2017 Firework Festivals in Japan—The best places to spend with that special someone!

31.July.2017 | SPOT

Firework season is here! There are lots of different places to go and see fireworks in Japan, but with so many options it can be difficult choosing where exactly to go. So here’s a list of recommended firework destinations to visit around the city, each fully-loaded with their own unique firework displays!

 

33rd Ichikawa Civic Fireworks Display

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The Ishikawa Hanabi Taikai is held in Ishikawa and Edogawa simultaneously where both cities compete against each other to put on the best display to the 490,000 attendees. Around 14,000 fireworks are launched in total with 8 different themes while accompanied by music. The opening fireworks alone total around 1,000 fireworks, all of which are launched in just 5 seconds! The entirety of the festival is also broadcast live on J:COM.

 

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33rd Ichikawa Civic Fireworks Display

Date: August 5, 2017 – 19:15-20:30
(In the case of rain the event will be postponed to August 6th. In the case of rain on August 6th the event will cease)
Location: Kasenshiki, Edogawa, Taishuu San-chome

Full details regarding J:COM can be found here: http://www.jcom.co.jp/service/tv/

 

Jingu Gaien Hanabi

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Jingu Gaien Hanabi is a busy and long-established unique firework festival that also hosts concerts preceeding the firework show. Lots of artists attend every year to perform at the festival. This year, the event will hold a collaboration with the movie “Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?” Japanese singer DAOKO, who sings the main theme song for the film, is scheduled to perform at the event.

 

For full details regarding the collaboration, please visit: Collaboration Between “Jingu Gaien Hanabi Taikai” Firework Festival & Anime “Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?”

 

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2017 Jingu Gaien Hanabi Taikai (38th Taikai)

Date: August 20, 2017 (in case of postponement, August 21th is also booked)

Firework show will begin at 19:30 and finish at 20:30.

Location: Meiji Jingu Gaien

 

Funabashi Port Water Park Fireworks Festival

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This is one of Japan’s featured summer firework festivals. Held at Funabashi, the event draws in around 80,000 people. As part of a special program to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Funabashi’s rise to city status, the firework show will give rise to a diverse array of unique fireworks. It will open with 800 fireworks being launched in just 8 seconds, as well as feature fireworks 80 meters tall, gourmet fireworks creating the image of hard clams (a food that Funabashi specialises in), sports fireworks toasting players from Funabashi, and more.

 

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Funabashi Port Water Park Fireworks Festival

Date/Time: August 2, 2017 – 19:30 to 20:30

Location: Funabashi Port Water Park

 

Tachikawa Showa Kinen Park Fireworks Festival

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Over 360,000 people attend this festival where almost 5,000 fireworks are launched. It is packed with sights to see  including firework various techniques such as ‘isshaku gosun tama’ and ‘gei kyou tama.’ The outdoor location can fit more than twice the number of people than Tokyo Dome. There’s lots to be excited about when it comes to this festival.

 

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Tachikawa Showa Kinen Park Fireworks Festival

Date/Time: July 29, 2017 – 19:20 to 20:20

Location: Tachikawa Showa Kinen Park, Minna no Harappa

Price: Adults (15 years and over) ¥410 / Children (between 6-15 years old)

 

Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Symphony of Fireworks “Fireworks HANABI Symphonia -meets Sky Light Magic-“

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This unique firework show uses computer technology to synchronise fireworks and music within 0.1 seconds of each other. By using a combination of fireworks, visuals and music, the captivating display of the “Sky Light Magic” show will light up the giant rooftop of the Aqua Museum to create and even more entertaining show.

 

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Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Symphony of Fireworks “Fireworks HANABI Symphonia -meets Sky Light Magic-“

Dates: July 15th, July 16th, July 22nd, July 29th, August 5th, August 11th-19th

*Running every Saturday and during Obon
Time: From 20:30 (approx. 10 mins) 
Viewing Location: Board Walk
※In case of rain, the show will be suspended.

 

How about spending your night under the sky this summer at a special fireworks festival in Japan?

