How to find fireworks festivals around Japan

(...because it's too difficult to list them all in one place!)

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OK, I’ll admit, this article is a bit late actually. But we just launched our site last week, right in the middle of hanabi season so please pardon us for playing catch up. よろしくお願いします!

There are already about a bajillion-and-sixty-three sites out there that you can access to find out about the different fireworks festivals going on in your part of Japan — and remember, no part of Nippon goes without at least one of their solemn summer sultry evenings being turned into an “almost war zone” with the booms of fireworks, and yukata-clad crowds jamming every section of wherever anyone can get a clear view of the sky where the show is taking place. Even the nether-regions of Hokkaido, Shimane, Kashima, Oita, and points in between can expect some form of incendiary magic in the sky.

…So, if there are so many of these 花火大会 (hanbi-tai-kai) going on all over, how does one go about finding them?

The easiest way, and my prefered method is, “just Google it.” However there are a few little rules you have to remember, plus learning a tiny bit of Japanese will help aid your search:

  • Of course if you live in a place like Tokyo or Osaka, you can just type in fireworks Tokyo {some date} and you’ll likely get almost all the major festivals happening in the region. But I’ll bet you don’t come up with anything if you live in the middle of Gifu! (because I tried!)
  • In these cases, it helps to know Japanese. For example, let’s say I want to know when the next festival is happening around Toyama, a city on the Sea of Japan, north of the Tokai region. I’d type in 福井周辺の花火大会2015年. Let’s break that down…
  • 福井 is Fukui (could mean the city or the prefecture.)
  • 周辺 (しゅうへん・shuuhen) means “around or nearby”
  • and of course 花火大会2015年 is fireworks festival 2015.
  • You could add a date if necessary: 8月、今週、今月 which is ‘August’, ‘this week’, ‘this month’ respectively.

“OK, this is cool…but of course I’m just getting the results in Japanese! Now what?!”

Don’t fret; remember we’re using Google, so just go ahead and open up another tab in your browser and fire up translate.google.com and paste the website URL in there. Of course it’s machine translation, but you’ll still get the important information like dates, times, and locations out rather easily.

“You know what? I’m too lazy for all that… Can ya help a slacker out?”

Sigh… Yeah, OK– check out this list that we ganked off of this other website.

Tokyo Area

37th Adachi Fireworks Festival Date: July 18 (Sat) | 19:30 – 20:30

In case of Bad weather: July 19 (Sun)

Info: About 12,000 fireworks easily visible from around the river.

Admission: Free

Venue: Arakawa river bed (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line railway bridge – Bridge between Nishiarai) [map]

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Kita-Senju Station

Tel #: 03-3880-5853

Website: http://meturl.com/adachihanabi

49th Katsushika Fireworks Festival Date: July 21 (Tue) | 19:20 – 20:20

In case of Bad Weather: July 22 (Wed)

Info: Around 13,000 fireworks to lit-up the night sky.

Admission: Free

Venue: Katsushika Shibamata baseball field (Edogawa river bed), Katsushika, Tokyo [map]

Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Shibamata Station

Tel #: 03-6758-2222

Website: www.city.katsushika.lg.jp

 

38th Sumida River Fireworks Date: July 25 (Sat) | 19:05 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: The festival will be cancelled in case of rain.

Info: About 9,500 shots in the first venue & about 10,500 shots in the second venue.

Admission: Free

Venue: Sumida River (at two sites), Sumida, Tokyo [map]

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Asakusa Station (1st venue) | 5-minute walk from Kuramae Station (2nd venue)

Tel #: 03-5246-1111

Website: http://sumidagawa-hanabi.com

 

Tachikawa Showa Kinen Park Fireworks Festival Date: July 25 (Sat) | 19:20 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: July 27 (Sun)

Info: 5,000 fireworks display.

Admission: Adult: ¥ 410 | Child: ¥ 80

Venue: Open field Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa, Tokyo [map]

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Tachikawa Station | 5-minute walk from Nishi-Tachikawa Station

Tel #: 0180-99-3020

Website: http://tachikawa-hanabi.com

 

Hachioji Fireworks Festival Date: August 1 (Sat) | 19:00 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: August 2 (Sun)

Info: About 3,300 fireworks will give color to the beautiful night sky.

Admission: Free

Venue: Hachioji Municipal Stadium, Hachioji, Tokyo [map]

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Hachioji Station

Tel #: 04-2643-3115

Website: www.hachioji-kankokyokai.or.jp

40th Edogawa Fireworks Festival Date: August 1 (Sat) | 19:15 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: August 2 (Sun)

Info: About 14,000 shots will decorate the night sky synchronized to music.

Admission: Free

Venue: Edogawa riverbed, Edogawa, Tokyo [map]

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Shinozaki Station

Tel #: 03-5662-0523

www.city.edogawa.tokyo.jp/hanabi/

56th Itabashi Fireworks Festival Date: August 1 (Sat) | 19:00 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: August 2 (Sun)

Info: Around 11,000 fireworks.

Admission: Free / reserve seating ¥2,600 – ¥28,800

Venue: Arakawa riverbed, Itabashi, Tokyo [map]

Nearest Station: 30-minute walk from Nishidai Station, Takashimadaira Station, Ukimafunado Station

Tel #: 03-3579-2255

Website: www.itabashihanabi.jp

 

33rd Koto Fireworks Festival Date: August 4 (Tue) | 19:30 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: August 5 (Wed)

Info: About 4,000 colorful fireworks shine in the river.

