Japan to light up the summer nights with fireworks

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Sumida Firework Festival (Photo of Sumida Ward)
Sumida Firework Festival (Photo of Sumida Ward)

Japan to light up the summer nights with fireworks

by: Stripes Japan | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: July 02, 2018

July

TOKYO MIDTOWN LOVES SUMMER 2018: July 13-Aug. 26, 5-11 p.m.; featuring digital art of fireworks display created by light and mist over the gardens at Shibafu Hiroba, (grass open space); free; http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/.
 
KURIHAMA PERRY FESTIVAL FIREWORK DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): July 14, 7:30-8:10 p.m.; 3,500 fireworks at Kurihama Beach to commemorate Commodore Perry’s visit that opened Japan to the outside world; festival starts at 10 a.m., bazaar, band performances, parade scheduled; 15-minute walk from Keikyu Kurihama Station; 046-827-8000.
 
TOWADA LAKE FIREWORK DISPLAY (Aomori prefecture): July 14-15, 8-9 p.m.; 2,000 firework display in two nights at Yasumiya Pier, by Towada Lake; 0176- 75-2425.
 
YOKOHAMA SPARKLING TWILIGHT (Kanagawa prefecture): July 14-15, 7:30-8 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks at Yokohama Port near Yamashita Park; three-minute walk from Motomachi on Minato Mirai Line or 15-minute walk from JR Ishikawa Station; 045-681-2353.
 
TONEGAWA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Ibaraki prefecture): July 14, 7:30-9 p.m.; 22,8000 fireworks beside the Tonegawa  River, nearby Michino Eki Sakai-mae; 10-minute drive from Koga I.C. on Keno Express; Sakai-machi Sightseeing Association 0280-81-1319.
    
SHIOGAWA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Miyagi prefecture): July 15, 8-8:50 p.m.; 8,000 fireworks display at Shiogama Port, 10-minute walk from JR Shiogama Station or 15-minute ride from Sendaiko-kita I.C. on Sanriku Express; 022-361-6055.
 
AKAGI KRONENBERG FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Gunma prefecture): July 16,  8-8:20 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks collaborating with music; free admission after 5 p.m.; 30-minute drive from Isesaki I.C. on Kita Kanto Express/20-minute ride from Akagi Station on Tobu-Line; 1,200 yen for adults, 600 yen for children; 027-283-8451.
 
YUGAWARA ONSEN KAIJYO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): July 16, Aug. 3 and Oct. 27, 8-8:30 p.m.; 6,000 fireworks display above the ocean off the coast from Yugawara town at Yugawara Kaisuiyokujo (swimming beach);  take a bus for Manazuru Station departing from JR Yugawara Station, get off at Umi-no Iye; 0465-63-2111.
 
NO. 2 FIREWORKS CONTEST IN SUMMER IN HUIS TEN BOSCH 2018: (Nagasaki prefecture): July 21, 8-9:30 p.m.; featuring 18,000 fireworks on Rotterdam venue in Huis Ten Bosch, you can see fireworks display from the swimming pools also; 0570-064-110; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/.
   
IWAKUNI PORT FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamaguchi prefecture): July 21, 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.
   
ISAWA ONSEN FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Yamanashi prefecture): July 20-Aug. 19, 8:50-9 p.m. (Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun.); 300 fireworks display along Fuefukigawa riverside is scheduled to have during ukai (cormorant fishing) season; 20-minute walk from JR Isawa Station on Chuo-Line/15-minute ride from Ichinomiyasaka I.C. on Chuo-Express; Fuefuki city sightseeing Federation; 055-261-2829.
 
MINATO MATSURI NOSHIRO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Akita prefecture): July 21, 7:30-9 p.m.; 15,000 fireworks display at Noshiro Port Shitahama Futo; 30-minute walk from JR Noshiro Station or 10-minute ride from Noshiro Minami I.C. on Akita Express; 0185-52-6341.
 
KAMAKURA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): July 24, 7:20-8:10 p.m.; 2,500 fireworks; Yuigahama Beach and Zaimokuza Beach, five-minute walk from Yuigahama and Wadazuka Station, Enoshima Dentetsu (Enoden), 15-minute walk from Kamakura station, JR Yokosuka Line; 0467-23-3050.
 
ADACHI FIREWORKS (Tokyo): July 21, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; 13,600 fireworks beside the Arakawa River; 15-minute walk from Kitasenju Station on Tobu-Line/JR/Metro/Tsukuba Express; 03-3880-5853.  

