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Fukuoka Fireworks Guide 2017

Summer in Japan isn’t complete without experiencing at least one hanabi taikai (fireworks festival)! Fireworks (花火, hanabi) have long been an integral part of Japanese summers. Originally held to ward off evil spirits, there are now hundreds of fireworks festivals across Japan, enjoyed mostly for the illuminations and dramatic sounds. It’s also a great opportunity to wear Japanese summer fashion such as yukata or jinbei while watching the fireworks or sampling delicious festival food and drinks at the bustling stalls. To help you enjoy the festivities, we’ve compiled a list of upcoming fireworks displays in and near Fukuoka below!

Schedule (see below for more detailed information on each event):
7/20 (Thu.): 5th Itoshima Seaside Festival Keya Fireworks
7/26 (Wed.): Hanabi Fantasia Fukuoka
8/1 (Tue.): 55th Nishinihon Ohori Fireworks Festival
8/5 (Sat.): 358th Chikugo-gawa Fireworks Festival
8/6 (Sun.): Wasshoi Hyakuman Natsumatsuri
8/11 (Fri.): Yume Hanabi 2017
8/13 (Sun.): 30th Kanmon Kaikyo Fireworks
8/27 (Sun.): 19th Ariakekai Fireworks Festival
9/10 (Sun.): 27th Fukuoka Higashi-ku Fireworks
9/16 (Sat.): 3rd Yame Festival “Light and Music Fireworks Festival”

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• Most fireworks festivals do not have parking areas, so plan on using public transportation – that way, you can enjoy alcoholic beverages too!
• Some festivals offer free shuttle buses, so check in advance.
• Arrive early to secure a spot with a good vantage point – it’s a great chance to relax before the area gets crowded too.
• Travel light – don’t bring big, bulky bags or belongings that will get in the way when maneuvering through crowds.
• Like any Japanese festival, there are a lot of food and drinks stalls selling delicious matsuri food! Come with an empty stomach and enjoy the treats on offer.

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5th Itoshima Seaside Festival Keya Fireworks
Keya Beach is listed among Japan’s 88 most beautiful beaches. Every year the public is treated to a spectacle of 4,000 fireworks and their reflections on the shimmering sea from Keya’s clean, sandy shores. If you missed the main event, don’t worry, because there are special fireworks displays every Saturday until the end of August (500 fireworks per night at 20:00).

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• 7/20 (Thu.) 20:00~21:00 *Postponed to 7/21 (Fri.) in case of inclement weather
Keya Beach, Shima, Itoshima City
• 092-322-2098
• 4,000 fireworks
• 20,000 visited last year
• Free parking available (Kishi Fishing Port parking lot): 600 spots *shuttle bus from parking lot to Keya Beach: adult ¥200, child ¥100
• Extra buses running from Chikuzen-Maebaru Sta. (adult ¥500, child ¥250)
Chikuzen-Maebaru Sta. (JR Chikuhi Line) Kitaguchi bus stop → Showa bus Keya Link (approx. 6 min.) → Keya bus stop → 5 min. walk
http://keya-itoshima.jimdo.com/%E8%8A%B1%E7%81%AB%E5%A4%A7%E4%BC%9A/

HANABI Fantasia FUKUOKA
This fireworks festival returns Momochihama for the first time in 17 years! In cooperation with world-renowned fireworks show company Marutamaya, witness a fireworks display unlike anything ever seen before in Fukuoka. Don’t miss the climax, a magnificent 7-min. show of 4,000 fireworks one kilometer long and 450 meters high! The designated viewing area requires an entrance fee, so hurry and buy tickets now to get good seats.

