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MOUNT FUJI OPENING/FIREWORKS AT LAKE KAWAGUCHI (Yamanashi prefecture): July 6, 8 -8:30 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks at Kawaguchiko Funazuhama Parking, 10-minute ride from Kawaguchiko I.C. on Chuo Express; Kawaguchiko town Sightseeing Bureau 0555-72-3168.
ADACHI FIREWORKS (Tokyo): July 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; 12,000 fireworks beside the Arakawa River, 15-minute walk from Kitasenju Station on Tobu-Line/JR/Metro/Tsukuba Express; 03-3880-5853.
KURIHAMA PERRY FESTIVAL FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): July 13, 7:15-8 p.m.; 3,500 fireworks at Kurihama Beach to commemorate Commodore Perry’s visit that opened Japan to the outside world and festival starts at 10 a.m. with a bazaar, band performances, parade scheduled; 15-minute walk from Keikyu Kurihama Station; 046-827-8000.
TOWADA LAKE FIREWORKS (Aomori prefecture): July 13 & 14, 8-9 p.m.; at Yasumiya Pier, by Towada Lake; 0176-75-2425.
KATSUSHIKA FIREWORKS (Tokyo): July 23, 7:20-8:20 p.m.; 12,000 fireworks at Katsushika Shibamata Ball Park, 10-minute walk from Shibamata Station on Keisei-Line or a 15-minute walk from Shin Shibamata Station on Hokuso-Line or a 20-minute walk from JR Kanamachi Station; 2,000 yen for ticket; 03-3826-2571.
KAMAKURA FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): July 23, 7-8 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks at 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.
HACHIOJI FIREWORKS (Tokyo): July 27, 7-8:30 p.m.; 3,500 fireworks at Hachioji Shimin Kyujo (ball park), 15-minute walk from Nishi Hachioji Station on JR Chuo Line or Yamada Station on Keio Hachio Line or a 15-minute walk from Kamakura station, JR Yokosuka Line; 042-643-3115.
SUMIDA RIVER FIREWORKS (Tokyo): July 27, 7-8:30 p.m.; one of the most famous displays in Japan, which drew about 950,000 people last year and this year, see 25,000 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 (Tokyo): July 27, 7:20-8:30 p.m.; about 5,000 fireworks in the “Open Field” at Showa Kinen Park, 15-minute walk from JR Tachikawa Station; 042-527-2700.
KANAGAWA SHIMBUN FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 1, 7:15-8:30 p.m.; 8,000 fireworks at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, 15-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 0425-227-0744.
KOTO FIREWORKS (Tokyo): Aug. 1, 7:30-8:30 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.
LAKE SAGAMI FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 1, 7:30-9 p.m.; about 5,000 fireworks along lakeside of Sagami, 10-minute walk from Sagamiko Station on JR Chuo-Line; 1,000-2,000 yen adults designated seats for adults, 4,000 yen for four designated seats; 042-684-2633.
ODAWARA SAKAWAGAWA RIVER FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 3, 7:10-8 p.m., about 5,000 fireworks beside the Sakawagawa River, 15-minute walk from JR Kamonomiya Station on Tokaido-Line; 0465-33-1521.
ATSUGI AYU FESTIVAL FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 3, 7-8:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks during the Atsugi Ayu (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. 3, 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 (Tokyo): Aug. 3, 8:20-8:50 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks at Akishima Koen Stadium, a highlight of the Akishima Kujira (whale) festival that includes a Kujira parade 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at JR Akishima Station, music, dance, karaoke and children’s show scheduled at stadium; stadium is five-minute walk from Higashi Nakagami Station, JR Ome Line; 042-543-8186.
OME FIREWORKS (Tokyo): Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m.; about 3,000 fireworks at Nagayama Park, 10-minute walk from JR Ome Station; 200-1,000-5,000 yen for designated seats; 0428-24-2481.
YOKOSUKA KAIKOKU FESTIVAL FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 3, 7:15-7:45 p.m.; 4,000 fireworks as a finale of Yokosuka Kaikoku (port opening) festival on July 28-Aug. 3; Off Umikaze Park, 15-minute walk from Yokosuka Chuo Station, Keikyu Line; 046-822-8294.
MATSUDO FIREWORKS (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 3, 7:15-8:20 pm.; 8,000 fireworks at Edogawa River, 15-minute walk from JR & Shin Keisei Dentestu Matsudo Station; 047-366-7327.
KOGA FIREWORKS (Ibaraki prefecture): Aug. 3, 7:20-8:50 p.m.; 20,000 fireworks 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.
