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Fukuoka Fireworks Guide 2019

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 19 upcoming fireworks displays in and near Fukuoka below!

Schedule (see below for more detailed information on each event)

• 7/13 (Sat.): Sasaguri-machi Fireworks Festival (Kasuya)
• 7/20 (Sat.): Miyama Noryo Fireworks Festival (Miyama City)
• 7/20 (Sat.): Kukinoumi Fireworks Festival (Kitakyushu City)
• 7/23 (Tue.): Miyawaka Noryo Fireworks Festival (Kitakyushu City)
• 7/27 (Sat.): Ashiya Fireworks Festival (Onga)
• 7/28 (Sun.): Nogata Summer Festival (Nogata City)
• 8/1 (Thu.): Iizuka Noryo Fireworks Festival (Iizuka City)
• 8/2 (Fri.): Wasshoi Hyakuman Fireworks (Kitakyushu City)
• 8/3 (Sat.): Okawa Fireworks Festival (Okawa City)
• 8/3 (Sat.): Soeda Fireworks Festival (Tagawa)
• 8/4 (Sun.): Fukutsu Noryo Fireworks (Fukutsu City)
• 8/5 (Mon.): Chikugo River Fireworks Festival (Kurume City)
• 8/7 (Wed.): Hanabi Fantasia Fukuoka (Chuo-ku, Fukuoka)
• 8/13 (Tue.): Kanmon Kaikyo Fireworks Festival (Kitakyushu City/Shimonoseki City)
• 8/15 (Thu.): Shoryo Nagashi Fireworks (Nishi-ku, Fukuoka)
• 8/24 (Sat.): Amagigawa Fireworks (Asakura City)
• 8/24 (Sat.): Onga-machi Summer Festival (Onga)
• 9/21 (Sat.): No.1 Fireworks Contest in Kyushu (Sasebo City, Nagasaki)
• 9/21 (Sun.): Chiggo Matsuri – Land of Love Fireworks Festival (Chikugo City)


• 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.

Fukuoka Now Recommended Fireworks Festivals


Hanabi Fantasia Fukuoka 2019

Seaside Momochi, with easy access from the city center, is the venue for a dazzling display of 12,000 fireworks synchronized to music. With the fireworks shot along a 1.5 km wide area and as high as 450 m, this is the largest firework show in western Japan. During the six-and-a-half minute long grand finale, no less than 5,500 fireworks will light up the night sky with pyrotechnic marvels of a thousand colors. All seating is designated and priced by area, so book early to get a seat to the show of the summer! The venue opens from 4 pm so you can enjoy the sunset with food and drinks sold at the venue, or bring your own nibbles and beverages. Once the sun sets, sit back, relax and enjoy a feast for the eyes (and ears!) as the sunburnt summer sky is filled with color and music.

• 8/7 (Wed.) *will be moved to 8/8 (Thu.) in the case of inclement weather
• Open: 16:00, start: 19:30
• Momochi Seaside Park
2-4 Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka
092-844-7011 (Fireworks Fantasia Fukuoka executive office)
• Advanced tickets: ¥2,000~¥10,000, same-day tickets: ¥2,500~¥10,500
• Advance sale: Lawson ticket L code: 88877, ticket Pia P code: 641-959, for other purchasing methods, refer to Hanabi Fantasia’s homepage

Ashiya Fireworks Festival 2019

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

• 7/27 (Sat.)
• 19:45~
Onga River estuary, Ashiya-machi, Onga, Fukuoka
• 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)

15th Fukutsu Noryo Fireworks

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

• 8/4 (Sun.) *postponed to 8/5 (Mon.) or 8/6 (Tue.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~21:10
• Fukutsu City (Fukuma Beach, Miyaji Beach, Tsuyazaki Beach, and more)
0940-42-9988 (Fukutsu Tourist Association)
• Approx. 5,000 fireworks
• 20 min. on foot from JR Fukuma Sta.

360th 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 360-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 (Mon.) *postponed to 8/7 (Wed.) in case of inclement weather
• 19:40~21:10
• Chikugo Riverbank, Kurume Suitengu Shrine area (265-1 Senoshita-machi, Kurume City, Fukuoka)
• Approx. 18,000 fireworks
• 10~15 min. on foot from JR Kurume Sta., 10 min. on foot from Nishitetsu ‘Daigaku Byoin’ bus stop *shuttle bus available from Nishitetsu Kurume Sta.

32nd 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 (Tue.) *cancelled in case of inclement weather
• 19:50~
Kanmon Strait
• Approx. 15,000 fireworks
• 5 min. on foot from JR Mojiko Sta.

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 15 of 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. Choose from various seating styles such as 4-person box seats or individual chairs.

Photo: Huis Ten Bosch

• 9/21 (Sat.) 18:45~21:00
• 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)
• Reserved seating available from ¥1,200 (entrance fee to the park excluded). For detailed ticket information, click here

Chiggo Matsuri – Land of Love Fireworks Festival

This fireworks display takes place in Chikugo Koiki Park alongside the Yabe River and is a great show for leisurely watching fireworks. This year, the Chikugo Festival and the Chikugo-Funagoya Fireworks Festival will combine forces, resulting in an even more impressive event. In the afternoon, there will be various stage events and performances. 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

• 9/22 (Sun.) *postponed to 9/23 (Mon., hol.) in case of inclement weather
• 18:50~20:30
• Chikugo Regional Park
831-1 Tsushima, Chikugo City, Fukuoka
• Approx. 7,000 fireworksちっご祭

And many, many more!