UBE CITY FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamaguchi prefecture): June 21, 8-9 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display at Ube Port; 20-minute walk from JR Kotoshiba Station; 0836-31-0251.

NO. 1 FIREWORKS CONTEST IN SUMMER - HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): July 21, 8-8:30 p.m.; 18,000 fireworks display created by Junko Koshino along with Kyushu’s largest fireworks contest, also viewing fireworks display from swimming pools (advance registration required, 4,000 yen or 4,500 yen at doors); Huis Ten Bosch; 0570-064-110; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/.
   
NAGATO SENZAKI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamaguchi prefecture): July 23, 8 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks display at Senzaki Port, Nagato city; 0827-22-2266.
 
KATSUSHIKA FIREWORK DISPLAY (Tokyo): July 24, 7:20-8:20 p.m.,13,000 fireworks display from 7:20 p.m. at Katsushika Shibamata Ball Park; 10-minute walk from Shibamata Station on Keisei-Line/15-minute walk from Shin Shibamata Station on Hokuso-Line/20-minute walk from JR Kanamachi Station; 7,000 yen for tickets (a pair), 10,000 yen for tickets (four-person), 12,000 yen for tickets (six-person); 03-3826-2571.
    
IRUMA BASE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): July 25, 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.
 
HAYAMA BEACH FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): July 26, 7:30-8:15 p.m.; 1,200 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.
 
MAKUHARI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Chiba prefecture): July 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; 20,000 fireworks display at Makuhari Kaihin Koen; 15-minute walk from JR Kaihin Makuhari Station; 043-222-0300.
 
NISHI IKKASON VILLAGE NIPPASHI RIVER FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Fukushima prefecture): July 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display at Nippashi River Jiyu Hiroba; 20-minute walk from JR Shiokawa Station on Jyoetsu Nishi Line or 15-minute ride from Aizu Wakamatsu I.C. on Jyoban Express; 0241-27-2122.
 
HIROSHIMA MINATO (PORT) DREAM FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Hiroshima prefecture): July 28,  8-9 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display at Hiroshima Port 10,000-Ton Berth (Minami-chiku); shuttle bus available from JR Hiroshima Station or 15-minute walk from Kaigan-dori Streetcar stop after taking a train from JR Hiroshima Station on Hiroshima Dentetsu Line; 082-247-6805.
 
ONOMICHI SUMIYOSHI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Hiroshima prefecture): July 28, 7:30-9 p.m.; 13,000 fireworks display at Sumiyoshi Jinja Shrine and neighboring Onomichi Waterways; 15-minute walk from HR Onomichi Station; 0848-22-2165.

FUEFUKIGAWA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Yamanashi prefecture): July 28, 7:30-9 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks display along Fuefukigawa riverside; tree-minute walk from JR Yamanashi Station on Chuo-Line/15-minute ride from Ichinomiyasaka I.C. on Chuo-Express; Yamanashi City Firework Executive Committee; 0553-22-0806.
 
MOKA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tochigi prefecture): July 28, 7:30-9 p.m., 20,000 fireworks beside the Kinugawa River near Isagaharabashi (bridge);  20-minute ride from JR Jiji-idai Station or 20-minute ride from Moka I.C. on Kita Kanto Express, also parking lots for 3,500 vehicles available nearby; 0285-74-4666.
 
SUSA BAY FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamaguchi prefecture): July 28, 8-9:10 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display at Susa Fishery Port, Hagi city; five-minute walk from JR Susa Station or 70-minute ride from Shikano I.C. on Chugoku Express; 0837-6-2219.
 
HACHIOJI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (western Tokyo): July 28, 7-8:30 p.m.; 3,500 fireworks display at Daiwa House Stadium (Fujimori Koen); 15-minute walk from JR Nishi-Hachioji Station or Yamada Station on Keio Line; 042-643-3115.
 
KAMOGAWA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Chiba prefecture): July 29, 7:30-8:20 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks at Maibara Beach; five-minute walk from JR Awakamogawa Station; 047-092-0086.
    
SUMIDA RIVER FIREWORK DISPLAY (Tokyo): July 28, 7:05-8:30 p.m.; One of the most famous fireworks displays in Japan, which is expected to draw about 957,000 people this year; 20,000 fireworks will be displayed at the two locations along Sumida River, eastern Tokyo; Asakusa Station, Ginza and Asakusa Lines; 03-5246-1111; http://sumidagawa-hanabi.com/index_eg.html.
 
