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October 2019

Shirakami-san Autumn Festival

October 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until October 29, 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

Onomichi Betcha Festival

November 1, 2019 - November 3, 2019
Onomichi Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

When, in 1808, plague was sweeping through the porttown of Onomichi, the lord in control at the time ordered local shrines to perform purification rights in an attempt to ward of the disease. The rights were to be performed over 3 days and two nights and, in addition, an omokoshi portable shrine was carried through the streets with young men dressed a lion and three demons named beta, shouki and soba at the head of the procession.   Today, a…

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Ritual Fire-walking at Daigan-ji Temple, Miyajima

November 3, 2019 @ 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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Momiji Maple Viewing Tea Ceremony

November 10, 2019 @ 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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Autumn Leaf Viewing at Yoshimizu-en Garden

November 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - November 17, 2019 @ 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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Autumn Leaf Viewing at Yoshimizu-en Garden

November 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - November 17, 2019 @ 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. See our guide to enjoying the autumn colors in Hiroshima here.

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Autumn leaves illuminated at Shukkei-en Garden

November 22, 2019 - December 1, 2019
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥260

As part of Shukkei-en Garden's annual "Momiji Matsuri" its maple trees with their red leaves will be lit up until 21:00 each night. There is also a nice Japanese-style cafe serving tea and sake, where you can try dressing up in kimono too. Garden is open 09:00-21:00 Illumination 17:30-21:00 Final admission 20:30 See our photo feature on the illuminations here.  

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Hiroshima International Film Festival

November 23, 2019 - November 25, 2019
Motomachi Cred Pacela, 6-7-8 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan

3 day film festival with may films from around the world subtitled in English and Japanese. 1 day pass ¥1000 (advance) ¥1500 (door) Lawson Ticket【No L code 63484】 Bilingual schedule English site: http://hiff.jp/en/

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Hanz Araki Trio

November 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Molly Malone’s, 1-20 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0034 Japan
Free
hanz araki trio at molly malone's hiroshima japan photo of band

Live Celtic music at Molly Malone's.

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December 2019

German-style Xmas Market

December 13, 2019 - December 15, 2019
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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Handel’s Messiah

December 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gaines Hall, Jogakuin High School, 11-32 Noborimachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0014 Japan
Free

The annual performance of Handel's Messiah at Jogakuin High School is a rare chance to see a classical concert without charge. Child care is provided too!

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Botanical Gardens Winter Illuminations

December 22, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens, 495, Kurashige 3-chome, Saeki-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 731-5156 Japan
¥170

Annual "Pageant of Flower and Light" at Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens in the hills above Itsukaichi held every weekend and national holiday in December. Illuminated dinosaurs Giant Christmas tree candle installation Giant Mt Fuji tableau 11m tall bamboo Christmas tree 20,000 LED "maze of light" Live music concerts Free Shuttle Bus between Itsukaichi Station and the gardens Departs Itsukaichi JR Station North Exit: 15:30, 16:10, 16:50, 17:30, 18:55, 19:35 Departs Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens: 15:50, 16:30, 17:10, 18:35, 19:15, 20:45,…

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Christmas Dinner at Molly Malone’s

December 25, 2019
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An event every day that begins at 6:00am, repeating until December 25, 2019

Molly Malone’s, 1-20 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0034 Japan
¥3000

3 course Christmas dinner available at Molly Malone's on December 24th & 25th.  Potato & Leek Soup Roast Turkey & Ham Chocolate fondant ¥3000 a plate. Reservations recommended. Full regular menu also available.  

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January 2020

Tondo Festivals

January 12 - January 15
Unnamed Venue Hiroshima-shi, Japan
Free

Burn, baby, burn! New Year decorations and talismans go up in flames on huge bonfires across the region. Read more about Tondo and where you can see the spectacle here.  

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Mid-winter Swim in front of the A-bomb Dome

January 13 @ 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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Emperor’s Cup Inter Prefectural Men’s Ekiden

January 19 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Unnamed Venue Hiroshima-shi, Japan
Free

Teams from all 47 prefectures battle it out in this annual 48km road relay on an out-and-back course between Hiroshima Peace Park and Miyajima-guchi.

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February 2020

Hiroshima Import Automobile Show

February 1 - February 2
Green Arena, Naka-ku
Hiroshima city, Japan
¥1300

Fancy and vintage cars on display at the annual Hiroshima import car show at in Green Arena. Open 10:00-18:00 on Saturday and 10:00-17:00 on Sunday. Entry is free of charge for under 16s. Photos from the 2015 event here. http://importcar-hiroshima.com/

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Setsubun-sai at Saikoku-ji, Onomichi

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saikoku-ji Temple, 29-27 Nishi-kubo-cho
Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0044 Japan
Free

Lucky beans, mochi rice cakes, mikan oranges and lucky tickets for prizes thrown out into a large crowd after rituals to banish evil spirits and welcome in good fortune at Saikoku-ji Temple in Onomichi. Read more about Setsubun in Hiroshima here.

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Setsubun-sai at Sumiyoshi-jinja

February 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine, 5-10 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0813 Japan
Free

Have the smell of 1000 fish heads wafted over you by shrine maidens wielding giant fan to ward off bad luck in this ritual Sumiyoshi Shrine claims to date from Heian times. Read more about and see photos and video of Setsubun at Sumiyoshi Shrine here and more about Setsubun in Hiroshima in general here.  

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Setsubun-sai at Gokoku-jinja

February 3 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Gokoku-jinja Shrine, 2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Free

After a cleansing ritual to ward off evil spirits and bring in good luck performed in the shrine building which includes a little bit of bean throwing, the action moves outside and a shrine priest shoots arrows at a big image of an oni demon head. Finally, there is quite a battle to grab bags of lucky beans thrown from the top of a tower erected in the shrine precinct. Some of the bags of beans have lucky tickets attached…

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Mihara Daruma Festival (Shinmei-ichi)

February 7 - February 9
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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Miyajima Oyster Festival

February 8 - February 9
Miyajima Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
Serving up oyster stew at the Miyajima Oyster Festival.jpg

One of Miyajima's specialities is oyster, and every year on the second weekend in February, some of the juiciest are served up at rock bottom prices. Also traditional taiko drumming performances on the Sunday. Held in front of the ferry terminal on Miyajima so you can't miss it. 10:00-15:00 Read in more detail about this festival here and get the low down on all the oyster festivals in the region here.  

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

February 9 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

The biggest and most regular flea market in Hiroshima, held once a month in Higashi Senda Park, has stalls, music and a bit of a festival atmosphere.

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Ume-mi Plum Viewing Tea Ceremony

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥600 – ¥800

The over 100 plum trees in Shukkeien Garden that blossom in pink and white in February are tantalizing hints that, even though Hiroshima is still in the grip of winter, spring is on its way. Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the Seifukan tea house or indulge in a cup of sweet amazake in the area where most of the plum trees are clustered.  

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