Admission: Free

Venue: Arakawa Sunamachi waterfront park, Koto, Tokyo [map]

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Minami-Sunamachi Station

Tel #: 03-3647-4963

Website: www.city.koto.lg.jp/seikatsu/community

 

27th Tokyo Bay

Fireworks Festival

Date: August 8 (Sat) | 19:00 – 20:20

In case of Bad Weather: Discontinued in case of stormy weather.

Info: over 12,000 stunning display over Tokyo Bay

Admission: Free | Paid seats ¥5,000 – ¥7,000

Venue: Harumi Sports Grounds, Chuo-ku, Tokyo [map]

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Kachidoku Station

Tel #: 03-3248-1561

Website: www.city.chuo.lg.jp/bunka/event/toukyouwanndaihanabisaimeinn

 

36th Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival Date: August 11 (Tue) | 19:30 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: August 12 (Wed)

Info: Music and 10,000 fireworks color the summer of Jingu

Admission: Free / paid seats ¥2,000 – ¥36,000

Venue: Jingu-gaien, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [map]

Nearest Station: Shinanomachi Station | Yoyogi Station | Omotesando Station | Kokuritsukyogijo Station

Tel #: 03-3547-0900

Website: www.jinguhanabi.com

 

37th Setagaya-ku Tamagawa

Fireworks Festival

Date: August 22 (Sat) | 19:00 – 20:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 23 (Sun)

Info: fireworks display in luscious green surroundings

Admission: Free

Venue: Setagaya Ward Futakotamagawa green playground, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo [map]

Nearest Station: Futako-Tamagawa Station

Tel #: 5432-3333

Website: www.tamagawa-hanabi.com

 

33rd Chofu Fireworks Festival Date: August 22 (Sat) | 18:30 – 19:45

In case of Bad Weather: Cancelled in case of stormy weather.

Info: 9,000 fireworks display

Admission: Free / reserve seating ¥2,500 – ¥20,000

Venue: Tamagawa Riverside, Chofu, Tokyo [map]

Nearest Station: 25-minute walk from Chofu Station

Tel #: 042-481-7311

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Other Areas

Akita Prefecture
Noshiro Port Festival Fireworks Date: July 18 (Sat) | 19:30 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: July 19 (Sun) or 20 (Mon)

Info: around 15,000 fireworks to light up the night sky

Admission: ¥1,500 – ¥28,000

Venue: Noshiro Port Shimonohama Pier special event space [map]

Nearest Station: 10 minutes by bus or 30-minute walk from Noshiro Station

Tel #: 0185-52-6341

Website: http://www.noshirohanabi.com

28th Akita City Summer Festival Omonogawa Fireworks Date: August 10 (Mon) | 19:30 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 11 (Tue)

Info: About 7,500 fireworks display which is one of Akita’s major summer festivals.

Admission: Free

Venue: Omonogawa riverbed [map]

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Araya Station

Tel #: 018-826-9003

Website: www.city.akita.akita.jp/city/sc/ws/hanabi/

 

13th Oga Sea of ​​Japan Fireworks Date: August 14 (Fri) | 19:30 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 15 (Sat)

Info: around 10,000 pretty fireworks color the night sky to the theme of “Rythm & Dance”

Admission: Free

Venue: Funagawaminato OGA Marine Park [map]

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Oga Station

Tel #: 0185-24-9142

Website: www.oganavi.com

Omagari Fireworks Festival Date: August 22 (Sat) | 17:30 – 18:50

In case of Bad Weather:

Info: One of the 3 great fireworks competitions of Japan with approximately 15,000 fireworks to light up the night sky

Admission: Free / Balcony Reserved Seats ¥13,000 – ¥23,000

Venue: Omono River Athletic Park, 2-7-46, Omagari Funabacho, Daisen-shi, Akita 014-0057 [map]

Nearest Station: 25-minute walk from Omagari Station

Tel #: 0187-62-1262

Website: www.oomagari-hanabi.com

Chiba Prefecture
Asahi City Iioka YOU · Yu Festival 2015 Date: July 25 (Sat) | 20:00 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: July 26 (Sun)

Info: Around 10,000 fireworks to brighten-up the Iioka coast of Chiba Prefecture.

Admission: Free

Venue: Iioka coast [map]

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Asahi Station

Tel #: 0479-62-5338

Website: www.city.asahi.lg.jp/section/shouko/news/2015-0528-1010-12

Funabashi Port Water Park Fireworks Date: July 29 (Wed) | 19:30 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: July 30 (Thu)

Info: Around 6,000 fireworks synchronized to music concludes the 47th Funabashi Festival.

Admission: ¥2,000

Venue: 2 Chome-1-2 Hamachō, Funabashi-shi, Chiba-ken [map]

Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Minamifunabashi Station

Tel #: 047-436-2473

Website: www.city.funabashi.chiba.jp/shisei/shoukai/

 

119th Omigawa Riverside Fireworks Date: August 1 (Sat) | 19:00 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 2 (Sun)

Info: about 8,000 fireworks boasting a history of 100 years

Admission: Paid seats ¥16,000 (up to 6 people)

Venue: Chiba Prefecture Katori Omigawa Omigawa Bridge downstream Tonegawa River [map]

Nearest Station: 20-minute walk from Omigawa Station

Tel #: 0478-82-1117

Website: http://www.katorishi.com/event/o_hanabi.html

Makuhari Beach Fireworks Festival Date: August 1 (Sat) | 19:30 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: Cancelled in case of stormy weather.

