Summer is the season of fireworks in Japan! – Eastern Japan –
Firework is a summer tradition of Japan. Most of fireworks festivals are held throughout the country on the weekends of July and August. Japanese authentic fireworks that are made using craftsmanship such as set fireworks and skyrockets are definitely worth watching while your visit. Here, we introduce famous fireworks festivals in eastern Japan.
Pyrotechnicians from all over Japan gather to compete for their works! “Fireworks of Omagari” (Akita Prefecture)
Photos provided by Daisen-shi, Akita Prefecture
It is officially called “National fireworks competition,” and craftsmen from all over Japan shoot off fireworks by their own hands. Approximately 700,000 people come to watch. Each firework has own theme and story, and these creative works distinguish this competition special. A daytime fireworks competition, the only one in Japan is also held here.
“Omagari no Hanabi”
●Omagari Chamber of Commerce and Industry
●Held on August 26, 2017 (on last Saturday in every August). Day fireworks start from 17:30. Night fireworks start from 18:50.
●No admission fee (Paid seating available/Reservation lottery required)
Enjoy spectacular views from a hotel room! “Atami Fireworks Festival” (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Photos provided by Atami City Tourism Association
It is a noted event known for the beauty of night view above the sea. Firework displays are held regardless of the season, especially almost every week between late July and August. There are many accommodation facilities where you can watch fireworks while staying in a room or in a hot spring, so it is nice to enjoy the views without crowdedness. Don’t miss to watch “Great Air Niagara Falls” as the finale of the show!
“Atami Fireworks Festival”
●Atami City Tourism Association
●Summer 2017: 20:20-20:50 on July 23, 28, August 5, 8, 18, 20, and 24. Available in other seasons.
●No admission fee（seating only for hotel guests and paid seating available）
Almost 300 years of its history! “Sumida River Fireworks Festival” (Tokyo)
Photos provided byTaito-ku
This is one of the oldest fireworks festivals in Japan, originated in the Edo period. It is also said a representative of not only Tokyo's but also Japan’s fireworks festivals. A large crowd nearly one million people come to see the show every year, and it is broadcasted on TV. There are two launch sites and about 22,000 fireworks in total, including fireworks competition. They are reflected in the river, and watching fireworks from houseboats are popular as well.
“Sumida River Fireworks Festival”
●Sumida River Fireworks Festival Executive Committee
●03-5246-1111（Tourism Section of Taito Ward Office）
●Held on July 29, 19:05-20:30
*The above information was last updated on April 28, 2017. For further details, please contact the facilities directly.
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