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The ferry platform for Miyajima has changed.

Please make sure you go to the correct terminal as the JR and Matsudai ferry terminal are located in a different area.

Tradition and festivals of each season

Spring

Tokasai Festival (Jin-noh)
The Jin-noh play, held during the Tokasai festival and first dedicated to the deities by Mori Motonari, a warlord in the medieval period, boasts a history of over 400 years. The Tokasai festival is a very important ritual in spring.
Cherry blossoms at Tahoto Pagoda
The two-storey Tahoto Pagoda which stands in the hill to the west of Itsukushima Shrine is a well-known location for looking at cherry blossoms. The 1,600 or so cherry trees that blossom each spring on Miyajima attract many visitors.

Summer

Kangen Festival
This is one of the largest Shinto rituals held at the Itsukushima Shrine. It is performed in boats on the sea on June 17 of the lunar calendar. Wind and string instruments perform traditional Japanese court music on Goza boats (music boat).
Miyajima Fireworks Display
Miyajima's fireworks display is one of largest fireworks displays in Japan. The fireworks display is held August 11 in the bay in front of Itsukushima Shrine.* The date varies depending on the year.

Autumn

Momijidani Park
Momijidani Park is located at the foot of Mt. Misen whose virgin forest is designated as a natural treasure. The park is a great place for viewing the colorful autumn foliage.
Hiwatari Shinji (A big ritual in autumn)
This ritual is held twice a year on April 15 and November 15. Buddhist monks and visitors walk on hot charcoaled embers in their bare feet while praying for good health.

Winter

New Year's Days
At the Itsukushima Shrine, court dancing and music is dedicated to the deities on Jan. 1, 2 and 3.
Chinka-sai Festival
The Chinka-sai festival is a fire prevention ritual in which people pray to be protected against fire throughout the year. The ritual is held on the beach (Mikasa-hama) at 6 pm on Dec. 31.
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