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February 2020

Yokogawa Valentine’s Fireworks Event

February 14, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Around Yokogawa Station and Yokogawa Shopping Arcade, Yokogawa-cho, Nishi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

For anyone looking for something fun to do on Valentine's Day, why not join the annual Valentine's Day fireworks event held in the Yokogawa area of Hiroshima city. The event will be held next to the Yokogawa Ebisu Shrine along the riverside where everyone can enjoy watching heart-shaped fireworks launch into the sky.  It's free to come and watch the fireworks, there will also be some food booths, Valentine's activities, and a festival-type atmosphere to enjoy starting from 5:30. For…

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April 2020

[CANCELED] Onomichi Port Festival

April 25, 2020 - April 26, 2020
Onomichi Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

The construction of Onomichi Port was started in 1740 thanks to the efforts of Kakuzaemon Hirayama and it was this port that became the keystone of Onomichi's development. The Minato Festival (“minato” means “port”), sponsored by the Hirayama Shrine, is one of Onomichi's biggest events of the year and includes a parade and many other events. The highlight is the "E-jan sansa-gari" group dance contest (have a listen to the music they have to dance to here - it sounds…

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[CANCELED] Kintaikyo Bridge Festival

April 29, 2020
Iwakuni Kintaikyo Bridge, 1 Iwakuni
Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi-ken Japan
Free

The annual Kintai Bridge Festival in Iwakuni is an excellent way to kick off your Golden Week.

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[Canceled] Kure Port Festival

April 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Kure City Center Kure-shi,
Free

Every year on April 29 some of the neighboring city of Kure's main streets (centered on Kuramoro-dori St) are closed for parades, stages and, of course, lots of food and drink stalls Kure Minato Matsuri or Kure Port Festival. Two things that jump out are a local beer festival (Kure's navy beer wins many craft beer awards) and a yacht race in the harbor. The parade starts at 14:00.  

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May 2020

[CANCELED] Hiroshima Flower Festival

May 3, 2020 - May 5, 2020
Peace Boulevard and around, Peace Boulevard
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0037 Japan
Free

Hiroshima's biggest annual event, drawing in many more people than even the August 6 memorial day, the annual Flower Festival was inspired by the celebrations that followed the Hiroshima Carp's first championship in 1975. Crowded, noisy, high in kitsch and overtly commercial, it does, however, pull in tens of thousands of people from near and far, and many of them do seem to have a pretty good time. In addition to all the parades, pop bands, tarento celebrities, comedians and…

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[Canceled] Takehara Bamboo Festival

May 3, 2020 - May 4, 2020
Takehara Historical Preservation District, 3 chome, Honmachi
Takehara-shi, Hiroshima-ken 725-0022 Japan
Free

Parades and lots of bamboo themed activities and performances in the streets of "bamboo town" Takehara's historical preservation district.  

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[CANCELED] Shinjo no Hayashida Traditional Rice Planting

May 10, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Shinjo, Kita-hiroshima
Yamagata-gun, Hiroshima-ken 732-0063 Japan
Free

Shinjo's annual rice planting event is less well known than the Mibu-no-hanadaue event held in the neighboring town of Chiyoda at the beginning of June, but its tradition is just as long. The local Provincial Art PreservationCommittee has been working hard to continue the event since 1928, only ceasing activity during wartime. Known as hayashida, the ritual involves the welcoming of the  god of trice fields, sanbai, into the ground. Saotome rice planting maidens plant rice in time to music played on drums and flutes.…

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[CANCELED] Tomo Bentenjima Fireworks Festival

May 30, 2020 @ 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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June 2020

Toukasan Yukata Festival

June 5, 2020 - June 7, 2020
Tōkasan Enryu-ji Temple, 8-12 Mikawa-cho
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
Singer Minami Issei in Shintenmchi Park at Tokasan yukata festival in hiroshima, japan

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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[CANCELED] Mibu-no-Hanadaue Traditional Rice Planting Ritual

June 7, 2020 @ 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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July 2020

[CANCELED] Innoshima Suigun Fireworks Festival

July 25, 2020 @ 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Habu Port, Habu-cho, Innoshima
Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-2323 Japan
Free

2500 bangs packed into 30 minutes with the waters of the Seto Inland Sea and shadows of the surrounding islands as a backdrop on the rural island of Innoshima. The whole display is packed into just half an hour, making for quite some impact. Two blasts selected by popular vote. This is quite far off the beaten track so should be a very local and fun event and international visitors are bound to turn a few heads as they wander…

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October 2020

Moon viewing from Hiroshima Castle

October 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima Castle Hiroshima-shi, Japan

Hiroshima Castle is open late on October 1 so visitors can enjoy moon viewing from the top of the keep.

