The 2019 Guide to Fireworks Festivals in Japan!
When speaking of summer events, the first that perhaps comes to mind is the fireworks that burst into bloom in the night sky. Breathtaking and beautiful, they are filled with a sense of fantasy. Here is a schedule of this year’s fireworks festivals in Japan, from grand-scale showstoppers to local traditional festivals, to help make this a memorable summer for you.
The Demon’s Fireworks of Hell Valley (Oni Hanabi at Jigoku no Tani) in Noboribetsu, HokkaidoThe Demon’s Fireworks of Hell Valley (Oni Hanabi at Jigoku no Tani) in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido
Dates: July 4 (Thu), 5 (Fri), 11 (Thu), 12 (Fri), 18 (Thu), 19 (Fri), 25 (Thu), and 26 (Fri)
Number of fireworks: 24 per day
Venue: Jigokudani Lookout at Noboribetsu Spa (Onsen)
“Yukijin,” the demon keepers of Hell Valley, shoot up powerful fireworks to bring happiness to people and banish the bad luck.
Mito Kairakuen Fireworks Festival at the 59th Mito Komon-matsuri Festival in Mito, Ibarakispan>Date: July 20 (Sat), 19:30-21:00
Number of fireworks: about 7,000
Venue: Lake Semba
Held annually at Lake Semba, near the city center of Mito. This year, the number of fireworks will increase to approximately 7,000.
41st Adachi Fireworks Festival in Adachi-ku, TokyoDate: July 20 (Sat), 19:30-20:30
Number of fireworks: 13,600
Venue: On the banks of the Arakawa River
Considered the iconic summer event of Arakawa, the Senju side of the river is closer to the launch of the fireworks. The Nishiarai side, however, is broad enough to spread out and watch in comfort.
53rd Katsushika Noryo Hanabi in Katsushika-ku, TokyoDate: July 23 (Tue), 19:20-20:20
Number of fireworks: 13,000
Venue: On the banks of the Edo River
Seats are so close to the launching area that you will be treated to one of the best, up front and powerful shows in Tokyo. Come early for a stroll along the Shibamata Taishakuten Temple before the fireworks.
36th Nihondaira Festival in Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka City, ShizuokaDate: July 24 (Wed), 19:30-20:30 (venue opens at 16:00)
Number of fireworks: 10,000
Venue: Nippondaira Hotel lawn
An all-time favorite of Shizuoka, enjoy the dazzling fireworks against a starry evening backdrop.
Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival in Taito-ku and Sumida-ku, TokyoDate: July 27 (Sat), 19:00-20:30
Number of fireworks: 20,000
Venue: On the banks of the Sumida River
Fireworks will be launched from two separate locations with two separate themes: 1) Between Sakura-bashi Bridge and Kototoi-bashi Bridge: A high level of complex designs will dominate the pyrotechnic competition scheduled for this site. 2) Between Komagata-bashi Bridge and Umaya-bashi Bridge: Here, the emphasis will be on artistic creativity. Crowds will be everywhere, so buy a return ticket or load up on your train card before the program.
Hachioji Fireworks Festival in Hachioji, TokyoDate: July 27 (Sat), 19:00-20:30
Number of fireworks: 3,500
Venue: Fujimori Park
This event is part of the Hachioji Festival. Watch the monks of the Yakuo-in Temple at Mt Takao perform Hiwatari (fire walking) before the event.
37th Koto Fireworks Festival in Koto-ku, TokyoDate: August 1 (Thu), 19:40-20:30
Number of fireworks: 4,000
Venue: Arakawa Sunamachi Riverside Park
Fireworks will be shot in quick succession from barges on the Arakawa River. The expansive area allows viewers to watch comfortably from any vantage point.
66th Fukui Phoenix Fireworks Display in Fukui City, FukuiDate: August 2 (Fri), 19:30-20:30 (fireworks start at 19:40)
Number of fireworks: about 10,000
Venue: Riverbed of the Asuwa River
The fireworks display will touch off the 66th Fukui Phoenix Festival. A three-day affair, one of the appeals of this site is that it is a quick 5-minute walk from the JR Fukui Station.