SEIBU AMUSEMENT PARK FIREWORKS (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 4, 10, 11, 14-18, 24 & 25, 8-8:30 p.m.; about 2,500 fireworks at Seibu Amusement Park, Seibu Yuenchi Station, Seibu Line; 1,000 yen, to view at a beer hall, reserve at 04-2922-1371.
KAWAGUCHIKO KOJO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 5, 7:45-9 p.m.; fireworks on Lake Kawaguchi with Hanabi (firework) Illusion, a spectacular show of music and fireworks, and Niagara Fall Fireworks; 75-minute drive from Shinjuku on Chuo Express; Kawaguchiko Town Sight-seeing Bureau; 0555-72-3168.
SENDAI FIREWORKS (Miyagi prefecture): Aug. 5, 7:15-8:45 p.m.; 16,000 fireworks at Nakanose Athletic Park, 20-minute walk from JR Sendai Station or a 10-minute walk from Hirose-dori Station (subway); 022-222-9788.
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.
KAWAGOE FIREWORKS (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 10, 7 p.m.; 1,200 fireworks at Isanuma Park, 10-minute walk from Isanuma Boken-no mori bus stop after taking a bus from JR Sagakoe Station; 049-224-5940.
TOKYO BAY FIREWORKS: Aug. 10, 7-8:20 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.
SUWAKO FIREWORKS (Nagano prefecture): Aug. 15, 7-9 p.m.; 40,000 fireworks including the 1.24-mile-wide giant Niagara Fall 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; 2,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen kids; 00266-52-4141.
JINGU GAIEN FIREWORKS (Tokyo): Aug. 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; about 10,000 fireworks, plus live music and performances at the nearby Jingu Stadium and National Stadium, Chichibunomiya Rugby Field, Sendagaya or Shinanomachi Station, JR Sobu Line; 1,500-4,500 yen for stadium tickets; 03-3547-0900.
SETAGAYA TAMAGAWA FIREWORKS (Tokyo): Aug. 17, 7-8 p.m.; 12,000 fireworks with sound and light show; three-minute walk from Futako Tamagawa station, Tokyu Denen Toshi or Oi machi Line; 03-3702-1603.
ISAWA ONSEN FIREWORKS (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 21, 7:30-9 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks along Fuefukigawa riverside, 20-minute walk from JR Isawa Station on Chuo-Line or a 15-minute ride from Ichinomiyasaka I.C. on Chuo-Express; Fuefuki City Sightseeing Federation; 055-261-2829.
CHUFU CITY FIREWORKS (Tokyo): Aug. 24, 6:45-7:45 p.m.; about 9,000 fireworks along Tama riverside; near Keio Tamagawa Station on Keio Sagamihara Line or Inada-tsutsumi on JR Nambu Line; 042-481-7311.
ALL JAPAN FIREWORKS COMPETITION (Akita prefecture): Aug. 24, 5:30-6:15 p.m., 6:50-9:30 p.m.; prestigious fireworks display in which 28 fireworks experts compete, featuring 18,000 fireworks at the Omonogawa riverside near Oomagari Bridge; 25-minute walk from JR Oomagari Station; 0187-62-1262.
SAGAMIHARA FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 24, 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.
NAGAREYAMA FIREWORKS (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 24, 7-8:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks beside Edogawa River, five-minute walk from Nagareyama Station & Heiwadai Station on Sobu Nagareyama Dentetsu; 04-7158-6111.
KANAZAWA MATSURI FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 31, 7-8 p.m.; 3,200 fireworks at Kanazawa Umino Koen (Ocean Park); Hakkeijima Station on Kanazawa Seaside-Line; 045-788-7801.
ALL-JAPAN NEW FIREWORKS (Nagano prefecture): Sept. 7, 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.
KATAKAI FIREWORKS (Niigata prefecture): Sept. 9 & 10, 7:30-10:20 p.m.; 15,000 fireworks at Asahara Shrine, five-minute walk from Ninomachi bus stop after taking a bus from JR Nagaoka Station or a 15-minute ride from Ojiya I.C. on Kanetsu Express; 0258-84-3900.
SEAPORT CHATAN FIREWORKS: July 6 & 7, 8-8:15 p.m.; about 1,300 fireworks at Chatan Park Sunset Beach, 20-minute ride from Okinawa Minami I.C. on Okinawa Express; 098-926-5678.
URASOE TEDAKO FESTIVAL: July 19-21, 8:40-9 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks at Urasoe Athletic Park, along with taiko drum, eisa dance, harii dragon race and more; 098-876-1234.
NAGO FIREWORKS DISPLAY: July 27 & 28, 8-8:15 p.m.; about 1,000 fireworks at Nago Port, five-minute walk from Nago City Hall-mae bus stop after taking 90-minute bus ride from Naha Airport; 0980-52-4243.