Info: Around 15,000 fireworks to be launched in the coast of of Makuhari beach.

Admission: ¥1,500 (seaside seat) | ¥2,000 (stadium seat) | ¥2,500 (riverside seat) | ¥3,000 – 4,000 (beach seat)

Venue: Makuhari Seaside Park [map]

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Makuhari Station

Tel #: 050-5548-8686

Website: http://chiba-hanabi.jp/

55th Sakura Citizen Fireworks Date: August 1 (Sat) | 19:40 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 2 (Sun)

Info: Firework display of about 16,000 shots

Admission: Free / Paid seats ¥1,000 – ¥10,000

Venue: Sakura Furusato Square neighborhood (Inbanuma lakeside) [map]

Nearest Station: 30-minute walk from Keiseiusui Station

Tel #:043-486-6000

Website: www.city.sakura.lg.jp/sakura/hanabi/

31st Ichikawa Summer Evening Fireworks

 

Date: August 1 (Sat) | 19:15 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: August 2 (Sun)

Info: About 14,000 fireworks to commemorate the anniversary of Ichikawa municipal organization enforcement.

Admission: Free / Paid seats ¥6,000 – ¥18,000

Venue: around Edogawa River, Ichikawa-city, Chiba [map]

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Ichikawa Station

Tel #: 047-334-1111

Website: www.ichikawa-hanabi.jp

55th Sakura Citizen Fireworks Sakura Flower Festa Date: August 1 (Sat) | 19:00 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 2 (Sun)

Info: About 10,000 fireworks reflects in the surface of the lake of Inbanuma.

Admission: Free | Paid Seats ¥1,000 – ¥12,000

Venue: Sakura Furusato Square neighborhood (Inbanuma lake), Usuida, Sakura, Chiba [map]

Nearest Station: 40-minute walk from Keiseiusui Station

Tel #: 043-486-6000

Website: www.city.sakura.lg.jp/sakura/hanabi/

52nd Tateyama Tourism Festival Tateyamawan Fireworks Date:  August 8 (Sat)| 19:30 – 20:45

In case of Bad Weather: August 9 (Sun), August 10 (Mon)

Info: About 10,000 fireworks to be launched on the gentle coast of Tateyama.

Admission: Free

Venue: Hojo (near the coast), Tateyama, Chiba [map]

Nearest Station: 1 minute walk from Tateyama Station

Tel #: 0470-22-8330

Website: http://tateyamacity.or.jp/hanabi/

39th Nagareyama Summer Fireworks In case of Bad Weather: August 28 (Fri)

Admission: ¥1,500 – ¥8,400

Venue: Edogawa Tsutsumi area, 1-3 Chome, Nagareyama [map]

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Nagareyama Station

Website: www.nagareyama-daisuki.com/hanabi/

60th Anniversary 2014 NARITA Fireworks in Inbanuma Date: October 10 (Sat) | 19:00

In case of Bad Weather: October 11 (Sun)

Info: About 10,000 fireworks to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Narita municipal organization enforcement.

Admission: Free | Paid Seats ¥2,000 – ¥10,000

Venue: Narita New Town Sports Square, Daikata, Narita-shi, Chiba [map]

Nearest Station: 40-minute walk from Narita Station

Tel #: 080-3383-6240

Website: http://narita-hanabi.com/

Fukuoka Prefecture
39th Miyama Summer Evening Fireworks In case of Bad Weather: July 22 (Wed), July 27 (Mon)

Admission: Free

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Setaka Station

Website: www.miyama-shokokai.jp/hanabi/

Ashiya Fireworks 2015 Date: July 25 (Sat) | 19:45 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: July 26 (Sun)

Info: About 7,000 fireworks display around the Ashiya Bridge of the Fukuoka Onga River.

Admission: Free

Venue: Ashiya-machi Bridge, Ashiya, Onga District, Fukuoka

Nearest Station: Orio Station

Tel #: 093-223-3542

Website: www.ashikan.jp/event/hanabi/

49th Chikugo Funagoya Fireworks

 

www.chikugo.net/fireworks/
Dream HANABI 2014 Date: August 8 (Sat) | 19:45 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 9 (Sun), August 22 (Sat)

Info: 8,000 fireworks to illuminate the sky of Homangawa.

Admission: Free

Venue: Ogori Sports Park (Homangawa Riverbed), Ogori, Fukuoka

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Oho Station | 20-minute walk from Oitai Station

Tel #: 0942-72-8137

Website: http://home.ogori.net/tankentai/osusume/hanabi2014/

Chikugo River Fireworks Display Date: August 5 (Wed) | 19:40 – 21:10

In case of Bad Weather: August 7 (Fri), August 8 (Sat), August 11 (Wed)

Info: Around 18,000 fireworks reflects like colourful flowers on the water.

