Jul 5, 2010
Summertime fireworks in Japan 2010
Summer in Japan is a time for spectacular fireworks displays! Below we listed some of Japan’s biggest fireworks events – called hanabi (花火) — which take place in July and August. The events are listed from north to south. The dates and times are current. However, if you plan on attending any of these events, please refer to the official web sites for any changes and updated information.
August 28 at 6:50 PM – Official web site
This event, started in 1910, is considered one of the largest and most prestigious in the country. Location is along the Omonogawa river in Omagari district in Daisen, Akita Prefecture.
August 5 from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Official web site
About 16,000 fireworks will be set off near Sendai Nishi Park in the city of Sendai, close to Hirose-dori subway station. The location can also be reached by bus from Sendai Station.
Tokyo – Sumidagawa Hanabi
July 31 from 7:05 PM – 8:30 PM – Official web site
This is Tokyo’s largest fireworks display along the Sumida river. About 20,000 fireworks will be set off between Sakurabashi and Kototoibashi bridges and between Komogatabashi and Umayabashi bridges. Both locations are close to Asakusa Station.
Tokyo – Ichikawa Hanabi
August 7 from 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM – Official web site
The event takes place along the Edogawa river. About 1,000 fireworks will explode in the first 10 seconds. Altogether the sky will be lit up by 14,000 fireworks near the Shinozaki Park (Shinozaki Station). The fireworks can also be seen from across the river in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture.
Tokyo – Tokyo Bay
August 14 from 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM – Official web site
The event will about 12,000 fireworks will take place in Harumi Futo which can be reached from Kachidoki, Tsukishima and Toyosu. Free admission tickets for the main venue will be available by lottery. In the event of bad weather the fireworks will be canceled.
July 3 from 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Official web site
About 2,000 fireworks over the lake Kawaguchiko will mark the beginning of the Mt. Fuji climbing season. The area also offers great view of Japan’s trademark mountain. Additional 10,000 fireworks will be set off on August 4 (8:00 PM – 8:30 PM) and August 5 (7:30 PM – 9:00 PM). The location can be reached from Kawaguchiko Station on the Fuji Kyuko Line.
Kanagawa – Yokohama
Augusut 1 from 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM – Official web site
About 8,000 fireworks will explode in the Minato Mirai district in Yokohama. The event can be seen from Rinko Park, Red Brick Park, Yamashita Park and elsewhere. Closest stations are Minato Mirai, Sakuragicho and Yokohama.
Kanagawa – Yokosuka
August 7 from 7:30 – 8:10 PM – Official web site
This event with 10,000 fireworks, which is part of the Yokosuka Kaikoku festival in the Yokosuka New Port, can be seen from Umikaze Park, Mikasa Park and elsewhere. Closest station is Yokosuka-Chuo on the Keikyu Line.
July 25, 30 and August 5, 11, 19, 22, 29 from 8:20 PM – 8:50 PM – Official web site
The fireworks will be set off over Atami Bay in Atami and will be best seen from Atami Sun Beach, Shinsui Park and elsewhere along the city’s coast. Closest station is Atami. In the event of typhoon, the fireworks will be canceled.
August 7 from 7:50 PM – 8:40 PM – Official web site
Fireworks will illuminate over the Yodogawa river in Osaka. Closest stations are Tsukamoto and Umeda. In the event of bad weather, the fireworks will be postponed to next day, August 8.
August 7 from 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM – Official web site
About 10,000 fireworks will be set off over Kobe Port in Kobe. The event will be best seen from Meriken Park, Nakatottei and elsewhere. Closest station is Motomachi.
August 5 from 7:40 – 9:10 PM – Official web site
About 18,000 fireworks display will light up the sky over Chikugogawa river in the city of Kurume. Fireworks will be set off from two locations near the shrines Suitengu and Sasayamajinja. Closest station is Kurume.