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May 2019

Tomo Bentenjima Fireworks Festival

May 25 @ 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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Hiba-yama Skyline Trail Run

May 26
Hiroshima Kenmin-no-mori forest park, Saijo-cho
Shobara-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
hiba-yama trail race

Tough, but rewarding trail run starting and finishing at Kenmin-no-mori ski area in Shobara. Great views from the top of Hiba-yama on the handful of days it hasn't been pouring with rain on race day. A race: 18.5km B race: 9km Schedule Registration 08:00-09:00 A course start 10:00 B course start 10:30 Awards 14:00 Entry fees: Adult ¥5000 Junior High & High School ¥3000 Entry: December 25 2018 - April 12 2019 Online entry at Runnet here. Download details in Japanese…

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

May 26 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until June 2 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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Nihonshu Sansan Downtown Sake Festival

May 29 @ 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,…

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Night Museum Sake, Kimono & Culture

May 31 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hiroshima Museum of Art, 3-2 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan

Enjoy some local sake and view enjoy some impressionist masterpieces while dressed in kimono at the Hiroshima Museum of Art.

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June 2019

Mibu-no-Hanadaue Traditional Rice Planting Ritual

June 2 @ 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 Hachiman Shrine where they are dressed with elaborately decorated saddles and colorful necklaces. They are then led to a field, and…

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Toukasan Yukata Festival

June 7 - June 9
Tōkasan Enryu-ji Temple, 8-12 Mikawa-cho
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

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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KeMBY’s Tap Takeover

June 8 @ 3:00 pm - 12:30 am
Kemby’s, 2-9-13 Otemachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0051 Japan

A little craft beer festival near Peace Memorial Park.

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

June 9 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until June 30 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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Rice planting ritual and tea ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

June 23 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until June 30 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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Night Museum Sake Tasting & Kimono

June 28 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hiroshima Museum of Art, 3-2 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan

Warm up with some hot local sake and view enjoy some impressionist masterpieces while dressed in kimono at the Hiroshima Museum of Art.

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July 2019

Tanabata Tea Ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden

July 7 @ 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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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

July 14 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until July 15 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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August 2019

Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

August 18 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until August 25 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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September 2019

Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

September 8 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until September 23 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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Kangetsu Moon Viewing Tea Ceremony

September 13 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥800
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 and 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) and the garden is open to until 9pm. The neighboring Prefectural Art Museum where the Da Vinci exhibition is currently showing also has…

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Respect for the aged tea ceremony

September 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan

Annual keiro-chakai to commemorate Respect for the Aged Day at Shukkei-en Garden in Hiroshima City Center. You're kind of supposed to be a bit on the "experienced" side of things to participate.

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

September 22 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until September 23 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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October 2019

Onomichi Akari Matsuri

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Onomichi Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

30,000 candles decorate the route up from the water's edge all the way along the Onomichi Sanzan (3 mountain) Route taking in Senkoji-ji, Saikoku-ji and Jyodo-ji as well as many other temples. Live music adds to the atmosphere and several buddhist treasures, usually locked away, are on public display. In the event of rain the event will be postponed until the following day. Unfortunately, the official website is mostly only in Japanese, but you can see photos of the candles…

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

October 13 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until October 14 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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Takehara Shokei-no-michi Candle Festival

October 26 - October 27
Takehara Historical Preservation District, 3 chome, Honmachi
Takehara-shi, Hiroshima-ken 725-0022 Japan
Free

The streets of Takehara's beautiful Edo period historic preservation district are illuminated by bamboo candles for two nights. Photos from a previous event and a write up of the event from 2009 here.   The Takehara Historic Preservation District is 15 minutes walk from Takehara JR Station The candles are lit 17:00-21:00

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

October 27 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until November 3 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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Shirakami-san Autumn Festival

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until October 28, 2019

Shirakami Shrine, 7-24 Naka-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0037 Japan
Free
kagura at shirakami-san autumn festival hiroshima japan

Two nights of Hiroshima Kagura performances, street stalls and wishes for good fortune on Peace Boulevard.

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November 2019

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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