While Hiroshima may not be the prefecture to go to for picturesque landscapes of the seasons, there are many things to do and events to participate in depending on the season you travel. And with a large variety, you are practically guaranteed to find something that will interest you any time of the year.
The Hiroshima Flower Festival in Spring
Hiroshima is the City of Peace, and the best time to experience this is in Spring, when stages are set up on the Peace boulevard, dances and performances are held, and flea markets are opened to celebrate flowers as a symbol of peace. It is held over three days during the Golden Week in May. Don’t want to deal with the crowds? You can still enjoy the beautiful wisteria flower trees and tulip fields in the quiet town of Sera, which make you feel like you’ve teleported to the Netherlands.
Experience Western Japan’s Best Fireworks in Summer
The Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival is renowned for its beautiful set of fireworks, a large part of which are launched from the water. Because of this, the fireworks not only paint the night sky in beautiful colors, but the shoreline as well. With the Itsukushima Shrine’s Torii gate at its center, the fireworks festival is sure to be an experience you will never forget. During the festival, ferries and boats are also available, allowing for an up-close and personal view of the event. If you are looking for something more quiet, you can participate in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial ceremony held on August 6th every year, on the anniversary of the atomic bomb.
Enjoy Delicious Sake in Autumn
Sake in Hiroshima? Hiroshima is actually nationally famous for its Sake, especially Sake made in the Saijo area, east of Hiroshima city. Sake is an alcoholic beverage made of fermented rice, and is made in many breweries close to Saijo Station, some of which are hundreds of years old. Are you a social drinker? No problem! On the second Saturday and Sunday of October, there is the Sake Festival held at Saijo Station, where there is also a 5,000-person Izakaya (Japanese Pub) where you can drink the night away.
Eat up the Best Oysters in Japan in Winter
Because of the prefecture’s rocky seaside geography, Hiroshima and particularly Miyajima is a perfect place for oyster farming. Oysters are by far Hiroshima’s most famous seafood, and can be seen in many of Hiroshima’s soul foods during the winter. There is also an Oyster Festival in February, near Miyajima Pier. Boiled, fried, stewed or seared, Oysters will definitely warm you up on those cold winter nights.