SHOWA KINEN PARK FIREWORK DISPLAY (Western Tokyo): July 28, 7:20-8:20 p.m.; about 5,000 fireworks in the “Open Field” at Showa Kinen Park; a 15-minute walk from JR Tachikawa Station; 410 yen adults, 80 yen children, free after 6 p.m.; 042-527-2700.

URAYASU CITY FIREWORK DISPLAY (Chiba prefecture): July 28, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; about 6,600 fireworks at Urawa City Sogo Undo Koen; take a bus from JR Urawa Station; 25-minute walk from JR Shin Urawa Station; 050-5548-8686.
 
ASAHI CITY FIREWORK DISPLAY (Chiba prefecture): July 28, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; about 10,000 fireworks at Iioka Beach; take a bus from JR Asahi Station and get off at Shokusai-no Yado Iioka, then walk five-minute to the Iioka Beach; 0479-62-5338.
 
KOSHIGAYA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): July 28, 7-9 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display at eastside of Koshigaya Chuo Kominkan; eight-minute walk from Tobu Koshigaya Station; 048-971-9002.
 
HIKARI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamaguchi prefecture): July 28, 8-8:50 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks display at Nijigahama Beach Resort, Hikari city; five-minute walk from JR Hikari Station or 20-minute ride from Kumage IC on Yanyo Express; 0833-48-8686.
 
NAGASAKI PORT FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Nagasaki prefecture): July 28-29, 8:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display on two nights at Nagasaki Mizubeno-mori Koen and Nagasaki Port; 15-minute walk from JR Nagasaki Station; 095-822-0111.
 
FUKUSHIMA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Fukushima prefecture): July 28, 7:20-8:40 p.m., 10,000 fireworks display at the juncture of Abukuma and Matsukawa Rivers; 15-minute bus ride from JR Fukushima Station; 024-525-3720.
 
SEIBU AMUSEMENT PARK FIREWORK DISPLAY (Saitama prefecture): July 28-29, Aug. 4-5, and Aug. 11-12, 7:45-8:15 p.m.; about 2,000 fireworks will be displayed at Seibu Amusement Park; Seibu Yuenchi Station, Seibu Line; 1,200 yen adult, 600 yen children, if you want to view at a beer hall, call 04-2922-1371 for a reservation.
 
OYAMA SUMMER FESTIVAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tochigi prefecture): July 29, 7:10-8:45 p.m., 20,000 fireworks beside the Omoi River near Kankou-bashi  (bridge);  eight-minute walk from JR Oyama Station; 0285-22-9273.
 
LAKE ASHINO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): July 31, 8-8:30 p.m.; about 4,000 fireworks on Lake Ashino; take a bus from Yumoto Station on Hakone Tozan Railway bound for  Moto-Hakone Port, and get off at Moto-Hakone or 25-minute ride from Hakone-guchi I.C. on Odawara-Atsugi Express; 0460-85-5700.


August

LAKE SAGAMI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 1, 7:30-8:45 p.m.; about 4,000 fireworks will be displayed along lakeside of Sagami; 2,000 yen for adults (designated seats), 4,000 yen for four-person (designated seats); 10-minute walk from Sagamiko Station on JR Chuo-Line; 042-684-2633.
 
LAKE YAMANAKA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 1, 8-9 p.m.; about 14,000 fireworks will be displayed along lakeside of Yamanaka, nearby Yamanakako Sonritsu Sanchu Elementary School or Fuji Matsuzono Hotel; five-minute ride from Yamanakako I.C. on Higashi Fuji Goko Express; 0555-62-3100.
 
KOTO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Eastern Tokyo): Aug. 1, 7:30-8:40 p.m.; about 4,000 fireworks along Arakawa riverside; Arakawa and Sunamachi Shore Park (Mizube Koen), 15-minute walk from Minami Sunamachi station, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line; 03-3647-4963.
 
HAGI NATSU MATSURI - FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamaguchi prefecture): Aug. 1,  8-9 p.m.; 7,000 fireworks display at Hagi Port and Kikugahama area, Hagi city; 20-minute walk from JR Higashi Hagi Statioln or 20-minute ride from Edou I.C. on Ogoori Hagi Express;  0838-25-3333.
 
ASAMUSHI ONSEN (HOT SPA) FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 1, 7:30-8:40 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.
    
LAKE SAIKO FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 2, 7:30-8 p.m.; 800 fireworks display at 7:30-8 p.m. along with illumination of floating lanterns at 7-8:30 p.m. off the shore of the Lake Saiko; 15-minure ride from Kawaguchiko I.C. on Chuo Express; 0555-72-3131.
 
