Check out these great fireworks events that will light up Japan's sky
Check out the schedule of fireworks events taking place all over Japan, and make sure to read about some tips on how to get the most out of fireworks events on Stripes Japan! This was updated July 22.
KAMAKURA FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): July 23, 7:20-8:10 p.m.; 2,500 fireworks at Yuigahama Beach and Zaimokuza Beach, five-minute walk from Yuigahama and Wadazuka Station, Enoshima Dentetsu (Enoden) or a 15-minute walk from Kamakura station, JR Yokosuka Line; 0467-23-3050.
HAYAMA BEACH FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): July 24, 7:30-8:15 p.m.; 1,000 fireworks; Morido Kaigan Beach and Isshiki Kaigan Beach Breakwater, one-minute walk from Morido Kaigan bus stop after taking a bus from Zushi Station on JR and Keihin Kyuko Lines; 046-876-1111.
HACHIOJI FIREWORKS (western Tokyo): July 26, 7-8:30 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks at Hachioji Shimin Kyujo (ball park), 15-minute walk from Nishi Hachioji Station on JR Chuo Line or Yamada Station on Keio Hachioji Line or15-minute walk from Kamakura station, JR Yokosuka Line; 042-643-3115.
SUMIDA RIVER FIREWORKS (Tokyo): July 26, 7-8:30 p.m.; one of the most famous displays in Japan, which drew about 950,000 people last year, features 20,000 fireworks at two locations along Sumida River; Asakusa Station, Ginza and Asakusa Lines; 03-5246-1445; http://sumidagawa-hanabi.com/index_eg.html.
SHOWA KINEN PARK FIREWORKS (western Tokyo): July 26, 7:20-8:30 p.m.; about 5,000 fireworks in the Open Field at Showa Kinen Park, a 15-minute walk from JR Tachikawa Station; 042-527-2700.
URAYASU CITY FIREWORKS (Chiba prefecture): July 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; about 6,500 fireworks at Urawa City Sogo Undo Koen; take a bus from JR Urawa Station or a 25-minute walk from JR Shin Urawa Station; 047-351-1111.
LAKE SAGAMI FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 1, 7:30-8:50 p.m.; about 5,000 fireworks at the lakeside of Sagami, 10-minute walk from Sagamiko Station on JR Chuo-Line; 1,000-2,000 yen adults with designated seats, 4,000 yen for four designated seats; 042-684-2633.
ODAWARA SAKAWAGAWA RIVER FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 2, 7:10-8 p.m.; about 5,000 fireworks beside river, a 15-minute walk from JR Kamonomiya Station on Tokaido-Line; 0465-33-1521.
ATSUGI AYU (SWEETFISH) FESTIVAL FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks during the sweetfish festival Aug. 3 & 4 by Sagami River, 15-minute walk from Hon-Atsugi Station, Odakyu Line; 046-225-2820.
SOUTHERN BEACH CHIGASAKI FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 2, 7:30-8:20 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks along the coast of Southern Beach Chigasaki, 20-minute walk from Chigasaki Station, JR Tokaido Line; 0467-82-1111.
AKISHIMA CITY KUJIRA FESTIVAL FIREWORKS (western Tokyo): Aug. 2, 8-8:30 p.m.; 2,340 fireworks at Akishima Koen Stadium, the highlight of the Akishima Kujira (whale) festival which has a Kujira parade at 4 p.m. Aug. 3 starting at JR Akishima Station, music, dance, karaoke, children’s show and more at stadium, a five-minute walk from Higashi Nakagami Station, JR Ome Line; 042-543-8186.
TAKASAKI FIREWORKS (Gunma prefecture): Aug. 2, 7:40-8:30 p.m.; about 15,000 fireworks at Karasugawa Wadabashi (upper reaches) riverside, 20-minute walk from JR Takasaki Station east exit; 0270321-1257.
OME FIREWORKS (western Tokyo): Aug. 2, 7:30-8:40 p.m.; about 3,200 fireworks at Nagayama Park, 10-minute walk from JR Ome Station; designated seats are 200-1,000-5,000 yen; 0428-24-2481.
AGEO FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 2, 7 p.m.; 13,000 fireworks near the Riverside Phoenix Golf Club course; shuttle bus from JR Ageo Station on Takasaki Line; 048-775-5917.
