Fire Festival. A priest brings a fragment of sacred fire from the shrine to Mikasa-hama Beach and lights a big torch placed on the beach. Then young men race to be the first to kindle their torches with the sacred fire, and jostle each other on the beach between the stone Torii and the entrance of the shrine.
Schedule & Key events:
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.