NAGAOKA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Niigata prefecture): Aug. 2-3, 7:20-9:15 p.m.;
20,000 fireworks display along the River Shinanogawa (lower reaches of Chosei-bashi); 30-minute walk from JR Nagaoka Station; 0258-39-0823.
 
GOSHOGAWARA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 3, 7:30-9 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display beside the Iwakigawa River (Hokuto Athletic Field); 10-minute walk from JR Goshogawara Station; 0173-35-2121.
 
LAKE MOTOSU FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 3, 8 p.m.; 1,000 fireworks display at Lake Motokuko East Shore; 30-minure ride from Kawaguchiko I.C. on Chuo Express; 0555-87-2518.

NISHIKI RIVER FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamaguchi prefecture): Aug. 4, 8-9:30 p.m.; 6,000 fireworks display near Kintai Bridge; 20-minute bus ride from JR Iwakuni Station; 0827-41-2037.
 
TOBU ZOO FIREWORKS ILLUSION (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 4, 11 & 18, 7:30-7:50 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks display at Tobu Zoo; free; 10-minute walk from Tobu Zoo Station on Tobu Line; 0480-93-1200.

AGEO FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 4, 7 p.m., 10,000 fireworks near the Riverside Phoenix Golf Club course; shuttle bus available from JR Ageo Station on Takasaki Line; 048-775-5917.
    
BOFU TENMANGU - FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamaguchi prefecture): Aug. 5,  8:30-9:15 p.m.; 4,000 fireworks display at Bofu Tenmangu Shrine, Bofu city; 15-minute walk from JR Bofu Station Tenjin Exit or 10-minute ride from Bofu-nishi IC on Sanyo Express; 0835-23-7700.

IWAKI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Fukushima prefecture): Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m., 12,000 fireworks display at Onahama Aqua Marine Park; 15-minute bus ride from JR Izumi Station; 0246-53-5677.
 
KAWAGUCHIKO KOJO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 4, 8-8:15 p.m., Aug. 5, 7:45-9 p.m.;10,000 fireworks on Lake Kawaguchi with "Hanabi (firework) Illusion" - spectacular show of music and fireworks, and "Niagara Fall Fireworks"; 75-minute drive from Shinjuku on Chuo Express; Kawaguchiko Town Sight-seeing Bureau; 0555-72-2460.
 
ODAWARA SAKAWAGAWA RIVER FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 4, 7:10-8 p.m., about 10,000 fireworks will be displayed beside the Sakawagawa River; 15-minute walk from JR Kamonomiya Station on Tokaido-Line; 0465-22-5002.
 
ATSUGI AYU (SWEETFISH) FESTIVAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 4, 7-8:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks during the Atsugi Ayu (sweetfish) Festival by Sagami River. Festival is Aug. 4-5; 15-minute walk from Hon-Atsugi Station, Odakyu Line; 046-295-5496.
 
SOUTHERN BEACH CHIGASAKI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 4, 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 FIREWORK DISPLAY (Western Tokyo): Aug. 4, 8-8:30 p.m.; 2,340 fireworks at Akishima Showa Park Athletics Stadium as a highlight of the Akishima Kujira (whale) festival; Kujira parade at 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 5 starting at JR Akishima Station to Showa Park, also dance contest scheduled at Showa Park; the stadium is a five-minute walk from Higashi Nakagami Station, JR Ome Line; 042-543-8186.
 
TAKASAKI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Gunma prefecture): Aug. 4, 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; 027-330-5333.
 
OME FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Western Tokyo): Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m.; about 4,001 fireworks will be displayed at Nagayama Park; designated seats of 1,000-5,000 yen available; 10-minute walk from JR Ome Station; 0428-24-2481.
 
YOKOSUKA KAIKOKU FESTIVAL FIREWORK DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 4, 7:15-7:45 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks will be displayed as a finale of Yokosuka Kaikoku (port opening); Off Umikaze Park; 15-minute walk from Yokosuka Chuo Station, Keikyu Line; 046-822-8301.
 
MATSUDO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 4, 7:15-8:20 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display at Edogawa River; 15-minute walk from JR & Shin Keisei Dentestu Matsudo Station; 047-366-7327.
   
ITABASHI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 4, 7-8:30 p.m.; 12,000 fireworks beside the Arakawa River (south side of a river), 1968ft. wide of "Niagara Fall Fireworks” at finale, along with Todabashi Fireworks display on the other side of the river; 20-minute walk from Ukima Funado Station on JR Saikyo Line; 03-3579-2255.
   
