Summer 2019 Japanese Fireworks Festivals With The Wow Factor

30.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

Hello everyone, this is Midori from MMN’s Editorial Department!

The first thing that pops into your head when you think of summer is fireworks. During the summer, Japan hosts so many large-scale fireworks events that it can be difficult to decide which one to visit. However, some festivals really stand out from the crowd. Today, I will share with you some fireworks festivals I would highly recommend for their extra wow-factor. 

 

If you’re interested, check out the 2019 list for the top 10 fireworks festivals in Japan

 

2019 Artistic Fireworks at Moerenuma Park, Sapporo

Last year, this event was cancelled due to an earthquake, so excitement levels are high this year. 

This year, the fireworks dream team have put together a special non-stop program which includes the highest fireworks in the whole country. A fireworks photo and painting competition will be held after the fireworks event day.

 

▼2019 Artistic Fireworks at Moerenuma Park

Date: September 7, 2019

Official Website: https://www.moere.jp/

 

Relax 221m Above Ground: The RESTAURANT LUKE with SLY LOUNGE Fireworks Plan

Fireworks events held within the city can get very crowded, so how about watching them explode beautifully in the night sky from a restaurant? RESTAURANT LUKE with SLY LOUNGE is the perfect place to watch the Sumida River Fireworks festival and its 20,000 fireworks, or the Edogawa Fireworks Festival, where 14,000 fireworks are launched. Make sure to ask for the fireworks plan if you want this experience.

Being able to watch fireworks high in the sky is a wonderful lifetime opportunity. 

 

▼RESTAURANT LUKE with SLY LOUNGE

Address: St.Luke’s Garden, 47th floor, 8-1 Akashicho, Chuo City, Tokyo

TEL: 03-3248-0211

Firework event plans:

July 27 Sumida River Fireworks Festival Special Plan

August 3 Edogawa Fireworks Festival Special Plan

Adults: ¥15,000, high school students: ¥6,000, middle school students: ¥4,000, elementary school students: ¥2,000 (Free for those under elementary school age)

Official Website: https://www.restaurant-luke.com/restaurant.html

 

Shin Yokohama Fireworks Festival  2019 Special Tickets

Kohoku-ku, Yokohama will be celebrating the 80th year of the Shin Yokohama Fireworks Festival. Tickets for seats to watch the 2019 fireworks event are now being sold. The fireworks will be launched in an area that is hundreds of metres wide. For the finale, you can enjoy yellow streams of light as they fall out of the sky. As this fireworks event is taking place at Shin Yokohama, you can get seats at the Nissan Stadium or the tennis court to enjoy a beautiful night.  

Photo: Takeshi Kanetake 

 

▼Shin Yokohama Fireworks Festival 2019

Date: July 7, 2019

Prices: Special entry area (unreserved seats): ¥2,000 (per person, 1m2 picnic sheet, 1 entry ticket).

Tennis court garden table seat: ¥20,000 (4 people, 4 tickets, 1 garden table), Nissan Stadium north side (for legal supporters/ event sponsors and others who contributed to the event: ¥54,000 (6 people, 6 tickets, table seating).

Official Website: http://shinyokohama-hanabi.com/

 

Enjoy Fishing With A Beautiful Fireworks Display In The Sky at Echizen, Fukui

Visit Echizen port to enjoy a beautiful fireworks display whilst on the hunt for fish and squid. This is a relatively cheap plan considering that you also get the chance to enjoy a beautiful view. This is a wonderful way to create special memories.

▼ Fishing and Fireworks in Echizen, 2019

Date: July 13, 2019

Price: Squid: ¥ 6,000 per person Fish: ¥7,000 per person (40 people max).

(Includes fishing equipement. Price is the same for both children and adults).

Official website: https://www.town-echizen.jp/SSL/experience/detail.php?id=90

 

A Cool Night at The Pool and Fireworks Every Day at Phoenix Seagaia Resort, Miyazaki

During the summer holidays, there will be a fireworks show every evening at Phoenix Seagaia Resort in Miyazaki prefecture. They have special seating, and also those who choose accommodation on the club floor can see the fireworks launched before their very eyes.

