Hiroshima events, Onomichi

Best 6 Exciting Events in Hiroshima! – October 2017 (w/Photos)

Hiroshima is known worldwide as a peace city. Hiroshima having the World Heritage sites such as the Atomic Bomb Dome and Miyajima, many tourists visit the city. There are plenty of sightseeing spots, but in this issue we pick up events that enjoy nature. Not only visiting the famous sightseeing spots but also participating in local events will make it possible to see different features of Hiroshima.

Events Enjoyable with Children

The 6th National Costume Contest in Onomichi 2017


Source:全国仮想大会inおのみち

Onomichi is a city in the southeastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture. Facing the Seto Inland Sea, it has developed as a commercial port for many years.

There are many old temples such as Senkoji and Jodoji, also many slopes in the city, which give the city an impressive ambience.

The city was loved by famous writers such as Naoya Shiga and Fumiko Hayashi who wrote about the city in their works.

There is a “literary path” in Senkoji Park where you find a literature monument. The city is known as a city of literature, and recently it is famous for a background locations for movies and animations.

In the city of such Onomichi, a national costume contest will be held.

100 groups of participants gather here from all over the country will showcase their costumes of historical figures and various characters.

In the event, in addition to performing a costume parade, there is also a costume contest before large crowds of spectators.

In the costume parade, participants who look like the characters in animations and movies, march along the shopping street of Onomichi. You can enjoy it even just watching. A photo contest will be held in the event. If you find a favorite costume, let’s check it up.

Though an entry is necessary for participation and it is closed already, but viewing is free. Enjoy the costume competition while you stroll in the city.

Schedule

30th September – 1st October, 2017

【30th September】15:00~19:00

【1st October】11:00~16:00

Access & Address

Get off at “Onomichi” JR Station, the Sanyo Line

“Onomichi Hondoori” Shopping Street, 10-1 Higashi-Gosho-Cho, Onomichi-City, Hiroshima Prefecture

Latitude: 34.403848, longitude: 133.192573

Admission fee & Reservation

Entry closed

Participation: free

Reservation not required

Official Site

http://www.kasouonomichi.com/

Events Experiencing Traditional Culture and History

Exhibition “the Old Life in ‘Gon Gitsune’”

The Hiroshima City Local Museum is a renovated building of the former “Riku-gun Ryoumatsu Shishishou” (Army logistic center for provisions and fodders) built in 1911. It is a red brick built in the Meiji Era and designated as the important tangible cultural asset of the city.

Permanent exhibitions include oyster farming, mountain silk weaving, manufacturing a hairpiece “Kamoji”, wooden ships and transportation by ship and other important materials related to local life and culture. You can understand the history of the local industry at a glance.

At the present exhibition, “the old life in ” Gon-Gitsune ” is being displayed.

“Gon-Gitsune” is a fairy tale, a monumental masterpiece by Nankichi Niimi (1913-1943). Old tools described in the story such as “Kiriami” (a net), “Mino” (a raincoat) and umbrellas as well as “Red Bird” in the magazine where “Gon-Gitsune” was published are exhibited. The old lifestyle at that time is introduced.

“Gonkin” was introduce in the textbooks of elementary school in 1956 and is still read by many people regardless of the age. A guided tour is also available on every Sunday during the exhibition which takes 14 to 20 minutes approximately. (* no reservation required)

Let’s observe the old lifestyle in Hiroshima’s beautiful building of Meiji Era.

Schedule

5th September – 23 November , 2017 :  9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. (admission by 4:30p.m.)

※Closed on every Monday (open on 18th September and 9th October) , 19th September, 10th October, 4th November

Access & Address

Get off at “Ujina 2-Chome), Hiroshima Rail

Take a bus “Hiroshima Bus” for “Hiroshima-ko via Miyuki-Dori” from “Hiroshima” JR Station, and get off at “Miyuki 2-Chome”

“Hiroshima-shi Kyodo Shiryo-kan” (Hiroshima Local City Museum)

2-6-20 Ujina Miyuki, minami-ku, Hiroshima-City, Hiroshima Prefecture

Latitude: 34.365983 longitude: 132.461845

Admission fee & Reservation

Adult: Yen100, High school student: Yen50, Senior (65 years and older): Yen50, Junior high school student and under: free

Reservation not required

Official Site

HIROSHIMA CITY MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Events to Enjoy the Nature

Exhibition of Cactuses


Source:loco yahoo

Hiroshima City Botanical Park was opened on3rd November, 1976.

