10 Beautiful Fireworks Displays You Can See in Kansai

What a wonderful summer it's going to be!


There’s no shortage of fireworks displays in Japan during the summer. Here, we list down 10 fireworks festivals you can attend in Kansai. Take note of the schedules and any cancellation announcements.


Tenjin Festival Fireworks



One of the three major festivals that have been continuing for more than 1000 years is Osaka’s Tenjin Festival. The biggest event that draws more than 1.3 million people every year is the fireworks during the Tenjin festival. About 100 groups of bonfires, 5000 fireworks launched, create this fantastic scenery. Every year, in honor of the Tenjin, original fireworks that form the shape of Umebachi red plums are shot. There are also many unique fireworks that form different characters.


The Tenjin Festival Fireworks was held at Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture last July 25, 2019.


48th Kakogawa Matsuri Fireworks



At the Kakogawa Festival, held in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture, approximately 5,000 shots including Starmine will be launched. As it is launched from the center of the river, you can admire it from anywhere around the venue. If you prefer to be seated on a chair while watching the fireworks, you can purchase a paid seat (¥1,000 per seat), which can be purchased in advance.


The 48th Kakogawa Matsuri Fireworks will be held in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture on August 4 (Sunday) from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In case of stormy weather, the event will be cancelled. The launch site is a 30-minute walk to the northwest from JR Kakogawa Station North Exit. There will be  traffic regulation around the venue on the day. For more information, you may contact +81-79-424-2190 (Kakogawa Matsuri Executive committee).


72nd Awajishima Festival Fireworks



Hyogo Prefecture's largest fireworks display is celebrating its 72nd anniversary this 2019. The fireworks that are launched near the Enomoto Ohama coast brightly illuminate the sea surface and briefly let you can experience a fantastic world. A 320-meter Shakutama ball, which was ordered from famous pyrotechnicians around the country, will hit a Starmine obliquely underwater during the event. Known as the "Underwater Star Mine," it boasts some of the best oblique strikes in the country. 


The 72nd Awajishima Festival Fireworks will be held in Kushimoto City, Hyogo Prefecture on August 4 (Sunday) from 8 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. In case of stormy weather, the event will be cancelled. The launch site is a 60-minute bus ride from the JR Maiko Station then a 5-minute walk from the Kushimoto Bus Center bus stop. You can also take an 80-minute bus ride from Sannomiya Station and get off at Kushimoto Bus Center bus stop. It’s a 5-minute walk from there. It’s also a 15-minute car ride from Kobe-Awaji-Naruto-Kushimoto IC. For more information, you may contact +81-799-24-7613 (Awajishima Festival Executive Committee - Kushimoto City Office, Commerce and Industry Tourism Division) or +81-799-22-2777 (Kushimoto Chamber of Commerce).

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Nagahama North Biwa Lake Fireworks Festival



This fireworks display to be held in Nagahama city, Shiga Prefecture is a gorgeous experience. About 10,000 fireworks are launched with Star Mine. Colorful fireworks such as music fireworks light up the night sky. A special program to celebrate the new era this 2019 is planned. Be there to witness it!


The Nagahama North Biwa Lake Fireworks Festival will be held in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture on August 5, 2019 (Monday) from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  In case of stormy weather, the event will be cancelled.The launch site is a 10-minute walk from JR Nagahama Station. For more information, you may contact +81-749-65-6521 Nagahama City Tourism Promotion Division.


2019 Lake Biwa Great Fireworks Festival



The Lake Biwa Great Fireworks Festival that has become a tradition of Lake Biwa. With more than 350,000 people turning up for the event, the Starmines launched provide a brilliant background.


The 2019 Lake Biwa Great Fireworks Festival will be held at Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture on August 8, 2019 (Thursday) from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In case of bad weather, it will be moved to August 10, 2019 (Friday). The launch site is a 5-minute walk from Hamaotsu Station on the Keihan Line, 15-minute walk from the JR Otsu Station or Zeze Station. Traffic regulations will be set around the venue. For more information, you may contact +81-50-5435-9169 (Lake Biwa Great Fireworks Festival Call Center (from June 1 onwards).


Shirahama Fireworks Festival



The tournament to be held in Shirahama-cho, Wakayama Prefecture features Niagara fireworks that surround the whole bayside. You can enjoy early punching and Star Mine from 300m offshore of Shirahara Beach, underwater Star Mine, trash fireworks, and so on. There are plenty of stores at the venue that you can explore. Many people visit from even other prefectures of Japan.