Admission: Free

Venue: Senoshita-machi and Sasayama-machi, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka [map]

Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Kurume Station

Tel #: 0942-32-3207

Website:

28th Kanmon Fireworks Date: August 13 (Thu) | 19:50 – 20:40

In case of Bad Weather: Discontinued in case of stormy weather.

Info: 1-3 Kitakyushu, Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka [map]

Admission: ¥500 – ¥12,000

Venue: 5-minute walk from JR Moji Port Station

Nearest Station: Moji Station

Tel #: 093-331-8781

Website: http://hanabi.moji-retro.com

16th Ariake Sea Fireworks Festival Date: August 23 (Sun) | 19:30 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: August 29 (Sat), August 30 (Sun)

Info: Around 8,000 fireworks colour the evening sky.

Admission: Free | ¥22,000 (up to 5 people)

Venue: near Ground (グラウンド), Hashimoto, Yanagawa-shi, Fukuoka

Nearest Station: 40 minutes by shuttle bus from Nishitetsuyanagawa Station

Tel #: 080-6459-8159 | 080-5802-2683

Website: www.city.yanagawa.fukuoka.jp/kanko/meisho/meguru/hanabi/

Fukushima Prefecture
Kitakata Town Summer Fireworks Festival (Nippashigawa River Fireworks Festival) Date: July 26 (Sun) | 19:30 -20:30

In case of Bad Weather: July 27 (Mon)

Info: About 10,000 fireworks burst with sounds.

Admission: Paid Seats ¥1,500 – ¥73,000

Venue: Freedom Square Nippashigawa Parkland

Nearest Station: Shiokawa Station

Tel #: 02-4127-2111

Website: www.kitakata-kanko.jp/kawanosaiten/

62nd Iwaki Fireworks In case of Bad Weather: August 2 (Sun)

Admission: Free | Paid bleachers ¥2,000 – ¥16,000

Nearest Station: Izumi Station

Website: www.iwakihanabi.com

37th Fukushima Hanabi Taikai In case of Bad Weather: August 10 (Sun)

Admission: ¥500

Nearest Station: Fukushima Station

Website: www.city.fukushima.fukushima.jp/soshiki/16/syougyou13051001

43rd Asaka Field Summer Festival Fireworks Date: August 14 (Fri) | 19:30 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 15 (Sat)

Info: 10,000 fireworks viewable from 360 degrees anywhere near the venue.

Admission: Free | Paid Seats ¥10,000 (4 people)

Venue: Koriyama Culture Park, Higashimaruyama-61 Asakamachi Narita Koriyama, Fukushima 〒 963-0112

Nearest Station: 30 mins by bus from Koriyama Station

Tel #: 024-946-2068

 

37th Sukagawa Shakadogawa Fireworks Date: August 22 (Sat) | 19:00 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: Cancelled in case of stormy weather.

Info: Fireworks of about 10,000 rounds such as extra-large StarMine decorate the night sky.

Admission: Free | ¥2,000 – ¥10,000

Venue: Sukagawa Station riverbed (Shakadogawa)

Nearest Station: Sukagawa Station

Tel #: 248-88-9144

Website: www.city.sukagawa.fukushima.jp/hanabi/

Gifu Prefecture
59th National Selection Nagara Chunichi Fireworks In case of Bad Weather: August 22 (Sat)

Admission: Free

Nearest Station: Gifu Station

Website: www.chunichi.co.jp/chuhana/nagaragawa.html

70th Annual Fireworks In case of Bad Weather: August 29 (Sat)

Admission: Free

Nearest Station: Gifu Station | Meitetsugifu Station

Website: http://www.gifu-np.co.jp/jigyo/hanabi15/

Gero Fireworks Summer Musical Performances Date: August 3 (Mon) | 20:00 – 20:45

In case of Bad Weather: August 21 (Fri)

Info: Spectacular show of around 13,000 lights synchronised to music.

Admission: Free

Venue: Gero River Bridge

Nearest Station: Gero Station

Tel #: 0576-24-2222

Website: www.gero-spa.com/event/

Gunma Prefecture
27th Tamamura Hanabi Taikai (Rural Dream Fireworks 2015)

 

In case of Bad Weather: July 19 (Sun)

Admission: Free

Nearest Station: 25 minutes by bus from JR Shinmachi station

Website: http://tamamuramachi.com/tamamura-hanabi/

Kawaba Fireworks Festival In case of Bad Weather: August 14 (Fri)

Admission: Free

Nearest Station: Numata Station

Tel #: 0278-52-2111

41st Takasaki Fireworks Festival www.takasaki-matsuri.jp/41/hanabitaikai.html
59th Maebashi Fireworks

 

Date: August 8 (Sat) | 19:15 – 20:45

In case of Bad Weather: August 9 (Sun)

Info: About 15,000 fireworks brighten up the quiet mountains.

Admission: Free

Venue:Tonegawa River

Nearest Station: Maebashi Station

Tel #: 027-234-5108

Website: www.maebashi-cci.or.jp/sightseeing/matsuri_hanabi/

Water Fireworks – Happiness Water Date: August 16 (Sun) | 19:30 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 17 (Mon)

Info: About 12,000 fireworks brighten up the quiet mountains.

