Dec 26, 2015

2016 is coming soon!

Have you made the plan for New year holidays yet?
 Another 1week to 2016!!!

There are some good spots
 for the first sunrise of New year(初日の出)in Hiroshima.
①Miyajima island  Mt. Misen 弥山
New Year's Day ropeways (cable cars) run from 5am for the sunrise.
The view from the top of Mt.Misen (535m) is really really beautiful!
 After the sunrise,you should visit the Itsukushima Shrine too.
 ②Ogon-zan Mt.Ogon 黄金山
 Take a Bus about 20mins from Hiroshima Sta. to 「本浦」
And walk to the top about 50min.
Mt.Ogon is close from Hiroshima Station.

Wouldn't it be nice to go there 
and pray for a wish or a decision of new year. 
Also,you should check out information
 about the holidays of the museums in Hiroshima.

Peace Memorial Museum is closed Dec 30th and 31st! 
Be careful !

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I am greatly looking forward to what 2015 will bring, and I hope you are too. - See more at:
Have a wonderful New Year Holiday!

Dec 17, 2015

The Chinka-sai Fire Prevention Festival

Hi, this is Tomomi from Hiroshima Hana!

In few weeks, it will be a new year 2016!!

If you will spend the last date of this year in Hirohsima,
why don't you visit

The Chinka-sai, Fire Prevention Festival

on Miyajima island?

Local people make both large and small pine torches throughout the month of December.
On the evening of the 31st, as twilight falls, families gather at the shore near the O-torii(Grand gate).

One big torch is carried from the Shrine and all of the other torches, including individual pine torches are lit.

The larger pine troch is carried by 30-40 men on their shoulder's, while children carry smaller ones.

As the troches intensely burn the coastline become a combination of fire and water as the people run about chanting "Yoi, Yoi."

After the festival, the embers from the torches are offered to family alters as a good luck charm to prevent fire and to welcome the New Year.

 I've visited the Chinka-sai Festival for few times, it is always cool and you will get warm.:)

 Date December 31st, 18:00

Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

Dec 10, 2015

Oyster Hut "KAKIGOYA 牡蠣小屋"

NO WAY! It will be in 2016 in few weeks!? I can't believe how fast time goes...
Hello this is Kana from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
Have you made any plan for X'mas and new year? I will spend my X'mas and new year with the guest who will come on those days at Hana!

Do you like Oyster? Oyster is one of well known and specialty local food in Hiroshima.
Of course I love it too. Fresh oyster, deep fried oyster, Boiled oyster, pan fried oyster with garlic butter and so on.
There are so many different kind of oyster dishes  in Hiroshima.

You can try all these oyster dishes at Mitsukoshi department store on the roof top. Also It's a BBQ style so you can cook your oyster by yourself. You can choose either Seafood set menu or Beaf, Pork and chicken set menu from 2500 yen p/p.
There are variety of oyster dishes available such as deep fried oyster, pan fried oyster from 580yen.
Don't worry about cold! There are many heater to warm you up or get HOT sake to keep you warm. I suggest Sake if you are old enough to drink it!

Let's enjoy oyster and sake with your friends!

Nov 29, 2015

December 6th Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market !!

Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

Date:December 6th
Admission fee: FREE

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere.
Postponed until December 23 in the event of heavy rain.

Nov 23, 2015

Shinto music and dance grand prix!!

Heve you watched a Shinto music and dance?
We call it [KAGURA].

In Hiroshima, There are many teams of this,It's still popular 
for Hiroshima local people 
If you have time,please enjoy it at [Kagura monzen toujimura]
which is at Aki Takadachou:)

Shinto music and dance grand prix

Date : 2015,11,28
Place : Kagura monzen toujimura
Time : 10:00 OPEN   11:30 START
Access : Take a bus from Hiroshima Bus center to Midori
from Midori,there is a complimentary shuttle bus:)


Nov 17, 2015

Autumn leaves illuminated at shukkei-en Garden!!

"Momiji Matsuri" will be held at shukkei-en garden.
You can enjoy autumn leaves illuminated in this event, and also tea ceremonies!
Tea ceremonies will be held in the Seifukan tea house.(500yen)

Date:November 20th-29th(9am-9pm)
*Final Admission: 8:30pm


*Tea Ceremony:November 23rd-27th(11am-5pm)

Cost:260yen garden entrance fee(150yen for students,100yen for kids)

Oct 27, 2015

Autumn Events @Syukkeien Japanese Garden

Hi! It is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
The autumn trees are at their best soon. 
Have you been to mountains to view the scarlet leaves in Japan? I would like to go to Miyajima island or Sandan-kyo to see them this year.

Even in the city there is a place where you can feel autumn.
There is a Japanese Garden called Shyukkeien near JR Hiroshima station. 
They are having some events soon.

