Things to do / Traditional festivals

Hiroshima: Kangen-sai

Court Music Festival.

Schedule & Key events:
from 4:40 p.m.:
Mikoshi on Goza-bune (brightly illuminated sacred boat) is towed by three boats to the large red-painted Torii Gate standing in the sea
from 7:20 p.m.:
Mikoshi is towed away across the channel to Jigozen-jinja Shrine on the mainland, while court music is played on the boat
from 11 p.m.:
Mikoshi sails for two other shrines in Miyajima and returns to Itsukushima-jinja Shrine through Torii Gate

Location: Itsukushima-jinja Shrine,, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima

(1) JR Sanyo Honsen Line to Miyajima-guchi Sta., and then walk 5 min. to Miyajima-guchi Pier. From there, take ferryboat to Miyajima Pier (10 min.), and then walk 10 min. (2) JR Sanyo Shinkansen Line to Hiroshima Sta., and then take streetcar or bus to Hiroshima Ujina Port (30 min.) From there, take hydrofoil to Miyajima Pier (22 min.), and then walk 10 min.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.