Hanabi 2013 花火 – Summer Fireworks Festival

Fireworks give life and  color to the night sky. Fireworks display and events are held in various places in Japan throughout the year but most prominently during the summer season when the wind is gentler and the sky is clearer.

Summer Hanabi with its festival atmosphere attracts not only Japanese but foreigner residents and tourists as well, drawing around 700,000 to more than a million viewers in one night. Most Japanese men and women attend this event wearing the traditional yukata, summer kimono or jinbei which makes the event really fun & unforgettable. Street vendors also set up stalls and sell various types of drinks, food, desserts, and traditionally held festival games.

Below is a list of some of the 2013 Hanabi schedule:

Tokyo Area

Adachi Fireworks Festival Info: over 12,000 fireworks easily visible from around the river
Date: July 20, 7:30pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Arakawa Riverside
Nearest Station: Kita-Senju Station
Tel #: 03-3880-5853
Website: http://meturl.com/adachihanabi
Katsushika Noryo
Fireworks Festival
Info: 12,000 strong fireworks display in the riverside
Date: July 23, 7:20pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Edogawa Riverside
Nearest Station: Shinshibamata Keiseikanamachi Line Shibamata Station
Tel #: 03-3838-5558
Website: www.city.katsushika.lg.jp
 Hachioji Fireworks Festival Info: party in the park with around 3,000 fireworks
Date: July 27, 7pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Hachioji Shimin Baseball Stadium
Nearest Station: Nishi-Hachioji Station
Website: www.hachioji-kankokyokai.or.jp
 Showa Kinen Park Fireworks Info: around 5,000 fireworks with seats with a better view
Date: July 27, 7:20pm
Entrance: Free
Location: Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa-shi
Nearest Station: JR Chuo Line Tachikawa Station
Tel #: 042-528-1751
Website: www.tbt.gr.jp/hanabi2013
Sumida River Fireworks  Info: over 20,000 fireworks display in 2 sites (for details, please check website)
Date: July 27, 7:05pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Sumida River
Nearest Station: Asakusa Station / Kuramae Station
Tel #: 03-5608-1111
Website: http://sumidagawa-hanabi.com
Koto (Koh-Toh) Fireworks Festival Info: about 4,000 colorful fireworks display
Date:
Aug 1, 7:30pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Arakawa sand town waterfront park
Nearest Station: Minami-Sunamachi Station
Tel #: 03-3647-4963
Website: www.city.koto.lg.jp/seikatsu/community
Itabashi Fireworks Tournament Info: 11,00 fireworks, Niagara Falls of sparklers over the Arakawa riverbed
Date: Aug 3, 7:00pm
Entrance: Free / reserve seating ¥3,000 – ¥28,000
Location: Itabashi
Nearest Station: Nishidai Station
Website: www.itabashihanabi.jp
Edogawa Fireworks Festival Info: 14,000 fireworks decorate the night sky synchronized to samba music
Date: Aug 3, 7:15pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Edogawa riverbed
Nearest Station: JR Sobu Koiwa Station
Tel #: 03-5662-0523
Website:
www.city.edogawa.tokyo.jp/hanabi2013
Tokyo Wandai
Fireworks Festival
Info: over 12,000 stunning display over Tokyo Bay
Date: Aug 10, 6:50pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Harumi Sports Grounds, Chuo-ku
Nearest Station: Toei Oedo Kachidoku Station / Tokyo Metro Tsukishima Station
Website: http://meturl.com/wandaihanabi
Setagaya-ku Tamagawa
Fireworks Festival
 Info: fireworks in luscious green surroundings
Date: Aug 17, 7:00pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Tamagawa Ryokuchi Sports Grounds, Kamata, Setagaya-ku
Nearest Station: Futako-Tamagawa Station
Website: www.tamagawa-hanabi.com
Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival Info: music of artists and 10,000 fireworks color the summer of Jingu
Date: Aug 17, 7:30pm
Entrance: Free / reserve area ¥2,000 – ¥36,000
Location: Jingu-gaien
