-ichi)

February 9, 2018
|Recurring Event (See all)
Daily until February 11, 2018
North side of JR Mihara Station,
1-1-1 Shiromachi
Mihara-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

For three days, the area around the north exit of Mihara Station is packed with over 500 festival food stalls and lots of lucky daruma dolls (including some unusual local designs), including the nation's biggest weighing a couple of hundred kilograms. Read and see more photos from the "Daruma Festival" here.  

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August 2018
Free

Miyajima Fireworks Festival

August 25, 2018 @ 7:40 pm - 8:40 pm
Miyajima,
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

Hiroshima's most well known fireworks festival. 5000 fireworks explode over the sea silhouetting Itsukushima Shrine's O-torii. Worth seeing, but expect huge crowds (300,000 people showed up last year) and you should get there early to avoid a fight for the prime viewing spots. For those relying on the train, a good tip for the return trip on the way back to Hiroshima is to take the first train heading in the opoosite direction (Iwakuni bound) one stop so you can…

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