Jul 31, 2012

Hiroshima Beer Gardens

Japan’s beer gardens are a lot of fun, and they can certainly help make the long, hot and sticky summer weather more bearable. If there is anything better than drinking an ice cold beer in the open air on a hot summer night, it’s being able to drink as many as you like.

Beer gardens are generally open between June and early September (although some now open as early as Golden Week in early May) and are found on the roofs of large department stores or hotels. Most open at around 5 or 6pm and offer “viking” style food buffets with all-you-can-drink beer and cocktails, for an all-inclusive price of between ¥2500 and ¥3500. You can usually keep drinking until last orders, 15-30 minutes before closing.

Hiroshima Diamond Hotel Beer Garden
May 18- mid-September, 18:00-21:00 Men ¥2800 Women ¥2600 Junior High & High School ¥2000 Elementary School ¥1500 Kids under 3 free Kirin beer on tap
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Beer Garden
June 1-September 9  Weeknights 18:00-21:30, Saturdays 17:30-21:30, Sundays17:30-21:00  ¥4500 90 minute time limit Sapporo beer on tap

SOGO Umi no megumiya Beer Garden
May 18-September 16, 17:00-22:00 Men ¥3000 Women ¥2800 Junior High & High School ¥1800 Elementary School ¥1300 Women who arrive before 18:00 and pay ¥2500 (excluding weekends and holidays) Kirin beer 100 Kirin Frozen Drafts each night
Fukuya Hacchobori Premium Beer Garden
May 9-September 16, 17:00-22:00 Men ¥3000 Women ¥2700 Junior High & High School ¥1500 Elementary School ¥1000 Under Elementary School Age ¥500 Women who arrive before 18:00 and pay ¥2500 (excluding weekends and holidays) Asahi beer
Mitsukoshi Rooftop Beer Garden
May 10-September 9, 17:00-22:00 Men ¥3000 Women ¥2700 Junior High & High School ¥1500 Kids 3+ ¥800 Sapporo beer on tap

Jul 25, 2012

August 11th Miyajima Fireworks Festival

Miyajima Fireworks Festival on the 11th of August!!!

Start:August 11, 2012 7:50 pm
Organizer:Miyajima Tourist Office
Address:Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan
Hiroshima’s most well known fireworks festival. 5000 fireworks explode over the sea silhouetting Itsukushima Shrine’s O-torii.
Worth seeing, but expect huge crowds (300,000 people showed up last year) and you should get there early to avoid a fight for the prime viewing spots.
For those relying on the train, a good tip for the return trip on the way back to Hiroshima is to take the first train heading in the opoosite direction (Iwakuni bound) one stop so you can grab a seat on the next Hiroshima bound train.

Read a bitter sweet account of a fireworks day trip to Miyajima from back in 2006  and get some tips on getting (and keeping) a good spot from Gyoza Fox (lots of nice photos here too).
The display will go ahead in light rain, but in the event of stormy weather will be postponed until August 12 or 13.

Jul 8, 2012

Monday July 16 - Caribbean Garden

Reggae sound systems, bands, fashion show and stall in Alice Garden.
Will be canceled in the event of heavy rain.

They don't advertise with website or fliers.
Check the Facebook page.

Caribbean Garden
@ Alice Garden (behind PARCO)
July 16, 2012 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday July 15 - Live Irish music at Molly Malone’s

There are a couple of other “Irish” bars in Hiroshima, but Molly Malone’s is still, by far, the closest we have to the real thing. Molly’s has well and truly earned its status as the “local” of many international residents and Japanese customers too.

They have live Irish music from Pat O’Connor and Eoghan O’Sullivan on the second day of the long weekend.

Pat O’Connor and Eoghan O’Sullivan JAPAN TOUR
Date: July 15, 2012 8:00 pm

20-minute walk or 10-minute tram ride from J-hoppers Hiroshima