Nearest Station: JR Shinanomachi Station / Toei Oedo Kokuritsukyogijo Station
Website: www.jinguhanabi.com
Chofu City Fireworks Festival Info: 9,000 fireworks display
Date: Aug 24, 5:50pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free / reserve seating ¥2,500 – ¥20,000
Location: Tamagawa Riverside
Nearest Station: Keio Line Chofu Station
website: http://hanabi.csa.gr.jp

Other Areas

Shizuoka Prefecture
ATAMI Sea
Fireworks Festival
Info: Colorful fireworks shine as bright as midday featuring a finale of “large air Niagara” fireworks
Date: Jul 20, 28 Aug 5, 8, 20, 25, 31, 8:20pm
Entrance: Free / pay bleachers ¥1,000 – ¥1,600
Location: Atami Bay, Nagisacho, Atami-shi, Shizuoka
Nearest Station: JR Kinomiya Station / JR & Tokaido Shinkansen Atami Station
Tel #: 0557-85-2222
Website: www.ataminews.gr.jp
Numazu Summer Festival, Kano Fireworks Info: about 10,000 fireworks for 2 nights
Date: July 27 & 28, 7:15pm (postponed to July 29 & 30 in case of bad weather)
Entrance: ¥6,000 – ¥9,000 (1 group of up to 6 people)
Location: Kano River riverbed (Eitaibashi – Onaribashi – Ayumi Bridge)
Nearest Station: JR Numazu Station
Tel #: 055-934-4747
Related URL: www.city.numazu.shizuoka.jp/kankou/event/hanabi/numazunatu
Maritime Festival Fireworks Shimizu Info: about 10,000 displays
Date: Aug 4, 7:30pm
Entrance: Free
Location: Shizuoka Shimizu-ku Hinodecho
Nearest Station: JR Shimizu Station
Tel #: 054-354-2189
Anjin sea
Fireworks Festival
Info: approximately 10,000 fireworks display
Date: Aug 10, 8:00pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: ¥2,000
Location: Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture Ito coast region
Nearest Station: JR Ito Station
Tel #: 0557-37-6105
Chiba Prefecture
Ichikawa Nouryou
Fireworks Tournament
Info: 14,000 different themes synchronized to music
Date: Aug 3, 7:00pm
Entrance: Free
Location: around Edogawa River, Ichikawa-city, Chiba
Nearest Station: JR Sobu Ichikawa Station
Website: www.ichikawa-hanabi.jp
Makuhari Beach
Fireworks Festival
Info: Over 12,000 fireworks launched overlooking the ocean
Date: Aug 3, 7:30pm
Entrance: ¥2,000 (river side), ¥3,000 (sea side)
Location: Makuharikaihin Park, Mihama 1, Chiba City, Mihama-ku, Chiba
Nearest Station: JR Keiyo Line Makuhari Station
Tel #: 050-5548-8686
Website:
www.chibahanabi.com
Tateyama Fireworks Festival Info: 10,000 displays including the over-sized star mine “Tateyamawan fireworks”
Date: Aug 8, 7:30pm (postponed to Sep 10 in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Hojo near the coast, Hojo, Tateyama, Chiba
Nearest Station: JR Tateyama Station
Tel #: 0470-22-8330
Website: http://tateyamacity.or.jp/hanabi
Kanagawa Prefecture
Yugawara Onsen
Fireworks Festival
Info: 2 days of spectacular fireworks
Date: July 14 & Aug 3 (postponed to Aug 6 in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Yugawara Beach, Yugawara, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa
Nearest Station: JR Tokaido Yugawara station
Tel #: 0465-63-2111
Website: http://meturl.com/yugawarafire
Kamakura Fireworks Festival Info: 2,500 fireworks on the coastline of historic Kamakura
Date: July 23, 7:20pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Yuigahama and Zaimokuza beaches, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Nearest Station: Yuigahama Station or Wadazuka Station
Website: www.kamakura-info.jp
Kanagawa Shinbun
Fireworks Festival
Info: 15,000 fireworks over Yokohama’s stunning skyline
Date: Aug 1, 7:00pm (postponed to Aug 3 in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Rinkou Park, Minato Mirai, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Nearest Station: JR Yokohama Station or Minato Mirai Station
Website: http://hanabi.kanaloco.jp
Shonan Hiratsuka
Fireworks Festival
Info: Featuring 3,000 fireworks display including luxurious “star mine”
Date:
Aug 23, 7:00pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance:
Free
Location:
Sagami River estuary (Shonan Itako), Hiratsuka, Kanagawa
