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February 2021

Mihara Daruma Festival (Shinmei-ichi) [CANCELLED]

February 12 - February 14
North side of JR Mihara Station, 1-1-1 Shiromachi
Mihara-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
mihara daruma festivaln in japan

During the 3-day Mihara Daruma Festival the streets are taken over by stalls selling lucky daruma dolls and every kind of festival food you can imagine. The pride of Mihara is also on display, the nation's biggest daruma doll which weighs in at a couple of hundred kilograms. Read and see more photos from the "Daruma Festival" here.  

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December 2021

New Year at Gokoku Shrine

December 31, 2021 - January 3, 2022
Gokoku-jinja Shrine, 2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Free
Gokoku-jinja Shrine in Hiroshima at New Year

New Year rituals at Gokoku Shrine, next to Hiroshima Castle.

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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
Free

Living in wooden houses, closely clustered together along narrow streets, for centuries, fear of calamitous fires is deeply ingrained in the Japanese psyche. The Chinkasai festival on Miyajima is an impressive fire prevention festival held early in the evening on New Year's Eve. Read more about what you can expect at the Chinkasai fire prevention festival here.  

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January 2022

New Year rituals at Itsukushima Shrine

January 1, 2022 - January 5, 2022
Itsukushima Shrine, 1-1 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0588 Japan
¥300

Traditional New Year rituals at Itsukushima Shine on Miyajima that date from over 1000 years ago.

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