YOKOSUKA KAIKOKU FESTIVAL FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 2, 7:15-7:45 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks as the finale of Yokosuka Kaikoku (port opening) festival July 27-Aug. 2; Off Umikaze Park, 15-minute walk from Yokosuka Chuo Station, Keikyu Line; 046-822-8294.
MATSUDO FIREWORKS (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 2, 7:15-8:20 p.m.; 8,000 fireworks at Edogawa River, 15-minute walk from JR & Shin Keisei Dentestu Matsudo Station; 047-366-7327.
ITABASHI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.; 11,000 fireworks beside the Arakawa River (south side), 20-minute walk from Ukima Funado Station on JR Saikyo Line; 03-3579-2255.
EDOGAWA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 3, 7:15-8:30 p.m.; 14,000 fireworks beside the Edogawa River, 15-minute walk from JR Koiwa Station on Sobu Line or Shinozaki Station on Toei Shinjuku Line; 03-5662-0523.
KANAGAWA SHIMBUN FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 5, 7-8:30 p.m.; 15,000 fireworks at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, 15-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 0425-227-0744.
ANJIN FESTIVAL OCEANIC FIREWORKS (Shizuoka prefecture): Aug. 10, 8-9 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks launched at six different locations in the ocean; five-minute walk from Itoh Station, JR Itoh Line; 0557-37-6105.
TOKYO BAY FIREWORKS: Aug. 10, 7-8:30 p.m.; 12,000 fireworks from Tokyo Bay, 15-minute walk from Kachidoki Station, Oedo Line; 03-3248-1561.
TOWADA CITY FIREWORKS (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 14, 7-8:30 p.m.; about 4,000 fireworks at Towada Track and Field Stadium, 23-minute ride from JR Shichinohe-Towada Station on Tohoku Express; 0176-24-3006.
JINGU GAIEN FIREWORKS (central Tokyo): Aug. 16, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; about 10,000 fireworks, live music and performances at nearby Jingu Stadium and National Stadium, Chichibunomiya Rugby Field; Sendagaya or Shinanomachi Station, JR Sobu Line; 1,500-4,500 yen; 03-3547-0900.
SETAGAYA TAMAGAWA FIREWORKS (western Tokyo): Aug. 23, 7-8 p.m.; 6,000 fireworks with sound and light show, three-minute walk from Futako Tamagawa station, Tokyu Denen Toshi or Oi machi Line; 03-3702-1603; www.tamagawa-hanabi.com/index.html.
ALL JAPAN FIREWORKS SAGAMIHARA FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 23, 7-8:15 p.m.; about 8,000 fireworks along Sagamigawa riverside; Kanachu Bus no. 53 for Suigo Tana from Fuchinobe or Kamimizo Station, JR Yokohama Line to Takadabashi bus stop; 042-769-8236.
AYASE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 23, 7:30-8 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks, best viewing spots at Ayase City Hall South Square, Higashiyama Koen and Handy Home Center parking lot, 25-minute bus ride from JR Ebina Station; 0467-70-5661.
KANAZAWA MATSURI FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 23, 7-8 p.m.; 3,200 fireworks at Kanazawa Umino Koen (Ocean Park), Hakkeijima Station on Kanazawa Seaside-Line; 045-788-7801.
CHOFU FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 24, 6:45-7:45 p.m.; 9,000 fireworks beside the Tama River, 20-minute walk from Chofu, Fuda and Kokuryo Stations on Keio Line; 042-481-7311.
CHUFU CITY FIREWORKS (Tokyo): Aug. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; 8,000 fireworks along Tama riverside, near Keio Tamagawa Station on Keio Sagamihara Line or Inada-tsutsumi on JR Nambu Line; 042-481-7311.
WESTERN YOKOSUKA FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 30, 7:30-8 p.m.; 1,200 fireworks at Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Camp Takeyama, the western district of Yokosuka, 25-minute bus ride from JR Kinugasa Station for Nagai/Misaki-kou, 30-minute bus ride from JR Zushi Station for Nagai; 1-1 Miyukihama; 046-856-3157.
