Dec 26, 2016

New Year's Day @ Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine

It is already now at the end of December....
Do you have any plans for New Year's Eve or New Year's Day?

On New Year's Day many Japanese go to the shrine to worship.
If you are coming to Hiroshima for those days, why don't you go to Gokoku Shrine?
Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine(広島護国神社) is a Shinto shrine  next to Hiroshima Castle.Every year many people.... more than 600,000 people visit there in the first three days of the new year for Hatsumode(初詣),the first visit of the year to a shrine.

This is how we worship at shrines;
1) Ring the bell
2) Throw change gently in the offering box
3) Two bows,
    two claps and one bow

Opening Hours
*Dec 31st   ~24:00

*Jan 1st    0:00~23:00
*Jan 2nd  8:00~22:00
*Jan 3rd  8:00~22:00

◎Dec 31st(大晦日 Oomisoka)

17:00~ 大祓式・除夜祭 
    New Year's Eve  Celemony

◎Jan 1st (元旦 Gantan) 

0:00~ 初神楽奉奏(巫女舞) Kagura

10:00~ 歳旦祭 New Year's Day Celemony

◆Access Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine
Take a Tram No.2 or 6 to Kamiyacho-Higashi stop from Hiroshima Sta.
Another 8min walk to the shrine

Have a good New Year's holiday!

** Be Careful ! **

The Peace Memorial Museum will be closed 
on Dec 30th and 31st.

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