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Saijo Sake Matsuri [CANCELLED]

October 10, 2020 - October 11, 2020
Saijo, Saijo
Higashi-hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-0011 Japan

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

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November 2020

River Do! Hiroshima River Festival

November 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Motomachi POP’La Dōri (Central Beach), Chuo-koen-nishigawa-kashi-rokuchi, Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
River Do! Hiroshima River Festival.jpg

Come down to the River Do! River City Festival on the grassy riverbank next to Chuo Park between 10am and around 6pm on November 8.

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Ebisuko Festival

November 18, 2020 - November 20, 2020
Ebisu Shrine, 5-14 Ebisu-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0021 Japan
Free
Ebsuko Festival

Ebisu Shrine's autumn festival marks the arrival of winter in Hiroshima. Known among locals as Ebessan after the god of commerce, surrounding stores hold sales and buy komazarae bamboo rakes adorned with gold coins and atreasure ship. You might here business owners complain that the whole thing is a racket, but you won't see a shop, restaurant or bar in the area without one. A huge barrel with mouth wide open is placed in front of the shrine to receive offerings. Learn more…

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December 2020

Christmas Dinner at Molly Malone’s

December 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Molly Malone’s, 1-20 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0034 Japan
¥3000

3 course Christmas dinner at Molly Malone's on December 24th & 25th.  Take out also available with advance reservation.

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Christmas Dinner at Molly Malone’s

December 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Molly Malone’s, 1-20 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0034 Japan
¥3000

3 course Christmas dinner at Molly Malone's on December 24th & 25th.  Take out also available with advance reservation.

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January 2021

Dezomeshiki Firefighters Expo [CANCELED]

January 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Central Park- Chuo Koen, Naka-ku, Hiroshima city (opposite side of the road from the Castle on one side and on the other Green Arena)
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Japan
Free

Watch the firefighters display their skill, see their fire engines and helicopters in action.

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Nanakusa-gayu at Tōshō-gū Shrine [CANCELED]

January 7 @ 11:00 am
Tōshō-gū Shrine, 2-1-18 Futaba-no-sato, Higashi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, 732-0057 Japan
¥300
nanakusa no sekku rice soup at toshogu

800 bowls of the healthy seven-herb rice porridge traditionally eaten on January 7. Available from 11am until they are all gone (¥300 a bowl). Read more about the Nankusa-no-sekku festival here.  

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Mid-winter Swim in front of the A-bomb Dome [CANCELED]

January 11 @ 10:50 am - 12:30 pm
A-bomb Dome Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Mid-winter swim featuring samurai swimming techniques in the river in front of Hiroshima's A-bomb Dome.

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Kintai Bridge Tondo Festival

January 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The tondo New Year bonfire festival held on the banks of the river next to Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni is very accessible and visitors are made to feel very welcome. 

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February 2021

Mihara Daruma Festival (Shinmei-ichi) [CANCELED]

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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March 2021

[CANCELED] Kiyomori Festival

March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Miyajima Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

The annual samurai parade through the streets of Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine.

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May 2021

[Canceled] MCAS Iwakuni Friendship Day

May 5 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
MCAS Iwakuni US Marine Base Iwakuni-shi, Yamahuchi-ken 740-8555 Japan
Free

In May of every year, the gates of MCAS Iwakuni US Marine base opens up its gates to over 250,000 visitors who come for the entertainment, games, aerial and static displays, car and motorbike show and one of Japan's largest air shows. And, of course, the food. Friendship Day on the website Friendship Day MCAS Iwakuni Facebook Page Visitors who are not Japanese citizens are required to bring either a residence card or passport and to fill a questionnaire prior…

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August 2021

Miyajima Tamatori Festival

August 9
Itsukushima Shrine, 1-1 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0588 Japan
Free

A bunch of almost naked men clambering on top of one another in the sea trying to capture a lucky ball on a hot summer day!

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