Winter

Winter

You can do so much in winter in Hiroshima. The ski resorts in the snow-capped mountains in the north of the prefecture open their doors to thousands of avid skiers and snowboarders. Most of the ski resorts are a quick drive away from Hiroshima City. Winter also offers a lot to avid foodies. Hiroshima is Japan’s largest producer of oysters and oyster season starts in October. You can sample some of the freshest oysters in oyster huts lining the coast or seafood restaurants downtown. On the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, especially the Tobishima Kaido, some of the finest citrus fruit comes into harvest during the months of winter. Make sure to try the famous Ocho Mikan orange on the island of Osaki Shimojima. In Hiroshima City, you can experience the annual “Hiroshima Dreamination” illuminations in the evening on the Peace Boulevard.

Tomo Machinami Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival)
Tomo Machinami Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival)

In Japan, March 3rd is the date of the seasonal festival of the peach, more commonly known as Hinamatsuri (the Doll Festival or Girl's Festival), a traditional custom in which hina dolls are placed on display in homes to pray for the sound and healthy growth of young girls. These hina dolls come in magnificently ornate tiered sets, with male a...

Miyajima Oyster Festival
Miyajima Oyster Festival

Oysters are, without a doubt, the most famous of Hiroshima's seafood dishes. Additionally, winter is the season when oysters are at their most delicious. There are many events held all throughout Hiroshima Prefecture that involve eating oysters, but the Miyajima Oyster Festival was the first oyster event to gain traction as a proper festival. ...

Hiroshima Dreamination
Hiroshima Dreamination

Hiroshima Dreamination is a decorative illumination event featuring trees decorated with colorful lights and giant sculptural monuments decked out in radiant electric lighting that are set up along Peace Boulevard and throughout the city center. This year, between the hours of 17:30 and 22:30 every night from November 17th until January 3rd of...

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