With surface of 18.3 hectares, it is situated in the hilly area in the west part of Hiroshima City and commands a fine view of the Seto Inland Sea. In the park there are 235,000 plants in about 11,700 varieties from around the world including tropical plants such as cactuses, tropical water lily, begonia, etc. In particular, in the green house which is one of the largest in the western Japan, there are tropical orchids and very many colorful tropical flowers. You can also appreciate tuberous begonias which are said to be the most beautiful in the world, throughout the year. Besides, there are also an exhibition hall in relation to plants, a glass-made large greenhouse – a symbol of a botanical park, and a lawn public square.

The Cactus exhibition at the Hiroshima City Botanical Garden.

At the exhibition, we introduce the charm of various cactuses and succulent plants in the cactus greenhouse where you can see plants adapted to arid areas.

In addition to the cactus greenhouse, it is also attractive to enjoy a variety of greenhouses including the begonia greenhouse, the fuchsia greenhouse, the tropical water lily greenhouse, the Greenhouse for exhibition and so on.

In the park you can enjoy various beautiful flowers throughout the year, including the Japanese garden and the large flower bed.

Why not enjoy the flowers as well as a saunter in the large garden?

Schedule

30th September, 2017 – 15th October, 2017 (scheduled)

9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. (until 3:30p.m. on the last day)

※Closed on Fridays (open on national holidays)

Access & Address

20 minutes by bus: Take a bus for “Shokubutsu Koen & Yakushigaoka Danchi” at “Itsukaichi” JR Station, and get off at “Shokubutsu Koen” .

“Hiroshima-shi Shokubutsu Koen” (Hiroshima City Botanical Park)

3-495 Kurashige, Saeki-ku, Hiroshima-City, HiroshimaPrefecture

Latitude:34.390706, longitude: 132.347439

Admission fee & Reservation

Adult: Yen510, High school student or equivalent: Yen170

Official Site

http://www.hiroshima-bot.jp/

Bihoku Cosmos Pick-nick at the Bihoku Kyuryo National Park


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The National Bihoku Hill Park opened in 1995 is the only state-run park in Chugoku Region, situated in Shobara City, Hiroshima Prefecture.

There are many attractions in the park such as,

  • The large lawn public square: there is an artificial turf slope for sled slid, an athletic playground, barbecue facilities, etc.,
  • The flower plaza of about 1.5ha with many seasonal flowers,
  • “Hiba-no-Sato”: there is a mansion of rich farmer, a watermill, a farmer’s house, a workshop, farms, a “Kaguraden” (a hall for Shinto music and dance) and they are reconstructed to show scenes of the early Meiji Era in the Chugoku Regions.
  • The wild birds observation deck: you can observe wild birds coming to the Ground Golf Course or the Kunikane Pond.,
  • “Tsudoi-no-Sato”: there are playing equipments, and
  • The Center Plaza: there are a visitor center, a cycle center for renting bicycles, a restaurant, a shop, etc..

You can, not only enjoy the flowers of the season but also experience making “Teuchi-soba” (soba noodles), making straw crafts, crafting wooden/bamboo works, pottery class, planting rice plants “Taue” and a rice reaping “Ine-Kari”.

The event held in the autumn is “Bihoku Cosmos Picnic”.

You can enjoy “Kagura” plays and small concerts mostly on weekends. Those events are held in the autumn when about 1.5 million cosmos and about 270,000 zinnias are in full bloom.

The small train (with a toll) traveling around the park is available every day. You can enjoy the season and the park.

Schedule

16th September – 22nd October, 2017,  9:30a.m. – 5:00p.m. (admission by 4:00p.m.)

