Experiences

Experiences

Whether it’s being awestruck by a dynamic kagura theater performance, or becoming one with Japanese culture by wearing a traditional kimono, there’s plenty to experience during your trip to Hiroshima. See below for more recommendations.

HIROSHIMA KAGURA Regular Performance Portal Site

Kagura is the form of music and dancing dedicated to the mythical gods of Japan. The dynamic dances, the gorgeous costumes, the drums and flutes, and all the other aspects of this ancient ritual can be uniquely experienced in Hiroshima Prefecture. Check here for the latest information on regular performances of Kagura in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Kagura Monzen Toji Village
Kagura Monzen Toji Village

Kagura is a traditional Shinto theatrical dance. The performances are based on folkloric tales and each performance is accompanied by the sound of taiko drumming and flutes. It was used for centuries as a dedication to the "Ujigami" - a guardian god of a particular place or location. It is also performed to pray for good harvests, bountiful fi...

Walking around the town in kimono
Walking around the town in kimono

For the full Miyajima experience, why not walk the streets and visit the shrine dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono? There are a number of shops on the island offering kimono and yukata (a summer kimono) rentals. It's easy to do - just go and choose your favorite design and the shop staff will help you get dressed. Then you're free to wan...

Miyajima Sanpai Yuran
Miyajima Sanpai Yuran

Like the idea of passing through Miyajima's famous torii gate on a boat? Several companies operate boat cruises on Miyajima, including trips that take you around the island, as well as ones that go through the famous gate in the sea.

Miyajima Traditional Product Hall
Miyajima Traditional Product Hall

The hall includes a section where you can actually try baking momiji manju. The area on the 1st floor exhibits and displays information about Miyajima's traditional crafts and their 200-year history. They offer momiji manju baking workshops on the 2nd floor, and rice scoop crafting workshops on the 3rd floor.

Sakagura Koryukan Exchange Center
Sakagura Koryukan Exchange Center

The museum is a renovated section of a former sake brewery built at the end of the Edo period. With over 130 years of history and tradition, it is an impressive building with thick columns and rafters running along the ceiling, as well as a lingering aroma of Japanese sake. They offer sake tasting on-site and the opportunity to brew your own p...

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