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The Top 11 Fireworks Festivals in Japan to Enjoy Hanabi Year-Round!

Sosuke

Sato

Writer

Who loves fireworks? I know that I do. If you love fireworks, you will be busy in Japan because there are so many amazing fireworks festivals here. In this article, I would like to suggest you my recommendations for festivals to make you fall in love with Japan, with fascinating fireworks. Holding fireworks festivals is an old tradition in Japan. Thus, it is well preserved by the nation for everybody to enjoy!



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Contents

1. Ise Shrine National Fireworks Festival

2. The Fire Waving Festival in Akita

3. Fireworks Festival at Isobe Hot Spring

4. Toyohiragawa Fireworks Festival

5. Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival

6. Shiogama Bay Festival

7. Fukigakehara Sand Festival

8. Nanso Satomi Festival

9. Iwate Snow Festival

10. National University Flamenco Festival

11. Osaka Tenmangu Tenjin Festival

1. Ise Shrine National Fireworks Festival

Ise shrine is quite popular with many tourists, and it would be even more beautiful with fireworks in the background. It is not just a festival but also a competition. You can enjoy guessing which ones will be in first place pretending that you are one of the judges. Over 10,000 fireworks will make your summer at Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture!

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Details and Access

Date: Middle of July

Access: 15-minute walk from Yamadakamiguchi station on the JR Sangu Line. From Osaka-Namba station, take the Kintetsu Namba line express until Iseshi station, and transfer to the JR Sangu line. It is 1 stop away from Iseshi station.

For more information about this festival, please click on the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/3854/

2. The Fire Waving Festival in Akita

This festival is going to make your Valentine’s Day unforgettable. It is a festival with impressive fire shows. People tie straws with burning fire and wave them making a performance. It was a traditional ritual hundreds of years ago. After the breathtaking show, you can also enjoy the fireworks display. It is different from just a show. It is more – a mysterious festival.

Details and Access

Date: 13th and 14th of February

Access: Coming by car is the easiest. If you take a train, Kakuodate station is the nearest. From Akita station, take the JR Ou line until Omagari station. Transfer to the Tazawako line and go 6 stops to Kakuodate station.

For more information about this festival, please click on the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/4132/

3. Fireworks Festival at Isobe Hot Spring

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It is held in the middle of August in Gunma Prefecture and you cannot imagine how nice it is to see fireworks by the river and admire its reflection on the water. You can also experience Tourou-nagashi, which is the event where you let the paper lanterns float on the surface of the river. It is really romantic and also Instagram-worthy!

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Details and Access

Date: Middle of August

Access: Walking distance from JR Isobe station on the Shinetsu line, 4 stations away from Takasaki station.

For more information about this festival, please click on the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/3860/

4. Toyohiragawa Fireworks Festival

If you get tired from the desperately hot weather in Tokyo, this festival may satisfy you with a comfortable temperature. There will be about 4,000 of fireworks for you to enjoy and also many things to do around Sapporo. It will be nice to fly all the way to Hokkaido, just to enjoy the cool summer. That is something that you need to treat yourself well!

Details and Access

Date: The last Friday of July

Access: 5 minutes walk from Gyoukei-Dori station on the Sapporo streetcar line. From Sapporo station, take the Namboku line to Odori station where you can get on the streetcar.

For more information about this festival, please click on the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2697/

5. Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival

If you are in Tokyo and looking for some special location, you should visit Jingu Gaien garden. At the festival, you can see fireworks over the Sumida river and it attracts over 1,000,000 visitors every year. A lot of them are wearing yukata, which is the traditional summer robe in Japan. It is fun to try to put them on to actually experience Japanese summer festival.

Details and Access

Date: Middle of August

Access: 5-minute walk from Gaienmae station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.

For more information about this festival, please click on the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/939/

6. Shiogama Bay Festival

Even if you are a festival master, you still would be amazed by what you can see at this matsuri. Here, you can see the dynamic ride of the beautifully decorated ships. This festival originally started for wishing fisherman’s safety and success. There will be over 100 ships in the sea, and the most interesting one is the one that looks like a dragon. In the evening, you can enjoy the fireworks as well, with the dark ocean behind.

Details and Access

Date: 2 days at the beginning of July

Access: 10-minute walk from Hon-Shiogama station on the Senseki line, 12 stations away from Sendai station.

For more information about this festival, please click on the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/3500/

7. Fukigakehara Sand Festival

Once you arrived at the location, your eyes will stick to the gorgeous sand arts. You can try to create one by yourself too, by using natural materials such as shells or wooden sticks. Entrance fee is required but it is absolutely worth visiting. Seeing massive sand works with fireworks is also cool as they look different from the daytime. Might be more mysterious in the evening, so you should see them with your eyes wide open!

Details and Access

Date: 3rd May – 7th May

Access: Take a direct shuttle bus from Kagoshima-Chuo station. It takes 70 minutes from there.

Entrance Fee: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for junior high and elementary students, and free for those under 6 years old.