• 7/26 (Wed.). Open: 16:00, start:19:30 *Postponed to 7/27 (Thu.) in case of inclement weather
• Momochihama block: adult ¥3,000, ES ¥1,000 / Jigyohama block: adult ¥2,000, ES ¥1,000
Momochi Seaside Park (Momochi & Jigyohama)
• 092-852-6590
• 12,000 fireworks
http://rkb.jp/hanabi_fantasia_fukuoka/index.html#access

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55th Nishinihon Ohori Fireworks Festival
One of Kyushu’s biggest fireworks displays, watched by 420,000 visitors in 2016! The fireworks can be seen from as far away as the Yahuoku! Dome and Fukuoka Tower, but, for a closer look, get your yukata or jinbei on and join the crowds in Ohori Park. To avoid disappointment, beat the crowds and save your spot early. Reserved seating is also available for a small fee.


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• 8/1 (Tue.) 20:00~21:30 ※Postponed to 8/2 (Wed.) in case of inclement weather
1-2 Ohori Park, Chuo-ku
• 0180-99-3895
• Reserved seating (limited, on sale at Family Mart)
Heiwadai Athletic Field (Free seating): Adult ¥1,200, Child: ¥600
• Approx. 6,000 fireworks
• 420,000 visited last year
http://www.nishinippon.co.jp/nlp/event/hanabi/

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Yume Hanabi 2017
8,000 fireworks light up the sky over the Homan River, Ogori City. Special firework formations include a thousand “Starmines” and a 200-meter-wide “Niagara” firework show. Watch the display aboard famous “donkobune” boats. Last year, this festival attracted 30,000 visitors!

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• 8/11 (Fri.) 19:45~21:00 *Postponed to 8/19 (Sat.) in case of inclement weather
Ogori Sports Park, Homan River riverbed
• 0942-72-8137
• Approx. 8,000 fireworks
• 30,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 1,000 spots
http://kanko.ogori.net/

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Wasshoi Hyakuman Natsumatsuri
Over 1.5 million people gathered in Kokura City for Kitakyushu’s largest festival last year! The two-day Wasshoi Hyakuman Summer Festival’s many festivities close with a stunning fireworks finale over Kokura Castle, featuring 3,000 fireworks choreographed to music. Before the fireworks display, all nearby houses are asked to switch off their lights, to send a message about energy conservation, as well as to emphasize the fireworks against the dark night sky. Join the famous tradition of cleaning the area together with the locals after the fireworks finish.

• Fireworks: 8/6 (Sun.) 20:20~20:50, festival: 8/5 (Sat.) ~ 8/6 (Sun.) *Cancelled in case of inclement weather
Katsuyama Park, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
• 093-541-5472
• Approx. 3,000 fireworks
• 1,550,000 visited the festival last year
• 5 min. from JR Nishikokura Sta. or Kitakyushu Monorail Heiwadori Sta., 10 min. from JR Kokura Sta.
http://www.wasshoi.info

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358th Chikugo-gawa Fireworks Festival
18,000 fireworks are launched in parallel from two positions (Sasayama and Kyomachi), illuminating both the Chikugo River and sky in this 350-year-old fireworks festival. With origins in the year 1650, it’s one of the best known and largest fireworks display in Western Japan and serves as the finale to the Mizuno Saiten Kurume Matsuri. Get there early to spread out a blanket along the riverside and relax. This festival is very close to the hearts of the locals – join them in this light and color-filled celebration!

• 8/5 (Sat.) 19:40~21:10 *Postponed to 8/7 (Mon.), 9 (Wed.) or 11 (Fri., Hol.) in case of inclement weather
Chikugo Riverbank near Suitengu Shrine (Kurume City)
• 0942-32-3207
• Approx. 18,000 fireworks
• 450,000 visited last year
http://www.kurume-matsuri.info/fire.html

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30th Kanmon Kaikyo Fireworks
A popular event with 650,000 visitors last year! The fireworks are launched from the strait between Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi) and Moji (Kitakyushu, Fukuoka). Watch from the Moji side to view the fireworks set to music. Watch from the Shimonoseki side to see big-scale fireworks up close. But no matter which side you choose to watch from, you’ll be able to catch both displays at once! Double the explosions, double the fun.

