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Fireworks in the Pacific

The All Japan Fireworks Competition is one of the most prestigious fireworks displays in the world as 28 fireworks experts compete in Omagari, Daisen city, Akita prefecture. It takes place Aug. 31, 5:15-6 p.m., 6:50-9:30 p.m.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAISEN CITY, AKITA PREFECTURE

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 12, 2019

Japan

 

July

TOKYO MIDTOWN LOVES SUMMER 2019: July 12-Aug. 25, 3-11 p.m.; enjoy digital art by light and mist over the gardens inspired with fireworks produced by WOW at Shibafu Hiroba, (grass open space); free; www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/

FIREWORKS SYMPHONIA AT YOKOHAMA HAKKEIIMA SEA PARADISE (Kanagawa prefecture): July 13, July 14-July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10-17, Sept. 14-15, Sept, 21-22, Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 27, 8:30-8:40 p.m.; 2,500 fireworks will be displayed in sync with music at Kanazawa Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, HakkeijimaStation on Kanazawa Seaside-Line; 045-788-8888; www.seaparadise.co.jp/english/ 

SPECIAL FIREWORKS CONTEST - HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): July 13, Aug. 10 and Oct. 12, 8-9 p.m.; 13,000 fireworks along with qualifying contests for the world fireworks contest; Huis Ten Bosch; 0570-064-110; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/.  

ADACHI FIREWORKS (Tokyo): July 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; 13,000 fireworks beside the Arakawa River; 15-minute walk from Kitasenju Station on Tobu-Line/JR/Metro/Tsukuba Express; 03-3880-0039. 

ISAWA ONSEN FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Yamanashi prefecture): July 20-Aug. 19 (Wed., Thursday, Saturday and Sunday), 8:50-9 p.m.; 300 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; 055-262-3626.

SUWAKO FIREWORKS SUMMER NIGHT DISPLAY (Nagano prefecture): July 21-Aug. 25 (except on Aug. 15), 8:40-8:45 pm., 800 fireworks display along the streets of  Lake Suwa and Lake Suwako Ongakudo, eight-minute ride from Kami Suwa Station on JR Chuo-Line/15-minute ride from Suwako I.C. on Chuo-Express; 0266-52-7155.  

HIROSHIMA MINATO (PORT) DREAM FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Hiroshima prefecture): July 27, 8-9 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display at Hiroshima Port 10,000 Ton Berth (Minami-chiku), and most popular in Hiroshima; shuttle bus available from JR Hiroshima Station or 15-minute walk from Kaigan-dori Streetcar stop after taking a streetcar from JR Hiroshima Station on Hiroshima Dentetsu Line; 082-554-1813; www.minato-yumehanabi.com/. 

MOKA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tochigi prefecture): July 27, 7:30-9 p.m., 20,000 fireworks beside the Gogyo River near Moka City Hall East; 15-minute walk from Moka Railway or 20-minute ride from Moka I.C. on Kita Kanto Express, also parking lots for 4,000 vehicles available nearby; 0285-83-8135.    

SUMIDA RIVER FIREWORK DISPLAY (Tokyo): July 27, 7-8:30 p.m.; One of the most famous fireworks displays in Japan, which is expected to draw about 950,000 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; https://www.sumidagawa-hanabi.com/.

URAYASU CITY FIREWORK DISPLAY (Chiba prefecture): July 27, 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; 050-5542-8600. 

KURIHAMA PERRY FESTIVAL FIREWORK DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): July 13, 7:30-810 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; 046-822-2500. 

TOWADA LAKE FIREWORK DISPLAY (Aomori prefecture): July 13-14, 8 p.m.; 2,000 firework display in two nights at Yasumiya Pier, by Towada Lake; 0176- 75-2425. 

YOKOHAMA SPARKLING TWILIGHT (Kanagawa prefecture): July 13-14, 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.

SAGAMIHARA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): July 15, 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; 042-771-3767. 

