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July 2017
¥700

Tanabata Tea Ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden

July 2 @ 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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Tea ceremony in Shukkei-en Garden's Seifukan tea house.

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Free

Kirikushi Okangensai Festival

July 22 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kiriskushi,
Etajima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

The port town of Kirikushi on the north coast of Etajima Island holds a small, but colorful festival every year around the time of Miyajima's Kangensai Festival. There are stalls and stages, but the main event is the floating of small boats wrought out of straw which are set afloat on the shallow stream which flows through the town into the port and out to sea, carrying the wishes of those who made them. It's a very picturesque scene. Postponed…

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August 2017
Free

Sumiyoshi-san Summer Festival

August 5 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Daily until August 6, 2017
Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine,
5-10 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0813 Japan

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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Free

Miyajima Kangensai

August 8 @ 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Itsukushima Shrine,
1-1 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0588 Japan

Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima's biggest and most elaborate festival of the year. Elaborately decorated boats leave the shrine in the afternoon and, after making rounds of several coastal shrines, return late at night. Read in more detail about this fascinating festival here.

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Free

Yanai Goldfish Lantern Festival

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

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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Innoshima Suigun Fire Festival

August 26 @ 8:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Innoshima Amenity Park – Shimanami Beach,
57 Ohama-cho, Innoshima
Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-2101 Japan

A 15 minute firework display over the sea is the dramatic finale to a series of elaborate reenactments of the triumphant return of Murakami Suigun "pirates" who ruled the Inland Sea during the Sengoku warring states period. The reneactments feature highly detailed costumes, set pieces and a the parading of huge flaming pillars. All the usual festival stalls are also set up in the park, making it a great evening of entertainment. Things start in the late afternoon.

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October 2017
¥800

Kangetsu Moon Viewing Tea Ceremony

October 4 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Shukkeien Garden,
2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
moon viewing tea ceremony at shukkei-en garden © Shukkei-en Garden

The end of September is the time for "moon viewing" or kangetsu in Japan. A moon viewing tea ceremony is held in Shukkei-en Garden annually at this time. ¥800 for the (more formal) tea ceremony in a tea house (honseki) ¥600 to take tea in the gardens (nodate) The garden admission fee is also required (adults ¥260) or combine your visit with a visit to the adjacent Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum for a discounted entry. Photo: ©Shukkei-en Garden

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Free

Waseda-jinja Shrine Autumn Festival

October 14
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Daily until October 15, 2017
Waseda-jinja Shrine,
1-2-22 Ushita-waseda, Higashi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima 732-0062 Japan
kagura at waseda shrine autumn festival

Kagura performances on Saturday night and omkoshi portable shrine parades and kids sumo on Sunday in Ushita. Saturday, October 14 From 18:30 Kagura followed by mochi-maki rice cake throwing Sunday, October 15 Mid-morning Omikoshi portable shrine parades around surrrounding neighborhoods 14:00 Kids sumo

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November 2017
¥600 - ¥800

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

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
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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¥1500

Momiji Maple Viewing Tea Ceremony

November 12 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden,
2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
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

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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December 2017
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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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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January 2018

Hiroshige Ukiyo-e Exhibition

January 3, 2018 - February 12, 2018
Hiroshima Museum of Art,
3-2 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo, No. 107 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Exhibition of ukiyo-e woodblock prints to commemorate the 220th anniversary of the great master Hiroshige. This exhibition focuses on Hiroshige's 53 stages of the Tokaido series and the seasons of Edo.

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¥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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