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• 8/13 (Sun.) 19:50~20:40 (Opening ceremony: 19:40~ in Moji) *Cancelled in case of inclement weather
Kanmon Strait
• 093-331-8781
• Approx. 15,000 fireworks
• 650,000 visited last year
• 5 minutes walk from JR Mojiko Sta.
http://hanabi.moji-retro.com

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19th Ariakekai Fireworks Festival
Held in the charming city of Yanagawa, Fukuoka, this festival starts at 15:00, so arrive early to enjoy the festivities before the fireworks. The fireworks are launched up close from the viewing site so they appear huge! The special fireworks called “Sky Niagara ‘Yanagawa Special’”, which was newly introduced two years ago, will be launched this year as well. Last year 120,000 people attended – don’t miss it!

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• 8/27 (Sun.) 19:30~20:30
Mutsugoro Land (389 Hashimoto-machi, Yanagawa)
• 070-7611-8327 / 070-7611-9182
• Approx. 8,000 fireworks
• 120,000 visited last year
• Parking: 3,000 spots (¥500/day)
• more than 40 min. by car from Yanagawa IC
http://www.yanagawa-net.com/

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27th Fukuoka Higashi-ku Fireworks
Kashiihama Beach is the perfect setting to watch 7,000 fireworks illuminate the sea and the night sky. Held annually on the first Saturday of September, the Higashi-ku Fireworks Festival boasts of a breathtaking location, a great food stall area with many different vendors, and original t-shirts and towels on sale to commemorate the event! 100,000 visitors attended last year. The site is close to Nishitesu Kashii train station.

• 9/10 (Sun.) 19:30~20:30 *Postponed to 9/4 (Sun.) in case of rain
Kashiihama (near Kataosa Coast)
• 7,000 fireworks
• 100,000 visited last year
• 15 min. walk from JR Kashii Sta., 12 min. walk from Nishitetsu Kashii Sta.
http://higashiku-hanabi.com

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3rd Yame Festival “Light and Music Fireworks Festival”
A firework display featuring 2,000 fireworks released over 30 minutes opens this festival, in a vibrant mix of light, color and music. Every year, fireworks are used to create a different kanji – what will it be this year?

• 9/16 (Sat.) 20:00~20:30 *Postponed to 9/17 (Sun.) or 9/18 (Mon., hol.) in case of inclement weather
opposite riverbed of Miyano Park (beside Bengala Village)
• 0943-22-6644 (Cha no Kuni Information Center)
• 2,000 fireworks
• 25,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 1,100 spots
• 20 min. by taxi from JR Hainuzuka Sta., 15 min. by car from Yame IC

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29th Sasagurimachi Fireworks Festival
• 7/8 (Sat.) 20:00~20:40 *Cancelled in case of inclement weather
Kamimachi, Sasagurimachi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka
• 092-947-4141
• 1,236 fireworks
• 20,000 visited last year
• 10 min. walk from JR Sasaguri Sta.
http://www.sasagurishokokai.com

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Kukinoumi Fireworks Festival
• 7/29 (Sat.) 20:00~20:40 *Cancelled in case of inclement weather
Dokai Bay, Wakato Bridge
• 093-761-5321
• 4,000 fireworks
• 350,000 visited last year
• 3min. walk from JR Wakamatsu Sta., 5 min. walk from JR Tobata Sta.
http://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/wakamatsu/file_0033.html

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41th Miyama Fireworks Festival
• 7/20 (Thu.) 20:00~21:30 *Postponed to 7/22 (Sat.) or 7/26 (Wed.) in case of inclement weather
Around Setaka Bridge (of Yabe River)
• 0944-63-8000
• 8,000 fireworks
• 60,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 650 spots
• 15 min. walk from JR Takase Sta., 5 min. by car from Yanagawa IC.
http://www.miyama-shokokai.jp/hanabi/

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48th Miyawaka Fireworks Festival
• 7/24 (Mon.) 20:00~21:00 *Postponed to 7/27 (Thu.) in case of inclement weather
Honjo Bridge (Kukikitamachi, Yahatanishi-ku)
• 0949-32-1200
• 3,000 fireworks
• 15,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 200 spots
• 20 min. by bus towards Hakata Sta. from JR Nogata Sta. → get off at Miyata and 5 min. walk from the bus stop, 15 min. by car from Wakamiya IC
http://www.kaigisho.com/miyawaka/