SHIN YOKOHAMA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2019 (Kanagawa prefecture): July 25, 7:30 p.m.; 4,500 fireworks at Shin Yokohama Park; 20-minute walk from Shin Yokohama on Yokohama City subway or 15-mnute walk from JR Kozukue Station; 045-594-7257. 

YUGAWARA ONSEN FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): July 27, 8:20-8:40 p.m.; fireworks display will start when Yugawara Samba Festival Parade moved to the finale at Izumi Park near Atami City Hall Annex; 0465-62-5135. 

IWAKUNI PORT FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamaguchi prefecture): July 20, 6:30-9 p.m.; 200 fireworks display at Iwakuni Port, possible to see from on Iwakuni MCAS, the biggest shot on the last, 15-minute walk from JR Iwakuni Station, or 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. (Wed., Thurs., Sat. and Sun.); 300 fireworks display along Fuefukigawa riverside when ukai (cormorant fishing), is scheduled to have; 20-minute walk from JR Isawa Station on Chuo-Line/15-minute ride from Ichinomiyasaka I.C. on Chuo-Express; Fuefuki city sightseeing Federation; 055-262-3626.  

MINATO MATSURI NOSHIRO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Akita prefecture): July 20, 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.

KATSUSHIKA FIREWORK DISPLAY (Tokyo): July 23, 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); 03-6758-2222. 

HAYAMA BEACH FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): July 25, 7:30-8:10 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. 

ATAMI OCEAN FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagwa prefecture): July 26, July 30, Aug. 5, Aug. 8, Aug. 18, Aug. 23, Aug. 30, Sept. 16, 8:30-8:50 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display over the ocean near Atami Port, including spectacular scale of "Niagara Fall Fireworks” at the finale, 10,000 yen (limited to the first 1,600 people), 20-minute walk from JR Atami Station on Tokaido Shinkansen; 0557-85-2222. 

HACHIOJI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (western Tokyo): July 27, 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; 047-7092-0086. 

SHOWA KINEN PARK FIREWORK DISPLAY (Western Tokyo): July 27, 7-8 p.m.; about 5,000 fireworks in the “Open Field” at Showa Kinen Park; a 15-minute walk from JR Tachikawa Station; 450 yen adults, 210 yen children, free after 6 p.m.; 042-527-2700.  

NAGARAGAWA CHUNICHI SHIMBUN FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Gifu prefecture): July 27, 7:30-8:35 p.m., fireworks display along the Nagara riverside between Nagara-bashi and Kinka-bashi, 30-minute bus ride from JR Gifu Station or Meitetsu Gifu Station from Meitetsu Nagoya Line bound for Gifu Bus Ukaiya and get off at Ukaiya; 052-221-0671. 

KOSHIGAYA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): July 27, 7:10-8:50 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display at eastside of Koshigaya Chuo Kominkan; six-minute walk from Tobu Koshigaya Station on Tobu SkyTree Line; 048-971-9002. 

NAGASAKI PORT FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Nagasaki prefecture): July 27-28, 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 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m., 8,000 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 27-28, Aug. 3-4, and Aug. 10-13, 7:45-8:10 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 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.

FUNABASHI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Chiba prefecture); July 31, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; about 8,000 fireworks display at Funabashi Port Shinsui Park; 13-minute walk from Daijingushita Station on Keisei Line or 17-minute walk from JR Minami Funabashi on JR Keiyo Line; 047-436-2473. 

HIDA TAKAYAMA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Gifu prefecture): July 31, 7:30-8:40 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks display at Miyakawa Riverside Green Park; 15-minute walk from Takayama Station on JR Takayama Line; 0577-32-0539. 

 

August

LAKE SAGAMI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 1, 7:30-8:45 p.m.; about 5,000 fireworks will be displayed along lakeside of Sagami; 2,500 yen for adults (designated seats), 7,000 yen for four-person (designated seats), 5.000 yen for four-person seats); 10-minute walk from Sagamiko Station on JR Chuo-Line; 042-684-2633. 

