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Fukuoka Fireworks Guide 2018

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 no matter the season, 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)
7/18 (Wed.): Fireworks Fantasia Fukuoka 2018
7/21 (Sat.): Summer – No. 1 Fireworks Festival
7/28 (Sat.): 52nd Chikugo-Funagoya Fireworks Festival
7/28 (Sat.): Ashiya Fireworks Festival 2018
8/1 (Wed.): 56th Nishinippon Ohori Fireworks Festival
8/5 (Sun.): 14th Fukutsu Noryo Fireworks Festival
8/5 (Sun.): 359th Chikugo River Fireworks Festival
8/13 (Mon.): 31st Kanmon Kaikyo Fireworks Festival
8/18 (Sat.): Yume Hanabi 2018
8/26 (Sun.): 20th Ariakekai Fireworks Festa
9/22 (Sat.): 6th No. 1 Fireworks Festival in Kyushu

Tips

• 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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Seaside Momochi Hanabi Fantasia Fukuoka 2018

Seaside Momochi, with easy access from Tenjin, is the venue for a dazzling display of 12,000 fireworks synchronized to music. Utilizing the latest cutting-edge technologies, an unforgettable show of light and sound is promised. Seats are priced by area, so book early and get your seat to the show of the summer!

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• 7/18 (Wed.) *postponed to 7/19 (Thu.) in case of inclement weather
• Open: 16:00, start: 19:30
Seaside Momochi Park (Momochi & Jigyohama)
092-844-7011
• 12,000 fireworks
• 25,000 visited last year
• Momochihama area A block: adult ¥3,000, JHS and ES ¥1,000, S block: adult ¥3,500, JHS and ES ¥1,000, Family block: adult x2 + JHS and ES ¥1,000, Premium beach seats: ¥5,000 / Jigyohama area A block: adult ¥2,000, JHS and ES ¥1,000, Group block: ¥15,000 for 10 persons (*all prices are for advanced tickets, same-day tickets: + ¥500)
http://rkb.jp/hanabi_fantasia_fukuoka/

Summer – No. 1 Fireworks Festival

The fireworks festival in Huis Ten Bosch is one of the biggest in Kyushu with 18,000 fireworks! This event sees international firework champions from Canada and China come together to produce a truly stunning show, ensuring that every aspect of the display including the music will be timed to perfection. Visitors can watch the display from tatami box seats, chairs, or while lounging inside a new pool area! (Additional fees required for these special areas.)

Photo: Huis Ten Bosch

• 7/21 (Sat.) 20:00~21:30
• Huis Ten Bosch
1-1 Huis Ten Bosch-machi, Sasebo City, Nagasaki
0570-064-110
• 18,000 fireworks
• 5 min. on foot from JR Huis Ten Bosch Sta. (Omura Line)
• Adult: ¥4,500, HS and JHS: ¥3,500, 4 y.o. ~ ES: ¥2,200 (For detailed ticket information, click here)
https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/event/fireworks/summerfw/

52nd Chikugo-Funagoya Fireworks Festival

This fireworks display takes place in Chikugo Koiki Park alongside the Yabe River and is a great show for leisurely watching fireworks. Visitors can enjoy the fireworks up close from a seating area inside the park. A section of the display gives selected couples the chance to propose in front of specially-themed fireworks! The heart-shaped fireworks are sure to provide a great backdrop for a romantic evening out!

Photo: Chikugo-Funagoya Fireworks Festival Executive Committee

• 7/28 (Sat.) *postponed to 7/29 (Sun.) or 7/30 (Mon.) in case of inclement weather
• 19:50~21:30
• Chikugo Regional Park
831-1 Tsushima, Chikugo City, Fukuoka
0942-53-4229
• Approx. 7,000 fireworks
• 47,000 visited last year
http://chikugo.net/fireworks

Ashiya Fireworks Festival 2018

This fireworks festival has been held since the early 1900s and is one of the three biggest fireworks festivals in Fukuoka Prefecture! “Starmine” and 250-meter wide “Niagara Falls” fireworks will be lit up from boats floating in the river. The sight of the colorful fireworks in the night sky reflecting on the waters and creating a fantastic image is definitely picture-worthy.

