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June 2020

[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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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February 2021

Mihara Daruma Festival (Shinmei-ichi) [CANCELED]

February 12, 2021 - February 14, 2021
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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May 2021

[Canceled] MCAS Iwakuni Friendship Day

May 5, 2021 @ 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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July 2021

[Cancelled] Hiroshima Port “Dream” Fireworks Festival

July 31, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hiroshima Port 10,000 Ton Berth (hiroshima-kou-ichi-man-ton-baasu), Ujina
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

2018 event has been CANCELLED due to incoming typhoon #12.

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August 2021

Miyajima Tamatori Festival

August 9, 2021
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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October 2021

Sorasaya Shrine Autumn Festival

October 16, 2021 - October 17, 2021
Sorasaya-jinja Shrine, 3-3-2 Honkawa-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima 730-0802 Japan
Free
sorasaya shrine autumn festival

Sorasaya Shrine's autumn festival is going ahead with some COVID-19 prevention measures in place.

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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, 2021 @ 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 - January 5
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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Kintai Bridge Tondo Festival

January 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
kintai bridge tondo bonfire festival in iwakuni

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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Tondo Festival at Gokoku Shrine

January 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gokoku-jinja Shrine, 2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Free
tondo festival gokoku shrine hiroshima

Hiroshima's most central and visitor-friendly new year tondo bonfire festival.

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Momote-sai

January 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Miyajima Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Ritual firing of the first arrow at Omote Shrine on Miyajima is held on January 20 every year.

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February 2022

Setsubun-sai at Daisho-in, Miyajima

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Daisho-in Temple, 210 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0592 Japan
Free

Every year on February 3 (Setsubun) a few thousand people crowd into the precinct in front of Daisho-in Temple on Miyajima for bean throwing, taiko drumming and to try and grab a bag of lucky mochi chucked into the crowd by lucky men and women, toshi-otoko and toshi-onna, with the same Chinese zodiac sign as that of the coming lunar year. See videos of this event and read more about Setsubun in Hiroshima here.

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March 2022

Kiyomori Festival

March 21 @ 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 2022

Naki-zumo Cry Baby Sumo at Gokoku-jinja Shrine

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gokoku-jinja Shrine, 2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Free

What better way to celebrate Children's Day than by dressing your baby up in funny clothes and making them cry in front of a big crowd.

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