Chrysanthemums viewing Tea ceremony
・November 3rd (Tue) 9:30~15:00
・Seifu-kan (清風館) @Shukkeien Garden
・Tea ticket 800yen
Since Nov  3rd  is a Japanese public holiday ' Culture day ' (Bunka-no-hi) ,you can enter the garden for FREE ! You need to pay ONLY the fee for the tea ceremony:)

Red leaves viewing Tea ceremony
・November 8th (Sun) 9:30~15:00
・Seifu-kan (清風館) and Myougetsu-tei (明月亭) 
  @Shukkeien Garden
・Tea Ticket 1200yen 
 + Entrance fee (Adults : 260yen / Children: 100yen)

Chrysanthemums Show
・November 1st (Sun) ~ 15th (Sun)
・Around Seifu-kan (清風館)  @Shukkeien Garden
・ Entrance fee (Adults : 260yen / Children: 100yen)
Only these days you can enjoy chrysanthemums (mums) made by local farmers.

Why don't you visit there and enjoy the Japanese autumn:)

Oct 18, 2015

SUMO in Hiroshima!

Hi! This is Tomomi from Hiroshima Hana!

Every autum, Sumo is coming to Hiroshima!
If you've never watched Sumo in Japan!
Please don't miss it!:)

Date & Time: Oct 24 (Sat) 8:00 - 15:00
Venue: Higashi-ku Sports Center (Big Wave) 

To get a ticket: TEL 082-532-1701
(Weed days 10am to 5pm)

More details: sumo

Oct 7, 2015

Hiroshima Dreamination 2015-2016

2015 Nov 17th (Tue) - 2016 Jan 3rd (Sun)
5:30pm - 10:30pm

Hello from Hiroshima Hana Hostel. It's Kana here.Time flies...There are only few month to year 2016!!!!! I hope  I could enjoy rest of the year with all my family and friends..

There are many different kind of events are going on towards end of the year. Hiroshima Dreamination is one of them. It will be held for about 2 months and located in the middole of Hiroshima City.

So after sightseeing peace park, A-bomb dorm, museum and other sightseeing spots and visit dreamination with someone special!!!It is  gonna be so super romantic night!!
Of course good to visit with your friends to make your  friendship stronger!!!
This is only for winter season, so please visit there and enjoy beautiful dremination.I'm sure you will love them!!

About 30minutes by tram Hiroshima Station, only within 10 minutes walk from Peace museum!!

Sep 21, 2015

Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

Date:September 27th(8am-3pm)


Venue:Higashi-Senda-machi park
(Takes 3min walk from Nissekibyoin-mae Tram station)


*Postponed until October 4th in the event of heavy rain.

You can also enjoy food stalls and music there!!It must be good experience for you to see Japanese Flea Market!!!

Sep 18, 2015

Costume Convention in ONOMICHI

It's going to hold a Costume Convention at ONOMICHI!!

This is a big Convention for Costumed people in Japan.

You can enjoy more than 100 costumes for 2 days.

Just go to Onomichi and enjoy the parade and convention:)

If you like,You can put some costume on your self:)

DATE : 2015,September 26th,27th

PLACE :  around ONOMICHI JR station

ACCESS :1hour from Hiroshima station by bullet train.

HP :

Sep 9, 2015

KUNIYOSHI Show : UKIYO-e Artist of the Edo

KUNIYOSHI Show : UKIYO-e Artist of the Edo
@ Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

Date:September 11 (Fri) - October 18 (Sun)
Place:Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
Admission:Adult 1100yen Student:700yen

As an ukiyo-e master active around the end of the Edo Period, Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1797-1861) earned the nickname “The Gekiga Artist of Edo” for his novel and humorous works inspired by a wide range of subjects, including portraits of actors, warriors and beautiful women as well as landscape and paintings of scenes from history. This exhibit introduces the artistic world of Kuniyoshi, a man known as a “master of the fantastic” through displays of around 200 of his representative works: from his dynamic “Suikoden (The Water Margin)” series, which first won him fame, to his satirical works which parodied the age in which he lived with anthropomorphized versions of cats, foxes, raccoon dogs and other animals found in daily life, as well as western style landscape and original drawings, few of which still remain.

Aug 27, 2015

MAZDA Car Festival

 MAZDA Car Festival
  Date:   Aug 30th  (10am ~3pm)
  Venue: MAZDA baseball stadium
             ( 5 min walk from Hiroshima Hana Hostel)
  Admission  FREE


Hi ! It is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
Do you know that MAZDA, the car company was founded in Hiroshima?
We have a MAZDA car festival here in Hiroshima this weekend !
You can see some MAZDA cars at the baseball stadium.
Since there are Food, Games and Show (not only cars), you can enjoy even you are not interested in cars.