Nearest Station:
Hiratsuka Station
Tel #:
0463-35-8107
Website:
www.city.hiratsuka.kanagawa.jp
Fujisawa Enoshima
Fireworks Festival
Info: 3,000 beachside fireworks light up the autumn sky
Date: Oct 19, 6:00pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Katase beach, Katase, Fujisawa, Kanagawa
Nearest Station: Katase-Enoshima Station
Tel #: 0466-22-4141
Website: http://meturl.com/fujisawahanabi
Gunma Prefecture
Denen Dream
Fireworks Festival
Info: 10,000 elaborate fireworks amid the paddies
Date: July 15, 7:50pm
Entrance: Free
Location: Fukujima, Tamamura, Gunma
Nearest Station: JR Takasaki Line Shinmachi
Website: www.town.tamamura.lg.jp
Takasaki Matsuri Info: Giant floats & taiko drums, dances, & daruma with fireworks
Date: Aug 3, 7:40pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Yachiyomachi, Takasaki, Gunma
Nearest Station: Takasaki Station
Website: www.takasaki-matsuri.jp
Maebashi Fireworks Info: About 15,000 fireworks to color the magnificent night sky of midsummer
Date: Aug 10, 7:00pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free / paid bleachers ¥2,500 – ¥100,000
Location: Tonegawa riverbed, Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture
Nearest Station: Shibukawa Station
Tel #: 027-234-5108
Related URL:
www.city.maebashi.gunma.jp/kanko
Water Fireworks ~ Happiness Water Info: 10,000 fireworks to light up the mountains
Date: Aug 16, 7:30pm
Entrance: Free
Location: Tsukiyono junior high school baseball ground
Nearest Station: Gokan Station Station
Tel #: 0278-62-1155
Tochigi Prefecture
Sontoku Summer Festival Info: 10,000 lakeside sparklers & illuminations
Date: July 31, 7:30pm
Entrance: Free
Location: Isagahara, Mooka, Tochigi
Nearest Station: Kugeta Station
Tel #: 0285-74-4666
Utsunomiya Fireworks Festival Info: around 20,000 fireworks display
Date: Aug 10, 7:00pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free / reservations required for premium seating
Location: Dojojuku Town Parkland, Utsonomiya City, Tochigi
Nearest Station: JR Utsunomiya Station (20 minutes Kanto bus garage Yanagida)
Website: www.utsunomiya-hanabi.jp
Twin Ring Motegi
Fireworks Festival
Info: 12,000 race track rockets
Date: Aug 14, 7:30pm
Entrance: ¥500 – ¥2,500
Location: Twin Ring Motegi, Haga District, Tochigi
Nearest Station: Motegi Station
Tel #: 0285-64-0001
Website: www.twinring.jp
Saitama Prefecture
Saitama City Oowada
Fireworks Festival
Info: 5,000 fireworks to decorate the night of Saitama
Date: July 30, 7:30pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Oowada Park near Kita-ku Minuma 1-chome, Kita-ku, Saitama
Nearest Station: Omiya Koen Station / Owada Station
Related URL: http://www.stib.jp/event
Ageo Fireworks Festival Info: About 13,000 fireworks launched in the sky with personalized messages
Date: Aug 3, 7:00pm (postponed to Aug 10 in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free, reservation required
Location: 2606-1 Hirakata, Ageo City, Saitama
Nearest Station: Sashiogi Station
Website: www.ageo-kankou.com
Kumagaya Fireworks Festival Info: Approximately10,000 fireworks to light-up beside Arakawa River with variety of types including written messages from residents
Date: Aug 10, 7:00pm (postponed to Aug 11/17/18 in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free / Reserved Seats ¥2,000 – ¥22,000
Location: Arakawa River, Kumagaya City, Saitama
Nearest Station: JR Kumagaya Station
Related URL: www.kumagaya-kanko.jp
Niigata Prefecture
Gion Kashiwazaki
Fireworks Festival
Info: About 15,000 fireworks will color the night sky
Date: July 26, 7:30pm
Entrance: Free
Location: Minatomachi Seaside Park, Kashiwazaki Central Beach, Kashiwazaki, Niigata
Nearest Station: JR Shinetsu Kashiwazaki Station
Tel #: 0257-22-0726
Website:
www.e-cotte.com/hanabi/
Nagaoka Fireworks Info: 20,000 colorful fireworks display featuring 2 shots of 36 inch Sanjaku-dama per day which blooms a diameter of up to 600 meters.