60th Itabashi Fireworks Festival in Itabashi-ku, TokyoDate: August 3 (Sat), 19:00-20:30
Number of fireworks: 12,000
Venue: On the banks of Arakawa River
Watch the exciting competition of the 10 best pyrotechnicians in Japan, plus a 700-meter long gushing “Niagara Falls,” one of the longest of its kind in the Kanto area.
31st Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival in Yodogawa-ku, Osaka City, OsakaDate: August 10 (Sat), 19:40-20:40
Number of fireworks: not announced
Venue: On the banks of the Yodogawa River (between Shin-Yodogawa Ohashi Bridge and National Hwy #2)
Thanks to a hardworking volunteer staff, this has become a most exciting Osaka summer event. Rich artistry comes alive against the city’s evening skyline.
Fireworks Festival at the 14th Izumo Shinwa Festival in Izumo, ShimaneDate: August 11 (Sun), 19:45-20:50
Number of fireworks: about 8,000
Venue: Otsu Kandachi Riverside Park
About 8,000 fireworks will be fired above the Hiikawa River, famed in Japanese mythology, as the place where Yamata no Orochi, an eight-headed dragon, was slayed.
Don Don Takamatsu Fireworks Festival at the 54th Sanuki Takamatsu Festival in Takamatsu, KagawaDate: August 13 (Tue), 20:00-20:50
Number of fireworks: about 8,000
Venue: Sunport Takamatsu
The fireworks festival will be held on the second day of the 3-day Sanuki Takamatsu Festival. The entire festival will run from August 12 to 14. About 8,000 fireworks will illuminate the sky above the Seto Inland Sea.
Kanmon Kaikyo Fireworks Festival in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi and Kitakyushu, FukuokaDate: August 13 (Tue), 19:50-20:40
Number of fireworks: 15,000
In Shimonoseki: The area around Karato Arukapoto and Wharf #22
In Moji: the west shoreline landfill of Moji-ku in Kitakyushu City
A large-scale festival with fireworks shot up from both sides of the Kanmon Straits — in Moji on the Kitakyushu side, and in Shimonoseki on the Yamaguchi Pref. side
71st Lake Suwa Fireworks Festival in Suwa, NaganoDate: August 15 (Thu), 19:00-21:00 (tentative)
Number of fireworks: about 40,000
Venue: Lake Suwa in front of Suwa City Kohan Koen (lakeside park)
A high impact program of fireworks exploding over Lake Suwa and reverberating off the surrounding mountains, crowned by a cascading 2 km long “Niagara.”
93rd National Fireworks Competition Omagari Hanabi in Daisen City, AkitaDate: August 31 (Sat), 17:15-18:00 (daytime fireworks), 18:50-21:30 (nighttime fireworks)
Number of fireworks: about 18,000
Venue: Omagari Hanabi Park on the right bank of the Omono River in Omagari, Daisen City
Top-class pyrotechnicians pit their skills against each other in a nonstop competition for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Prize.
Chofu City Fireworks 2019 in Chofu, TokyoDate: September 7 (Sat), 18:30-19:30
Number of fireworks: 10,000
Venue: On the banks of the Tama River
A thunderous display of light and music above the expansive Tamagawa River and its natural surroundings.
41st Setagaya-ku Tamagawa Fireworks Festival in Setagaya-ku, TokyoDate: October 5 (Sat), 18:00-19:00
Fireworks to be launched: 6,000
Venue: On the banks of the Tamagawa River
Fireworks will glitter across the Setagaya night sky like gems in a jewelry box. The sparkle will be nonstop with the Kawasaki City Fireworks Festival adding their extravaganza on the other side of the Tamagawa River.
*Expect packed crowds on the days of fireworks competition. Plan to arrive early. Washrooms will have long lines, so please go in advance.
*Staff will be on hand at all areas. Please follow their guidance.
*Please do not enter off-limits areas or private properties.
*Selfie sticks can be extremely dangerous. Please refrain from using them at the events or in other congested areas.
*Please take your garbage home with you.
* Prevent heatstroke: Dress with an eye to the weather, get enough hydration and salt, and rest sufficiently.
Note: The information on this page is current as of July 2019. Dates as well as number of fireworks to be launched may change.