Photo: Ashiya-machi Kanko Kyokai

• 7/28 (Sat.)
• 19:45~
Onga River estuary, Ashiya-machi, Onga, Fukuoka
093-221-1001
• Approx. 7,000 fireworks
• 80,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 5,000 spaces
• Take the Kitakyushu City bus for Ashiya from JR Orio Sta., 5 min. on foot from Yamaga Yubinkyoku-mae bus stop. 40 min. by car via Prefectural Road no. 27 from Kurate IC (Kyushu Expressway). *Shuttle bus available from free parking lot (¥100/ride)
http://www.ashikan.jp/event/hanabi/

56th Nishinippon Ohori Fireworks Festival

The fireworks festival at Ohori Park is definitely a symbol of summer for Fukuoka locals! Boasting of thunderous sounds and visuals, the show can also be enjoyed from anywhere in or near the park. Ohori Park is located right in Fukuoka City and is easily accessible by subway so expect crowds to turn up. Put on your yukata or jinbei and join in! To avoid disappointment, beat the crowds and save your spot early. Reserved seating is also available for a small fee. Don’t like crowds? The fireworks also can be seen from as far away as the Yahuoku! Dome and Fukuoka Tower.

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• 8/1 (Wed.) *postponed to 8/2 (Thu.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~21:30
Ohori Park, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
0180-99-3895
• Approx. 6,000 fireworks
• Approx. 410,000 visited last year
• Reserved seating (on sale at Family Mart): adult ¥1,200, child ¥600 (Heiwadai Athletic Field)
• Direct access from Ohorikoen Subway Sta., 10 min. on foot from Ropponmatsu Subway Sta.
http://www.nishinippon.co.jp/nlp/event/hanabi/

Fukutsu Noryo Fireworks 2018

Enjoy approximately 5,000 “Starmine” and other dazzling fireworks skillfully timed to music at Fukuma Beach, the mecca of marine sports in Fukuoka. Viewers on nearby Miyaji Beach or Tsuyazaki Beach can also enjoy the reflections of the fireworks on the water.

Photo: Fukutsu City Tourist Association

• 8/5 (Sun.) *postponed to 8/6 (Mon.) or 8/7 (Tue.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~21:00
• Fukutsu City (Fukuma Beach, Miyaji Beach, Tsuyazaki Beach, and more)
0940-62-5014
• Approx. 5,000 fireworks
• 50,000 visited last year
http://www.e-fukutsu.com/index.php

359th Chikugo River 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. Originally dedicated to Kurume Suitengu Shrine, it’s one of the best known and largest fireworks display in western Japan and visited annually by approximately 450,000 people. Get there early to spread out a blanket along the riverside and relax. Access is easy via Nishitetsu train. This festival is very close to the hearts of the locals – join them in this light and color-filled celebration!

Photo: Kurume Bureau of Tourism and International Exchange

• 8/5 (Sun.) *postponed to 8/7 (Tue.), 8/9 (Thu.) or 8/11 (Fri., hol.) in case of inclement weather
• 19:40~21:10
Chikugo Riverbank near Kurume Suitengu Shrine
0942-32-3207
• Approx. 18,000 fireworks
• 450,000 visited last year
http://www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/event/?mode=detail&id=400000000816

31st Kanmon Kaikyo Fireworks Festival

A popular event with 1,150,000 visitors last year! Fireworks are launched simultaneously from four points on the water in the strait between Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi) and Moji (Kitakyushu, Fukuoka) and reflect beautifully on the water. The view from the coast or mountains with the illuminated industrial areas in the background is another sight worth seeing.

• 8/13 (Mon.) *cancelled in case of inclement weather
• 19:45~
Kanmon Strait
093-331-8781
• Approx. 15,000 fireworks
• 1,150,000 visited last year
• 5 min. on foot from JR Mojiko Sta.
http://hanabi.moji-retro.com

Yume Hanabi 2018

With the theme “Hope”, 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 Yanagawa donkobune boats. Last year, this festival attracted 50,000 visitors!

Photo: Junior Chamber International Mii

• 8/18 (Sat.) *postponed to 8/19 (Sun.) or 8/20 (Mon.) in case of inclement weather
• 19:45~
Ogori Sports Park, Homan Riverbed
0942-72-8137
• Approx. 8,000 fireworks
• 50,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 1,000 spaces
https://www.yumehanabi.com/

20th Ariakekai Fireworks Festa

This is the 20th year anniversary of this event held in the charming city of Yanagawa, Fukuoka. Arrive by 15:00 to enjoy the festivities and browse for local foods before the fireworks. The fireworks are launched up close from the viewing site so they appear huge! A total of 10,000 fireworks including the 2000-meter long “Sky Niagara Yanagawa Special” will be launched this year. Free shuttle bus to the venue available from Yanagawa Sta.