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; 500 yen for seat per person, 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.; 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 Maehama; 15-minure ride from Kawaguchiko I.C. on Chuo Express; 0555-72-3131. 

KOTO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Eastern Tokyo): Aug. 1, 7:40-8:30 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. 

MINATOMIRAI SMART FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 2, 6:30-8 p.m.; 20,000 fireworks at Yokohama Minatomirai 1-chome, Minatomirai 21 Area and Rinko Parkh 2,000 yen for seat per person, 10-minute walk from Shin Takashima on Minato Mirai Line or 15 minute walk from Sakuragicho Station on JE Negishi Line; 045-227-0794.

NAGAOKA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Niigata prefecture): Aug. 2-3, 7:20-9:10 p.m.; One of the most popular fireworks display including 6562-feet-wide "Niagara Fall Fireworks" along the River Shinanogawa (lower reaches of Chosei-bashi); 30-minute walk from JR Nagaoka Station; call 0258-39-2221 for reserved seats. 

YUGAWARA ONSEN OCEAN FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 3., 8-8:30 p.m.; 6,000 fireworks display over the ocean near Yoshihama Beach, Yugawara Swim Beach; seven-minute bus ride bound for Hakone Tozan Bus Manazuru from JR Yugawara Station and get off at Umi-no Ie, or drive 12 km on Route 135 for Shimoda from Ishibashi I.C. on Seisho Bypass, 0465-63-2111. 

GOSHOGAWARA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 3, 7:20-9 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display beside the Iwakigawa River (Hokuto Athletic Field); 15-minute walk from JR Goshogawara Station; 0173-35-2121. 

IWAKUNI KINTAIKYO FESTIVAL (Hiroshima prefecture); Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; 6,000 fireworks display near the Kintai Bridge, and most popular fireworks in the area; shuttle bus available from JR Iwakuni Station; 0827-41-2037.  

AGEO FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 3, 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.  

IWAKI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Fukushima prefecture): Aug. 3, 7-9 p.m., 10,000 fireworks display at Onahama Aqua Marine Park; 15-minute bus ride from JR Izumi Station; 3,000 yen designated seats, 12,000 yen a couple, 20,000 yen for four person 0246-53-5677. 

LAKE ASHINO KOJIRIRYUJIN FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 4, 8 p.m.; about 2,500 fireworks at the shore of Kojiri; take a bus from Hakone Yumoto Station on Hakone Tozan Line; 0460-85-5700. 

SENDAI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Miyagi prefecture): Aug. 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; 16,000 fireworks at Sendai Nishi Koen Areas, two-minute walk from Omachi Nishi Koen Station (subway; 022-222-9788.

ODAWARA SAKAWAGAWA RIVER FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 3, 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. 3, 7-8:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks during the Atsugi Ayu (sweetfish) Festival by Sagami River. Festival is Aug. 6-7; 15-minute walk from Hon-Atsugi Station, Odakyu Line; 046-295-5496.

AKISHIMA CITY KUJIRA FESTIVAL FIREWORK DISPLAY (Western Tokyo): Aug. 3, 8-8:30 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks at Nets Tama Akishima Stadium as a highlight of the Akishima Kujira (whale) festival; Kujira parade at 5-6:45 p.m. Aug. 4 starting at JR Akishima Station South Exit to Showa Koen, music, dance, karaoke and children’s show scheduled at stadium; stadium is a five-minute walk from Higashi Nakagami Station, JR Ome Line; 042-543-8186. 

TAKASAKI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Gunma prefecture): Aug. 3, 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. 

MATSUDO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 3, 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.  

EDOGAWA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 3, 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. 3, 7-8:45 p.m.; 25,000 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. 3, 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, 10,000 yen a couple, 18,000 yen for four person;  047-711-1142. 

