Nishiki River Fireworks – One of the Biggest and Magical Riverside Firewor



Nishiki river fireworks are one of the three most significant fireworks events by the river in Japan. It takes place on Saturday of the first week in August every year in Iwakuni city in Yamaguchi prefecture. Several mini-events are going on before the main fireworks festival. Fireworks displays are common summer events in Japan. Why don’t you see this one by the Kintaikyo – Japan’s famous Bridge? You can enjoy fireworks in a different way there!

The History of Nishiki River Fireworks

 Nishiki River Fireworks started as a celebration of people’s appreciation for the Nishiki River. Nishiki River is the longest river in Yamaguchi prefecture. It is 110km long. This river has been a source of many lives in the area and brought necessities such as food and water supply to people. You can tell how much people who lived and live around this river have been benefiting from the Nishiki River for generations. That is why this festival opens with a blessing ceremony -水恩祭 (Suion sai), which means the festival that appreciates the river in Japanese. Every creature came from water. And even now we cannot live without it. We, especially people from the developed world, tend to take it for granted that we have easy access to water whenever we want.

The fireworks start at 8:00 p.m., but it may be a good idea to join Suion sai before the fireworks because it reassures you of the importance of the water.

About Nishiki River Fireworks

Nishiki River Fireworks start in the evening, but there is some event going on before launching the fireworks. In the morning, there is Suion Festival that I mentioned above. And Treasure hunting game, Yosakoi Dance Parade (Japanese traditional dance), performance of Iwakuni drums and music concert follows. As for the fireworks, it is the most prominent fireworks display in Yamaguchi prefecture. In 2017 about 120,000 people gathered to see these fireworks. You will see over 6,000 magnificent explosions in the sky. Don’t forget to bring your phone or camera. The color and sound that you are going to experience will blow your mind. It is so compelling!

Right Spots to See the Fireworks

 It will be super crowded at the venue on the event day. The best spot to see the firework will be 下河原 (Shimogawara) parking lot that is right beside the Kintai bridge. This is the closest spot to the fireworks, but also this place is where everyone wants to go. If you would like to avoid the crowd yet enjoy the fireworks, you can try the spot between Kinkyo Bridge and Kinjyo Bridge. There you can see fireworks behind Kinkyo Bridge and the reflection of fireworks on the river surface. You will be surrounded by the light from the top and the bottom. Just imagine how sensational it would be? Or you can go the Garyo Bridge. You cannot see the fireworks close enough but definitely can avoid the craziness of the crowds.

What Else You Can Do During the Fireworks

There will be a lot of food booths at the venue. You can try traditional Japanese festival food like Yakisoba, deep fried chicken, or Apple candies. Or you can stroll around the city before the fireworks start. There are many historical sites to check out in Iwakuni city like Iwakuni castle, Yoko temple, Shrohebi (white snake) Shrine and more. At Iwakuni castle, you can get on the ropeway. On the top station of the ropeway, you can see the view on the whole Iwakuni city.

Access and Details


Saturday of the first week in August every year


Around Kintaikyo (Kintai Bridge)

Schedule (2018):

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Suion festival at Nishikisui shrine

9:30a.m.-12:00p.m. Treasure hunt game at Kikko Park

10:20 a.m.-10:40a.m. Iwakuni Drum Concert at Kikko Park

6:30p.m.-7:00p.m. Music concert at the upper side of Kinati Bridge

8:00p.m.-9:00 p.m. Fireworks around Kintai Bridge


12 to 25 minutes bus ride from Iwakuni or Shin Iwakuni Stations.

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Closing Remarks

Nishiki river fireworks are the biggest fireworks in Yamaguchi prefecture. You can explore the city before the fireworks or join the pre-events for getting to know more about the culture of Iwakuni city. It is entirely up to you.

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All images are courtesy of Yamaguchi Prefectural Tourism Federation

Do You Like Fireworks Festivals?

Hope you enjoyed reading this article and it made you want to visit the Asia Port Fireworks Festival! However, there are a lot of fireworks festivals and events in summer, as fireworks festivals are one of the traditional events in Japan. Put on your Yukata and getas, meet your friends and enjoy a beautiful night sky lit up with thousands of colorful fireworks!
If you are planning to visit Japan to see fireworks, the following article picked the top 11 best fireworks (or Hanabi) festivals for you!


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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and it made you want to visit this great festival. Lantern festivals in Japan are very popular, and you can see it in any season. If you would like to know more about other lantern festivals in Japan, enjoy its mystical atmosphere, and admire a glowing night in Japan, please click on the link below and you will find an article on the best 13 lantern festivals in Japan!


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!



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