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Sumiyoshi-san Summer Festival
July 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
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. There are several nautical rituals involving traditional, oar-powered boats which make the journey all the way to the A-bomb Dome and back, and the floating of small boats on the river. As well as kids kagura shows, each night finishes with a fireworks display.