The Shirahama Fireworks Festival will be held in Nishimuro-gun Shirahama cho, Wakayama Prefecture on August 10, 2019 (Saturday) from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The launch site is a 14-minute ride from the JR Shirahama station by Meiko bus (Sandankabe direction). It’s a 10-minute drive by the prefectural road flower line from the Kisuto road Nanki Shirahama IC. Traffic regulations will be set around the venue (7 p.m. to 11 p.m.). For more information, you may contact +81-739-43-5511 (Shirahama Tourism Association).


31st Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Display



Simultaneous bursts create a larger-than-life experience at the Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Display, which started in 1989 with handmade fireworks by citizen volunteers. Now a summer tradition in Osaka, it has become a fireworks display with the largest scale and popularity. This 2019 will be the 31st time and marks the first of the new Reiwa era. As with every year, the power of the fireworks will overwhelm you and will cover the entire audience area.

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The 31th Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Display will be held at Yodogawa-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture on August 10, 2019 (Saturday) from 7:40 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. No postponement for rain. In the case of stormy weather, the event will be cancelled. The launch site is a 15-minute walk from Jyuso Station or Minamikata Station on the Hankyu Railway, Himejima Station on the Hanshin Electric Railway, JR Tsukamoto Station or Mitejima Station, or Nishinakajima-Minamigata Station on the Osaka Municipal Subway (Jyuso Area). Or a 20-minute walk from the Noda-Hanshin Station on the Osaka Municipal Subway, JR Osaka Station, Ebie Station or Noda Station from the Hanshin Electric Railway. Or a 25-minute walk from Umeda Station on the Hankyu, Hanshin, and Metro Lines (Umeda Area). For more information, you can contact +81-6-6307-7765 (Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Display Executive Committee, 24 hours automated hotline).


68th Kameoka Heiwasai Hozugawa Fireworks Festival



This fireworks festival in Kameoka City have rare fireworks recommended by the Japan Fireworks Artists Association. Fireworks depicting the Kameoka City mascot Akechi Kamemaru, as well as a super extra-large star mine will appear in the final stage. In 2019, there are three areas (paid seats) where you can see the powerful fireworks—you can see them in particular on the bridge seat, a first in Kyoto. You can also sit and watch at the Hozugawa River East Park, and there will be 150 stalls lined up on the riverside.


The 68th Kameoka Heiwasai Hozugawa Fireworks Festival will be held in Kameoka City, Kyoto on August 11, 2019 (Sunday) at 7:30 p.m. In case of stormy weather, the event will be cancelled. The launch site is a 20-minute walk from the North exit of JR Kameoka Station. For more information, you may contact +81-771-25-5033 Kameoka Heiwasai Hozugawa Fireworks Festival Executive Committee.


48th Yoshinogawa Fireworks Display



A night fireworks display in Goto City, Nara Prefecture, which will be the 48th in 2019. The highlights are the light that flows through the river, the fireworks that burst with the music, and the artistic laser beam.


The 48th Yoshinogawa Fireworks Display will be held in Gojo City, Nara on August 15, 2019 (Thursday) from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. In case of stormy weather, the event will be cancelled. The launch site is a 10-minute walk south from JR Gojo Station, a 25-minute drive from Minamihannado – Katsuragi IC via Route 24. For more information, you may contact +81-747-22-4001 (Yoshinogawa Fireworks Display Executive Committee - Gojo City Corporate Tourism Strategy Division).

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71st Inagawa Fireworks Festival



The fireworks display is a collaboration between Ikeda City in Osaka Prefecture and Kawanishi City in the Hyogo Prefecture. This tradition started in 1948 and is still going strong. About 4000 fireworks are launched at the Inagawa River, and the powerful Starmines are beautiful.


The 71st Inagawa Fireworks Festival will be held in Ikeda City, Osaka Prefecture on August 17, 2019 (Saturday) from 7:20 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. No postponement for rain but in case of stormy weather, the event will be cancelled. The launch site is a 10-minute walk from the Ikeda Station or Kawanishi-Noseguchi Station on the Hankyu Railway, 15-minute walk from the JR Kawanishi-Ikeda Station.Traffic regulations will be set around the venue. (Hanshin Expressway Route 11 Ikeda Line, Ikeda Bunki to Ikeda Kibe Ramp Exit (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.), Satsukiyama Driveway (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) are closed to traffic. For more information, you may contact +81-72-754-6244 (Ikeda City Airport and Tourism Division), or +81-72-740-1161 (Kawanishi City Culture, Tourism and Sports Division),or on the day of the event, contact +81-180-991-816 (Teledome).


Provided by Japan Walker™ and Walkerplus™ (28 June 2019)


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