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July 2018

Iwakuni Port Fireworks Festival

July 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Iwakuni Port, Shinminato-machi
Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi-ken 740-0002 Japan
Free

2000 blasts at a small (and thus we hear, relatively uncrowded) fireworks festival. Postponed in the event of rain. There are some nice shots of this display from 2014 on this Japanese blog. Access: 15 minutes by bus from Iwakuni JR Station

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Innoshima Suigun Fireworks Festival

July 21 @ 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Habu Port, Habu-cho, Innoshima
Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-2323 Japan
Free

2500 bangs packed into 30 minutes with the waters of the Seto Inland Sea and shadows of the surrounding islands as a backdrop on the rural island of Innoshima. The whole display is packed into just half an hour, making for quite some impact. Two blasts selected by popular vote. This is quite far off the beaten track so should be a very local and fun event and international visitors are bound to turn a few heads as they wander…

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Numata Hongo Fireworks Festival

July 21 @ 8:35 pm - 9:00 pm
Hongou Town Hall, Hongo-minami 6-3-10
Mihara-shi, Hiroshima-ken 729-0495 Japan
Free

This now colorful summer festival has somewhat dark origins. It has grown out of an event to mourn the large numbers of people lost due to famine and disease during the great famines of the Tempo Era in the first half of the 19th century. Over time the event turned into a chance for local farmers and farm workers to let off steam once the hard task of rice planting was complete. Today, the festival features a fireworks display of…

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Yoshida Isshin Festival

July 21 @ 8:50 pm - 9:10 pm
Yoshida Sports Park, Yoshida-cho
Akitakata-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

2400 fireworks, taiko drumming, dance performances, bon odori dancing and period reenactments. Fireworks 20:50~ See our guide to all the local fireworks displays over the summer here.

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Nagato Senzaki Fireworks Festival

July 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Senzaki Port, Senzaki
Nagato-shi, Yamaguchi-ken Japan
Free

A display of 3000 fireworks in Nagao in Yamaguchi Prefecture which attracts about 35,000 people. Postponed until July 23 in the event of rain.

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Sumiyoshi-san Summer Festival

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until July 27, 2018

Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine, 5-10 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0813 Japan
Free

Sumiyoshi-san, along with the Tokasan and Ebessan festivals, is one of Hiroshima city's big three annual shrine festivals that have long histories. Sumiyoshi Shrines are dedicated to water gods and Sumiyoshi Shrine is located right next to the river in Sumiyoshi-cho on Route 2. It's a real local festival and the neighborhood streets are lined with the usual festival food and game stalls. Many people visit the shrine over the two days to pray for good health and good fortune.…

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Onomichi Sumiyoshi Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onomichi Suido Channel (near Sumiyoshi Shrine) Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

This display, and the Hamadonya Group which provides the 10,000 fireworks that are used, have been going since the Edo period. In 1741, the recently appointed magistrate of Onomichi, Hirayama Kakuzaemon Naozumi, moved Sumiyoshi Shrine from the Jodoji Temple to Sumiyoshihama on the waterfront protect the port from misfortune. The festival is held in order to wish for the prosperity of business and the safety of sea traffic. There is a colorful parade of boats and the air is filled…

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Hiroshima Port “Dream” Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hiroshima Port 10,000 Ton Berth (hiroshima-kou-ichi-man-ton-baasu), Ujina
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Hiroshima city's big fireworks extravaganza. Held in the bay in front of the 10,000 Ton Cruise Ship Berth (ichi-man-ton-baasu) next to Ujina Hatoba Koen near Hiroshima Port, this display is big and loud with around 10,000 bangs for your buck (although it's laid on for free). It's also an hour long. Many (and we mean many) people head down to Ujina, a lot decked out summer yukata to catch the show. Others watch from further afield. Ujina-bashi Bridge with its…

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Kure Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Tsukiji-cho, Kure, Tsukiji-cho
Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-0822 Japan
Free

An hour long fireworks display in which 4000 fireworks explode above the water and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force ships docked in the port of Kure decorated with lights. Access: 15 minutes walk from Kure JR Station.  

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Hikari Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nijigahama Beach, Nijigahama 2 Chome
Hikari-shi, Yamaguchi-ken 743-0022 Japan
Free

View 3300 fireworks go off over the Seto Inland Sea from Nijigahama Beach in Hikari. Cancelled in the event of bad weather. Access: 5 minutes walk from Hikari JR Station

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Akiyoshidai Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Akiyoshidai, Shuhouchou akiyoshi,
Mine, Yamaguchi-ken 754-0511 Japan
¥200

This fireworks and light show in the sky above Akiyoshidai's limestone karst landscape has 18oo blasts and attracts about 60,000 people. One draw is that if you arrive during the day, you can escape the heat in the 17°C limestone caves in the national park. Postponed until the following day in the event of bad weather. Admission: ¥200 (Under 16 free) Access: 43 minutes by bus from JR Shin-yamaguchi Station 25 minutes by bus from JR Mine Station 10 minutes…

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Akitsu Sumiyoshi Festival and Fireworks

July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:00pm, repeating indefinitely

Mitsuhama, Akitsu-cho
Higashi-hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-2402 Japan
Free

This is a two day festival in the port town of Akitsu which culminates on the second day with a fireworks display over the water and the lighting of a huge man character (万) on a nearby mountainside.

