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May 2017
Free

Mantō Mitama Matsurii

May 27 - May 28
Gokoku-jinja Shrine,
2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
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.he 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 video click…

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June 2017
Free

Toukasan Yukata Festival

June 2 - June 4
Tōkasan Enryu-ji Temple,
8-12 Mikawa-cho
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

Hiroshima really comes alive over the three nights of Tōkasan - a festival that really does feel "festive". Join the 300,000 people who will be donning their yukata for the first time this year who take over Chuo-dori and environs to promenade, play festival games like fish scooping, buy strange inflatable novelties and stuff their faces with equally strange stuff on sticks. As well as parades and summer bon dancing, there will be taiko drumming and other performances on stages…

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Free

Mibu-no-Hanadaue Traditional Rice Planting Ritual

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

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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¥250 - ¥700

Rice planting ritual and tea ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden

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

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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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

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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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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Free

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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Free

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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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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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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