SAKURA CITY FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 3, 7:20-8:30 p.m., 20,000 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. 3, 7-8:30 p.m.; 13,500 fireworks display at Teganuma basin areas; 25-minute walk from JR Kita Kashiwa Station on Joban Line; 4,000 yen designated seats, 5,500 yen a couple, 10,000 yen for four people; 04-7162-3325. 

ASAKA SAIKASAI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 3, 7:15-8:15 p.m.; 9,000 fireworks display at Asaka Chuo Koen; five-minute walk from Asaka Station on Tobu Tojo Line; 048-463-2645. 

KOGA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Ibaraki prefecture): Aug. 3, 7:20-8:30 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; 6,000 yen designated seats, 10,000 yen a couple, 1,000 yen designated seats for four people; 0280-22-5111.

LAKE MOTOSU FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 3, 8 p.m.; fireworks display at Lake Motokuko East Shore; 30-minure ride from Kawaguchiko I.C. on Chuo Express; 0555-87-2518.

TOBU ZOO FIREWORKS ILLUSION (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 3, 10 & 17, 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. 3, 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.   

IWAKI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Fukushima prefecture): Aug. 3, 7-9 p.m., 10,000 fireworks display at Onahama Aqua Marine Park; 15-minute bus ride from JR Izumi Station; 0246-53-5677. 

OME FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Western Tokyo): Aug. 3, 7:30-8:55 p.m.; about 4,132 fireworks will be displayed at Nagayama Park; designated seats of 1,000-6,000 yen available; 10-minute walk from JR Ome Station; 0428-24-2481. 

YOKOSUKA KAIKOKU FESTIVAL FIREWORK DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 3, 7:15-7:45 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks will be displayed as a finale of Yokosuka Kaikoku (port opening); 2,000 yen for seat per person, off Umikaze Park; 25-minute walk from Yokosuka Chuo Station, Keikyu Line; 046-822-8301. 

MATSUDO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 3, 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. 3, 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.  

ASHIKAGA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tochigi prefecture): Aug. 3, 7-8:45 p.m.; 25,000 fireworks display along the Watarase River, lower reaches from Tanakabashi (bridge); five-minute walk from JR Ashikaga Station (South Exit); 0284-21-1354.  

SAKATA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamagata prefecture): Aug. 3, 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. 

SASEBO SEASIDE FESTIVAL (Nagasaki prefecture): Aug. 3, 8:30 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks display at Sasebo Station Minato-guchi Hiroba; one-minute walk from JR Sasebo Station; 0956-46-6855. 

HIRADO I PORT FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Nagasaki prefecture): Aug. 3, 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.  

MIURA BEACH FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 6, 7:30-8:15 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks; Miura Beach, three-minute walk from Miura Kaigan Station, Keikyu Line; 046-888-0588. 

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 Station on Aoi-mori Tetsudo; 017-818-1135.  

CHIKUMA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Nagano prefecture): Aug. 7, 7:30-9:30 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; 10,000 yen designated seats for a person; 026-261-0300. 

KOMAE  TAMAGAWA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (western Tokyo): Aug. 7, 7:30-8 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks at Komae City Tamagawa Green Park; two-minute walk from Izumi Tamagawa station on Odakyu Line or five-minute walk from Noborito Station on Odakyu/Nanbo Lines; 03-3430-1111. 

OSHINO HAKKAI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 8, 8:15-9 p.m.; 5,888 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; 0555-84-4221.    

SOUTHERN BEACH CHIGASAKI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 10, 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; 2,000 yen designated seats per person; 0467-82-1111. 

ANJIN FESTIVAL OCEANIC FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Itoh, Shizuoka prefecture): Aug. 10, 8-9 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks will be launched at five different locations in the ocean; five-minute walk from Itoh Station, JR Itoh Line; 0557-37-6105. 

IZU OSHIMA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 10, 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. 