Photo: Yanagawa City

• 8/26 (Sun.) *postponed to 9/2 (Sun.) in case of inclement weather
• 19:30~20:30
• Mutsugoro Land (389 Hashimoto-machi, Yanagawa City, Fukuoka)
070-7611-8327 / 070-7611-9182
• Approx. 10,000 fireworks
• 110,000 visited last year
• Parking: 3,000 spaces (¥500/day)
• 45 min. by car from Miyama-Yanagawa IC
http://www.city.yanagawa.fukuoka.jp/kanko/meisho/meguru/hanabi.html

And many, many more!

30th Sasagurimachi Fireworks Festival
• 7/14 (Sat.) *cancelled in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~20:40
• Suga Shrine (5010-1 Sasaguri, Sasaguri-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka)
092-947-4141
• Approx. 1,200 fireworks
• 10 min. on foot from JR Sasaguri Sta.
https://www.sasagurishokokai.com/篠栗祇園夏祭り-納涼花火大会/

42nd Miyama Noryo Fireworks Festival
• 7/20 (Fri.) *postponed to 7/22 (Sun.) or 7/26 (Thu.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~21:30
Around Setaka Bridge (of Yabe River)
0944-63-8000
• 8,000 fireworks
• 60,000 visitors every year
• Free parking available: 650 spaces
• 15 min. on foot from JR Takase Sta., 5 min. by car from Yanagawa IC.
http://www.miyama-shokokai.jp/hanabi/

Kukinoumi Fireworks Festival
• 7/21 (Sat.) *cancelled in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~20:40
Dokai Bay, Wakato Bridge
093-761-5321
• 4,000 fireworks
• 350,000 visited last year
• 3 min. on foot from JR Wakamatsu Sta., 5 min. on foot from JR Tobata Sta.
http://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/wakamatsu/file_0033.html

49th Miyawaka Noryo Fireworks Festival
• 7/24 (Tue.) *postponed to 7/27 (Fri.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~21:00
• Honjo Bridge (Kukikita-machi, Yahatanishi-ku)
0949-32-1200
• 3,000 fireworks
• 15,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 200 spaces
• 20 min. by bus towards Hakata Sta. from JR Nogata Sta. → get off at Miyata and 5 min. on foot from the bus stop, 15 min. by car from Wakamiya IC
https://www.city.miyawaka.lg.jp/kiji003446899/index.html

43rd Ukiha Chikugogawa Onsen Fireworks
• 7/28 (Sat.) *postponed to 7/29 (Sun.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~
Oishi drainage, Ukiha, Fukuoka (Chikugogawa Onsen riverbed area)
0944-63-8000
• 3,000 fireworks
• 50,000 visitors every year
• Free parking available: 500 spaces
• 25 min. on foot from JR Chikugo-Oishi Sta.

2018 Nogata Summer Festival
• 7/29 (Sun.) *postponed to 7/31 (Tue.) or 8/6 (Mon.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~21:00
Nogata City Hall
0949-25-2156
• 6,000 fireworks
• 160,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 500 spaces
• 10 min. on foot from JR Nogata Sta. (Chikuho Main Line), 15 min. by car from Prefectural Road no. 200 via Yahata IC or Babayama IC

97th Iizuka Noryo Fireworks Festival
• 8/3 (Thu.)
• 20:00~21:00
• Nakanoshima, Ongagawa, Izuka City
0948-22-1007
• 5,000 fireworks (scheduled)
• 100,000 visited last year
• Free and paid parking lots available
• 5 min. from JR Shinizuka Sta.
http://www.kankou-iizuka.jp/events/240

66th Buzen Port Festival
• 8/4 (Sat.) *postponed to 8/6 (Mon.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~21:00
Unoshima Port
0979-82-1111
• 3,000 fireworks
• 20 min. on foot from JR Unoshima Sta., 15 min. by car from Buzen Okoshikake Michinoeki *Free shuttle bus from the parking lot
http://www.city.buzen.lg.jp/event/year_event/minatomatsuri.html

Wasshoi Hyakuman Summer Festival
• Fireworks: 8/5 (Sun.) 20:25~20:50, festival: 8/5 (Sat.) ~ 8/6 (Sun.) *cancelled in case of inclement weather
Katsuyama Park, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
093-541-5472
• 3,000 fireworks
• 610,000 visited the festival last year
• 5 min. on foot from JR Nishikokura Sta. or Kitakyushu Monorail Heiwadori Sta., 10 min. on foot from JR Kokura Sta.
http://www.wasshoi.info

