Feb 27, 2014

Miyajima Hina Doll Festival 2014

It's getting warmer and warmer here in Hiroshima after the frigid weeks that brought lots of snow.

And finally, I feel the promise of spring around the corner.

Speaking of spring, you know what that brings to mind?

I assume that many people associate Japanese spring with Cherry blossoms (Sakura).

During the cherry blossom season, you will see many people picnicking and enjoying their food / alcohol under cherry trees.
It's our traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of cherry blossom and that is called Hanami (party).

On March 3rd, a bit early for cherry blossoms, we have another traditional event called Hinamatsuri and it's also called Dolls' Festival or Girls' Day.
Hinamatsuri is celebrated annually to desire childrens' (girls') happiness in each households.

Displayed Hina Dolls on platforms covered with a red carpet are in a colorful Kimono or traditional court dress of the Heian Period and they are as beautiful as cherry blossoms. 

One of Hiroshima's World Heritage Sites, Miyajima, will hold a Hina Doll Festival in Cherry blossom season.

If you are visiting Miyajima in Spring, I bet you will enjoy the scenic island with temples and shrines in cherry blossoms.
However, Hina dolls are also one of the symbolic icons of Japanese tradition in spring and I hope this information assists you as a tip for your trip.

Details of Hina Doll Festival in Miyajima as below:

Miyajima Hina Doll Festival

March 25 - April 3

Antique Hina doll displays in 30 historical residences and shops on Miyajima.
Main display locations
  • Miyajima History and Folklore Museum (English speaking guides)
  • Daishoin Temple
  • Nosaka House
  • Yoshida House
  • Konishi House
Official Ticket
Purchase a ticket at the Miyajima pier for entry to the five main displays
Adult: ¥300  15-18 Years Old : ¥170   6-14 15-18 Years Old : ¥150
Pick up a free event map and directions from English speaking volunteers at Miyajima pier.

Feb 18, 2014

Sanfrecce vs TBC

Feb 25th

Hello this is Kana from Hiroshima Hana Hostel. This is my 4th year as a receptionist here...Time flies...

I guess Soccer is one of the most popular sport in the world.
Here is a good news for soccer fan from all over the world who will be visiting Hiroshima on Feb 25th!!
Our Hiroshima soccer team "Sanfrecce" is the champion of 2013!!!Also in 2012 as well!!!
And Sanfrecce play the first of their group matches in the 2014 Asian Champions League at Edion Stadium. It worth seeing our strong team here in Hiroshima!
To be honest I didn't know they are that strong. But I am really proud of that.


Seat Advance Gate
Reserved seating SS Reserved ¥5000 ¥5500
SA Reserved ¥3500 ¥4000
Free seating Back stand (Adult) ¥2500 ¥3000
Back stand (6-18 years old) ¥1000 ¥1500
Home supporters’ stand(Adult) ¥2000 ¥2500
Home supporters’ stand(6-18 years old) ¥500 ¥1000
Visitors’ stand(Adult) ¥2000 ¥2500
Visitors’ stand(6-18 years old) ¥500 ¥1000

I am not big fan of soccer but, I am thinking of going to watch the game.
Because They are the Champion for last 2 years!!

From Hiroshima Hana Hostel, take Sanyo line from Hiroshima station (About 3 minutes walk) and get off at Yokogawa station(About 3 minutes ride).
There is a shutte bus from Yokogawa station to the stadium!(About 20minutes 360yen)

Let's enjoy the game together!

Feb 7, 2014

In hostel party schedule in February@ Hiroshima Hana Hostel

Hello this is Hayateru from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.

Hiroshima has heavy snow and its extremely cold outside. I feel less going out on these days.

It was our first time to have "Sashimi party" last Thursday.  Many of our guests aski me where to have fresh sashimi and sushi. One of our great helpers is a professional Japanese chef so he held a party at Hiroshima Hana hostel.
It was a very good party.

We usually have Okonomiyaki party, and we plan to have that on 13th, 20th and 27th at this month!

 Hiroshima Hana Hostel is just a few minutes walk from Hiroshima station south exit and extremely convenient location for your trip in Hiroshima!!