Admission: Free

Venue: Tsukiyono junior high school baseball ground

Nearest Station: Gokan Station

Tel #: 0278-62-1155

Website: www.minakami.or.jp

2nd Numata Fireworks Date: September 12 (Sat) | 19:00 – 19:45

In case of Bad Weather:

Info: About 10,000 fireworks to be launched with music.

Admission: Free | Paid Seats ¥2,000 – 15,000

Venue: Numata Sports Park

Nearest Station: 20 minute walk from Numata Station

Tel #: 0278-23-2111

Website: http://numatahanabi.com

Isesaki Fireworks Date: September 26 (Sat) | 18:30 – 19:30

In case of Bad Weather: September 27 (Sun)

Info: Around 30,000 shots of large flower of light illuminate the city of Isesaki.

Admission: Free

Venue: Mimuronishi Park, Isesaki Auto Race Track, Azuma Stadium (tentatively named)

Nearest Station: Isesaki Station

Tel #: 0270-24-5111

 

Ibaraki Prefecture
10th Koga Fireworks Date: August 1 (Sat) | 19:20 – 20:50

In case of Bad Weather: August 2 (Sun)

Info: About 20,000 fireworks spreads around a golf course.

Admission: Free | Paid Seats ¥10,000 (4 people)

Venue: Koga Golf Links, Nishimachi, Koga, Ibaraki 306-0038

Nearest Station: 20 minute walk from Furukawa Station

Tel #: 0280-92 -3111 ext 2533

Website: www.kogakanko.jp/hanabi/

2015 Inashiki Natsu Matsuri Hanabi Taikai www.inashiki.com/summer_festa
37th Kashima Fireworks Date: August 29 (Sat) | 19:30 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 30 (Sun)

Info: More than 10,000 fireworks will light up the night sky.

Admission: Free

Venue: Lake Side, Ofunatsu, Kashima, Ibaraki

Nearest Station: Kashimajingu Station

Tel #: 0299-82-7730

Website: www.sopia.or.jp/kashima-kanko/2014hanabi

51st Joso Kinugawa Fireworks Date: August 29 (Sat) | 18:20 – 20:25

In case of Bad Weather: August 30 (Sun)

Info: Around 10,000 fireworks tournament by the Japanese fireworks Arts Association.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥2,000 – ¥10,000

Venue: Hashimoto Sports Park (Kinugawa River), Joso City, Ibaraki

Nearest Station: Mitsukaido Station

Tel #: 0297-22-2121

Website: www.joso.or.jp/fireworks

84th National Tsuchiura Fireworks Competition Date: October 3(Sat) | 18:00 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: October 4(Sun), October 10 (Sat), October 11 (Sun), October12 (Mon)

Info: Around 20,000 fireworks with about 60 companies fireworks suppliers across the country compete for the skill, it’s one of the best tournament in the country.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥10,500 – ¥21,000

Venue: Sakuragawa (near Gakuen Bridge)

Nearest Station: 30 minute walk or 20 minute shuttle bus from Tsuchiura Station

Tel #: 029-826-1111

Website: http://tsuchiura-hanabi.jp/

Kanagawa Prefecture
Yugawara Hot Spring Sea Fireworks Date: July 19 (Sun) and August 3 (Mon) | 20:00 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: July 23 (Wed) and August 6 (Wed)

Info: About 12,000 fireworks (6,000 each day) to colour the gorgeous night sky.

Admission: Freewww.yugawara.or.jp/event/

69th Atsugi Ayu Fireworks Festival Date: August 1 | 19:00 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: August 2 (Sun)

Info: Around 10,000 fireworks brighten up the night sky as a centrepiece of the “Atsugi Ayu Festival”.

Admission: Free

Venue: Sagami River Riverbed

Nearest Station: 15-minutes walk from Honatsugi Station

Tel #: 046-295-5496

Website: www.atsugi-kankou.jp/play/event05/

The 30th Kanagawa Newspaper Fireworks www.kanaloco.jp/company/event_fireworks/
44th Sagamihara Summer Evening Fireworks www.sagamihara-hanabi.jp/
Kyoto Prefecture
Date: July 26 (Sun) | 19:30 – 20:30

Info: About 5,000 fireworks to be launched as part of the summer festival.

Venue: Higashimaizuru coast, Maizuru Beach, Kyoto

Tel #: 0773-62-4600

Website: www.kyo.or.jp/maizuru/

Date: August 7 (Fri) | 20:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 9 (Sun)

Info: About 5,000 fireworks to commemorate the World Federation peace city declaration of 1955.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥1,000 – ¥20,000

Venue: Oigawaryokuchihigashi Park, Kameoka, Kyoto [map]

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from JR Kameoka Station (North Exit)

Tel #: 0771-22-0053

Website: www.kameokacci.or.jp/hanabi/

(info as of 2014, to be updated)

Info: Around 5,000 fireworks of about 70 different shots on the theme of “Genji Romance” will unfold the big picture scroll of light and brilliant sound in the banks of the clear stream of the Uji River.

Admission: Free | Pay seat ¥2,500 – ¥4,000

Venue: Furitsu Uji Park, Kyoto [map]

Tel #: 0774-23-3334

Website: www.ujihanabi.jp

Nagano Prefecture
28th Shinshu Ueda Fireworks Date: August 5 (Wed) | 19:00 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: August 6 (Thu)

Info: About 10,000 rounds to be launched one after another.

