Hiroshima events

Best 5 must see popular events’ guide in Chugoku January 2018

Chugoku region includes Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Yamaguchi and Tottori. They have mountains and seaside that source their reputation for their delicious food. Each prefecture has own history and culture. Seto Inland Sea offers you beautiful islands and sea view that is called Tatoubi. They also have sections of old town preservation. In this article, you can find out about events in this region, why don’t you stop by to take a look if you are planning to come and visit.

Traditional Festival

1.<Hiroshima>Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine New Year Ceremony – 2018.1.1~3


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Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine would start their New Year celebration from December 31st at 17:00. At 23:15 they would start their main ceremony

Kazaritaruhonosai. At 00:00 they would start a new year with Hatsukaguratatematsuso. (Ceremonial dance) On 1st of January, they would do

Saitansai and Honoginei. On the next day, they would do Futsukasai and Honoshakuhachi. On the third day, they would do Genshisai, Kyudohatsujarai and Honoyokyoku. They are all very traditional ceremonies; you would surely see authentic Japanese a New Year tradition. There are expecting about six hundred thousand visitors over those three days. The Shine would offer holly alcohol as well as there would be a panty of stalls that sells food, drinks, sweets and some other stuffs. Their famous local baseball team would come here every year for a New Year ceremony. The shine is located inside of the Hiroshimajoshikoen, so the castle is near by. It’s an easy access from the main station therefore; it’s quite popular sightseeing spot.

Schedule

2018.1.1~3

【1st】Hatsukaguratatematsuso 0:00~、Saitansai 10:00~、Honoginei 10:30~

【2nd】Futsukasai 10:00~、Honoshakuhachi 13:00~

【3ed】Genshisai 10:00~、Kyudohatsujarai 10:30~、Honoyokyoku 11:00~

Access & address

・place

Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine

・time from the nearest station

Hiroshimadentetsu Kamiya-cho-higashi Station about 10 min walk

・time from the main station

JR Hiroshima station about 15 min bus ride

・address 21-2 MotomaChugokuka, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Japan

・Map

Price&booking

free

No need to book

Official site

http://www.h-gokoku.or.jp/

2.<Tottori>Tottori Hakuto Shrine New Year Ceremony – 2018.1.1~3


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Hakuto Shrine would have thirty thousand visitors over a New Year period. During those days, they offer holly alcohol as well as Usagiyaki. (burnt rabbit) Don’t worry, Usagiyaki is a Japanese sweet! Hakuto Shrine is famous for a good luck for a successful relationship. The first Japanese traditional love story took place here. The story was about a white rabbit. Since then this place was the officially a holly place for love. Around the shrine, there are many souvenir shops and resting places. There are also Shinwanosato Shirousagi, Hakuto Beach, and Hatuto Hill. Why don’t you check them out and walk around there to find out more.

Schedule

2018.1.1~3

Access & address

・place

Hakuto Shrine

・time from the nearest station

Hiromaru Bus Hakuto Shrine Front stop

・time from the main staiton

Form JR Tottori station about 40 min

・address 603 Hakuto Tottori, Tottori, Japan

・map

Price&booking

Free

No booking necessary

Official site

none

3.<Shimane>Shimane Izumotaisha New Year ceremony- 2018.1.1~3

Over a New Year period of Jan 1st to 3rd, this shrine would have more than six hundred thousand visitors. On 1st of January, from at 7:00am, they would start a worshipping ceremony to Ohkuninushinoookami; this is called Ohmikesai. On 3rd of January, from 13:00, at Mitosenoyashiro (this place is about 300m away from the main building) they would do Fukugeisai. At the end of this ceremony, they offer worshippers Fukushiba. People believe that Fukushiba would bring a year of happiness. Therefore, they would queue up join this ceremony.

People would come to this shrine to pray for a happy relationship and happiness.

This shrine is also well known for its construction; it is the oldest one in Japan. It was built in 1744 and registered as the National Treasure. They style of their worship is differ to other shrine; it’s 2 bows and 4 handclaps.