EDOGAWA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 4, 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.
 
ASHIKAGA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tochigi prefecture): Aug. 4, 7-8:45 p.m.; 20,000 fireworks display along the Watarase River, lower reaches from Tanakabashi (bridge); five-minute walk from JR Ashikaga Station (South Exit); 0284-21-1354.
   
ICHIKAWA CITY FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 4, 7:15-8:30 p.m., 14,000 fireworks beside Arakawa River; 15-minute walk from JR Ichikawa Station on Sobu Line or 20-minute walk from Keisei Dentetsu Kokufu Station; 6,000 yen designated seats, 6,000 yen for a person-seat, 10,000 yen a couple, 18,000 yen for four person;  047-711-1142.
 
SAKURA CITY FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 4, 7-8:30 p.m., 16,000 fireworks at Sakura Furusato Hiroba, 2714, Usuida, Sakura city; 30-minute walk from Usui Station on Keisei Line; 043-486-6000.
 
TEGANUMA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 4, 7:10-8:30 p.m.; 13,500 fireworks display at Teganuma basin areas; 25-minute walk from JR Kita Kashiwa Station on Joban Line; 04-7162-3325.
 
ASAKA SAIKASAI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 4, 7:15-8:15 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display at Asaka Chuo Koen; five-minute walk from Asaka Station on Tobu Tojo Line; 048-463-2645.  

SAKATA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamagata prefecture): Aug. 4, 7:30-9 p.m.; 12,000 fireworks display at Mogamigawa Koen; 10-minute ride from JR Sakata Station or shuttle bus from JR Sakata Station; 0234-24-2233.
 
CHOSHI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 4, 7:30-9 p.m.; 6,000 fireworks display at Tone Riverside; 10-minute walk from JR Choshi Station; 0479-24-8932.
 
KOGA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Ibaraki prefecture): Aug. 4, 7:20-8:40 p.m., 20,000 fireworks display at Koga Golf Links (shore of Lake Watarase); 20-minute walk from JR Koga Station or five-minute walk from Shin Koga Station on Tobu Line; 0280-92-3111.
 
SASEBO SEASIDE FESTIVAL (Nagasaki prefecture): Aug. 4, 8:30-9:15 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks display at Sasebo Station Minato-guchi Hiroba; one-minute walk from JR Sasebo Station; 0956-46-6855.
 
SENDAI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Miyagi prefecture): Aug. 5, 7-8:30 p.m.; 16,000 fireworks at Sendai Nishi Koen Areas, 10-minute walk from Kotoudai Koen Station (subway)/12-minute walk from Hirose-dori Station (subway); 022-222-9788.
 
HIRADO I PORT FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Nagasaki prefecture): Aug. 5, 8:30-9:15 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks display at Hirado Port Koryu Hiroba; 15-minute bus ride from Hirado-guchi Station on Matsuura Railways and get off at Hirado Sanbashi (pier) Bus Stop; 0950-22-4111.
   
SHINSHU UEDA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Nagano prefecture): Aug. 5, 7-8:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display along the River Chikuma (lower reaches of Togida Shinbashi); five-minute walk from JR Ueda Station; 0268-22-4500.
 
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.
   
CHIKUMA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Nagano prefecture): Aug. 7, 7:30-9 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display along the River Chikuma between Taisho-bashi and Manyo-bashi); 15-minute walk from Tokura Station on Shinano Railways; 026-276-4548.
 
OSHINOHAKKAI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 8, 8:15-9 p.m.; 8,888 fireworks display at Oshino Junior High School’s playground; 25-minute bus ride from Fuji Station on Fuji Express bound for Uchino to Oshino village’s office-mae; 0555-84-7794.
    
TATEYAMA FIREWORKS (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 8, 7:30-8:45 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks along with flamenco performances; three-minute walk from Tateyama Station, JR Uchibo Line; 0470-22-8330.  

MIURA BEACH FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 7, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks; Miura Beach, three-minute walk from Miura Kaigan Station, Keikyu Line; 046-888-0588.
 
ICHIKAWA MISATO SHINMEI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 7, 7:15-9 p.m., about 20,000 fireworks display at the riverside of Fuefuki River, between Sangun-bashi (bridge) and Fujikawa-bashi; 10-minute walk from JR Ishikawa Daimon Station or 20-minute ride from Kofu-minami I.C. on Chuo Exress; 055-272-1101.

ANJIN FESTIVAL OCEANIC FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Itoh, Shizuoka prefecture): Aug. 10, 8-9 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks will be launched at six different locations in the ocean; five-minute walk from Itoh Station, JR Itoh Line; 0557-37-6105.
 