Date: Aug 2 & 3, 7:30pm
Entrance: Free
Location: Shinano River (downstream of Chosei Bridge), Nagaoka City, Niigata
Nearest Station: Nagaoka station
Tel #: 0258 (39) 2221
Website: nagaokamatsuri.com
Sanjo Summer Festival Fireworks Info: 8,000 fireworks display
Date: Aug 3, 7:30pm (postponed to Aug 5 in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Town Park, 6-Chome Honcho, Sanjo, Niigata
Nearest Station: JR Kitasanjo Station
Tel #: 0256-32-1311
Related URL:
www.niigata-kankou.or.jp/sanjo/kanko/event/
Niigata Fireworks Festival
Info: 10,000 fireworks shine in Shinano River
Date: Aug 11, 7:15pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free / Reserved seats ¥2,000 – ¥9,000
Location: Shinano River, Chuo-Ku, Niigata
Nearest Station: JR Echigosen Hakusan Station
Tel #: 025-226-2608
Website:
http://niigata-matsuri.com
Ibaraki Prefecture
Koga Fireworks Festival Info: 20,000 fireworks synchronized to music
Date: Aug 3, 7:20pm
Entrance: Free
Location: 10-1 Nishimachi, Koga City, Ibaraki
Nearest Station: Koga
Tel #: 050-5548-8686
Website: www.kogakanko.jp/hanabi
Joso Kinugawa Fireworks Info: About 7,000 fireworks
Date: Aug 31, 6:20pm (postponed to Sep 1 in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Grandstand seats ¥2,000 – ¥8,000
Location: Joso Hashimoto Sports Park (Kinugawa River), Ibaraki
Nearest Station: Kanto Railway Joso Mitsukaido station
Tel #: 0297-22-2121
Website:
www.joso.or.jp/fireworks.php
Tsuchiura National Fireworks
Competition
Info: One of the top three firework shows in Japan where pyrotechnic companies show off their latest and best designs to the brokers in attendance who are shopping around for next summer’s shows.
Date: Oct 5, 6:00pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free / balcony seats ¥9,500 – ¥19,000
Location: Sakuragawa Riverbed, Ibaraki
Nearest Station: JR Joban Line Tsuchiura Station
Tel #: 029-824-2810
Website: tsuchiura-hanabi.jp
Osaka Prefecture
Osaka Tenjin Fireworks Info:  approximately 4,000 fireworks are set off in the night sky
Date:
July 25, 7:00pm
Entrance:
Free
Location:
AlongOgawa River around Osakajo Kitazume, Osaka Tenmangu
Nearest Station: 
Osaka Tenmangu Station
Website:
www.osaka-info.jp/tenjin_matsuri/
Ina Fireworks Info: About 4,000 fireworks to rise between Osaka & Hyogo charm
Date: Aug 17, 7:20pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Ina shore, Ikeda-shi, Osaka
Nearest Station: Ikeda Station
Tel #: 072-754-6244
Related URL:
http://www.city.ikeda.osaka.jp/kakuka_annai/shimin_seikatsubu/
Gifu Prefecture
Nagaragawa Chunichi Fireworks Info: 30,000 fireworks lit off against the dramatic backdrop of Mt. Kinka
Date: July 27, 7:00pm (postponed to Aug 17 in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Nagara River Hashimoto flow (Nagara Bridge – Bridge between Jinhua), Gifu
Nearest Station: Gifu Station
Tel #: 052-221-0671
Related URL:
www.gifucvb.or.jp/en/02_event
Gero Onsen
Fireworks Musical
Summer Performance
Info: Approximately 13,000 fireworks are timed to music, lighting the sky in a gorgeous display on the last day of the Gero Onsen Matsuri
Date: Aug 3, 8:00pm (postponed to Aug 16 in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Gero Onsen Spa District, Gero City, Gifu
Nearest Station:  JR Takayama Line Gero Station
Tel #: 0576-25-2541
Related URL:
www.city.gero.lg.jp
Fukushima Prefecture
Fukushima Fireworks Festival Info: About 10,000 fireworks display
Date: July 27, 7:30pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Junction of Abukuma and Matsukawa Rivers, Fukushima Furukawa
