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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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November 2021

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

"Hi-watari-shiki" Fire walking ritual takea place at Daishoin Temple on Miyajima twice a year on April 15 and November 15.

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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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Tondo Festival at Gokoku Shrine

January 15, 2022 @ 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, 2022 @ 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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