#1. Nagaoka Fireworks Festival – Niigata
Nagaoka fireworks festival is one of the largest fireworks festivals in Japan and held along the Shinano River over two nights in August. You can enjoy a variety of remarkable fireworks for almost 2 straight hours on both nights.
It originally began in 1946 as a war-damage reconstruction festival. The Phoenix-shaped fireworks became a symbol of recovery after the 2004 Niigata Earthquake. People mourn for the souls of the deceased through the fireworks festival. You can feel the spirit of Japan there. Also the finale of the show covers about two kilometers of the river and it is the widest span of fireworks in the world.
Nagaoka Fireworks Festival
Period: The 2nd and 3rd in August from 7:25pm ~ 9:10pm
Place: Along the Shinano River, Nagaoka city, Niigata
Access: 20 minutes on foot from Nagaoka Station
* 6 hours by bus from Tokyo to Nagaoka city
* 2 hour by shinkansen from Tokyo station to Nagaoka station
Website: Nagaoka Hanabi
#2. Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition – Ibaraki
Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition is one of the biggest firework show in Japan and held in October along the Sakura River. It is a big entertainment of sound and light and gives impressions to all spectators visiting this show.
It is very honor to be a winner and get a prize in this special competition. The fireworks can be seen from all around the city but the best viewing point is along the river.
Tsuchiura National Japan Fireworks Competition
Period: The 1st Saturday in October from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Place: Along the Sakura River, Tsuchiura city, Ibaraki
Access: About one hour by train from Ueno station to Tsuchiura station on JR Joban line
Website: Tsuchiura City Guide
#3. Omagari National Japan Fireworks Competition – Akita
Omagari National Japan Fireworks Competition is held every year on the 4th Saturday of August along the Omono River in Daisen city. More than 30 fireworks makers from all over Japan compete to show off their technique and skills. The champion will receive the Prime Minister Prize.
This fireworks competition has a long history and started in 1910 when fireworks were an attraction of the festival at the Suwa jinja Shrine. Every year more than 600,000 people visit to see this big breath taking fireworks from all over Japan.
Omagari National Japan Fireworks Competition
Period: The 4th Saturday of August from 6:50pm
Place: Along the Omono River, Daisen city, Akita
Access: About 3 hours by Shinkansen from Tokyo station to Omagari station
Website: Omagari Hanabi (Japanese)
#4. Sumida River Fireworks Festival – Tokyo
Sumida River Fireworks Festival is one of the biggest and the oldest fireworks festivals in Japan. Over 20,000 colorful fireworks are launched and nearly one million people visit to see this magnificent display every summer.
Actually it is held in 2 locations and in one location, the contest is also held. Also you can enjoy the collaboration fireworks with Skytree that is one of the symbol tower in Tokyo. It is really worth seeing.
Sumida River Fireworks Festival
Period: The last Saturday in July from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Place: Along the Sumida River, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Access: Asakusa station or Kuramae station on Toei Asakusa line
Website: Sumidagawa Hanabi
#5. Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival – Osaka
Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival is a very big event and the most famous firework festival in Osaka. The fireworks are all dynamic and powerful. Also the contrast of the large fireworks backed by huge buildings is stunning.
This festival is actually operated through donations from local companies and so on. Also many volunteers participate in the help to make a success in the festival. This festival shows local people’s love for their hometown.
Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festivals
Period: The first Saturday in August from 7:50pm to 8:40pm
Place: Along the Yodo River, Osaka
Access: Juso Station on Hankyu Line or JR Tsukamoto Station.
Website: Yodogawa Hanabi (Japanese)