Schedule

2018.1.1~3

Access & address

・place

Izumotaisha

・time from the nearest station

Ichibata Electric Railway,  Izumotaisha Front station about 7 min walk

From JR Saninhonsen, Izumo Shi station, take Izumotaisha Bus and get off Izumotaisha

・Matsue station take Saninhonsen, Ichibata Electric Railway about 1 hour 10 min

・address  195 Taishacho Kizukihigashi, Izumo, Shimane, Japan

・map

Price & booking

free

no booking necessary

Official site

http://www.izumooyashiro.or.jp

Traditional cultural experiencing & leaning history event

4.<Okayama>Okayama Kourakuen Hatsuharusai – 2018.1.1~3


Source: 全国ご当地キャラニュース

Kourakuen Hatsuharusai would take place from 1st to 3rd of January. Visitors would come and see Red-crowned cranes walk around their garden gracefully. Visitors are also able to see authentic Japanese traditional demonstrations: Sokyokuenso, Kyogen and tea ceremony. From 23rd of December to 8th of January, there is a photographic exhibition you can enjoy.

Kourakuen is the one of the best Japanese garden in Japan; like Kairakuen in Mito and Kenrokuen in Kanazawa. They are also Kaiyu shiki garden which means that you can walk around it to see and enjoy.   This garden is one of the Japanese government must see special place. This garden was build around 1700, since then it was renovated, redesigned and expanded. One of the great views would be Sawanoike (a pond) and Yuishinzan (a mountain); and the area around them.

You may be able to see two other mountains in the distance from the garden; that would also create a wonderful view.

Schedule

2018.1.1~3

am8:00~pm5:00

Access & address

Okayama Kourakuen

・time from the nearest station

From JR Okayama station, express bus about 10 min

Fujiwara Danchi Bus (local bus) about 15 min and get off at Kourakuen Front Stop

Okayama Electric Tramway Jouka stop : about 10 min walk

・time from main station

Okayama station about 10 min bus ride

・address 1-5 Kourakuen, Kita, Okayama, Okayama Japan

・Map

Price & booking

1st of Jan entrance is free

2dn~3rd/adults :400yen、over 65: 140yen、under 18 : free(2017.4.1~2018.3.31※you need student ID)

No booking necessary

Official site

http://www.okayama-korakuen.jp/

Nature observation event

5.<Yamaguchi>Kaikyō Yume Tower – a New Year early opening -2018.1.1

Kaikyō Yume Tower was built as a symbol; it represents the light tower of Shimonoseki a town of a channel. They open especially early on 1st of January because people would want to see the first sunrise of a year from the viewing platform on the top floor which is about 143m high from the ground. The sun would rise between islands and the channel. From 1st to 3rd of January, visitors may be able to get a present. At the night, the tower would be light up specially with two colours: red and white.

The tower height is 153m; the top floor is 143m from the ground. You would take about 70 second to get to the top floor by a grass elevator.  You would see the 360-degree panorama view from there. You would see the channel, islands and sea. You can spend relaxing time at this observation point. There is a shrine here too. Their fortune telling lucky dip is quite popular. You shall visit this place with your lover to wish a happy life together.

Schedule

2017.1.1

Time/6:30~21:30(last entry 21:00)

Light up

Time/12.31 23:55 to 1.1 1:00、6:00am to 7:00、From 1.1 to 3 17:45 to 21:45

Access & address

・place

Kaikyō Yume Tower

・time from the nearest station

JR Saninhonsen Shimonoseki station about 7 min walk

・time from main station

from Shimonoseki station about 7 min walk

・address 3-3-1 Buzendacho, Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan

・map

Price&booking

entrance to tower /adult : 600yen、7-16 years old・over 65 ・students ・tourists form abroad : 300yen ※ID required

no booking necessary

Official site

http://www.yumetower.jp

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About Shoto Hachiya

Hello, my name is Shoto! I’ve lived in and traveled many countries. Through the experiences, I saw a lot of different cultures and customs, and that made me realize how unique Japanese culture is.