Enjoy the summer with fireworks and Yukata! Must-see fireworks festival ranking for this year

Enjoy the summer with fireworks and Yukata! Must-see fireworks festival ranking for this year
This is the time when the remaining coolness starts to fade away and it is started to become hot and humid. It's a bit tough to live, but the Japanese people elegantly enjoy the summer heat. Wearing an elegant yukata and going out to the fireworks festival is one of the neat way to enjoy the midsummer season.

We will announce the rankings for unique and must-see fireworks festivals for this time.

No. 5

Lake Biwa Great Fireworks Festival (Shiga Prefecture)

The "Lake Biwa Great Fireworks Festival" is a fireworks festival held at Lake Biwa, the biggest lake in Japan.
With the beauty of its vibrant fireworks that attracts a lot of people and being held at the biggest lake in Japan, about 310 thousands people gather to this place every year. It seems like flowers blooming continuously on top of the lake's surface to see 10,000 rounds of fireworks being launched for one hour.
Event Schedule for year 2015 : on Friday August 7 at 19:30-20:30
Location : Otsu Port, Hamaotsu, Otsu-City, Shiga Prefecture

No. 4

Ito Anjinsai Fireworks Festival (Shizuoka Prefecture)

The Ito Anjinsai Festival is held in the hot spring town called Ito Onsen. The fireworks festival is the finale of this festival. The unique point of this festival is the fireworks which are launched from 5 areas above the sea all at the same time. When the fireworks called as the "Aerial Niagara" are launched to the night sky, the white fireworks fill up the sky in a moment. We highly recommend this fireworks festival which you can enjoy both hot spring and fireworks at the same time to enjoy the summer.
Event Schedule for year 2015: Monday August 10 at 20:00-21:00
Location : Higashimatsubara-cho, Ito CIty, Shizuoka Prefecture

No. 3

Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival (Hiroshima Prefecture)

This fireworks festival lets you enjoy a combination of fireworks and the world heritage site, "Itsukushima Shinto Shrine", a shrine seemly built on the sea. The greatest feature is the 100 shots of underwater fireworks balls. As the name implies, the balls explode underwater and it is a rare fireworks display with only half of the fireworks coming out of the water surface. The semi-circle shape of the fireworks in the sky has a different kind of beauty in it.
Event Schedule for year 2015 : Tuesday August 11 at 19:40-20:40
Location : Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture


Nationwide New Fireworks Competition Festival (Nagano Prefecture)

The "Nationwide New Fireworks Competition Festival" is held annually in Lake Suwa. It brings together selected works from fireworks specialists in Japan.
The artistic effect of the fireworks are what's separate them from regular fireworks. As the name implies, there are a lot of new fireworks in this event. Plus. the fireworks launched are done according to the theme that was set by the fireworks specialist and you can enjoy the playing music together with the fully bloomed flowers in the evening sky. It is at around September every year so this is highly recommended for people who've missed the other fireworks festivals.
2015 Event Schedule : September 05 (Sat) at 19:00-20:30
Location : Suwa, Nagano


Nagaoka Festival Fireworks Display (Niigata Prefecture)

This fireworks festival has started for the memory and the recovery from the air strike during the world war.
It is currently considered a one of the three biggest fireworks festival in Japan.
It is extremely popular for the big scale "Phoenix" firework that stretches for about 2 km in width and there are a lot of people who come to witness this fireworks display. Although it's in a rural location, it was said that about 1 million people come to visit every year, and the intensity and beauty of this is unrivaled. Aside from the Phoenix, there is also the "Niagara" that flows in the evening sky and the colorful "Wide Star Mine" which are all seen in a record breaking size.
Event Schedule for year 2015 : Sunday August 2 - Monday August 3 at 19:20-21:10
Location : Okamura-cho, Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture

Fireworks that launched and bloom beautifully in the summer evening. That short moment when the flower blooms and fades into the empty sky condenses the elegant summer in Japan.
And with the fireworks festival being held, there are a lot of stalls lined up on both sides of the road. Cotton candies, candied apples, goldfish scooping and shooting are among the ways to enjoy the festivals. Plus, the essential yukata to be worn during the event can also be rented an dressed in a lot of shops recently so how about making a reservation in advance?

The only thing to watch out for is the traffic regulations around the fireworks festival area. There are a lot of places where cars should not be parked so it is better to go via public transportation. Please be mindful of your manners such as don't do littering and enjoy watching the fireworks.

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