ALL-JAPAN NEW FIREWORKS (Nagano prefecture): Sept. 6, 7-8:30 p.m., see rare and giant fireworks from skilled and veteran fireworks experts with about 18,000 fireworks on Lake Suwako, eight-minute ride from Kami Suwa Station on JR Chuo-Line or a 15-minute ride from Suwako I.C. on Chuo-Express; 00266-52-4141.
TSUCHIURA ALL JAPAN FIREWORKS COMPETITION (Ibaraki prefecture): Oct. 4, 6-8:30 p.m.; about 20,000 fireworks at Sakuragawahan, Tsuchiura city, 20-minute walk from Tsuchiura Station on JR Jyoban Line; 029-826-1111.
HUIS TEN BOSCH FIREWORKS DISPLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS -QUALIFYING (Nagasaki prefecture): July 12 & 20, 8:40-9 p.m.; fireworks display championships for qualification; Huis Ten Bosch; 2,000-yen for viewing plus entry fee; 0570-064-110; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/.
IWAKUNI PORT FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamaguchi prefecture): July 19, 8-9 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks display at Iwakuni Port; get off at Shinko bus stop after taking a bus from JR Iwakuni Station bound for Otake or 20-minute ride from Iwakuni I.C. on Sanyo Express; 0827-23-1055.
IRUMA BASE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): July 23, 8:30-9 p.m., 900 fireworks at JASDF Iruma Base; five-minute walk from Inariyama Koen Station on Seibu Ikebukuro Line; 042-953-6131.
NAGASAKI PORT FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Nagasaki prefecture): July 26-27, 8:30 p.m.; 8,000 fireworks display at Nagasaki Mizubeno-mori Koen and Nagasaki Port; 15-minute walk from JR Nagasaki Station; 095-822-0111.
ASAMUSHI ONSEN (HOT SPA) FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 1, 7-8:40 p.m.; 4,000 fireworks display at Asamushi Kaigan Koren ; five-minute walk from Asamushi Onsen Station on Aoi-mori Tetsudo or 10-minute drive from Aomori-higashi I.C. on Aomori Express; 017-752-3250.
MAKUHARI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 2, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; 15,000 fireworks display at Makuhari Kaihin Koen; 15-minute walk from JR Kaihin Makuhari Station; 043-222-0300.
GOSHOGAWARA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 3, 7:30-8:45 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display beside the Iwakigawa River (Hokuto Athletic Field); 10-minute walk from JR Goshogawara Station; 0173-35-2121,
AOMORI NEBUTA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 7, 7:15-9 p.m.; 11,000 fireworks display at Aomori Port; 10-minute walk from JR Aomori-higashi Station on Aoi-mori Tetsudo; 017-739-1249.
ICHIKAWA MISATO TOWN FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 7, 7:15-9 p.m., 20,000 fireworks beside Fuefuki River (the lower reaches of Migooribashi); 10-minute walk from JR Ichikawa Daimon Station on Minobu Line or 20-minute ride from Kofu Minami I.C. on Chuo Express (free parking available nearby); 055-272-1101.
UTSUNOMIYA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tochigi prefecture): Aug. 9, 7:30-9 p.m., 20,000 fireworks beside the Kinugawa River; five-minute walk from Yanagida Garage bus stop after taking a bus from JR Utsunomiya Station on Tohoku Line, also parking lots for 4,000 vehicles available nearby; 028-632-2032.
FUKUSHIMA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL: Aug. 9, 7:30-8:40 p.m., 10,000 fireworks display at the juncture of Abukuma and Matsukawa Rivers; 15-minute bus ride from JR Fukushima Station; 0180-99-3590.
MAEBASHI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m., 15,000 fireworks beside the Tone River Owataribashi Nanpoku Kasen Ryokuchi (east side of a river), 1312ft. wide of “Niagara Fall Fireworks” at finale; five-minute walk from Iwagami Elementary School-mae stop after taking a bus from JR Maebashi Station on Ryomon Line; 027-234-5108.
KUMAGAYA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m., 10,000 fireworks beside Arakawa River (the lower reaches of Arakawa Ohashi); five-minute walk from JR Kumagaya Station south exit or parking lots available nearby (1,000 yen per day); 048-524-1111.
HACHINOHE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 17, 7-8:30 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display at Hachinohe Tatehana Fishery Port; 10-minute walk from JR Mutsuminato Station; 0178-41-1661.