EVENTS IN MIYAJIMA


January 2017


Event Date Place / Fee Summary Contact
 Goshin-i Kenjo-shiki Ceremony Jan. 1(Sun.) 

0:00 a.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

Entry fee : ¥300

Ceremony offering new clothes to deities.

Ceremony starts at midnight.

Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

 Saitan-sai Ceremony  Jan. 1(Sun.) 

5:00 a.m.

 Itsukushima Shrine

Entry fee : ¥300

Ceremony and Bugaku performance.

Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

Futsuka-sai Ceremony

Jan. 2(Mon.)

9:00 a.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

Entry fee : ¥300

Ceremony and Bugaku performance. Itsukushima Shrine 

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Omatsubayashi Shin Noh Performance

Jan. 2(Mon.)

11:00 a.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

Entry fee : ¥300

Noh songs and Noh dances are performed.

Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

Genshisai Ceremony

Jan. 3(Tue.)

9:00 a.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

Entry fee : ¥300

Ceremony and Bugaku performance.  Itsukushima Shrine 

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Chikyu-sai Ceremony

Jan. 5(Thu.)

5:30 a.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

Entry fee : ¥300

Ceremony and Bugaku performance.  Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

Momote-sai Ceremony

Jan. 20(Fri.)

11:00 a.m.

Omoto Shrine

Shinto ceremony for the first use of bow and arrow of the year.

Itsukushima Shrine 

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February 2017


Event Date Place / Fee Summary Contact

 Setsubun Festival

Feb. 3(Fri.) 

11:00 a.m.

 Daishoin Temple

Throwing beans for good luck festival..

Daishoin Temple

Tel:0829-44-0111

Miyajima Oyesters Festival

Feb. 11(Sat.)

- 12(Sun.)

10:00 a.m.

Open area in front of Miyajima Ferry Terminal

Miyajima's specialty oysters are served at low prices.

Miyajima Tourist Association

Tel:0829-44-2011

March 2017


Event Date Place / Fee Summary Contact

 Memorial Service for Kitchen Knives

Mar. 8(Wed.) 

11:00 a.m.

 Daishoin Temple

Memorial Service for Hocho (Japanese kitchen knives).

Daishoin Temple

Tel:0829-44-0111

Miyajima Hina Doll Festival

Mar. 18(Sat.)

- April 3(Mon.)

In Miyajima

Display of hina dolls, passed down from antiquity by the old families of Miyajima.

Miyajima Tourist Association

Tel:0829-44-2011

Kiyomori Shrine Ceremony

Mar. 20(Mon.)

11:00 a.m.

Kiyomori Shrine

Festival for illustrious memory of Taira no Kiyomori.

Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

Kiyomori Festival

Mar. 26(Sun.)

1:00 p.m.

Open area in front of Miyajima Ferry Terminal~

Itsukushima Shrine

~Kiyomori Shrine

Participant pass through from Miyajima pier via Itsukushima Shrine to Kiyomori Shrine on parade in costume such as the Heian picture Scroll.

Miyajima Tourist Association

Tel:0829-44-2011

April 2017


Event Date Place / Fee Summary Contact

Fire Walking Ceremony

The Main Ceremony in Spring

Apr. 15(Sat.) 

11:00 a.m.

Daishoin Temple

Walk across live coals to pray for protection from illness and disaster.

Daishoin Temple

Tel:0829-44-0111

Toka-sai Ceremony

Apr. 15(Sat.) 

5:00 p.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

Entry fee : ¥300

Ceremony and Bugaku performance.  Itsukushima Shrine 

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Toka-sai, Shin-Noh

Apr. 16(Sun.)

- 18(Tue.)

9:00 a.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

Entry fee : ¥300

Noh performances on the floating Noh stage in the sea, which is designated as Important Cultural Property. Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

Satsuki Festival

Apr. 28(Fri.)

- May. 7(Sun.)

8:00 a.m.

Daishoin Temple

Exhibition of Daishoin Temple's treasures, calligraphy, and flower arrangements.

Daishoin Temple

Tel:0829-44-0111

May 2017


Event Date Place / Fee Summary Contact

Awashima Shrine Ceremony

May 3(Wed.) 

11:00 a.m.

Awashima Shrine

Shinto ceremony dedicated to a female guardian deity "Awashima-san".

Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

Memorial Service for Empress Suiko

May 18(Thu.)

9:00 a.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

Entry fee : ¥300

Ceremony and Bugaku performance.

Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

June 2017


Event Date Place / Fee Summary Contact

Kobo Daishi's Birthday Celebration Iroha Ceremony

Jun. 15(Thu.)

11:00 a.m.

Daishoin Temple

Ceremony celebrating Kobo Daishi's birthday.

Daishoin Temple

Tel:0829-44-0111

Great Benzaiten Festival of Itsukushima

Jun. 17(Sat.)

10:00 a.m. 

Daiganji Temple

The annual opening of one of the three great Benzaiten gods in Japan.