31st Sasaguri-machi Fireworks Festival
• 7/13 (Sat.) *cancelled in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~20:40
• Suga Shrine (Sasaguri, Sasaguri-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka)
• Approx. 1,500 fireworks
• 10 min. on foot from JR Sasaguri Sta.篠栗祇園夏祭り-納涼花火大会/
43rd Miyama Noryo Fireworks Festival
• 7/20 (Sat.) *postponed to 7/22 (Mon.) or 7/26 (Fri.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~21:30
• Upstream of Setaka bridge (Setaka-machi, Miyama City, Fukuoka)
• Approx. 8,000 fireworks
• Free parking available: 650 spaces
• 15 min. on foot from JR Takase Sta., 5 min. by car from Yanagawa IC.
Kukinoumi Fireworks Festival
• 7/20 (Sat.) *cancelled in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~20:40
• Dokai Bay, Wakato Bridge (Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka)
093-771-3559 (Kukinoumi Firework Festival Executive Office)
• 4,000 fireworks
• 3 min. on foot from JR Wakamatsu Sta., 5 min. on foot from JR Tobata Sta.
50th Miyawaka Noryo Fireworks Festival
• 7/23 (Tue.) *postponed to 7/26 (Fri.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~21:00
• Honjo Bridge (Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka)
• Approx. 3,000 fireworks
• 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
2019 Nogata Summer Festival
• 7/28 (Sun.) *postponed to 7/31 (Wed.) or 8/6 (Tue.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~21:15
Nogata Riverside Park, Nogata City, Fukuoka
• 6,000 fireworks
• 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
98th Iizuka Noryo Fireworks Festival
• 8/1 (Thu.) *postponed to 8/6 (Tue.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~21:00 (approx.)
• Nakanoshima, Ongagawa, Iizuka City, Fukuoka
0948-22-1007 (Iizuka Chamber of Commerce)
• Approx. 5,000 fireworks
• Traffic restrictions apply. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation to avoid traffic congestion.
5 min. from JR Shin-Iizuka Sta.
Wasshoi Hyakuman Fireworks
• 8/2 (Fri.)
• 19:50~20:40
• ¥1,500 ~ ¥10,000 (seats are priced by area)
• Adv.: Ticket Pia (P-code: 642-902). Check their homepage for details.
3-9-33 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
• Approx. 10,000 fireworks
• 7 min. on foot from JR Kokura Sta.
64th Okawa Fireworks Festival
• 8/3 (Sat.) *postponed to 8/4 (Sun.) or 8/5 (Mon.) in case of inclement weather
• Okawa Summer Festival: 17:00~21:00, Fireworks Festival: 20:00~20:45
• International University of Health and Welfare (261-6 Enokizu, Okawa City, Fukuoka)
• Approx. 1,000 fireworks
• Free parking available: 2,500 spaces
• Ride the bus heading to Saga Sta. Bus Center from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Sta. (20 min.) and get off at Kokusai Iryo Fukushi Daigaku-mae stop, 5 min. on foot from there. 40 min. by car from Yame IC
Soeda Fireworks Festival
• 8/3 (Sat.)
• 20:00~20:45 approx.
• Soeda Sports Ground (933 Sho, Soeda-machi, Tagawa, Fukuoka)
• Approx. 5,000 fireworks
• Free parking available: 700 spaces (*shuttle bus available)
• 3 min. on foot from JR Nishi-Soeda Sta.
32nd Shoryo Nagashi Fireworks (Meinohama Fireworks Festival)
• 8/15 (Thu.) *postponed to 8/19 (Mon.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~20:40
• Atagohama Marinatown Beach Park (Atagohama Marinatown Beach Park)
• Approx. 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
Amagigawa Fireworks
• 8/24 (Sat.) *postponed to 8/25 (Sun.) or 8/28 (Wed.) in case of inclement weather
• 19:40~21:00
• Amagi Bridge, Koishiwara River (Asakura City, Fukuoka)
• Approx. 4,000 fireworks
• 10 min. on foot from Amagi Sta. (Amagi Railway), 15 min. on foot from Nishitetsu Amagi Sta.
35th Onga-machi Summer Festival
• 8/24 (Sat.) *cancelled in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~20:40 (festival start: 18:00~)
• Onga Sports Park (23-6 Hirowatari, Onga-cho, Onga, Fukuoka)
• 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.
67th Buzen Port Festival
• 8/3 (Sat.) *postponed to 8/5 (Mon.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:00~21:00 (approx.)
• Unoshima Port (347 Unoshima, Buzen City, Fukuoka)
• Approx. 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
48th Nakagawa Festival
• 8/24 (Sat.) *postponed to 8/25 (Sun.) in case of inclement weather
• 20:20~21:00
• Kajiwara Undo Hiroba (1-1 Kami-kajiwara, Nakagawa City, Fukuoka)
• Approx. 4,000 fireworks
• 10 min. by taxi from JR Hakata-Minami Sta. *free shuttle bus from the station

Originally written in July 2016, updated July 2019.
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Published: Jul 5, 2019 / Last Updated: Jul 19, 2019