Kangetsu Moon Viewing Tea Ceremony

Shukkeien Garden 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan

September is the time for "moon viewing" or kangetsu in Japan and a moon viewing tea ceremony is held in Shukkei-en

Saijo Sake Matsuri

Saijo Saijo, Higashi-hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan

Become a connoisseur of Japanese sake in two days... or just get smashed.

Onomichi Akari Matsuri

Onomichi Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan

Every autumn, for one night only, the backstreets of Onomichi are illuminated with 30,000 candles.


Sorasaya Shrine Autumn Festival

Sorasaya-jinja Shrine 3-3-2 Honkawa-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima, Japan

This traditional autumn shrine festival near the city center features local businesses will be setting up stalls selling nicknacks, food and drink over the two days and Hiroshima Kagura performances in within the shrine precinct after dark.


Takehara Shokei-no-michi Candle Festival

Takehara Historical Preservation District 3 chome, Honmachi, Takehara-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan

The streets of Takehara's beautiful Edo period historic preservation district are illuminated by bamboo candles for two nights. Photos from


Yokogawa Zombie Night

Around Yokogawa Station and Yokogawa Shopping Arcade Yokogawa-cho, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan

Throw yourself into the Halloween spirit at Yokogawa's Zombie Night festival. Zombie themed stalls, shows and a chance to get zombied-up.


Onomichi Betcha Festival

Onomichi Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan

When, in 1808, plague was sweeping through the porttown of Onomichi, the lord in control at the time ordered local


Ritual Fire-walking at Daigan-ji Temple, Miyajima

Daigan-ji Temple 3 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan

Impressive and elaborate ritual that culminates in priests and members of the public rushing across hot coals in front of


Grand Inoko Matsuri

Fukuromachi Park 9 Fukuromachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan

City center festival which melds tradition with art in Fukuromachi Park – centered on a 1.5 ton rock suspended by ropes attached


Chinkasai Fire Festival

Mikasa-no-hama, Miyajima Mikasa-no-hama, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Japan

Living in wooden houses, closely clustered together along narrow streets, for centuries, fear of calamitous fires is deeply ingrained in


Setsubun-sai at Saikoku-ji, Onomichi

Saikoku-ji Temple 29-27 Nishi-kubo-cho, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan

Setsubun festival e at Saikoku-ji Temple in Onomichi.


Setsubun-sai at Gokoku-jinja

Gokoku-jinja Shrine 2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan

After a cleansing ritual to ward off evil spirits and bring in good luck performed in the shrine building which


Setsubun-sai at Sorasaya Shrine, Hiroshima

Sorasaya-jinja Shrine 3-3-2 Honkawa-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima, Japan

Annual mame-maki throwing out of good luck beans and other goodies to commemorate Setsubun at Sorasaya Shrine.