Nearest Station: JR Fukushima Station
Tel #: 0180-99-3590
Iwaki Fireworks Festival Info: 10,000 fireworks synchronized to music
Date: Aug 3, 7:00pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: ¥2,000 – ¥10,000 for pair seats
Location: Iwaki Onahama port Aqua Marine Park, Iwaki City, Fukushima
Nearest Station: Izumi Station
Tel #: 0246-53-5677
Website:
www.iwakihanabi.com
Fukuyama Dream Fireworks Info: 6,000 fireworks display
Date: Aug 3, 7:30pm (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free / Sponsor seats ¥3,000
Location: Fukuyama riverbed multipurpose open space, Koriyama, Fukushima
Nearest Station: Mogi Station (2.8km away)
Tel #: 024-923-0896
Website:
http://fukuyama-s.or.jp/hanabi
Akita Prefecture
Omagari Fireworks Festival Info: One of the 3 great fireworks competitions of Japan with approximately 15,000 fireworks to light up the night sky
Date:
Aug 24, 5:30pm
Entrance:
Free / Balcony Reserved Seats ¥13,000 – ¥21,000
Location:
Omono River Athletic Park, Omagari Funabacho, Daisen-shi, Akita
Nearest Station:
Omagari Station
Tel #:
0187-62-1265
Website: www.oomagari-hanabi.com
Kyoto Prefecture
Maizuru Port Festival
Info: About 5,000 fireworks display
Date: July 28, 7:30pm, (postponed to next day in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free
Location: Higashimaizuru coast, Maizuru Beach, Kyoto
Nearest Station: JR station Maizurusen Higashimaizuru
Tel #: 0773-62-4600
Uji River Fireworks Info: Display of sound and light featuring 7,000 fireworks unfolds in the night skies.
Date: Aug 9, 7:45pm (postponed to Aug 12 in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free / Paid Bleachers ¥2,500 – ¥5,500
Location: Fortress Sports Park (Taiyogaoka), Uji Riverbanks park, Uji, Kyoto
Nearest Station: JR Nara Line Uji Station
Tel #: 0774-23-3334
Website: www.ujihanabi.jp
Dokkoise Fukuchiyama Fireworks Info: A pageant of light and sound featuring about 6,000 fireworks
Date: Aug 15, 7:30pm (postponed to Aug 18 in case of bad weather)
Entrance: Free / Paid Bleachers ¥6,000
Location: Yuragawa Otonaze ​​River Bridge (Fukuchiyama Otonaze ​​Hashimoto flow)
Nearest Station: JR San’inhonsen-Fukuchiyama Fukuchiyama Station
Tel #: 0773-22-2108
Website: www.fukuhanabi.org
Nagano Prefecture 
Chikuma Summer Evening Fireworks Tournament Info: Approximately 10,000 fireworks dispplay
Date: Aug 7, 7:30pm
Entrance: Free / Reserved Seats ¥1,000
Location: Tokura Kamiyamada Onsen Chikuma River, Chikuma, Nagano
Nearest Station: Shinano Railway Tokura station
Tel #: 026-276-4548
Website: http://chikuma-hanabi.jp
Azumino Fireworks Info: About 10,000 colorful fireworks lights the night, accompanied by music
Date: Aug 14, 7:00pm
Entrance: Free / Reserved Seats ¥1,500 – ¥5,000
Location: Sai ​​River riverbed (west), Azumino City, Nagano
Nearest Station: JR Akashina Station
Tel #: 0263-82-3131
Website: azuminohanabi
Suwa Lake
Fireworks Festival
Info: One of the largest fireworks festival in Japan featuring around 40,000 displays over the lake with sounds reverberating off the surrounding mountains
Date: Aug 15, 7:00pm
Entrance: Free / Reserved Seats ¥1,000 – ¥6,000
Location: Suwa Lake, Suwa City, Nagano
Nearest Station: JR Chuo Line Kami-Suwa Station
Tel #: 0266-52-4141
Website: www.suwako-hanabi.com
National Fireworks
New Games
Info: 18,000 fireworks display by fireworks teacher who gather from all over the country
Date: Sep 7, 7:00pm
Entrance: Free / Reserved Seats ¥2,000 – ¥2,500
Location: Suwa Onsen, Suwa Lake, Suwa, Nagano
Nearest Station: JR Chuo Line Kami-Suwa Station
Tel #: 0266-52-2111
Website: www.suwako-hanabi.com