IWAKUNI SHUTO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Yamaguchi prefecture): Aug. 11, 8-9 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks display at Shimada riverside; 10-minute walk from JR Suomotakamori Station or 10-minute ride from Kuga I.C. on Sanyo Express; 0827-84-0183.

 UTSUNOMIYA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tochigi prefecture): Aug. 10, 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; 028-600-3980. 

HACHIJOJIMA ISLAND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 11, 8:11-9 p.m.;  600 fireworks display at Sokoda Port; 10-hour ferry ride from Takeshiba Pier, Tokyo; 04996-2-1125.

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); three-minute walk from Japan Red Hospital-mae bus stop after taking a bus bound for Minami Morika from JR Morioka Station or shuttle bus available from JR Iwate Iioka Station (200 yen); 019-638-3399. 

AKITA CITY SUMMER FESTIVAL – FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Akita prefecture); Aug. 11, 7:30-9 p.m.; 7,500 fireworks display, including fireworks produced by local middle school students at Omoro Riverside; 15-minute walk from JR Araya Station; 018-888-8080. 

MAEBASHI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Aug. 10, 7-8:45 p.m., 15,000 fireworks beside the Tone River Owataribashi Nanpoku Kasen Ryokuchi (east side of a river), 10-minute walk from Gun-dai Hospital bus stop after taking a bus bound for Shibukawa from JR Maebashi Station on Ryomon Line; 027-234-5111. 

KUMAGAYA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 10, 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 (2,000 yen per day); 048-594-6677. 

HACHIJOJIMA ISLAND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 11, 8:10-8:50 p.m.;  811 fireworks display at Sokoda Port; 10-hour ferry ride from Takehashi Pier, Tokyo; 04996-2-1125.

CHIKUMAGAWA  FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Nagano prefecture): Aug. 14, 8-9 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks display along the River Chikuma near Chikumagawa riverside beneath Chuo-bashi;  15-minute walk from Tokura Station on Shinano Railways; 0269-62-2162. 

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 Libe; 3,000 yen designated seats; 0438-22-7711.

TOWADA CITY FIREWORK DISPLAY (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 14, 7-8:30 p.m.;about 3,000 firework display at Towada Track and Field Stadium; 25-minute ride from JR Shichinohe-Towada Station on Tohoku Express; 0176-24-3006. 

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.

SUWAKO FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Nagano prefecture): Aug. 15, 7 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; 3,500 yen for adults, 1,000 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. 

KAWAGOE FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks at Isanuma Park; 50-minute walk from JR and Tobu Kawagoe Station on Kawagoe Line; 049-227-8233.  

HACHINOHE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 18, 7-9 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display at Hachinohe Tatehana Fishery Port; 10-minute walk from JR Mutsuminato Station; 6,000 yen for designated seats for four people; 0178-70-1110.   

NAGAREYAMA FIREWORKS/MISATO FIREWORKS (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 23, 7-8:15 p.m., 14,000 fireworks by Nagareyama city and Misato city will be displayed beside Edogawa River; five-minute walk from Nagareyama Station on Ryutetsu Nagareyama Line; 04-7158-6111. 

KANAZAWA MATSURI FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 24, 7-8 p.m., 3,500 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. 24, 7:30-8 p.m.; 2,500 fireworks, best viewing spots at Ayase City Shimin Bunka Center; 20-minute bus ride bound for Sotetsu Bus Ayase City Hall from JR Ebina Station on Sagami Line and get off at the terminal station; 0467-70-5661. 

SUKAGAWA CITY SHAKADOGAWA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Fukushima prefecture):  Aug. 24, 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.

MIYAJIMA UNDERWATER FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Hiroshima prefecture): Aug. 24, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; 5,000 fireworks display from the barge; 6,000 yen for a reserved seat; walk/ferry ride from JR Miyajimaguchi Station 0829-44-2011; www.miyajima.or.jp/english/event/event_hanabi.html.