Daiganji Temple

Tel:0829-44-0179

Miyajima International Power Triathlon Championship Through the Hatsukaichi

Jun. 25(Sun.)

Start at 9:00 a.m. 

O-torii Gate~

Yoshiwa

Official championship of the Japan triathlon association.

Hatsukaichi Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Tel:0829-20-0021

July 2017


Event Date Place / Fee Summary Contact

Seven Gods of Fortune Ceremony

Jul. 7(Fri.)

11:00 a.m.

Daishoin Temple

Ceremony about Seven Gods of Fortune.

Daishoin Temple

Tel:0829-44-0111

Ichidate-sai Ceremony

Jul. 27(Thu.)

9:00 a.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

Entry fee : ¥300

Ceremony and Bugaku performance.

Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

August 2017


Event Date Place / Fee Summary Contact

Kangen-sai Festival

Aug. 8(Wed.)

3:00 p.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

etc.

One of Japan's three major boat rituals.

"Kangen Asobi" which means playing flute and drums on boats on pond and rivers is performed.

Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

Kangen-sai Lantern Parade

Aug. 8(Wed.)

7:30 p.m.

Nagahama Shrine~ Itsukushima Shrine

Help greet the arriving deities' boats with lanterns.

Miyajima Tourist Association

Tel:0829-44-2011

48,000-day Kannon Ceremony

Aug. 10(Thu.)

10:00 a.m.

Daishoin Temple

A single visit to the temple on this day is equivalent to 48,000 days of visits.

Daishoin Temple

Tel:0829-44-0111

Miyajima's Evening Dance

Aug. 17(Thu.)

- 18(Fri.)

7:30 p.m.

Mikasanohama

Graceful traditional dances of Miyajima.

Miyajima Board of Education

Tel:0829-44-2086

Kinseki Jizohson Ceremony

Aug. 24(Thu.)

Tokujuji Temple

Kinseki jizoh is famous for helping couples have children.

Tokujuji Temple

Tel:0829-44-2061

Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival

Aug. 26(Sat.)

7:40 p.m.

Offshore from the

O-torii Gate

Spectacular sights and sounds of Japan's best floating fireworks display.

Miyajima Tourist Association

Tel:0829-44-2011

Tamatori-sai Festival

Aug. 27(Sun.)

Itsukushima Shrine

Festival young men compete for gems in the sea.

Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

September 2017


Event Date Place / Fee Summary Contact

Mantoue

Candle Light Festival for World Peace

Sep. 8(Fri.)

- 10(Sun.)

6:00 p.m.

Daishoin Temple

To repose of souls and wish world peace, candle lights are dedicated.

Daishoin Temple

Tel:0829-44-0111

Tanomosan

Shinomiya Shrine Festival

 Sep. 20(Wed.)

Ceremony 3:00 p.m.

Boats 6:00 p.m.

Shinomiya Shrine (Momijidani Park)

 A rare night ritual featuring small boats filled with dolls and fruit that are set adrift from Itsukushima Shrine to sail toward the O-torii Gate.  Miyajima Tourist Association

Tel:0829-44-2011

October 2017


Event Date Place / Fee Summary Contact

Outdoor Sketching Day

in Miyajima

Oct. 1(Sun.)

9:00 a.m.

Open area in front of Miyajima Ferry Terminal

Outdoor sketching day in Miyajima.

Miyajima Tourist Association

Tel:0829-44-2011

Kikka-sai Ceremony

Oct. 15(Sun.)

5:00 p.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

Entry fee : ¥300

Ceremony and Bugaku performance.

Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

Sanno Shrine Ceremony

Oct. 23(Mon.)

10:00 a.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

Sanno Shrine

Ceremony and Bugaku performance.

Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

November 2017


Event Date Place / Fee Summary Contact
Fudo Myo-o Ceremony

Nov. 3(Fri.)

1:00 p.m.

Diaganji Temple

Fire Walking Ceremony.

Daiganji Temple

Tel:0829-44-0179

 Fire Walking Ceremony

The Main Ceremony in Autumn

 Nov. 15(Wed.)

11:00 a.m.

Daishoin Temple

 Walk across live coals to pray for protection from illness and disaster.  Daishoin Temple

Tel:0829-44-0111

Maple Festival

Nov. 18(Sat.)

- 26(Sun.)

8:00 a.m.

 Daishoin Temple Exhibition of Daishoin Temple's treasures, calligraphy, photos, and flower arrangements.  Daishoin Temple

Tel:0829-44-0111

December 2017


Event Date Place / Fee Summary Contact
Tencho-sai Ceremony

Dec. 23(Sat.)

9:30 a.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

Ceremony and Bugaku performance. 

Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020

Chinka-sai Festival

Dec. 31(Sun.)

6:00 p.m.

Itsukushima Shrine

Mikasanohama

Festival for prevention of fire disaster.

Itsukushima Shrine 

Tel:0829-44-2020