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JapanTOWADA LAKE FIREWORKS (Aomori prefecture): July 16-17, 8-9 p.m.; 1,000 fireworks s during four days at Yasumiya Pier by Towada Lake; 0176- 75-2425.

GERMAN VILLAGE FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Gunma prefecture): July 17 & 23 & Sept. 17, 8:30-8:50 p.m., 5,000 fireworks with music; free after 5 p.m.; 30-minute drive from Isesaki I.C. on Kita Kanto Express/20-minute ride from Akagi Station on Tobu-Line; 027-283-8451.

KATSUSHIKA FIREWORKS (Tokyo): July 26, 7:20 p.m; 7,000 fireworks; 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.

SEIBU AMUSEMENT PARK FIREWORKS (Saitama prefecture): July 31, 8-8:30 p.m., (every Sat. & Sun. in Aug. and Aug. 13); about 2,500 fireworks; Seibu Yuenchi Station, Seibu Line; free; call 04-2922-1371 for reservation.

YOKOSUKA KAIKOKU FESTIVAL FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 6, 7:30-8:10 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks as the finale of Yokosuka Kaikoku (port opening) festival Aug. 1-6, Off Umikaze Park; 15-minute walk from Yokosuka Chuo Station, Keikyu Line; 046-822-8294.

JINGU GAIEN FIREWORKS (central Tokyo): Aug. 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; about 10,000 fireworks, live music and performances at nearby Jingu Stadium and National Stadium, Chichibunomiya Rugby Field; tickets are 1,500-4,500 yen; Sendagaya or Shinanomachi Station, JR Sobu Line; 03-3547-0900.

KAWAGOE FIREWORKS (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m.; 5,000 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.

SENDAI FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Miyagi prefecture): Aug. 7, 7:15-8:45 p.m.; 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 s along with flamenco performances; three-minute walk from Tateyama Station, JR Uchibo Line; 0470-22-8330.

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

TWIN RING FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tochigi prefecture): Aug. 14, 7:20-8 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks and music and with various motor sports events at Twin Ring Motegi Speesway; 80-minute drive from Utsunomiya IC on Tohoku Express or a 60-minute drive from Kanuma IC on Tohoku Express or a 33-minute drive from Mito IC on Jyobai Express; 2,500 yen adults, 500 yen children and 2,000 yen for vehicle parking and 500 yen for bike parking, 5,000 yen for ticket covering one vehicle, all passengers and parking; 0268-64-0080; www.twinring.jp/fireworks.

TOWADA CITY FIREWORKS (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 14, 7-8:30 p.m.; about 4,000 fireworks at Towada Sports Stadium; 0176-75-2425.

SUWAKO FIREWORKS (Nagano prefecture): Aug. 15, 7-9 p.m., 39,000 fireworks including the giant Niagara Fall Fireworks”; 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 children; 00266-52-4141.

KANAGAWA SHIMBUN FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 17, 7-8 p.m.; 6,000 fireworks; Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, 15-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 0425-227-0744.

SUMIDA RIVER FIREWORKS (Tokyo): Aug. 27, 7:05-8:30 p.m.; One of the most famous fireworks s displays in Japan with 20,000 fireworks at two locations along Sumida River, eastern Tokyo; Asakusa Station, Ginza and Asakusa Lines; 03-5246-1445; sumidagawa-hanabi.com/index_eg.html.

ALL-JAPAN NEW FIREWORKS (Nagano prefecture): Sept. 4, 7-8:30 p.m.; 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.

OkinawaSEAPORT CHATAN FIREWORKS : July 9-10, 8:45 p.m; 1,300 fireworks; Chatan Park Sunset Beach; 098-926-5678.

URASOE TEDAKO FESTIVAL: July 23-24, 9 p.m.; 2,000 fireworks; Urasoe Athletic Park, along with Taiko drum, Eisa dance, harii dragon race and children’s sumo; 098-876-1234.

NAGO FIREWORKS FESTIVAL: July 30-31, 8 p.m.; 1,000 fireworks; Nago Fishing Port; 0980-52-4243.


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