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October 2019

Takehara Shokei-no-michi Candle Festival

October 26 - October 27
Takehara Historical Preservation District, 3 chome, Honmachi
Takehara-shi, Hiroshima-ken 725-0022 Japan
Free

The streets of Takehara's beautiful Edo period historic preservation district are illuminated by bamboo candles for two nights. Photos from a previous event and a write up of the event from 2009 here.   The Takehara Historic Preservation District is 15 minutes walk from Takehara JR Station The candles are lit 17:00-21:00

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Etajima Fireworks Festival

October 27 @ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
JMSDF the First Service School Etajima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-2195 Japan
Free

Etajima's summer fireworks festival has shifted to an autumn festival! Fireworks 18:00-18:30 (2100 blasts)

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Shirakami-san Autumn Festival

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until October 28, 2019

Shirakami Shrine, 7-24 Naka-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0037 Japan
Free
kagura at shirakami-san autumn festival hiroshima japan

Two nights of Hiroshima Kagura performances, street stalls and wishes for good fortune on Peace Boulevard.

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November 2019

Ritual Fire-walking at Daigan-ji Temple, Miyajima

November 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Daigan-ji Temple, 3 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0535 Japan
Free
Daigan-ji Temple firewaalking ritual Miayjima Hiroshima

Impressive and elaborate ritual that culminates in priests and members of the public rushing across hot coals in front of Daigan-ji Temple, located at the exit from Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima. For more about and photos and video of this fire-walking ritual click here.

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Autumn Leaf Viewing at Yoshimizu-en Garden

November 9 @ 9:00 am - November 10 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until November 16, 2019

Yoshimizu-en Garden, Kake
Akiota-cho, Yamagata-gun Japan
¥200

Yoshimizu Garden is lovely, private garden, only open to the public on two weekends, twice a year. It is known for its stunning autumn leaves and is a great place to take in on the way to or from Sandankyo Gorge and a worthy destination in its own right. Read more about Yoshimizu-en Garden.

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Momiji Maple Viewing Tea Ceremony

November 10 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1500
momiji tea ceremony shukkei-en garden in hiroshima japan

Momiji maple viewing tea ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden. ¥260 garden entrance fee also required. Photo: ©Shukkei-en Garden  

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Hiroshima Dreamination

November 15, 2019 - January 3, 2020
Peace Boulevard and around, Peace Boulevard
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0037 Japan
Free

2 months of thousands and thousands of sparkly, colored LEDs along Peace Boulevard and around the city center. Very popular with young families and dating couples.

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Fire walking ritual at Daishoin Temple

November 15 @ 11:00 am
Daisho-in Temple, 210 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0592 Japan
Free

Photo: Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer "Hi-watari-shiki" Fire walking ritual takea place at Daishoin Temple on Miyajima twice a year on April 15 and November 15. Readings from the 8000 verse Perfection of Wisdom Sutra begin at 11am and extravagant Saito-goma rituals begin around 1pm in the temple forecourt with a purification offering to the alter and the chanting of sutras. This is followed by two Buddhist monks circling the area with swords and then shooting 7 arrows into the air…

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Autumn Leaf Viewing at Yoshimizu-en Garden

November 16 @ 9:00 am - November 17 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until November 16, 2019

Yoshimizu-en Garden, Kake
Akiota-cho, Yamagata-gun Japan
¥200

Yoshimizu Garden is lovely, private garden, only open to the public on two weekends, twice a year. It is known for its stunning autumn leaves and is a great place to take in on the way to or from Sandankyo Gorge and a worthy destination in its own right. Check out some photos of the leaves here. Read more about Yoshimizu-en Garden.

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Ebisuko Festival

November 18 - November 20
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 2019

German-style Xmas Market

December 13 - December 15
Urban View Grand Tower, 4-1 Hatchobori Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0012 Japan
Free

3 days of mulled wine, beer, sausage, stollen, music and more at the base of the Urban View Grand Tower.

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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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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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August 2020

Peace Memorial Ceremony

August 6, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Peace Memorial Park, 1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0811 Japan
Free

The day that the eyes of world focus on Hiroshima.

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