Memorial Service in Hiroshima

Peace Memorial Ceremony

On the anniversary of the atomic bombing, 6 Aug, a memorial service is held in Peace Memorial Park and thousands of paper lanterns for the souls of the dead are floated down the Kyūōta-gawa from in front of the Atom…
Fireworks in Miyajima

Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival

During Miyajima's most popular event, spectacular and imaginative fireworks are launched over the water, at a safe distance from the floating torii but still creating a one-of-a-kind visual. Come early and be prepar…
Religious in Miyajima


This Shintō ritual sees decorated wooden boats float by to the sound of traditional drums and flutes. It's held in summer, starting early evening on the 17th of the sixth lunar-calendar month – check with the touris…
Food & Drink in Saijō

Saijō Sake Matsuri

If you're in the Hiroshima area on the second weekend of October, don't miss the Saijō Sake Festival, when crowds descend on Saijō for hours of sampling and events.
Performing Arts in Miyajima

Toka-sai Festival

Miyajima's spring festival is dedicated to nō (imperial court-style) dance and music, introduced via Kyoto and originating in China, India and Vietnam, but today only performed in Japan. Different nō schools perform…
Religious in Miyajima


The island's monks walk across fire on 15 April and again on 15 November outside Daishō-in temple. You can join in if you're keen.