Comfort Inn Hiroshima Heiwa-Odori
3-17 Komachi Naka-ku
Phone: (81) 82 541 5555
Fax: (81) 82 541 0096
The Hiroshima City Cultural Exchange Hall is a spacious complex that is dedicated to arts. It comprises several event spaces like main hall, the foyer and rehearsal rooms. Here variety of events are staged and artists from all over perform that includes drama, musicals, ballet, live music concerts, dance shows and so forth. The venue also features a cafe and restaurants that serve excellent local cuisine with a contemporary touch. That's not it, the hall also has accommodation options that are available at affordable rates. Check website for detailed information.
Cllub Quattro is Hiroshima's answer for everything rock 'n' roll. Bright lights, stiff drinks, and a huge sound system are the name of the game, and both touring acts and local favorites rock the house on a regular basis. See website for schedule.
This small live house, with a capacity of 250 people, seems a lot larger when you are inside because of the energy level of the place. Artists from all over Japan play here, although the ones that really get the crowd jumping (they are already on their feet since there is no seating) are the frequent local acts. The acoustical quality of the place is also fairly good. The cost of admission and opening hours depend on the act that night.
This live house near Hiroshima station can only accommodate around 200 guests, but the scene is high energy and intimate, as most of the acts that play are local ones trying their best to make it big. Few do, but the fans could not care less. A different live act plays every day; you may be surprised at the talent and following of some of the groups. The lighting systems and sound quality are good enough for professional bands. The hours and costs of admission vary depending on the act.
GIGA has six floors of manga (comics), games, CDs, DVDs, an Internet cafe, home entertainment centers, and virtual gambling. GIGA really comes into its own on the fifth and sixth floors, where flight and driving simulators, and virtual gaming machines wait. Land a JAL passenger jet, or drive an 18-wheeler down open highway. The sixth floor 24hr Internet cafe also offers manga, music and video in semi-private booths, with optional massage chairs and love seats. It is conveniently located next to Hiroshima Station.
This small theater, with a mere 128-person capacity, continues to show a variety of old, great Japanese films that you will find playing nowhere else in the city. Art films also find themselves on the old projector reel, including those of local directors and filmmakers, though this is limited to special events.
This modern stadium is the home ground of Hiroshima's professional J-League soccer club, Sanfrecce. This odd name is a combination of Japanese and Italian, meaning "three arrows", which is symbolic of skill, strategy and physical strength. Matches are held at Big Arch in March-November in two stages with a break in June-July, mainly on Saturdays. The Yamazaki Nabisco Cup is held here too. Big Arch, which can handle crowds up to 50,000, was also host to the 12th Asian Games.
This festival announces the beginning of the rice planting season. Rice has been planted in the Mibu area since the Edo period. Saotome (the rice planting girls) sing traditional songs and decorate cattle with garlands and flowers. The rice is planted, while the beautiful Tahayashi (music of the fields) can be heard. The festival is considered as an auspicious activity that will please the gods who in turn will ensure an abundant harvest.