Admission: ¥10,000 (4 people)

Venue: Chikuma Riverbed

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Ueda Station

Tel #: 0268-22-4500

86th Shinshu Chikuma Summer Evening Fireworks Tournament

 

Date: August 7 (Fri) | 19:30 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: Discontinued in case of stormy weather.

Info: 10,000 brilliant fireworks to colour the Chikuma River and the night sky.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥1,000

Venue: Tokura Kamiyamada Onsen Chikuma Riverbed (between Taishobashi ~ Mayo Bridge), Chikuma, Nagano

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Togura Station

Tel #: 026-275-1753

Website: http://chikuma-hanabi.jp/

10th AZUMINO Fireworks Date: August 14 (Fri) | 19:00 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: Discontinued in case of stormy weather.

Info: 12,000 fireworks to be launched to music.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥1,500 – ¥5,000

Venue: Saigawa Riverbed, Akashinananaki, Azumino, Nagano

Nearest Station: 20-minute walk from Akashina Station

Tel #: 0263-82-3131

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/azuminohanabi/

67th Suwa Lake Fireworks Festival Date: August 15 (Sat) | 19:00

In case of Bad Weather: Rain or Shine

Info: More than 40,000 fireworks to decorate the night sky of summer with sounds reverberating off the surrounding mountains.

Admission: ¥3,500 – ¥123,000

Venue: Suwa Lake (above Suwashi Kohan Park), Kogandōri, Suwa-shi, Nagano

Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Kamisuwa Station

Tel #: 0266-52-4141

Website: www.suwako-hanabi.com/kojyou

33rd Annual New Fireworks Competition Date: September 5 (Sat) | 19:00 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: Rain or Shine

Info: Around 18,000 fireworks to be launched to music and messages.

Admission: ¥1,500 – ¥3,000

Venue: Suwa Lake (near Suwa Onsen), Kogandōri, Suwa-shi, Nagano

Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Kamisuwa Station

Tel #: 0266-52-2111

Website: www.suwako-hanabi.com/shinsaku

Summer Night Fire Festival Finale Date: September 6 (Sun) | 20:10 – 20:50

In case of Bad Weather: Discontinued during stormy weather.

Info: Around 12,000 fireworks to mark the end of Suwa Lake summer.

Admission: Free

Venue: Suwa Lake (near Suwa Onsen), Kogandōri, Suwa-shi, Nagano

Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Kamisuwa Station

Tel #: 0266-52-7155

Website: www.suwako-hanabi.com/summer

110th Nagano Fireworks Festival Date: November 23 (Mon) | 18:00 – 20:00

In case of Bad Weather: Rain or Shine

Info: Around 10,000 fireworks to colour the night sky of autumn.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥4,200 – ¥20,000

Venue: Saigawa Dai 2 Ryokuchi Park, Kawai Shinden, Nagano

Nearest Station: 20-minute walk from Nagano Station

Tel #: 026-227-2428

Website: www.nagano-cci.or.jp/ebisukou/

Niigata Prefecture
Date: July 26 (Sun) | 19:30 – 21:10

Info: Around 15,000 colourful fireworks marks the finale of the summer festival.

Venue: Kashiwazaki-central coastal zone, Nishiminatochō, Kashiwazaki, Niigata

Tel #: 0257-22-0726

Website: www.city.kashiwazaki.niigata.jp

Date: August 2 (Sat) – August 3 (Sun) | 19:20 – 21:10 [planned]

In case of Bad Weather: still undecided

Info: About 20,000 fireworks to brighten up the night sky in commemoration of those who died in Nagaoka air raid in 1945.

Admission: Free | For paid seat information contact the Nagaoka Festival reservation center (0258-35-9244)

Venue: Shinano Riverbed, Mukōjimamachi, Nagaoka, Niigata

Nearest Station: 30-minute walk from Nagaoka Station

Tel #: 0258-39-2221

Website: http://nagaokamatsuri.com

Date: August 1 (Sat) | 19:30 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 3 (Mon), August 4 (Tue)

Info: 4,000 fireworks to decorate the night sky of summer.

Admission: Free

Venue: Rokunocho Kasen Ryokuchi Park, Honchō, Sanjō, Niigata

Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Kitasanjo Station

Tel #: 0256-32-1311

Date: August 22 (Sat) | 19:15 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 23 (Sun)

Info: About 7,000 fireworks brighten up the summer night sky of Ojiya.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥1,000 – ¥15,000

Venue: Shinano River Riverbed, Ojiyashi Shinanogawa Kasen Park, Ojiya, Niigata

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Ojiya Station

Tel #: 0258-83-3512

Website: http://ojiyakanko.com

Date: September 9 (Tue) – 10 (Wed) | 19:30 – 22:20

In case of Bad Weather: rain or shine

Info: Around 15,000 fireworks that dates back to before the mid-Edo period and its history, its spirit is carried over to the current deference to tradition.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥30,000 (8 people balcony seat)

Venue: behind Asahara Shrine, Katakaimachi, Ojiya, Niigata

Nearest Station: 30 minutes by bus from Nagaoka Station

Tel #: 0258-84-3900

Website: http://katakaimachi-enkakyokai.info

Osaka Prefecture
Tenjin Dedication Fireworks In case of Bad Weather: Discontinued in case of stormy weather.

