Oyster Festivals 2013

oyster festivalsYes, the New Year holidays are behind us and that time of year is upon us. Yes, it’s oyster season! From the end of January right through to the end of February just about every little port on the coast hosts its own oyster festival and a visit to at least one is highly recommended if oysters are your thing.

The big one is undoubtedly the Miyajima Oyster Festival, but Ono’s event (held across the water in the boat racing stadium) and the festival held in Kure’s Central Park are also reasonably large. Further afield, Kurahashi’s beachside event also look quite fun. Most of the others are likely to be pretty local affairs, but we don’t think you should let that put you off!

Below is a map showing the locations of this year’s festivals, and the events themselves are listed below that in chronological order.

View Hiroshima Oyster Festivals in a larger map

Ōtake Oyster Festival
Sunday, January 27 10:00-15:00
Harumi Koen, Harumi 2 Chome, Otake-shi (Next to Ogata Port)
20 minutes walk from Kuba JR Station
Photos from the 2011 event on this Japanese blog.

Ōgaki Minato Market
おおがきみなと市場 (江田島)
Sunday, January 27 10:00 until sold out
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3147 Ogakicho Kakiura, Etajima,

Hiroshima Charity Oyster Bazaar
Sunday, February 3 10:00 until sold out
2-3-2 Deshio, Minami-ku, Hiroshima-shi (in front of Volvo dealership)
10min walk from Minami-kuyakusho-mae streetcar stop

Ono Oyster Festival
Sunday, February 3 09:30-14:30
Miyajima Kyotei-jyo (Miyajima Boat Race Stadium)

Ondo Oyster Festival
Sunday, February 3 09:00-15:00
1-7-1 Minamiondo, Ondochō, Kure-shi
36min by bus from Kure JR Station (get off at Ondo Shimin Center-mae)

Etajima Oyster Festival
Sunday, February 3 10:00-16:00
Koyo Minato Koen, 2-17-1 Etajimacho Koyo, Etajima
22min by boat from Ujina to Koyo Port

Miyajima Oyster Festival
Saturday February 9 and Sunday February 10, 10:00 until sold out
Miyajima Port Terminal
Read more about the Miyajima Oyter Festival here.

Tahara Oyster Festival
Sunday February 10 09:00 until sold out
2-12-1 Ondochō Tahara, Kure-shi
30min by bus from Kure JR Station, get off at Tahara

Kure Seafood Festival
Monday February 11, 10:00 until sold out
In Kure Chuo-koen Park
10min walk from Kure JR Station

Jigozen Charity Oyster Festival
Sunday February 17, 09:00-13:00
5-10-8 Jigozen, Hatsukaichi-shi
5min walk from Jigozen Streetcar Stop

Takurajima Kurahashi Festival
Sunday February 17, 10:00-15:00
Katsuragahama Beach
70min by bus from Kure JR Station to Katsuragahama Beach
Photos from the 2011 event on this Japanese blog.

Saka-cho Charity Seafood Bazaar
Sunday February 24 09:00-12:00
Paruteifuji Saka, 3-2-11 Heiseigahama, Saka-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima-ken
10min walk from JR Saka Station

Hiroshima Seafood Festival
Sunday February 24 10:00-14:00
Hiroshima City Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Promotion Center
8-5-1 Shoko Center, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima-shi

Hayase Oyster Festival
Sunday February 24 08:30 until sold out
In front of Kure-shi Ondo Hayase Elementary School
1-8-15 Ondo Hayase, Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken
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Yasuura Oyster Festival
Sunday February 24 09:00 until sold out
8-2 Yasuura Chuo, Yasuura-cho, Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken
10min walk from Yasuura JR Station


Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of GetHiroshima.com and loves running in the mountains.

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