You can also enjoy the night pool or barbeque and simultaneously witness the fireworks. The best part is that there is a show everyday, so there is no need to worry about fitting it in with the rest of your plans.

 

▼Phoenix Seagaia Resort Summer Fireworks 2019

Event Period: Every day from July 20 ー August 31, 2019

Official Website: https://seagaia.co.jp/

 

This summer will be the first ever fireworks season of the Reiwa era, so how about making it extra special by attending a fireworks festival with that extra wow factor?

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    ■Information

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    Address: 1-1-43, Abenosuji, Abenoku, Osakashi
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    TEL06-6621-0300
     
    Tenku Hanabi -FIREWORKS BY NAKED-
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    Date: starting from September, 21st 2018 (Fri.)
    Time: After sunset ~ 21:40
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    ■Information

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    Display times: 19:00 — 23:30  (One cycle lasts 7 minutes and is repeated every 30 minutes)

    Display area: San-ai Dream Centre (Ginza 4-Chome Crossing), 5-7-2, Ginza,  Chūō Ward, Tokyo

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    Official website: http://jp.ricoh.com/company/advertisement/dreamcenter/

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    When May rolls around in Japan, ticket sales open for the country’s many firework festivals. It is the season when Japanese people start checking their calendars so they don’t miss out on the summer fireworks and being drawing up any travel plans if they are attending a faraway festival.

     

    Today we will take a look at the Top 10 firework events to attend in Japan this summer as ranked by Hankyu Travel International from the number of attendees from last year’s festivals.

     

    1st Place: Omagari Fireworks Festival (Daisen, Akita Prefecture)

    Soaring in at No. 1 is the Omagari Fireworks Festival. Boasting a bright history of over 100 years, this famous festival enjoys an attendance rate exceeding 700,000 every single year. As well as the general display, the event also holds a firework competition which sees firework masters from all across Japan come together in a battle to put on the best light show. Some of these experts have received various awards such as the Prime Minister Award and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award. Omagari is also the only place in Japan to hold a firework competition in the late afternoon.

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    Date: August 31, 2019

    Time: Afternoon Fireworks – From 17:15 / Evening Fireworks – From 18:50

    Location: Omagari, Daisen, Akita Prefecture (大仙市大曲 雄物川河畔)

    Access: 30-minutes on foot from JR Omagari Station

     

    ▼Omagari Fireworks Festival Details & Tour (Japanese)

    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/kokunai/event/oomagari/?p_baitai=9599

     

    2nd Place: Nagaoka Fireworks Festival (Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture)


    On August 1, 1945, the lives of 1,488 locals were taken during the Bombing of Nagaoka. The following year, a festival was held in an effort to aid in restoring the destroyed town. This is the precedent to the annual Nagaoka Festival which includes a firework display. It has been held every year for over 70 years with people from all over the country travelling to attend it. It is considered one of the main three firework festivals of Japan.

     

    2019’s program has several famous fireworks lined up for the display as well as the Phoenix, a firework to commemorate the restoration of the Chuetsu area of Niigata Prefecture from the earthquake back in 2004.

     

    Date: August 2, 2019 – August 3, 2019 (*Nagaoka Festival will take place on August 1)

    Time: 19:20-21:15

    Location: Riverside of Shinano River under the Chosei Bridge in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture

    Access: 30-minutes on foot from JR Nagaoka Station

     

    ▼Nagaoka Fireworks Festival Details & Tour (Japanese)

    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/kokunai/event/nagaoka-hanabi/?p_baitai=9599

     

    3rd Place: Huis Ten Bosch Fireworks Festival (Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture)

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    Dates

    Ghibli Music Fireworks: July 13, 2019

    Summer Special Fireworks: August 10, 2019

    Kyushu Fireworks Competition: September 21, 2019

     

    Location: Huis Ten Bosch

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from JR Huis Ten Bosch Station

     

    ▼Huis Ten Bosch Hotel Tour & Information (Japanese)

    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/kyushu/nagasaki/huistenbosch/?p_baitai=9599

     

    4th Place: Ashikaga Fireworks Festival (Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture)


    This year will mark the 105th run of the Ashikagawa Fireworks Festival which takes place beside the Watarase River. Last Year, Hankyu Travel International offered a tour plan consisting of both the Ashikagawa Fireworks Festival and the Kiryuyagibushi Festival. The latter gained popularity for its program which included a Blue Impulse performance, an aerobatic demonstration from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. The finale of this year’s Ashikagawa festival will feature an 800 meter firework display.