 

writer: Ellie Howlett

Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

 

 

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    ▼Ine Fireworks

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    Official Website: http://www.ine-kankou.jp/inehanabi/

     

     

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    Floating Lanterns Uchiage Hanabi/ Ito Coast

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    Taiko no Hibiki (Echoing Drums)  Uchiage Hanabi (Ito Kaigan)

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    August 9 (Fri) 20:50 ー 21:00 (Approx. 800 fireworks)

    Anjin Large-Scale Seaside Fireworks Festival / Along Ito Coast 

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    Yanmono Sato Hanabi Taikai /Yawatano

    In just 30 mins, 3,000 fireworks are fired into the sky, bursting into dynamic patterns that illuminate the sea and create a scene of lingering beauty that you will not be able to peel your eyes from. The fireworks are set off right before the spectator’s eyes so you can watch the fireworks develop into spontaneous beauty right above you. 

    August 14 (Weds) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 3,000 fireworks)

    Kawana Dolphin Beach Large-Scale Seaside Fireworks / Dolphin Beach Park

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    August 15 (Thurs) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 2,000 fireworks)

    Ito Hot Springs Hashi Festival Fireworks/ Ito Beach

    At this unique festival, a tower made of chopsticks used at the hot springs is set on fire for a memorial service. A portable shrine overflowing with strong energy is carried through the streets as part of a parade. The event also sees hand-held fireworks, enhancing the festival vibes. The fireworks explode over the sea, colouring the sky with a scene that represents the end of summer. 

    August 22 (Thurs) 20:30 ー 21:00 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)

     

    The summer holidays is the perfect time to enjoy a fireworks festival, so why don’t you check one out?

  • During the summer holiday period between July and September, Aquamarine Fukushima is holding a range of events and supporting children to learn about marine life independently. Come join in the festival fun with goldfish scooping games, quoits, and much more. There will also be a fair from August 11 to 15. 

    Aquamarine Fukushima Rare Creatures Picture Book <Complete the pictures!>

    Dates: July 13 ー September 1

    Aquamarine Fukushima is displaying rare creatures and ecological systems. The children can write the name of the new creatures they discover in their own picture book. Once they have completed the picture book, it will be an original record of discoveries. As the children record the features of the animals and other organisms they discover, adults will also find this information beneficial when looking around the exhibitions. 

     

    How to take part: Pick up an application form at the entranceway on floor 1 of the aquarium main building (Honkan). The answers will all be distributed in one place. (Subject to change).

     

    Summer Aquamarine Fukushima: Children’s Answer Room

    Open: July 20 ー September 1 

    Here, all the answers to the children’s puzzles about Aquamarine life are presented in panels and explained in easy terms. Along with the picture book where the children can record interesting life forms, this is the perfect way to support independent exploration. 

     

    Goldfish scooping and Fun Fair

    You can purchase goldfish that were bred at the aquarium, or catch them yourself at the goldfish scooping area. There is also a games corner where you and your children can enjoy a range of fun activities such as quoits. 

    The goldfish building, which just opened last year, will be bringing back its 60cm-large Goldfish Nebuta lantern. To raise spirits during Japan’s O-bon lantern festival, the aquarium will be open for much longer so that a lantern event can be held in the evening. 

     

    Iwaki Traditional Vegetable Marché

    Open: August 17 ー 18 (11:00 ー 14:00)

    Head to the Aquamarine Aguri located outside Aquamarine Fukushima to purchase everyday vegetables as well as Japanese vegetables that have been grown through the cooperation of Iwaki farmers and Iwaki city. The traditional Iwaki marché sells mainly traditional summer vegetables such as okuimo potatoes, yardlong beans, beefsteak plants, kojiroi cucumbers, and much more. From local vegetables to healthy goods, everything is produced at Aquamarine Fukushima. 

     

    Iwaki Fireworks Festival 

    Enjoy the sight of fireworks soaring through the sky before your very eyes from the Aquarium grounds. This large-scale fireworks event will run until 9 pm on August 3.

     

    Running: August 11 ー 15 (8pm) . 

    ※ Last entries: Up to 1hr before closing time. 

     

    Come visit Aquamarine Fukushima for a perfect fun-filled day with the family!

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