HANABI WORLD CUP IN HUIS TEN BOSCH: (Nagasaki prefecture): Aug. 11, 12 and 25, 8:40-9 p.m.; qualifying rounds of Hanabi World Cup, featuring fireworks by masters from U.S., Russia and Greek; Huis Ten Bosch; 0570-064-110; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/.
 
MORIOKA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Iwate prefecture): Aug. 11, 7:25-8:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display along the River Kitakami (lower beaches of Tonan Ohashi); 50-minute walk from JR Iwate Iioka Station or shuttle bus available from JR Iwate Iioka Station (200 yen); 019-638-3399.
 
IZU OSHIMA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 11, 9-9:30 p.m.; 1,000 fireworks display at Oshima Motomachi Port; one-hour and 45 minute speed ferry ride from Takehashi Pier, Tokyo; 04992-2-3791.
 
HACHIJOJIMA ISLAND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 11, 8:10-8:50 p.m.;  600 fireworks display at Sokoda Port; 10-hour ferry ride from Takeshiba Pier, Tokyo; 04996-2-1125.
 
JOSO THE RIVER KINUGAWA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Aug. 11, 6:45-8:40 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display at Hashimoto Undo Koen and beside the River Kinugawa; 15-minute walk from Mitsukaido Station on Kanto Tetsudo; 0297-22-2121.
 
SHUTO FIREWORK FESTIVAL (Yamaguchi prefecture): Aug. 12, 8-9 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks display along the riverside of Shimadagawa Tenjin; 10-minute walk from JR Suotakamori Station on Gantoku Line or 10-minute ride from Kuga I.C. on Sanyo Express; 0827-84-0183.
 
AKITA CITY SUMMER FESTIVAL – FIREWORKS DISPPLAY (Akita prefecture): Aug. 11, 7:30-9 p.m.; 8,000 fireworks display, including fireworks produced by local middle school students at Omori Riverside; 15-minute walk from JR Araya Station; 018-888-8080.
 
MAEBASHI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Aug. 11, 7:20-8:40 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 bus stop after taking a bus from JR Maebashi Station on Ryomon Line; 027-234-5108.
 
UTSUNOMIYA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tochigi prefecture): Aug. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 30,000 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; 028-600-3980.
 
KUMAGAYA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 11, 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.
 
ASIA PORT FESTIVAL IN KANMON STRAITS (Yamaguchi prefecture): Aug. 13, 7:50-8:40 p.m.; 15,000 fireworks display at Shimonoseki East Port Area; 20-minute walk from JR Shimonoseki Station East Exit; 083-223-2001.
 
TOWADA CITY FIREWORK DISPLAY (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 14, 7-8:30 p.m.; about 3,000 firework display at Towada Track and Field Stadium; 23-minute ride from JR Shichinohe-Towada Station on Tohoku Express; 0176-24-3006.
 
TWIN RING FIREWORK FESTIVAL (Tochigi prefecture): Aug. 14, 7 p.m., 14,000 fireworks and music along with various motor sports events at Twin Ring Motegi Speesway; 80-minute drive from Utsunomiya IC on Tohoku Express; 60-minute drive from Kanuma IC on Tohoku Express; 33-minute drive from Mito IC on Jyobai Express; 0268-64-0080; www.twinring.jp/english/.
 
OGA NIHONKAI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Akita prefecture): Aug. 14, 7:30-9 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display at OGA Marine Park, five-minute walk from JR Oga Station or 30-minute ride from Showa Oga Hanto I.C. on Akita Express; 0185-24-9142.
 
YAMAGATA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamagata prefecture): Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m.; 15,000 fireworks display along the River Sukawa between Sorita-bashi and Iitsuka-bashi); shuttle bus available from JR Yamagata Station (500 yen); 023-632-8665.
 
KISARAZU FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 15, 7:10-8:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display at Nakanoshima Koen; 10-minute walk from JR Kisarazu Station on Uchibo Line; 2,000 yen designated seats; 0438-22-7711.

SUWAKO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Nagano prefecture): Aug. 15, 7-9 p.m., 40,000 fireworks display including 1.25-mile width giant "Niagara Fall Fireworks" on Lake Suwako; eight-minute ride from Kami Suwa Station on JR Chuo-Line/15-minute ride from Suwako I.C. on Chuo-Express; 3,000 yen for adults, 1,500 yen for children; 0266-52-4141.
 