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Ashiya Fireworks Festival 2017
• 7/22 (Sat.) 19:45~21:00 *Cancelled in case of inclement weather
The Ongagawa River estuary
• 093-221-1001
• 7,000 fireworks
• 80,000 visited last year
• Free parking lot: 5,000 spots
• 25 min. by bus from JR Orio Sta. and get off at Yamaga Yubinkyoku-mae and 5 min. walk, 40 min. by car along Prefectural Road 27 from Kurate IC
*Shuttle bus (¥100) running from free parking lot
http://www.ashikan.jp

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65th Buzen Port Festival
• 7/22 (Sat.) 20:00~21:00 *Postponed to 7/24 (Mon.) in case of inclement weather
Unoshima Port
• 0979-82-1111
• 3,000 fireworks
• 5,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 500 spots
• 20 min. walk from JR Unoshima, 15 min. by car from “Buzen Okoshikake”
*Free shuttle bus running from free parking lot
http://www.city.buzen.lg.jp

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2017 Nogata Summer Festival
• 7/30 (Sun.) 20:00~21:00 *Postponed to 8/2 (Sun.)
Nogata City Hall
• 0949-25-2156
• 6,000 fireworks
• 120,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 500 spots
• 10 min, walk from JR Chikuho Honsen Nogata Sta., 15 min. by car from Yahata IC or Babayama IC
http://www.city.nogata.fukuoka.jp

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Soeda Fireworks Festival
• Scheduled for 8/5 (Sat.) 20:00~20:45
Soeda Sports Ground
• 0947-82-1236
• 5,000 fireworks
• 4,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 400 spots
• 3 min. walk from JR Nishisoeda Sta.
http://www.soeda-kankou.com

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95th Izuka Fireworks Festival
• 8/3 (Thu.) 20:00~21:00 *Postponed to 8/4 (Fri.) in case of inclement weather
Nakanoshima, Ongagawa, Izuka City
• 0948-22-1007
• 5,000 fireworks (scheduled)
• 100,000 visited last year
• 5 min. from JR Shinizuka Sta.
http://www.kankou-iizuka.jp

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63th Okawa Fireworks Festival
• 8/11 (Fri.) 20:00~21:00
Chikugogawa Sports Park
• 0944-87-0923
• 5,000 fireworks
• approx. 50,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 2,500 spots
• 30 min. by bus from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Sta., 50 min. by car from Yame IC
http://www.okawa-kk.com

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45th Festival Nakagawa
• 8/19 (Sat.) 20:20~21:00 *Postponed to 8/20 (Sun.) in case of inclement weather
Nakagawa Junior High School, Yasutoku area
• 092-952-1456
• 4,000 fireworks
• 50,000 visited last year
• 10 min. by taxi from JR Hakataminami Sta.
*Free shuttle bus running from the station.
http://www.town.fukuoka-nakagawa.lg.jp/soshiki/4/maturi44.html

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33rd Ongamachi Summer Festival
• 8/26 (Sat.) 20:00~20:40 (start: 17:30~) *Postponed to 8/27 (Sun.) in case of inclement weather
Onga Sports Park
• 093-293-8233
• approx. 3,000 fireworks
• 12,500 visited last year
• Free parking available: In the park 800 spots / Town office parking 150 spots
• 10 min. walk from JR Onga-gawa Sta.
http://www.town.onga.lg.jp/machi_navi/kanko_shiseki/natsumatsuri/

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Yukuhashi Summer Festival Kosumoppe
• 8/26 (Sat.) 20:00~20:30
Ima River, beside Yukuhashi City Hall
• 0930-25-9733
• approx. 2,500 fireworks
• 15,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 2,300 spots
• 15 min. walk from JR Yukuhashi Sta.
http://yukuhashi2015.com/38.html


Originally written in July 2016. Updated July 2017.
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Published: Jul 13, 2017 / Last Updated: Jul 31, 2017

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