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Gokoku-jinja Shrine

2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
082-221-5590http://www.h-gokoku.or.jp/

“Gokoku” shrines are Shinto shrines designated as places of worship for those who have died in war. Originally constructed in 1868 to commemorate the Hiroshima-han victims of the Boshin War, Hiroshima Gokoku-jinja Shrine now enshrines 92,700 souls; the soldiers from the former Aki-no-kuni (now western Hiroshima Prefecture) who died in Japan’s wars up until the start of the Great East Asian War (as the 2nd World War post Pearl Harbor is known in Japan) and some 10,000 workers and volunteer corps stationed in Hiroshima who lost their lives to the A-Bomb.

The shrine is now located next to Hiroshima Castle.

Read more about Gokoku-jinja Shrine here.

 

Gokoku-jinja Shrine in Hiroshima

Upcoming Events

December 2017
Free

New Year at Gokoku Shrine

December 31, 2017 - January 3, 2018
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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January 2018
Free

Tondo Festival at Gokoku Shrine

January 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
tondo festival gokoku shrine hiroshima

Big tondo bonfire which lets off some huge snaps, crackles and pops, as well as some powerful heat. The fire fighters who keep things under control look very cool in their traditional gear. This is one tondo festival where you really don't have to worry about looking like a tourist. Read more about Tondo here.

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February 2018
Free

Setsubun-sai at Gokoku-jinja

February 3, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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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