FUKUYAMA SUMMER FESTIVAL (Hiroshima prefecture): Aug. 15, 7:30-8:45 p.m.; 16,000 fireworks display at upper reaches of Ashidagawa Ohashi (bridge); shuttle bus available from JR Fukuyama Station or 20-minute ride from Fukuyama Higashi I.C. on Sanyo Express; 084-944-5515.
   
AKAGAWA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Yamagata prefecture): Aug. 18, 7:15-9 p.m.; 12,000 fireworks display at the riverside of Asagawa River; 15-minute walk from JR Tsuruoka Station or 15-minute ride from Tsuruoka I.C. on Yamagata Express; 0235-64-0701.
 
SETODACHO SUMMER FESTIVAL (Hiroshima prefecture): Aug. 18, 8:30-9 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks display at Setoda Sunset Beach; 10-minute ride from Ikuchijima Minami I.C. on Shinanami Express; 0845-27-2008.
 
HACHINOHE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 19, 7-9 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display at Hachinohe Tatehana Fishery Port; 10-minute walk from JR Mutsuminato Station; 0178-41-1661.
   
TSUGARU FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 20, 7-8:30 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display at Hakucho Fureai Koen; 10-minute walk from JR Fujisaki Station or 20-minute ride from Owani Hirosaki I.C. on Tohoku Express; 0172-75-2370.
 
ISAWA ONSEN FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display along Fuefukigawa riverside; 20-minute walk from JR Isawa Station on Chuo-Line/15-minute ride from Ichinomiyasaka I.C. on Chuo-Express; Fuefuki city sightseeing Federation; 055-261-2829.
 
JYOSOU KINUGAWA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Ibaraki prefecture): Aug. 22, 6:45-8:40 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display at Hashimoto Undo Koen; 15-minute walk from Suikaido Station on Kanto Railway; 0297-23-9088.
 
SUKAGAWA CITY SHAKADOGAWA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Fukushima prefecture): Aug. 25, 7-8:30 p.m.,10,000 fireworks display at Sukagawa Shimin Sports Hiroba; 10-minute walk from JR Sukagawa Station or 10-minute ride from Sukagawa I.C. on Tohoku Express; 0248-88-9144.
 
NAGAREYAMA FIREWORKS/MISATO FIREWORKS (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 25, 7-8:20 p.m., 14,000 fireworks by Nagareyama city and Misato city will be displayed beside Edogawa River; five-minute walk from Nagareyama Station & Heiwadai Station on Sobu Nagareyama Dentetsu; 04-7158-6111.
 
INASHIKI SUMMER FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Aug. 25,  7-8:30 p.m.; 12,000 fireworks at Edosaki Sogo Undo Koen; 15-minute walk from Edosaki Bus Terminal after taking a bus from JR Tsuchiura Station on Joban Line; 029-892-2000.
   
MIYOSHI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Hiroshima prefecture): Aug. 25, 7:30-9 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display at Inaricho Riverside Sportsground,Miyoshi city; 15-minute walk from JR Miyoshi Station or 15-minute ride from Miyoshi IC on Chugoku Express; 0824-63-9268.
 
MIYAJIMA UNDERWATER FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Hiroshima prefecture): Aug. 25, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display at Itsukushima Jinja Shrine; 6,000 yen (designated seats); six-minute walk from JR Miyajima Station or 23-minute ferry ride from Hiroshima Port; 0829-44-2011.
 
KANAZAWA MATSURI FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 25, 7-8 p.m., 4,000 fireworks will be displayed at Kanazawa Umino Koen (Ocean Park); Hakkeijima Station on Kanazawa Seaside-Line; 045-788-7801.
 
AYASE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 25, 7:30-8 p.m.; 2,500 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; 0467-78-0606.
 
KAWAGOE FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; 7,800 fireworks at Aina Water Park; 25-minute walk from Kasahata Station on Kawagoe Line or 17-minute ride from Kawagoe IC on Kanetsu Express; 049-227-8233.
   
ALL JAPAN FIREWORKS COMPETITION (Akita prefecture): Aug. 25, 5:30-6:15 p.m., 6:50-9:30 p.m.; Japan’s one of the most prestigious fireworks display competed by 28 fireworks experts, featuring 18,000 fireworks display at the Omonogawa riverside near Omagari Bridge; 25-minute walk from JR Omagari Station; 0187-88-8073.
 
SAGAMIHARA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 25, 7-8:15 p.m.; about 8,000 fireworks will be displayed 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.
 
