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. Unfortunately, many festivals have been postponed or cancelled this year due to the COVID-19. Furthermore, there might be restrictions imposed on viewing, so please check the Fukuoka Now Fireworks Guide and also the venue’s website before going out.
Fireworks scheduled to be held in 2020.
・9/19 (Sat.): No.1 Fireworks Contest in Kyushu (Sasebo City, Nagasaki)
・10/3 (Sat.): Kukinoumi Fireworks Festival
・10/18 (Sun.): 2020 Nogata Summer Festival
No.1 Fireworks Contest in Kyushu
Huis Ten Bosch hosts one of Kyushu’s biggest springtime fireworks events with 22,000 fireworks lighting up the sky and European townscape! Watch shows from the world’s most famous pyrotechnicians, with bursts of 100 fireworks at once and a 5-minute salvo of 5,000 fireworks. The event doubles as the finals of the World Fireworks Technicians’ Contest, so come see the Japanese and overseas representatives show their best works.
Photo: Huis Ten Bosch
• 9/19 (Sat.) *Check official website for times and alternative dates in case of inclement weather.
• Huis Ten Bosch
• 1-1 Huis Ten Bosch-machi, Sasebo City, Nagasaki
• 22,000 fireworks
• 5 min. on foot from JR Huis Ten Bosch Sta. (Omura Line)
• For detailed ticket information, click here
Kukinoumi Fireworks Festival
Tentatively planned for 10/3 (Sat.). Confirmation to be announced on their website as soon details are decided.
• Dokai Bay, Wakato Bridge (Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka)
• 093-771-3559 (Kukinoumi Firework Festival Executive Office)
• 3 min. on foot from JR Wakamatsu Sta., 5 min. on foot from JR Tobata Sta.
2020 Nogata Summer Festival
Tentatively planned for 10/18 (Sun.). Confirmation to be announced on their website as soon as details are decided.
• Nogata Riverside Park, Nogata City, Fukuoka
• 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
・Hanabi Fantasia Fukuoka 2020
・Ashiya Fireworks Festival 2020
・16th Fukutsu Noryo Fireworks
・33rd Kanmon Kaikyo Fireworks Festival
・Chiggo Matsuri – Land of Love Fireworks Festival
・Chikugo River Fireworks Festival
・32nd Sasaguri-machi Fireworks Festival
・44th Miyama Noryo Fireworks Festival
・51st Miyawaka Noryo Fireworks Festival
・99th Iizuka Noryo Fireworks Festival
・Wasshoi Hyakuman Fireworks
・65th Okawa Fireworks Festival
・Soeda Fireworks Festival
・33rd Shoryo Nagashi Fireworks (Meinohama Fireworks Festival)
・36th Onga-machi Summer Festival
・68th Buzen Port Festival
・49th Nakagawa Festival
Originally written in July 2016, updated July 2020.
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