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August 2018

Etajima Summer Festival & Fireworks

August 4 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
JMSDF the First Service School Etajima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-2195 Japan
Free

Summer festival with stalls, stages and bon odori dancing in the grounds of the Self Defence Force naval school on Etajima Island. Fireworks over the water from 8pm.

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Hamakko Summer Festival & Fireworks

August 4 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Hamada Fishing Port, Harai-cho
Hamada-shi, Shimane-ken 697-0017 Japan
Free

Iwami kagura performances, street stalls, music and fireworks in Hamada. Fireworks: 20:30-21:15 Access: 10 minutes by bus from Hamada Station

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Masuda Suigousai Summer Festival

August 4 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Takatsu river estuary, Takatsu
Masuda-shi, Shimane-ken Japan
Free

A 3500-blast fireworks display is part of this summer festival in the port town of Masuda in Shiamne Prefecture which also includes traditional fishing boats decorated in lanterns and kagura performances. 18:00-22:00 Stalls 18:30-18:50 Shinto ceremony 19:00~ Fishing boats decorated with lanterns 20:05~ Fishing boats decorated with lanterns 20:00-20:40 Fireworks 20:40-22:00 Kagura performances Cancelled in the event of bad weather.

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Yassa Fireworks Festival

August 4 @ 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Numata River Mouth, Enichi-cho
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 723-0015 Japan
Free

The grand finale to Mihara's three day Yassa Festival is a fireworks display with 5000 bangs spread over 45 minutes. Organizers advertise some spectacular booms and surprising combinations. Organizers expect about 10, 000 people. Access: At Itozaki Port, 10 minutes from of Itozaki JR Station and 30 minutes walk from Mihara JR Station

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Lake Shinji-ko Fireworks, Matsue

August 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lake Shinji-ko Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken Japan
Free

Matsue's annual Suigosai Festival climax with a gorgeous 10,000-blast fireworks displays which light up Shinjiko Lake silhouetting Yonegashima island against a blaze of color. The festival goes all day. Expect quite some congestion if driving.

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Nishiki-gawa (Kintai-kyo Bridge) Mizu-no-Saiten Fireworks Festival

August 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Iwakuni Kintaikyo Bridge, 1 Iwakuni
Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi-ken Japan
Free

Annual fireworks display held on the first Saturday of August each year with the dramatic backdrop of the Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni. 6000 blasts over an hour and a half. Most people view from the parking area along the side of the river. Kintai-kyo Bridge is closed to the public during the display. More pics from this fireworks festival.

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Higashino Sumiyoshi Festival

August 13 @ 11:15 am - 8:45 pm
Shiramizu Port, Osakikamijima-cho
Toyota-gun, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Seaside festival with traditional boat racing and other events. The boats lit with lanterns that reflect in the water around the port is said to look lovely. Fireworks 20:15-20:45

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Yanai Goldfish Lantern Festival

August 13 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Yanai, Chuo
Yanai-shi,
Free

The route from Yanai Station to the Kanaya old quarter, with its many traditional white-walled storehouses, is decorated with over 2000 red and white paper goldfish lanterns are decorated in town. There are giant goldfish lantern floats, lantern dances, and, of course, a big fireworks display to round everything off. Fireworks: 20:45-21:00

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Kanmon Kaikyo Fireworks Festival

August 13 @ 7:50 pm - 8:40 pm
Free

Huge fireworks display over the channel that separates Honshu from Kyushu. 15,000 fireworks are set off from either side of the channel. Big displays also mean big crowds, and this one attracts a total of around 1.2 million viewers along the coastline! Access: 20 minutes walk from JR Shimonoseki Station East Exit 5 minutes by bus from JR Shimonoseki Station http://hanabi.moji-retro.com/

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Osakikami-jima Summer Festival

August 14 @ 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Okushi Beach, Osakikamijima-cho
Toyota-gun, Hiroshima-ken 725-0303 Japan
Free

Summer beach festival with fish catching contests, stalls, taiko drumming and other performances. Fireworks from 20:00-20:15.

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Fukuyama Ashida-gawa River Fireworks Festival

August 15 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Just below the Ashida-gawa Ohashi Bridge, Minomi-cho
Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima-ken 720-0832 Japan
Free

Fukuyama's three day summer festival is rounded off with a 75 minute display featuring 10,000 fireworks over the Ashida-gawa River. This display is one of the bigger ones in the area, attracting over 30,000 people. The event will be postponed until the following day in the event of stormy weather. If the weather doesn't improve the event will be cancelled. Access: Shuttle buses from Fukuyama JR Station (15 minutes ¥190 or ¥240 one way depending on which bus you take)

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Kisa Fureai Festival

August 15 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kisa Miyoshi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Fireworks explode against the pitch black summer skies in the countryside near Miyoshi, far from light pollution of Hiroshima's bigger towns. The fireworks clode the festival which also features 5000 colorful lanterns set afloat on the river.

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Joge Fireworks Festival

August 15 @ 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Joge Junior High School, Joge-cho
Fuchu-shi, Hiroshima-ken 729-3431 Japan
Free

Bon odori dance, beer garden and fireworks. Fireworks 21:00-21:30

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