FLOWER FESTIVAL / 5/3-5 - HIROSHIMA
Over a million people flood into Hiroshima for the Flower Festival when Peace Boulevard is taken over by parades, stalls and stages. Paradeless Day 2 feels least crowded, but the yosakoi dance parade on Day 3 provides great photo opportunities. Don’t miss the candle display in Peace Park after dark.
MITAMA FESTIVAL / 5/26-28 - GOKOKU-JINJA SHRINE (5/28 CHILDREN’S SUMO)
This 3-day festival for the souls of the war dead enshrined at Gokoku-jinja Shrine, was first held on 1975 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Showa Emperor Hirohito’s reign. Saturday night is the highlight with dances featuring a hundred “shrine maidens” as well as Japanese taiko drumming and kagura.
BENTENJIMA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL / 5/27 18:40-20:30 - TOMO-NO-URA, FUKUYAMA
Summer comes early to Tomo-no-ura with the region’s first big fireworks display of the year. A visit to this medieval fishing port is highly recommended at any time of the year. The usually sleepy town is busier than usual, but it’s a beautiful show. (30 min by bus from Fukuyama JR Station ) GetHiroshima / Spring 2017
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