※Open every day during the season

Access & Address

20 minutes walk from “Nanatsuka” Station, “Geibi” Line (to the Central Entrance)

10 minutes by car from “Bihoku Shobara” Station, “Geibi” Line (to the North Entrance)

National Bihoku Hill Park

4-10 Mikkaichi-Cho, Shobara-City, Hiroshima Prefecture

Latitude: 34.848246, longitude: 133.006399

Fee & Reservation

Admission fee required

Adult: Yen410, Children: yen80, Senior 65 years or more: Yen210 (please show ID to prove the age)

Reservation not required

Official Site

http://www.bihoku-park.go.jp/

Dahlia Festival in the Autumn at ”Sera Highland Farm”


Source:世羅高原農場

Sera Highland Farm is a touristic farm located in Sera-Cho, Sera County, Hiroshima Prefecture

In the farm of about 150,000 square meters, there are tulips in 60,000m2, sunflowers in 60,000 m2 and dahlias in 150001 m2 in bloom depending on the season.

Facilities in the park are a flower cafe for taking a break, a farm restaurant for meals and a free parking for 1,000 cars.

There are many flowers and vegetables such as tulips, sunflowers, dahlias, strawberries, radishes, etc. cultivated in the park.

In Sera Highland Farm, the annual ‘Dalia Festival of autumn’ will be held.

Taking advantage of the cool climate at an altitude of 500 meters, 25000 dahlias of 450 species, in the largest scale in Western Japan, are cultivated. As the autumn passes, colorful and brilliant large flowers are in bloom one after another.

Photo contests and gardening courses are held as appropriate for the season.

Together with dahlias, you can also enjoy 6,300 rose of about 100 varieties in the English Rose Gardens. The best time to visit the English Rose Garden is from the beginning of October to the middle of November.

Why not spend a day to enjoy an autumn breeze and flowers!

Schedule

9th September,2017 ~ 29th October,2017 A.M.9:00~P.M.5:00

Access & Address

About 20 minutes by car from “bingo mikawa”station

1124-11 Bessako, Sera-chō, Sera-gun, Hiroshima-ken   Serakogen farm

longitude : 34.65563 latitude: 133.042794

Admission fee & Reservation

Adult : 800 yen

Child : 400 yen

Official site

http://sera.ne.jp/dahlia/

Exhibition of Wild Mashrooms


Source:筑波実験植物園

The total surface area is 18.3 hectares. In the park there are 235,00 plants in  about 11,700 varieties. Hiroshima City Botanical Park was opened on 3rd November, 1976.

Many varieties from around the world, in addition to the greenhouse for tropical plants such as cactuses, tropical water lily, begonia, etc. are found. In the green house which is one of the largest in the western Japan where there are tropical orchids and very many colorful tropical flowers. It is one of characteristics of this garden that you can also appreciate tuberous begonias which are said to be the most beautiful in the world, throughout the year.

Inside the park there are exhibition hall in relation to plants, a large glass made greenhouse – a symbol of a botanical park, and a lawn public square.

“Wild Mushroom Exhibition” is one of the events in Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens this autumn.

Various mushrooms growing in Hiroshima Prefecture will be exhibited for 2 days. On the second day, we will also observe mushrooms in the park. Mushroom, the taste of autumn!  Isn’t it the best time to learn about mushrooms?

Not only the mushrooms but the park located on the hill commands a fine view of the Seto Inland Sea National Park. Why not enjoy it as well?

Schedule

30th September, 2017 – 1st October, 2017

9:00a.m.~4:30p.m.  last day till 4:30p.m.

Observation mushrooms: 1st October 1:30p.m. – 3:00p.m.

※Closed every Friday (open on national holidays)

Access & Address

20minutes by bus : Take a bus for “Shokubutsu-Koen/Yakushigaoka-Danchi” at “Itsukaichi” JR Station, Sanyo Line and get off at “Shokubutu-Koen” ,

“Hiroshima-shi Shokubutsu Koen” (Hiroshima City Botanical Park)

3-495 Kurashige, Saeki-ku, Hiroshima-City, HiroshimaPrefecture

Latitude:34.390706, longitude: 132.347439

longitude: 34.390706  latitude: 132.347439

Admission fee & Reservation

Admission fee required

Adult: Yen510, High school student or equivalent: Yen170,

Senior: Yen170 (please show ID to prove the age)

Official Site

http://www.hiroshima-bot.jp/

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