Celebrate Summer 2018 in Japan With These 3 Gorgeous Fireworks Festivals

  • Summer is the season of festivals in Japan. This hot and humid season brings floating shrines, street food, shaved ice, and yukatas. Summer is also the time for spectacular fireworks displays, and festivals crop up all over the country showcasing big, beautiful performances. This season in Japan isn’t complete without enjoying a fireworks show while eating some yummy okonomiyaki or a sausage on a stick.

    If you are going to be in Tokyo this summer 2018, there are many wonderful events you can attend to enjoy some fireworks!

    1. Hachioji Fireworks Festival

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    Head to Hachioji Shimin Kyujo Ballpark in Fujimori Park for a relatively small yet exciting fireworks festival. You can reach the venue by walking for 15 minutes from Nishi-Hachioji Station or Yamada Station. Try to get there early if you would like to get a good spot.

    The exact date for this free event is yet to be disclosed, but it is estimated to take place on the 21st of July 2018, from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM. Because it’s a smaller festival, you can expect smaller crowds and a better view! If the weather is bad, the event may be moved to Sunday, so be sure to check the weather forecast.

    Hachioji Fireworks Festival Website *Automatic translation available

    2. Adachi Fireworks Festival

    The 40th Adachi Fireworks Festival will have a whopping 12,000 fireworks! It will be held along the riverside about 15 minutes from Kita-Senju Station. Because this is a much more popular festival, it is recommended that you go a couple of hours early and take some food and drinks. The area is clearly lit up and you can find a nice spot from which to enjoy the show.

    This festival will be held on the 21st of July 2018, from 7:30 PM until 8:30 PM. It might be canceled if there is heavy rain or storms, so keep an eye on the weather forecast.

    40th Adachi Fireworks Festival Website *Japanese only

    3. Kamakura Fireworks Festival

    Kamakura is less than an hour from Tokyo and is beautiful to visit any time of year with its many temples, shrines, and the famous giant Buddha statue, Daibutsu. Head to Yuigahama Beach on the 24th of July 2018, from 7:20 PM until 8:10 PM, to see a gorgeous fireworks display over the sea! This event is special because after rumors that the event was going to be canceled, locals pitched in to make it happen.

    It’s a good idea to spend the day in Kamakura and then finish it off with this event. However, be sure to check the weather forecast as it will be moved to the 25th if there is bad weather and will be canceled altogether if weather persists.

    70th Kamakura Fireworks Festival Website *Japanese only

    Tips for Attending a Fireworks Festival in Japan
    • Arrive early. People start showing up a few hours before the actual show begins to secure good spots. If you’d like to sit down, go early and bag a spot.
    • Take a picnic blanket. You can get a large picnic blanket at the 100-yen shop. The grass could be wet and a blanket protects you from insects and dirt.
    • Take food and drinks. If there are food stalls, they can get busy and a little expensive. Also, take some drinks so that you don’t have to move from your spot once the show has started.
    • Go to the toilet when you can. Ideally, go early and remember where they are. That way, you can quickly go before the show begins.

    If you love fireworks, Japan is the place to be in summer! These three festivals can all be accessed easily and are fun to attend with friends or family. Take some food and drinks, perhaps wear a yukata, and celebrate with the locals while watching beautiful displays.