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December 2019

Handel’s Messiah

December 22, 2019 @ 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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Botanical Gardens Winter Illuminations

December 22, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on December 14, 2019 at 5:30pm

One event on December 15, 2019 at 5:30pm

One event on December 21, 2019 at 5:30pm

One event on December 22, 2019 at 5:30pm

Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens, 495, Kurashige 3-chome, Saeki-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 731-5156 Japan
¥170

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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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
¥3000

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
Free

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
Free

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

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Emperor’s Cup Inter Prefectural Men’s Ekiden

January 19 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Unnamed Venue Hiroshima-shi, Japan
Free

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.

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February 2020

Hiroshima Import Automobile Show

February 1 - February 2
Green Arena, Naka-ku
Hiroshima city, Japan
¥1300

Fancy and vintage cars on display at the annual Hiroshima import car show at in Green Arena. Open 10:00-18:00 on Saturday and 10:00-17:00 on Sunday. Entry is free of charge for under 16s. Photos from the 2015 event here. http://importcar-hiroshima.com/

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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
Free

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
Free

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
Free

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
Free
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
Free
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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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

February 9 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

The biggest and most regular flea market in Hiroshima, held once a month in Higashi Senda Park, has stalls, music and a bit of a festival atmosphere.

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Ume-mi Plum Viewing Tea Ceremony

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥600 – ¥800

The over 100 plum trees in Shukkeien Garden that blossom in pink and white in February are tantalizing hints that, even though Hiroshima is still in the grip of winter, spring is on its way. Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the Seifukan tea house or indulge in a cup of sweet amazake in the area where most of the plum trees are clustered.  

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March 2020

[CANCELED] Cherry blossom ’yozakura’ night viewing

March 22 - April 5
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥260

The many varieties of cherry blossom in Shukkei-en Garden illuminated after dark. The garden is open until 9:00pm and admission is until 30 minutes before closing. In 2019 the cherry blossoms are illuminated from March 22 to April 4. See more photos from this beautiful event here.

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Kiyomori Festival

March 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Miyajima Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

The annual samurai parade through the streets of Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine.

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[CANCELED] Momo-mi Peach Blossom Viewing Tea Ceremony

March 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥600
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April 2020

Fire walking ritual at Daishoin Temple

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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[CANCELED] Onomichi Port Festival

April 25 - April 26
Onomichi Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

The construction of Onomichi Port was started in 1740 thanks to the efforts of Kakuzaemon Hirayama and it was this port that became the keystone of Onomichi's development. The Minato Festival (“minato” means “port”), sponsored by the Hirayama Shrine, is one of Onomichi's biggest events of the year and includes a parade and many other events. The highlight is the "E-jan sansa-gari" group dance contest (have a listen to the music they have to dance to here - it sounds…

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[CANCELED] Kintaikyo Bridge Festival

April 29
Iwakuni Kintaikyo Bridge, 1 Iwakuni
Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi-ken Japan
Free

The annual Kintai Bridge Festival in Iwakuni is an excellent way to kick off your Golden Week.

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[Canceled] Kure Port Festival

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Kure City Center Kure-shi,
Free

Every year on April 29 some of the neighboring city of Kure's main streets (centered on Kuramoro-dori St) are closed for parades, stages and, of course, lots of food and drink stalls Kure Minato Matsuri or Kure Port Festival. Two things that jump out are a local beer festival (Kure's navy beer wins many craft beer awards) and a yacht race in the harbor. The parade starts at 14:00.  

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May 2020

[CANCELED] Hiroshima Flower Festival

May 3 - May 5
Peace Boulevard and around, Peace Boulevard
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0037 Japan
Free

Hiroshima's biggest annual event, drawing in many more people than even the August 6 memorial day, the annual Flower Festival was inspired by the celebrations that followed the Hiroshima Carp's first championship in 1975. Crowded, noisy, high in kitsch and overtly commercial, it does, however, pull in tens of thousands of people from near and far, and many of them do seem to have a pretty good time. In addition to all the parades, pop bands, tarento celebrities, comedians and…

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[Canceled] Takehara Bamboo Festival

May 3 - May 4
Takehara Historical Preservation District, 3 chome, Honmachi
Takehara-shi, Hiroshima-ken 725-0022 Japan
Free

Parades and lots of bamboo themed activities and performances in the streets of "bamboo town" Takehara's historical preservation district.  

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[CANCELED] Shinjo no Hayashida Traditional Rice Planting

May 10 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Shinjo, Kita-hiroshima
Yamagata-gun, Hiroshima-ken 732-0063 Japan
Free

Shinjo's annual rice planting event is less well known than the Mibu-no-hanadaue event held in the neighboring town of Chiyoda at the beginning of June, but its tradition is just as long. The local Provincial Art PreservationCommittee has been working hard to continue the event since 1928, only ceasing activity during wartime. Known as hayashida, the ritual involves the welcoming of the  god of trice fields, sanbai, into the ground. Saotome rice planting maidens plant rice in time to music played on drums and flutes.…

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[CANCELED] Tomo Bentenjima Fireworks Festival

May 30 @ 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. Photo: Hiroshima Prefecture

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