Even if you miss the day,  you still have chance to see MAZDA cars.
At the MAZDA museum, they do a guided English tour from 10am on weekdays. (Reservations Required)

To make your reservation (Mazda Museum)↓ (English)

Aug 17, 2015

Life=Work @Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

In observing the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing,
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art is holding a trilogy of exhibitions examining Hiroshima from three perspectives—its past as a city destroyed by an atomic bomb, its path of reconstruction, and its present and future.

Some victims of the atomic bomb drew pictures of their experiences.
These are one of their arts.

Why don't you visit the museum and see their experiences.
Featured Artists
Yasuo Kazuki, Shin Miyazaki, Goro Shikoku, Aya Daido, Tadashi Tonoshiki, Miyako Ishiuchi, Yasuka Goto, Tadayoshi Irino, Shigeo Egami, Yoshio Yoshimura, Tomoharu Murakami, Tomoya, Hiroyuki Oki

Open 10:00-17:00 (final admission 16:30)

Closed Mondays except July 20, September 21 when closed July 21 and September 24 respectively.

Aug 7, 2015

*ْ✧ं॰*Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival*ْ✧ं॰*

Date: Aug 11th 2015 (TUE) 19:40-20:40
Location: Off shore from the O-torii Gate in Miyajima

Hello from Hiroshima Hana Hostel, It's Kana here. After nasty rainy season, we are having nasty HOT summer...More than 35℃ almost everyday...
Wasn't that hot when I was kid...GLOBAL WARMING....

We have 2 of must-visit in Hiroshima. Very well known world heritage, such as A-Bomb Dorm and MIYAJIMA.
Miyajima is one of the best sightseeing place for Japanese too. And It's my favorite place.
They held many different events almost every month.
What I recommend the most is  "Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival"!!
Firework in Japanese is "HANABI"

It Displays presents seven spectacular scenes, complying with each year's theme.
The fireworks display is set up to match the image for each scene, which is centered on the fascinating pyrotechnics on the water.
Over 300,000 visitors enjoy the fireworks show every year. I was one of them last year. Was crazy busy and heaps of people....
The scene with the O-torii Gate silhouetted by the illumination of the fireworks attracts thousands of photo enthusiasts.
Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival is one of the most famous fireworks display in Japan.

Why don't you get dress in YUKATA (Kimono for summer season) and enjoy beautiful firework with someone special??

Jul 26, 2015

July 29th Sumiyoshi-san Summer Festival

July 29th Sumiyoshi-san Summer Festival

Sumiyoshi-san, along with the Tokasan and Ebessan festivals,
is one of Hiroshima city’s big three annual shrine festivals that have long histories.
Sumiyoshi Shrines are dedicated to water gods and Sumiyoshi Shrine is located right next to the river in Sumiyoshi-cho on Route 2.

It’s a real local festival and the neighborhood streets are lined with the usual festival food and game stalls. Many people visit the shrine over the two days to pray for good health and good fortune.…

Date:July 29th
Place:Sumiyoshi shrine (it takes about 15 minutes walk from J-Hoppers Hiroshima)

You could see Kagura dance performance at the shrine!!

Jul 19, 2015

Hiroshima Port “Dream” Fireworks Festival

Date:July 25th
* No postponement for rain. To be held on the 26th (Sun) in case of postponement for any other reason.



Venue:Hiroshima Port 10,000 Ton Berth (hiroshima-kou-ichi-man-ton-baasu)
 (15min walk from Kaigan-dori tram station)


You can enjoy various types of fireworks around10,000 bangs!! 
Don't miss it!!!

Jul 18, 2015

☆☆Art Aquarium Exhibition☆☆

This is a memorial project of 70years after atomic bomb.

Have you seen the Art Aquarium?
It's an Art that settle on the subject matter of "KINGYO".

"KINGYO" is a goldfish. 
This is ingrained culture for viewing in Japan.
 You can enjoy amazing  Exhibition by KINGYO and water and light:)

DATE : July 25 - September 6th 2015

PLACE : NTT Credo Hall

TIME :      Monday-Thursday  10:00-21:00
              Friday,Saturday  10:00-23:00 
 Sunday  10:00-20:00

*After 18:00,It will be changed light and music
and you can enjoy some drink at the same time!!


Jun 27, 2015


''Do you like Beer?''

Most people will say YES !! to this question.

  Belgian Beer Weekend

This is one of the biggest beer festival.
Finally, it will be held in Hiroshima for the first time
at the beginning of July !

You can enjoy MUSIC, FOOD
and to say nothing of BEER (50 different Belgian beers)!

Former Hiroshima Municipal Stadium
8 July (Wed) - 12 July (Sun)
Opening hours
Opening day (08/07) 16:00 – 22:00
Weekdays 14:00 – 22:00
Weekend 11:00 – 22:00
Closing day (12/07) 11:00 – 21:00


↓in English

A “Starter Set” (3,100 JPY) contains 
1 x original glass, 11 x drink/food tokens, 1 x pocket guide, 1 x event map.


