Summer Fireworks Festivals in Japan

Illumination in the night sky

One of the highlights of planning a trip to Japan in the summer is to see the beautiful lit night sky during one of the Hanabi Taikai ( or firework festivals) held throughout Japan during the months of July and August, including the famous fireworks seen at the Nagaoka Matsuri (Festival) in Niigata Prefecture.

The festival is held during August 1-3, 2017 (fireworks display during August 2-3). Go enjoy the local food delicacies sold at the nearby 'yatai' or food stalls and enjoy the famous long-scale fireworks display, including various kinds of big and small 'sanshakudama' fireworks, from waterfall and volcanoes fireworks, beautifully lit and painting the night sky.

See below for two other firework festivals held in Japan

Sumida River Fireworks Festival

Planning a trip to Tokyo in late July? Then you're in luck! Don't miss the opportunity to see one of Tokyo's historical summer event, the Sumida River Fireworks Festival, on July 29, 2017. Historically and formerly known as the Ryogoku Kawabiraki, the fireworks along the Sumida River dates back to the late Edo Period (around 1733). Although the event has been suspending for some years to follow, from 1978 onwards, it has been held annually, with over 22,000 fireworks illuminating the Tokyo city skyline ever summer.

Miyajima Fireworks Festival

One of the most popular gorgeous firework display, the Miyajima Fireworks Festival, will take place in Hiroshima prefecture, on August 26, 2017.

Over 5,000 fireworks will light up the night sky and the surface of the shore along the world famous Itsukushima Shrine. Whether viewing the fireworks from Miyajima or from the opposite shore of the city of Hatsukaichi, this breathtaking event of coloful illumination is not to be missed!

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