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May 2018

Mantō Mitama Matsurii

May 26 - May 27
Gokoku-jinja Shrine, 2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Free
Manto-mitama matsuri at Hiroshima Gokoku-jinja Shrine

Two days of events and commemorations at Hiroshima's shrine to the war dead, Gokuku-jinja, which is decorated with lanterns. Saturday, May 27 18:00 Manto-mitama ceremony in the main Shrine Hall 19:00 Around 100 women dressed as shrine maidens perform Enmusubi-no-miko-odori dances in the forecourt Followed by Miko-mai dance by full time shrine maidens Possibly other performances Lantern lit dances by the maidens for the day finale before things finish at 9pm For more on the Saturday night festivities, photos and…

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Tomo Bentenjima Fireworks Festival

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tomo-no-ura, Tomo, Tomo-cho
Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima-ken 720-0201 Japan
Free

Tomo Bentenjima Fireworks Festival in the quaint port town of Tomo-no-ura  kicks off the summer's fireworks festivals in the Chugoku region. 90min of fireworks over the water silhouetting picturesque Benten Island.

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Nihonshu Sansan Downtown Sake Festival

May 30 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Alice Garden, 8 Shintenchi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

This sake festival organised by Yagenbori liquor store Yamatoya is one of our favorite events of the year. It is far more compact than the annual sake festival in Saijo, and the 30 or so boutique brewers bring nothing less than their top varieties, it is an excellent opportunity to try 100 or so of the best sakes in the country, poured by the people who take such care in making it. There is a really relaxed atmosphere, especially after…

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June 2018

Mibu-no-Hanadaue Traditional Rice Planting Ritual

June 3 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mibu, Kitahiroshima-cho
Yamagata-gun, Hiroshima-ken 731-1515 Japan
Free

Mibu-no-hanadaue is a revived rice planting ritual said to have roots in the middle ages that is renacted on the first Sunday of June every year. The event was designated as a UNESCO Intangible Heritage in 2003 and many people now make the trip to Chiyoda in Kita-hiroshima to view it. Bulls are led through the streets to Mibu Shrine where they are dressed with elaborately decorated saddles and colorful necklaces. They are then led to a field, and after…

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Rice planting ritual and tea ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden

June 10 @ 10:00 am
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥250 - ¥700

Re-enactment of a traditional rice planting ritual to wish for a bountiful harvest and tea ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden. The rice planting ritual and related dances performed by the Shinjo Provincial Art Preservation Committee are between 13:00 and 14:45 and the tea ceremonies run from 10:00-15:00. 13:00-13:30  Hayashida music, song and dance performance in the yuunenjyou (有年場) rice field located in the far right corner of the garden as you stand with your back to the entrance. 13:35-13:55 Hayashida music, song and dance performance on…

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Dubway

June 15 @ 10:00 pm - 5:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00pm on day Third of the month, happening 12 times

Mugen∞5610, Atsuma Bldg, 1-3 Yagenbori
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0027 Japan
¥1000

Heavyweight dub sounds hosted by the Jah Love is Sweeter Sound System and guests at Mugen every 3rd Friday. Regular Selecters Roots&kazuchang Jah山 DJ Ali jah93  

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July 2018

Hiroshima Toyo Carp vs Yakult Swallows

July 3
Mazda “Zoom Zoom” Stadium, 2-3-1 Minami-Kaniya, Minami-ku,
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0803 Japan

Central League pro baseball action at Mazda "Zoom Zoom" Stadium. For seating and ticket details, see our Mazda Stadium Hiroshima Carp Ticket Guide. Read more posts related to the Hiroshima Carp.  

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Hiroshima Toyo Carp vs Yakult Swallows

July 4
Mazda “Zoom Zoom” Stadium, 2-3-1 Minami-Kaniya, Minami-ku,
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0803 Japan

Central League pro baseball action at Mazda "Zoom Zoom" Stadium. For seating and ticket details, see our Mazda Stadium Hiroshima Carp Ticket Guide. Read more posts related to the Hiroshima Carp.  

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Tanabata Tea Ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden

July 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
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¥700

Tea ceremony in Shukkei-en Garden's Seifukan tea house.

