Fireworks festivals light up Japan’s skies during summer!


 Fireworks festivals light up Japan’s skies during summer

TOKYO — Summer means fireworks in Japan. Almost every weekend until September, there will be a major fireworks festival in some part of Japan. Here are a few of the better known fireworks festivals in Japan, but for a more complete list, visit

Sumida River (Tokyo)

This is one of the oldest and biggest fireworks festival in Japan, dating back to 1733. More than 25,000 fireworks will be let off. Last year, an estimated 1 million people lined the banks of the Sumida River.

Date: Sat July 26
Time: 7:05 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Tokyo Bay

About 12,000 fireworks will be shot up from barges in Tokyo Bay. The best views are from Harumi Park, near Kachidoki Station on the Oedo subway line. You can also get a good view from Odaiba. The bay will be dotted with yakatabune and cruise ships, angling for good positions. This event is usually held on a Saturday night, but this year, it’s happening on Sunday.
Date: Sun Aug 10
Time: 6:50 p.m. – 8:10 p.m.

Edogawa Fireworks Festival

About 14,000 fireworks will be launched, including a massive 1,000-shell salvo at the start. Best vantage points are near JR Shinozaki or Koiwa stations.

Date: Sat Aug 2
Time: From 7:15 p.m.

Jingumae (Tokyo)

About 10,000 fireworks will explode over the skies of Gaienmae and the National Stadium area.
Date: Sat Aug 16
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Competition (Yokohama)

Around 15,000 fireworks will light up the sky over Yokohama. The Minato Mirai area is the best place to see the action.

Date: Tues Aug 5
Time: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Minato Kobe Fireworks Festival

This festival will be held at the seaside, with fireworks set off from port’s jetty area.

Date: Sat Aug 2
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Omagari Fireworks Competition (Akita)

One of the Tohoku’s biggest fireworks competitions with about 18,000 rockets. The fireworks are set off by pyrotechnic teams from all over Japan. The best vantage point is along the Marukogawa River, near Omagari Station.

Date: Sat Aug 23rd
Times: 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. ( day session)
6:50 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. (night session)

The Chunichi Newspaper All-Japan Fireworks Festival (Gifu)

This festival has a day session and a night session. Best viewing spots are along the Nagara River. Nearest station is JR Gifu Station.

Date: Sat July 26
Times: 12 noon – 7:15 p.m. (day session)
7:20 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. (night session)

Nagaoka Fireworks Festival (Niigata)

This is considered one of the three biggest fireworks festivals in Japan, spanning two nights, with over 40,000 shells being launched. Best spots are along the banks of the Shinano River, not far from JR Nagaoka Station. Reserved seating is also available at this festival.

Date: Sat Aug 2, Sun Aug 3
Time: 7:25 p.m. – 9:10 p.m.

Kanmon Straits Fireworks Festival (Kyushu)

This festival is unique in that the fireworks will be set off on both banks of the Kanmon Straits, the stretch of water separating two of Japan’s four main islands.

Date: Wed Aug 13
Time: 7:50 p.m. – 8:40 p.m. (Opening ceremony will be held at Shimonoseki at 7:40 p.m.)

Miyajima (Hiroshima)

More than 5,000 shells will be launched from boats off Miyajima Island (famous for its giant torii gates). Itsukushima Shrine provides the best vantage point.

Date: Mon Aug 11
Time: 7:40 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.

Source: Japan Today

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