Admission: Free

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from KeihanTenmabashi Station | 5-minute walk from Sakuranomiya Station

Website: www.tenjinsan.com

67th Inagawa Fireworks Date: August 15 (Sat) | 19:20 – 20:20

In case of Bad Weather: August  (Sun)

Info: A traditional tournament followed from 1948 of about 4,000 fireworks launched in the Inagawa riverbed.

Admission: Free

Venue: Inagawa Coast, Dai 2 Go Inagawa Ryokuchi Park, Ikeda, Osaka

Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Ikeda Station

Tel #: 072-740-1161 | 0180-991-816

Website: www.city.kawanishi.hyogo.jp/shokai/kisetu/hanabi

Saitama Prefecture
20th Ageo Fireworks In case of Bad Weather: August 8 (Sat)

Admission: Free

Nearest Station: 15 minutes by bus from Ageo Station

Website: www.ageo-kankou.com/hanabi26.html

32nd Asaka Citizen Festival “Ayaka Festival” Date: August 1 (Sat) | 19:15 – 20:15

In case of Bad Weather: August 2 (Sun)

Info: About 7,500 fireworks are launched in a stretch in urban areas.

Admission: Free

Venue: near Asaka Central Park, Asaka, Saitama

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Tobu Asaka Station

Tel #: 048-463-2645

Website: http://saikasai.com

66th Kumagai Fireworks Date: August 8 (Sat) | 19:00 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather:

Info: About 10,000 fireworks decorate the summer hot Kumagai.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥2,500 – ¥22,000

Venue: Arakawa Riverbed near Kumagayaarakawa Ryokuchi Park & Arakawa Park, Kumagaya, Saitama

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Kumagaya Station

Tel #: 048-524-1111

Website: www.city.kumagaya.lg.jp/kanko/matsuri/kumagayahanabitaikai/

14th Kounosu Hanabi Taikai Date: October 10 (Sat) | 18:30 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: October 11 (Sun)

Info: About 15,000 fireworks to be launched on a wide riverbed.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥3,500 – ¥15,000

Venue: Arakawa Riverbed, Nukata, Konosu, Saitama [map]

Nearest Station: 30-minute walk from Kounosu Station

Tel #: 048-543-1634

Website: http://kounosuhanabi.com

Shiga Prefecture
Nagahama and North Lake Biwa Great Fireworks Date: August 5 (Wed) | 19:30 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather:

Info: About 10,000 colourful fireworks to illuminate the surface of the tranquil Lake Biwa.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥1,500 – ¥2,500

Venue: Nagahama Port, Nagahama, Shiga

Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Nagahama Station

Tel #: 0749-65-6521

Website: http://kitabiwako.jp

2015 Lake Biwa Fireworks Date: August 7 (Fri) | 19:30 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: August 10 (Mon)

Info: A summer tradition of launching about 10,000 fireworks amid the bustling lakeside.

Admission: Free | ¥3,900 (adv) ¥4,400 (on the day)

Venue: Otsu Port, Hamaōtsu, Ōtsu, Shiga [map]

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Hamaotsu Station

Tel #: 077-511-1530

Website: www.biwako-visitors.jp/hanabi/

Tochigi Prefecture
46th Moka Summer Festival Fireworks Date: July 25 (Sat) | 19:20 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: July 27 (Mon)

Info: About 20,000 fireworks to be launched together with music and laser beam.

Admission: Free

Venue: Mooka City Hall, Aramachi, Mooka, Tochigi

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Mooka Station

Tel #: 0285-83-8135

Website: www.moka-kankou.org/natsu_matsuri.html

64th Koyama Fireworks Date: July 26 (Sun) | 19:00 – 20:45

In case of Bad Weather: July 27 (Mon)

Info: About 20,000 fireworks to be launched in the clear stream of Omoigawa.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥2,000 – ¥24,000

Venue: Omoigawa Riverbed, Oyama, Tochigi

Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Oyama Station

Tel #: 0285-22-9273

Website: http://oyama-kankou.a.la9.jp/

16th Nasuno Hometown Fireworks 2014 (info as of 2014, to be updated)

In case of Bad Weather: August 3 (Sun)

Info: Fireworks display that is held every two years, with 20,000 shots that will decorate the night sky.

Admission: Free

Venue: Nakagawa River Park, Kuroiso, Nasushiobara, Tochigi [map]

Nearest Station: 15-minute walk from Kuroiso Station

Tel #: 070-1255-1184

Website: http://xn--48jvbwbxfp67pcvmgn2bit4a4h0appc7zz.com/

101st Ashikaga Fireworks Date: August 1 (Sat) | 19:00 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 2 (Sun)

Info: About 20,000 colourful fireworks concludes the “Ashikaga Summer Festival” in Tochigi.

Admission: Free | Paid seat ¥17,000

Venue: Watarase Tanaka Hashimoto riverbed, Ashikaga, Tochigi [map]

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Ashikaga Station

Tel #: 0284-21-1354

Website: www.ashikaga.info

2015 Utsunomiya Fireworks Date: August 8 (Sat) | 19:30 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 9 (Sun)

Info: About 20,000 fireworks to be set off in the night sky of Utsunomiya along with the music in 2014.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥1,800 – ¥80,000

Venue: Dojojuku green space (Kinugawa River), Dojojukumachi, Utsunomiya, Tochigi [map]

Nearest Station: 20 minutes by bus from Utsunomiya Station

Tel #: 028-600-3980

Website: www.utsunomiya-hanabi.jp

Kikuya Obata Fireworks www.twinring.jp/fireworks/
60th Anniversary Moka enforcement system “Sontoku Summer Festival 2014″ Date: August 29 (Sat) | 19:00 – 20:30

In case of Bad Weather: August 30 (Sun)

Info: An event where adults and children can enjoy about 10,000 fireworks matching with music of great power.