Soeda Fireworks Festival
• Scheduled for 8/5 (Sat.)
• 20:00~20:45 approx.
Soeda Sports Ground
0947-82-1236
• Approx. 5,000 fireworks
• Approx. 4,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 150 spaces
• 3 min. on foot from JR Nishisoeda Sta.
http://www.soeda-kankou.com

Hanabi World Cup in Huis Ten Bosch
• 8/11 (Sat.), 8/12 (Sun.) and 8/25 (Sat.)
• 20:40~21:00
• Huis Ten Bosch (1-1 Huis Ten Bosch-machi, Sasebo City, Nagasaki)
0570-064-110
• 5 min. on foot from JR Huis Ten Bosch Sta. (Omura Line)
• Adult: ¥4,500, HS and JHS: ¥3,500, 4 y.o. ~ ES: ¥2,200 (For detailed ticket information, click here)
http://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/event/fireworks/worldcup/

63rd Okawa Fireworks Festival
• 8/11 (Sat.) 20:00~21:00 *postponed to 8/12 (Sun.) or 8/13 (Mon.) in case of inclement weather
Chikugogawa Sports Park
0944-87-0923
• Approx. 5,000 fireworks
• Approx. 50,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 2,500 spaces
• Ride the bus heading to Hayatsue from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Sta. (30 min.) and get off at Onoshima Gakko-mae stop, 5 min. on foot from there. 50 min. by car from Yame IC

31st Shoryo Nagashi Fireworks (Meinohama Fireworks Festival)
• 8/15 (Wed.) *postponed to 8/19 (Sun.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~20:40
Atagohama Marinatown Beach Park
092-881-0631
• 2,000 fireworks
• 15 min. on foot from Meinohama Subway Sta., or ride the Nishitetsu bus from Meinohama Sta. and get off at Atagohama 3-chome stop
http://www.meiyuukai.com/fireworks/

46th Nakagawa Festival
• 8/18 (Sat.) *postponed to 8/19 (Sun.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:20~21:00
Kajiwara Undou Hiroba and Antokuminami Elementary School, Antoku area
092-952-1456
• 4,000 fireworks
• Approx. 50,000 visitors every year
• 10 min. by taxi from JR Hakataminami Sta. *Free shuttle bus from the station
http://www.town.fukuoka-nakagawa.lg.jp/soshiki/4/maturi46.html

Amagigawa Fireworks
• 8/25 (Sat.) *postponed to 8/26 (Sun.) in case of inclement weather
• 19:40~21:00
Koishiwaragawa Amagi Bridge
0946-22-3835
• Approx. 4,000 fireworks
• Approx. 20,000 visited last year
• 10 min. on foot from Amagi Sta. (Amagi Railway), 15 min. on foot from Nishitetsu Amagi Sta.
http://www.asakuracci.com

34th Onga-machi Summer Festival
• 8/25 (Sat.) *cancelled in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~20:40 (festival start: 17:30~)
Onga Sports Park
093-293-8233
• Approx. 3,000 fireworks
• Free parking available: 800 spaces at the venue, 150 spaces at the town hall parking lot
• 10 min. on foot from JR Ongagawa Sta.
http://www.town.onga.lg.jp/machi_navi/kanko_shiseki/natsumatsuri/

29th Tanushimaru Fireworks Festival
• 8/26 (Sun.) *postponed to 8/28 (Tue.) or 8/30 (Thu.) in case of inclement weather
• 19:30~20:20
Chikugo Riverbed, opposite Katanose Park
0943-72-4956
• Approx. 4,000 fireworks
• Approx. 45,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 1,300 spaces
• 20 min. on foot from Nishitetsu Kaneshima Sta., 15 min. by car from Amagi IC via Oita Expressway, 20 min. by car from Kurume IC. *free shuttle bus from JR Tanushimaru Sta.
http://www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/event/?mode=detail&id=400000000414

4th Yame Festival “Light and Music Fireworks Festival”
• 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
• 2,000 fireworks
• 25,000 visited last year
• Free parking available: 1,100 spaces
• 20 min. by taxi from JR Hainuzuka Sta., 15 min. by car from Yame IC

Originally written in July 2016, updated June 2018.
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Published: Jun 25, 2018 / Last Updated: Aug 16, 2018

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