     

    Date: August 3, 2019

    Time: 19:00-20:45

    Location: Under Tanaka Bridge near Fujioka Watarase Sports Park and the riverside

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Ashikaga Station via the JR Ryomo Line

     

    5th Place: Kachimai Fireworks Festival (Obihiro, Hokkaido)


    The Kachimai Fireworks Festival is organised by Tokachi Mainichi News which celebrates 100 years since launching this year. The first run of this festival dates back to 1929 when it was the first ever fireworks festival to be held in Hokkaido. In recent years, the company have set up a live VR stream which offers a a 360° view of the fireworks and festival. This year, to celebrate Tokachi Mainichi’s 100th anniversary, they will also hold a demonstration on how fireworks are launched for the first time. The finale will be the Nishikikamuro, a special firework launch synonymous with the festival, which will light up the night sky with a spectacular display.

     

    Date: August 13, 2019

    Time: 19:30-21:00

    Location: 400 meters along the Tokachi Ohashi Bridge in Obihiro, Hokkaido

    Access: 30-minutes on foot from JR Obihiro Station

     

    ▼Kamachi Fireworks Festival Tour (Japanese)

    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/kokunai/keyword/%E5%8B%9D%E6%AF%8E%E8%8A%B1%E7%81%AB%E5%A4%A7%E4%BC%9A/?p_baitai=9599

     

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    As well as the illuminations, there will also be mistletoe lanterns hiding in the trees to celebrate romantic love this Christmas. Get ready to count down with everybody at the event as when you reach zero, all of the lanterns will turn on at the same time. There will even be mini live performances where you can sing along to Christmas songs.

     

    Christmas Sweets at Hoshino Resorts Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court

    Order the “Episode de Noel” at Hoshino Resorts Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court for a delicious Christmas sweets dessert course of 4 treats.

     

    This is just a peek inside the stocking of what’s to come at the festival. There will be a hot chocolate bar, fresh s’mores, kids events, photo spots, a Christmas market, and more. Ride your sleigh into HOSHINO Karuizawa Area this winter.

  • Gamers! Rally Your Teammates For A New Quest: TOKYO GAME SHOW

    05.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The TOKYO GAME SHOW is in a league of its own. It is a mecca for gamers who cannot get enough of Japanese games and entertainment. This is where Japan’s major game publishers from all kinds of platforms unite to put on an enormous exhibition. 

    This includes the opportunity to explore games that are yet to be released as well as hear new announcements about the direction developers are steering the future of gaming. There’s no lagging behind. This is a major event for the gaming industry, raking in leagues of heroes every year. 

    On August 28, a total of 2,417 game booths were announced, which is the largest number the event has ever seen in its history. This event is home to games on a range of platforms including for console, smartphone and PC. The enormous variety of genres includes the most cutting-edge and latest trends including Esports, VR and much more.

     

    For those of you who love cosplay, this event is your chance to finally meet your fantasy. The outside area of Hall 9 will have a Cosplaying Area Stage where two events will take place: a cosplay fashion show and a gathering. 

    On Saturday 14th, Hall 1 event stage will hold the Cosplay Collection Night@2019 event where participants and event staff will take over the stage in game character cosplay. Spectating is free, so feel free to watch as each cosplayer dominates the entire stage, showing off their excellent craftsmanship and skills as they walk the runway and strike a pose definitely worth saving in your highlights! 

     

    On Sunday 15th at 2:30 pm, cosplayers will take to the stage in units of two or more to put on a dance or combat show that you just cannot critically miss out on. 

     

    Schedule:

    September 14 (Sat)  From 12:00 ー Cosplay Runway  From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway

    September 15 (Sun) From 13:30 ー Cosplay Runway From 14:30 ー Cosplay Dance and Combat Shows From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway

    The Gathering is where cosplayers can interact with one another and have photos taken ー the perfect opportunity to send those friend requests. On September 14, a gathering dedicated to the Final Fantasy Tales Series will take place on the Cosplay Area Stage. On September 15, there will be gatherings for the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series.