KASHIMA CITY FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Aug. 25, 7:30-9 p.m., 10,000 fireworks at the shore of Lake Kitaura, Ofunatsu, Kashima city;  25-minute walk from JR Kashima Jingu Station or free shuttle bus available from JR Kashima Jingu Station; 0299-82-7730.
 
SHIMABARA ONSEN (HOT SPA) FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Nagasaki prefecture): Aug. 30, 8:30-9:20 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display at Shimabara Port; five-minute walk from Shimabara Gaiko Station on Shimabara Testudo; 0957-62-3986. 


September

ALL-JAPAN NEW FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Nagano prefecture): Sept. 1, 7-8:30 p.m., see rare and giant fireworks from skilled and veteran firework experts, about 18,000 fireworks on Lake Suwako; eight-minute ride from Kami Suwa Station on JR Chuo-Line/15-minute ride from Suwako I.C. on Chuo-Express; 3,000 yen adults, 1,500 yen children; 0266-52-2111.

NUMATA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Sept. 8, 7-7:45 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display at Numata-shi Sogo Undo Koen; 10-minute walk from Sarugakyo Bus Stop after taking a Kanto Kotsu bus from JR Numata Station on Joetsu Line or 25-minute walk from JR Numata Station; 0287-23-2111.
 
KATAKAI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Niigata prefecture):  Sept. 9-10, 7:30-10:20 p.m.; 15,000 fireworks display at Asahara Shrine; five-minute walk from Ninomachi bus stop after taking a bus from JR Nagaoka Station/15-minute ride from Ojiya I.C. on Kanetsu Express; 0258-84-3900.
   
ISESAKI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Sept. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 10,000 fireworks display at Seibu Koen, Isesaki Auto Race Track, along the Hirose Riverside, 20-minute walk from JR Isesaki Station; 0270-23-5111.
 
THE 6TH KYUSHU NO. 1 FIREWORKS CONTEST IN HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): Sept. 22, 6:45-9 p.m.; 22,000 fireworks contest by national representative teams from Japan, Bulgaria, U.S., Russia and Greek at Huis Ten Bosch; 0570-064-110; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/.  


October

TSUCHIURA ALL JAPAN FIREWORKS COMPETITION (Ibaraki prefecture): Oct. 6, 6-8:30 p.m.; about 20,000 firework at Sakuragawahan, Tsuchiura city; 20-minute walk fom Tsuchiura Station on JR Jyoban Line; 029-826-1111.
   
TAMAGAWA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kawasaki): Oct. 13, 6-7 p.m.; 6,000 fireworks; 15-minute walk from Futako Shinchi Station on Tokyu Denentoshi Line; 044-200-2329.
 
JINGU GAIEN FIREWORK DISPLAY (Central Tokyo): Aug. 11, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; about 12,070 fireworks, live music and performances at the nearby Jingu Stadium and Prince Chichibu Rugby Field, Tickets for viewing at these stadiums are 3,500-8,500 yen; Sendagaya or Shinanomachi Station, JR Sobu Line; 03-3547-0920.
 
SETAGAYA TAMAGAWA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (western Tokyo): Oct. 13, 6-7 p.m.; 12,000 fireworks display; 3-minute walk from Futako Tamagawa Station, Tokyu Denen Toshi or Oi machi Line; 03-3702-1603.
 
NARITA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL IN INBANUMA (Chiba prefecture): Oct. 13, 6:30-7:40 p.m., 10,000 fireworks at Narita Newtown Sports Hiroba; five-minute ride from JR Narita Station or shuttle bus available from JR Narita Station and Narita Yukawa Station on Narita Sky Access; 0476-89-7562.
   
YATSUSHIRO NATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION FESTIVAL (Kumamoto prefecture): Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m.; 14,000 fireworks display by 30 skilled firework manufacturers to compete; Kumagawa riverside area (the upper part of Shin-Hagiwara Bridge)10-minute walk from Yatsushiro Station on Kagoshima Honsen; 0965-33-4115.
 
KONOSU CITY FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Oct. 13, 6-8:30 p.m.; 15,000 fireworks at Konosu City Nukata Athletic Field; 35-minute walk from JR Konosu Station; 048-543-1634.
 
FUJISAWA ENOSHIMA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): Oct. 20, 6-6:45 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks display at Katase Ocean Beach West Beach; Katase Enoshima Station on Odakyu Enoshima Line; 0466-22-4141.
 
CHOFU FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Oct. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks beside the Tama River; 20-minute walk from Chofu, Fuda and Kokuryo Stations on Keio Line; 042-481-7311.

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