Jun 17, 2015

Onomichi Saturday Night Market

Hi! This is Tomomi from Hiroshima Hana!

Onomichi’s Saturday Night Market is as much festival as shopping expedition.

It gets particularly colorful from the end of June when the arcade is festooned with tanabata star festival streamers.
June 20, June 27, July 4, July 11 & July 18
Cost: Free
Place: 2min from onomichi station
Onomichi station is about 1hour and half frrom Hiroshima station by local train.

Jun 9, 2015

Kangensai Festival in Miyajima

Kangensai Fes
Date:June 17th (Wed)
Location: Itsukushima Shrine and other shrines

 Konnichiwa deom Hiroshima Hana Hostel, It's Kana here.
Hiroshima is in the middle of rainy season right now, so it's raining and humid almost everyday..
But once rain season is over, Summer will come!!Can't wait!!!

There are many different events are held in Miyajima almost every month. Kangensai is one of famous one it is held in June.

The Kangensai Festival reproduces a dynastic spectacle of the Monarchial Age on June 17th of the lunar calender, and has become one of the greatest festival of Itsukushima Shrine. When Taira-no-Kiyomori was appointed the governor of Aki Province in 1146, he remodeled Itsukushima Shrine and dedicated various kinds of treasure and performing arts to show his devout faith to the gods of the shire.
Kangen is, to be exact, court music played with three strings (Wagon, biwa ,koto), three drums (Kakko, taiko, shoko), and three flutes (sho, hishikiri, ryuteti).

Though in the capital, they played court music for entertainment, kiyomori dedicated it to Itsukushima Shrine, and instead of floating a Ryuto-gekishu boat (a boat with a carved dragon head and waterfowl neck decoration in front) in the court pond or in the river, he floated the boat in the sea.

 The date was fixed as June 17th of the lunar calendar, considering the weather conditions. As they needed big boats to carry a large number of players, they must have used trading vessels to China. The tide should be high enough for deep-draft vessels to touch down, so they chose the day when the spring tide occurs in June, avoiding the typhoon season in July and August. The reason they fixed the day as 17th is that the moon on that day is nearly full. It's the best time to come back from Jigozen Shrine on the mainland to Miyajima, looking up at the moon that appears by the edge of the mountain on Miyajima.

It's always good to know the history before joining anything!
Let's enjoy Japanese traditional festival together!!

May 23, 2015

Nihonsyu Sansan Sake Festival!!

                 Nihonsyu Sansan Sake Festival
Date:May 27th(5pm-8pm)

Venue:Alice garden(5min walk from "Hatchobori" Tram station)

Ticket:Advance all-you-can-appreciate ticket 1500yen
          On the day 5cup sampler ticket 1000yen


Do you like Sake??If so, you really should join this event!!!
It's a great opportunity for you to try more than 100 kinds of sake in Japan!

May 18, 2015

☆fireworks display in Tomonoura☆

It's coming a season of fireworks!!!!

Have you seen the Japanese fireworks??

I'm sure that It's should be amazing memory for you☆☆


DATE : May 30th, 2015

TIME : 19:00~20:30

PLACE : Hiroshima-ken,Fukuyama-city,Tomonoura

ACCESS : 30minutes from JR Sanyo line 

Fukuyama station by bus.

Get off at Tomonoura bus stop.


It's a small town. But really traditional and historic place.

Enjoy beautiful sea view and fire works!!!

Apr 27, 2015

Sandan-kyo Spring festival

Apr 29th (WED)
Access:Take an Express Bus from Hiroshima Bus center about 1 hour

You can enjoy Japanese Spring festival with the viewing of Sandan-kyo gorge.
 According to the weather forecast, it will not be rainy day on Apr 29th in Hiroshima.
Why do not you join the Festival ?  :)

10:00 Free Sandan-kyo food be provided
11:00 the opening ceremony
11:15 Kagura (Shinto music and dance show)
12:00 the game of scissors-paper-rock
13:00 Kagura (Shinto music and dance show)
15:00 Mochimaki (an event of scattering rice cakes)
15:30 the closing ceremonies

Akioota home page (in Japanese) 

Apr 17, 2015

Microbrewery Beer Festa In Hirsohima 2015

You can enjoy over 20 varieties of local beers from around the country in Hiroshima!

Date:April 18th, 19th

Time:[18th] 12pm to 8pm / [19th] 11pm to 5pm

Place: Grounds of Former Hiroshima Municipal basevall stadium
           (Near the atomic bomb dorm station)

*¥500 a drink
*¥3200 for 20 sampler tickets with a 80ml glass
*Original 250ml Glass ¥500
*Plastic cup ¥50