For more information about this festival, please click on the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2955/

8. Nanso Satomi Festival

Want to see real samurai? Then this festival is for you. This festival is based on a story called “Nansou Satomi Hakkennden”, which was written in the Edo period. It is reflected in the festival itself, you can enjoy seeing the shows including samurai battles. It is wonderful to see the samurai and other participants in their historical costumes in the light of fireworks. That is going to make you fall in love with traditional Japanese culture and history.

Date and Access

Date: The third Sunday of October

Access: 5-minute walk from Tomiura station on the JR Uchibo Line. Tomiura station is about 1.5 hours away from Chiba station.

For more information about this festival, please click on the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2427/

9. Iwate Snow Festival

This is one of the most famous snow festivals in Japan. Especially, you cannot miss illuminated sculptures and spectacular fireworks in the evening. The festival with its massive snow sculptures and fascinating performances attracts over 30 million people every year.  It can also become an unforgettable experience in your life!

 

Details and Access

Date: Middle of February

Access: Take a shuttle bus from Morioka station.

For more information about this festival, please click on the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2398/

10. National University Flamenco Festival

Are you looking for something special? Then, how about the flamenco festival in Chiba Prefecture? It is really a rare opportunity to see the passionate flamenco dances and awesome fireworks. Their colorful costumes also make the festival beautiful, and each one of them is different, which makes it nice to see indeed. The energetic beats may make you dance too; how romantic that would be!

Details and Access

Date: August 8th Access: 20 minutes walk from Tateyama station. Tateyama station is about 1.75 hours away from Chiba station on the JR Uchibo line.

For more information about this festival, please click on the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2157/

11. Osaka Tenmangu Tenjin Festival

The surprising fact about this festival is that it has been held for more than 1,000 years. With its great history, it is beloved by local people in Osaka and all over Japan. You should see the people who are participating since their imperial style costumes are beautiful and exceptional. They sail on the river and pray for the protection from God. Fireworks start at 6 and finish at 7 p.m. Certainly, people grab some snacks or beers to enjoy their time. Osaka Tenmangu is well known as the place for God of learning too. You may get both fun and cleverness by visiting here if you are lucky enough!

Details and Access

Date: 24th and 25th of July

Access: 4-minute walk from Osaka Tenmangu Station on the JR Tozai line. From Higashi-Umeda station (connected to Osaka station), take the Osaka metro for 1 stop.

For more information about this festival, please click on the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1299/

Who’s Excited?

Fireworks are beautiful at any location and any season, but the way you enjoy it is different depending on the festival.

Seats

At some festivals, they have reserved seats you can buy. If you want to get the best view it may be good to try. For example, you can enjoy watching Jingu Gaien fireworks anywhere in central Tokyo. However, if you pay for seats at the stadium, you will definitely have the best view!

Money

Of course, most of the fireworks festivals are free of charge. But there will be some food stands in many cases so good to have some small amount of money with you.

If you need any help, you can contact Huber, which is the matching platform for you and local guides. If you are looking forward to attending one of the festivals or hesitating about your plans in Japan, just click on the banner below and your new local friends will help you to make the right choice!

Experience More Fire Festivals in Japan

Do you like that mystical scenes and atmosphere that fire creates in the darkness? I always liked watching the fire as it has a hypnotic effect. Even though there are not so many fire festivals in Japan, some of them are still taking place serving many religious purposes or victory celebrations. If you are looking forward to having some cultural experience in the dark with fire in Japan, the following article will introduce you to 10 Best Fire Festivals in Japan. Please click on the link below!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5190/

An Ultimate Idea Source for Your Tokyo Stay!

Most of the travelers who come to Japan enter the country through Tokyo. Even if it is not the main place of your destination, it would be a great idea to stay in the capital city for a few days. The biggest conglomerate in the world has much to offer to any kind of traveler. Whether you want to go sightseeing, shopping, eating out, or trying something special that you can experience only in Japan, Tokyo has it all. In the following article, you will find 100 things and many ideas on how to spend your time in Tokyo! Please, have a look, URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/7726/ 

Don’t Stay Hungry at the Festival!

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For all foodies who enjoy Japanese Festivals would be nice to get acquainted with the rich choice offered by Yatai (Japanese festival food stalls). The food presented during Matsuri is pretty different from the one you get at the restaurants in Japan. Besides, there is a certain charm in grabbing some snack from a food stall and diving back into the festival crowd. I am sure that you will discover something new about Japanese festival food from the following article!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5504/

Would You Like to Know How to Enjoy a Japanese Festival Even More?

A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5363/

Did You Know That There is a Festival Every Day Somewhere in Japan?

Japan is a country of festivals indeed. Matsuri is an essential part of traditional Japanese culture. Thus, every day somewhere in Japan a festival takes place. There are traditional and modern festivals, on the sea and on the ground, in summer and winter. Japanese are hardworking people. However, when you attend at least one festival in Japan, you will understand how locals like to party. The article under the link below will introduce you to a celebration on any day of the year. I am sure you will find an event that suits your interests utmost!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/6572/

Sosuke Sato

Hi everyone! I’m Sosuke! I hope I can tell you guys the attractiveness of Japanese tradition and fantastic culture through my articles!

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