July 14, 2011
JapanGERMAN VILLAGE FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Gunma prefecture): July 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 or 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.; 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.
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 33-minute drive from Mito IC on Jyobai Express; 0268-64-0080; www.twinring.jp/fireworks.
OkinawaURASOE 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.