     

    Schedule:

    September 14  13:00-13:30 Final Fantasy Series Gathering  14:00-15:00 Final Fantasy Tales Series Gathering 

    September 15 12:30-13:00 Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors Series Gathering

    More information on the exhibitions, booths and events will be announced on the morning of September 12 so please check it out. 

     

    There is no better way to multi kill your time than to spend the entire day at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019 ー get your tickets and GLHF!

  • 5 Temples in Kyoto Announce Exclusive Viewings For Their Secret Cultural Assets

    05.September.2019 | SPOT

    The history of Yamashina dates back over 1,400 years when Kyoto, then known as “Heian-kyō,” was the official capital of Japan. Located in the southeastern part of Kyoto, Yamashina is rich in history, abound with nature, and has maintained a traditional industry that has gone unbroken since ancient times.

     

    This year, with the arrival of Japan’s new emperor and the opening of a brand new era, five of Yamashina’s great temples are set to unveil several cultural assets, which until now have never been shown to the public.

     

    They are as follows.

    Anshoji Temple’s Wooden Jūichimen Kannon Statue (Important National Treasure)

    Kajū-ji Temple’s Sliding Door Panel Artwork  – “Eight Views of Ōmi” & “Tatsuta River Autumn Leaves” (Important National Treasures)

    Zuishinin Temple’s Gold Lacquered Fan Inkstone Case & 4-Panel Folding Screen

    Bishamon-do Temple’s Imperial Prince Flag & Tortoise Shell Doors

    Honkokuji Temple’s Kyōzō (Important National Treasure)

     

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of central Kyoto and steep yourself in its history with this very special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

  • Kobe Readies For Rugby World Cup With Hospitable Events

    03.September.2019 | SPOT

    The 2019 Rugby World Cup is set to take place in Japan from September 20 to November 2. Many stadiums are hosting the games across Japan this year, one of which is Kobe Misaki Stadium. It is predicted that there will be many people visiting the city of Kobe for the World Cup.

    The competing teams at Kobe Misaki Stadium, also known as Noevir Stadium Kobe, are as follows: England vs USA on September 30, Ireland vs Russia on October 3, and South Africa vs Canada on October 8. An estimated 120,000 spectators will be present across the four matches, around 30,000 of which arriving from overseas.

     

    In response to the many fans set to appear in Japan’s sixth-largest city, venues are shops across Kobe are set to serve up a classic plate of Japanese omotenashi―or “hospitality―with a line-up of events and tours. Let’s take a look at just some of the exciting things the city has planned for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

     

    1. Meriken Park Fanzone in Kobe

    Rugby fans can enjoy the thrilling atmosphere of the World Cup at one of the many Fanzones set to open across Japan for the games. Entry to all of the Fanzones is free. In Kobe, look forward to live screenings of the matches, food stalls serving local food, promotional booths and more. The fun doesn’t have to end at the matches: fans can continue to enjoy the excitement before and after too at a Fanzone.

     

    2. Hospitable Events

    The Kobe Tourism Bureau has teamed up with local business around the city to prepare what they are calling “Hospitable Events For Fans.” Taking place from late September to early October, these events will offer exclusive and unique Kobe experiences. There are 6 in total, but we will take a look at just 2.

    MUSIC&DANCE@KOBE PORTOPIA Night 2019

    From big disco hits to rock tunes, EDM beats and groove, enjoy a feel-good late-night dance and music party at the fancy Kobe Portopia Hotel. Soak up the warm summer evening while freestyle boogieing.

    YORU-BAR ~Night Food Festival~

    People of all ages are invited to the popular YORU-BAR at Sannomiya Center Gai which will run from late September to early October. They will serve up a tasty selection of Japanese seafood to Kobe cuisine.

     

    3. KOBE Experience Guided Tour

    Aimed at foreign tourists attending the Rugby World Cup in Kobe, the Experience Guided Tour is comprised of 25 unique programs for people to experience Japanese culture, Kobe’s local food culture, and more. The tours will not only be limited to Kobe either―some will also spread to neighbouring cities. Let’s take a look at some of them.