Admission: Free

Venue: Kinugawa Riverbed (near Kinusakura Park), Moka, Tochigi [map]

Nearest Station: About 15-minute drive from Jichiidai Station

Tel #: 0285-83-8135

Website: http://sontokunatsu.jp

Yamaguchi Prefecture
61st Anniversary Ube Fireworks Date: July 25 (Sat) | 20:00 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: July 26 (Sun)

Info: About 13,000 fireworks to be launched synchronised to music.

Admission: Free

Venue: Ube Port, Ube, Yamaguchi

Nearest Station: 20-minute walk from Ubeshinkawa Station

Tel #: 0836-31-0251

Website: www.ubecci.or.jp

Hagi Summer Festival, the Sea of ​​Japan Great Fireworks Date: August 1 (Sat) | 20:00 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather:

Info: About 7,000 fireworks launched in a location overlooking the Sea of Japan.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥500

Venue: Hagi Commercial Port, Higashihamasakicho, Hagi, Yamaguchi

Nearest Station: 20-minute walk from Higashihagi Station

Tel #: 0838-25-3333

Website: www.haginet.ne.jp/users/hagi-cci/natumaturi

48th Nishikigawa Water Fireworks Festival Date: August 8 (Sat) | 20:00 – 21:30

In case of Bad Weather: August 29 (Sat)

Info: About 6,000 fireworks to flourish in the background of Kintai bridge.

Admission: Free

Venue: Kintai Bridge, Iwakuni, Yamaguchi

Nearest Station: About 25-minute walk from Nishiiwakuni Station

Tel #: 0827-41-2037

Website: www.iwakuni-kanko.jp

Asia Port Festival in Kanmon, 2015 Kanmon Fireworks Date: August 13 (Thu) | 19:50 – 20:40

In case of Bad Weather: Discontinued in case of stormy weather.

Info: About 13,000 Fireworks display to be held on both sides of the Fukuoka and Yamaguchi prefectures across the Strait.

Admission: ¥500 – ¥5,000

Venue: Arukapoto, Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi

Nearest Station: 20-minute walk from Shimonoseki Station

Tel #: 083-223-2001

Website: www.shimonoseki21c.jp/firework/guide2014

Yamagata Prefecture
2015 Sakata Fireworks Show Date: August 1 (Sat) | 19:30 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 2 (Sun)

Info: About 12,000 fireworks synchronized with music.

Admission: Free | Paid Seat ¥5,000 – ¥8,000

Venue: Mogamigawakaryu Ryokuchi Park, Sakata, Yamagata

Nearest Station: 10-minute shuttle bus from Sakata Station

Tel #: 0234-24-2233

Website: www.sakata-kankou.com/event/readme/firework/

36th Yamagata Fireworks Date: August 14 (Fri) | 19:00 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: Discontinued in case of stormy weather.

Info: About 20,000 various fireworks to decorate the gorgeous night sky of summer.

Admission: Free | Paid Seats ¥500 – ¥20,000

Venue: Sugawa River Bridge, Shimosorida, Yamagata [map]

Nearest Station: 25 minutes by shuttle bus from Yamagata Station

Tel #: 023-632-8665

Website: www.hanabi.gr.jp

25th Akagawa Fireworks Date: August 15 (Sat) | 19:00 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 16 (Sun)

Info: One of the best fireworks display in Japan with around 20,000 shots to illuminate the night sky.

Admission: Free | Paid Seats ¥8,000 – ¥23,000

Venue: Akagawa River, Tsuruoka, Yamagata [map]

Nearest Station: 30-minute walk /15 minutes by bus from Tsuruoka Station

Tel #: 0235-28-1873

Website: www.akagawahanabi.com

Yamanashi Prefecture
Kawaguchiko Lake Festival Date: August 5 (Wed) | 19:45 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: undecided

Info: About 10,000 colourful fireworks to brighten up the summer sky.

Admission: Free

Venue: Funatsu beach, Kawaguchiko banks, Yamanashi [map]

Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station

Tel #: 0555-72-2460

Website: www.fujisan.ne.jp

27th Furosato Matsuri Date: August 7 (Fri) | 19:15 – 21:00

In case of Bad Weather: August 8 (Sat)

Info: About 20,000 fireworks display with the theme “Sparkle” as Yamanashi wishes that the light of hope be spread to the victims of Great East Japan Earthquake.

Admission: Free | Paid Seats ¥2,500 – ¥35,000

Venue: Fuefukigawa near Takata, Ichikawamisato, Nishiyatsushiro, Yamanashi [map]

Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Ichikawadaimon Station

Tel #: 055-272-1101

Website: www.town.ichikawamisato.yamanashi.jp

51st Isawa Hot Spring Fireworks www.fuefuki-kanko.jp/content/summer-fes