ALL JAPAN FIREWORKS COMPETITION (Akita prefecture): Aug. 31, 5:15-6 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; 30-minute walk from JR Omagari Station; 23,000 yen reserved seats for six people, 15,000 yen for five people, 3,000 yen for one person; 0187-88-8073.  

 

September

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.  

CHOFU FIREWORKS FESTIVAL(Tokyo): Sept. 7 6:30-7:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks beside the Tama River; 25-minute walk from Chofu, Fuda and Kokuryo Stations on Keio Line; 042-481-7311.  

NUMATA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Sept. 14, 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.

ISESAKI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Sept. 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 10,000 fireworks display at Shinsui Koen Unuki Tamokuteki Hiroba, along the Hirose Riverside, 20-minute walk from JR Isesaki Station/Tobu Isesaki Station; 0270-23-5111.  

KYUSHU NO. 1 FIREWORKS CONTEST IN HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): Sept. 21, 6:45-9 p.m.; 22,000 fireworks display contest by national representative teams from Japan, U.S., Russia, China and Canada at Huis Ten Bosch; 0570-064-110; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/.  

 

October

TAMAGAWA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Kawasaki): Oct. 5, 6-7 p.m.; 6,000 fireworks display along the Tama River near Futakotamagawa Station on Tokyu Deientoshi Line; nine-minute walk from Futagotamagawa Station or 15-minute walk from Futako Shinchi Station on Tokyu Denentoshi Line; 044-200-2329.

SETAGAYA TAMAGAWA FIREWORKS DISPLAY (western Tokyo): Oct. 5, 6-7 p.m.; 6,000 fireworks display; 3-minute walk from Futako Tamagawa Station, Tokyu Deientoshi Line or Oi machi Line; 03-5432-3333..

NARITA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL IN INBANUMA (Chiba prefecture):  Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m., 12,000 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. 19, 6-8:15 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; 0965-33-4132.

TSUCHIURA ALL JAPAN FIREWORKS COMPETITION (Ibaraki prefecture): Oct. 26, 6-8:30 p.m.;about 20,000 fireworks display,  competed by fireworks experts throughout in Japan,  at Sakuragawahan, Tsuchiura city, fireworks display completion by ; 20-minute walk fom Tsuchiura Station on JR Jyoban Line; 029-826-1111. 

 

Okinawa

OCEAN EXPO PARK OKINAWA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2019: July 13, 8-8:50 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks display from 8-8:50 p.m. at the Emerald Beach, also beach attractions, live performance and sunset concert scheduled on noon-7:45 p.m.; free entrance to the Ocean Expo Park (limited to first 20,000 people for entry at two entrances; Motobu, Kunikami-gun (two-hour drive north of Naha); 0980-48-2741; http://oki-park.jp/kaiyohaku/en/.  

NAGA NATSU MATSURI: July 27-28, 8-8:15 p.m.; 1,000 fireworks display at Nago Fishing Port Seawall; five-minute walk from Naga City Hall; 0980-52-4243. 

SEAPORT CHATAN CARNIVAL FIREWORKS: July 13-14, fireworks display at Chatan Koen Sunset Beach; 3.1 miles from Okinawa Minami I.C. on Okinawa Express; 098-926-5678. 

URASOE TEDAKO MATSURI: Oct. 19-20, 8:30 p.m.; fireworks display at Urasoe Undo Koen; 10-minute ride from Furujima Station on Yui-monorail; 098-876-1234. 

 

Korea

BUSAN FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Busan): Nov. 2; fireworks display along with high-tech laser light shows and street performances at Gwangalli Beach; Gwangan Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3 or 5; +82-2-1330; www.bfo.or.kr.

The Sumida River Firework Display is one of the most famous fireworks displays in Japan. About 20,000 fireworks will be displayed at the two locations along Sumida River and Tokyo SkyTree on July 27, from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information: www.sumidagawa-hanabi.com
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