Miyajima Kangensai Festival

Hiroshima, Chugoku

Medieval nobles' style of entertainment reproduced at Itsukushima Shrine, which is one of the three scenic beauties of Japan.

Kangen is music performed by playing the flute, drums and Japanese string instruments used in Japanese court music. In the ancient capital, nobles used to enjoy the graceful orchestra festival by playing these kangen instruments on boats floated on ponds and rivers. Approximately 800 years ago, Taira-no-Kiyomori (1118-1181), the warlord of the latter years of the Heian Period, constructed Itsukishima-Shrine and brought the then prevalent customs to this land in order to hold a ceremony dedicated to the gods. This Shinto ritual, staged on the Seto Inland Sea, later developed into a graceful yet dynamic festival reminiscent of the Heian Period when the culture of the nobility flourished, and is now ranked among the three finest float festivals in Japan.


[Rail]10 minutes' walk after alighting from the ferryboat which departs from JR Miyajimaguchi Station.JR Miyajimaguchi Station is about 30 minutes from JR Hiroshima Station on the Sanyo Honsen Line.
Itsukushima Shrine
Late July- Early August
(June 17th according to the lunar calendar)
1162-18 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture

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