    *All programs available in English only

    Premium Kobe beef at the almost 150-year-old restaurant Oi Nikuten

    Kobe beef is one of the three top brands of high-quality Japanese Wagyu beef. It’s the most well-known and popular type of Wagyu in Japan. With this program, you will learn various ways to enjoy Kobe beef at Oi Nikuten, a long-standing restaurant that first opened back in 1871.

     

    ▼Bookings

    https://www.viator.com/tours/Kobe/Various-ways-to-enjoy-Kobe-beef-Long-established-store/d27432-165105P24

    Experience Zen Meditation at Tenjoji Temple in Kobe City

    Immerse yourself in traditional Japanese culture with Zen meditation session at Tenjoji Temple. Learn all about the rich history of the temple with an incredible guided walk before sinking deep into meditation.

     

    ▼Bookings

    https://www.govoyagin.com/ja/activities/japan-kobe-experience-zen-meditation-tenjo-ji-kobe-city/11290

     

    There is lots to be discovered in Kobe, and the doors to its culture are open and ready to embrace all for the Rugby World Cup. Look forward to everything here and much, much more when the matches begin on September 20.

  • Adventure World Wildlife Theme Park in Wakayama Adopts SmaLingual Multilingual App

    03.September.2019 | SPOT

    Adventure World has announced that it has adopted SmaLingual to the park, a multilingual app designed for foreign tourists and travellers in Japan to help them get around.

     

    SmaLingual is a simultaneous multilingual interpretation service which uses a multilingual speech translation engine. Available in 10 languages including English and Brazilian Portuguese on both phones and browsers, the service translates and interprets both text and speech simultaneously, enabling people to have conversations with each other in different languages. The app’s functions also have a language level over TOEIC800, ensuring that you convey the right information correctly.

    Using this app means you will be able to read and understand descriptions and explanations written around the park, cautious on interacting with the animals, and so on.

     

    Now guests can enjoy Adventure World with friends and family to the fullest without making a mistake.

  • Himeji Castle Places Number 1 On Japan’s Top 20 Castles For 4th Year in a Row

    03.September.2019 | SPOT

    TripAdvisor® has just released its list of the top 20 castles in Japan from 2019 as reviewed by travellers and tourists.

    Himeiji Castle

    This is the 7th time the website has run this list. Coming in at No. 1 for the fourth year in a row is none other than Himeiji Castle, located in the city of Himeiji in Hyogo Prefecture.

    Matsumoro Castle

    Kumamoto Castle

    Moving up from 4th place to 2nd place this year is Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture, and from not ranking at all last year to 3rd place this year Kumamoto Castle. These top three castles comes as a package as they are considered Japan’s three premier castles.

     

    Kumamoto Castle is set to re-open this autumn after reconstruction work is complete. The castle suffered damages after the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes. Although time is required for the full restoration, you can still see the majestic tower keep surrounded by paling. Japanese users on TripAdvisor have commended it as a symbol of restoration and their joy with the repairs being done.

    Hirosaki Castle

    For the first time in four years, Hirosaki Castle ranks on the list in 12th place. Situated in central Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture, the castle is a known living symbol of the Edo Period (1603-1868). Construction work has been taking place since 2015 to repair the base of the castle structure on the east side due to deterioration. In summer 2015, the castle tower was moved 70 meters without taking the castle apart to allow for work to be carried out. A moving castle is certainly a rare sight to see in Japan-and something you only imagine from a Studio Ghibli movie!

     

    The castle has been praised on TripAdvisor for how beautiful its surrounding nature is, from the cherry blossoms in spring to the red and yellow leaves in autumn. The castle can be enjoyed throughout all the seasons.

    Tsuyama Castle

    Making the list for the first time ever is Tsuyama Castle which can be found in the beautiful Kakuzan Park in Okayama. When you ascend the magnificent stone steps of the castle and turn around you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Tsuyama. In spring, the castle’s white watchtowers look picturesque next to the pink cherry blossom trees.

     

    From castles that have been maintained since they were first built to others that have been rebuilt from their former forms, there are countless sites to behold while in Japan. Be sure to use the Top 20 list as reference when travelling there!

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