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Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Gamba Osaka

July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edion Stadium, Hiroshima Kouiki-kouen, 5 Ozuka-nishi, Asa-Minami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-3167 Japan
sanfrecce soccer fans at edion stadium in hiroshima

J League soccer action at Edion Stadium Hiroshima. Edion Stadium Seating Guide Tickets Seat Advance Gate Reserved seating SS Reserved ¥5300 ¥5900 SA Reserved ¥3700 ¥4300 Free seating Back stand (Adult) ¥2600 ¥3200 Back stand (6-18 years old) ¥1000 ¥1500 Home supporters' stand(Adult) ¥2100 ¥2600 Home supporters' stand(6-18 years old) ¥500 ¥1000 Visitors' stand(Adult) ¥2100 ¥2600 Visitors' stand(6-18 years old) ¥500 ¥1000 Scroll down to this page to see photos of the view you will get from different sections of…

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Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Urawa Reds

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edion Stadium, Hiroshima Kouiki-kouen, 5 Ozuka-nishi, Asa-Minami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-3167 Japan

J League soccer action at Edion Stadium Hiroshima. Edion Stadium Seating Guide Tickets Seat Advance Gate Reserved seating SS Reserved ¥5300 ¥5900 SA Reserved ¥3700 ¥4300 Free seating Back stand (Adult) ¥2600 ¥3200 Back stand (6-18 years old) ¥1000 ¥1500 Home supporters' stand(Adult) ¥2100 ¥2600 Home supporters' stand(6-18 years old) ¥500 ¥1000 Visitors' stand(Adult) ¥2100 ¥2600 Visitors' stand(6-18 years old) ¥500 ¥1000 Scroll down to this page to see photos of the view you will get from different sections of…

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August 2018

Hiroshima Cross Country

August 18
Dogoyama Cross Country Park, Misaka, Saijo-cho,
Shobara-shi, Japan

8km, 5km, 3km. 1.5 and 1km races on the rolling grass course at the excellent Cross Country Park in Saijo near Shobara (not the Saijo in Higashi-hirohsima!). Start times 1km 11:15 1.5km 11:25 3km 11:55 5km 12:10 8km 12:40 Entry fees Adult ¥3000 High School, Junior High School ¥1000 Elementary School ¥800 Entries open: Mid May  

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Hiroshima Toyo Carp vs Yakult Swallows

August 23
Mazda “Zoom Zoom” Stadium, 2-3-1 Minami-Kaniya, Minami-ku,
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0803 Japan

Central League pro baseball action at Mazda "Zoom Zoom" Stadium. For seating and ticket details, see our Mazda Stadium Hiroshima Carp Ticket Guide. Read more posts related to the Hiroshima Carp.  

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Miyajima Fireworks Festival

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

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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November 2018

Onomichi Betcha Festival

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

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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Chrysanthemum Tea Ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden

November 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥600 - ¥800

As the annual chrysanthemum viewing tea ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden is held on the November 3 Bunka-no-hi or "Culture Day" holiday, entrance to the garden is free. You can experience a tea ceremony in the beautiful Seifukan tea house or opt for the more relaxed outdoor setting. There is also large ornamental chrysanthemum display. Photo: © Shukkei-en Garden

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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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Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Vegalta Sendai

November 10
Edion Stadium, Hiroshima Kouiki-kouen, 5 Ozuka-nishi, Asa-Minami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-3167 Japan
sanfrecce soccer fans at edion stadium in hiroshima

J League soccer action at Edion Stadium Hiroshima. Edion Stadium Seating Guide Tickets Seat Advance Gate Reserved seating SS Reserved ¥5300 ¥5900 SA Reserved ¥3700 ¥4300 Free seating Back stand (Adult) ¥2600 ¥3200 Back stand (6-18 years old) ¥1000 ¥1500 Home supporters' stand(Adult) ¥2100 ¥2600 Home supporters' stand(6-18 years old) ¥500 ¥1000 Visitors' stand(Adult) ¥2100 ¥2600 Visitors' stand(6-18 years old) ¥500 ¥1000 Scroll down to this page to see photos of the view you will get from different sections of…

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Momiji Maple Viewing Tea Ceremony

November 11 @ 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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December 2018

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
Free

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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New Year at Gokoku Shrine

December 31, 2018 - January 3, 2019
Gokoku-jinja Shrine, 2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Free
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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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
Free

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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