Translated by Allie
Summer Flowers Reflected In Water! Seaside Fireworks Festivals
Written by Reiya Horii
The summer means the sea and fireworks in Japan. This article features firework festivals in Kanagawa and Chiba where you can experience both summer musts.
As you might know, firework festivals are some of the biggest events held during the summer in Japan. Out of the many fireworks festivals held all over the country, today we would like to introduce a few of the fireworks festivals held by the sea on the coast of Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures. You will be amazed not only by the fireworks in the sky but also by their stunning displays reflected in the water. Here are the festival dates and times for 2017; please note that these dates may be changed subject to the weather.
1. Kanagawa: Kamakura Fireworks Festival
Image courtesy of Kamakura City Tourist Association
The Kamakura Fireworks Festival is held on the coast of Kamakura city. During this event, fireworks are set off from a boat floating in the sea and explode high in the night sky. The sound of the waves harmonizes with that of the fireworks, creating beautifully sights and sounds.
Date: Wednesday, July 19th 2017
Location: Kamakura beach, Yuigahama beach and Zaimokuza beach, Kamakura city, Kanagawa
2. Kanagawa: Kurihama Perry Festival and Fireworks Festival
Image courtesy of Kurihama Administration Center
Until the late 1800s, Japan was a closed country; external trade was restricted and tightly controlled until Commodore Perry of the United States Navy arrived at Kurihama in Yokosuka city, Kanagawa prefecture with his warships and prompted Japan to open its borders.
A memorial festival of this event is held from 10:00 to 21:10 on July 16th, with the last portion of this festival being an impressive fireworks display. During this festival, the local residents' organization holds an Opening of Japan Bazaar as well as many other all-day events.
Date: Saturday, July 15th 2017
Location: Perry Park, Kurihama coast, Kyū-Nichiro Wharf, Kurihama, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
3. Kanagawa: Hayama Beach Fireworks Festival
Image courtesy of Hayama Industry Promotion Division
At the Morito beach in Hayama-machi, Miura, Kanagawa, about 1,600 fireworks are set off into the night air. But perhaps the most impressive part of this festival is that, at the Hayama Beach Fireworks Festival, you can watch fireworks as the sun sinks behind Mt. Fuji, a sight that is guaranteed to leave you awe-struck. Not only that, but you can watch these fireworks as you lay on the beach. Doesn't that sound romantic?
Date: Wednesday, July 26th 2017
Location: Morito beach and Isshiki Beach Breakwater, Hayama-machi, Miura, Kanagawa
4. Chiba: Tateyama Bay Firework Festival
Image courtesy of Tateyama Industrial Tourism Division
The Tateyama Bay Fireworks Festival is held in Tateyama city, Chiba, and, of the festivals introduced in this article, is the only festival held in August. So even if you miss the firework festivals held in July, you have a chance to see them here.
Surrounded by small mountains, the terrain around Tateyama allows the natural sounds of the fireworks to echo about, making this event quite different from those that take place in more open areas.
Date: Tuesday, August 8th 2017
Location: Hōjō beach, Tateyama city, Chiba
5. Chiba: Asahi City Iioka You Play Festival 2016 Beachside Fireworks
Image courtesy of Asahi City Industrial Tourism Division
Iioka Beach, located on the east edge of Kujūkuri Beach in Chiba prefecture holds a two day event which starts from July 30th called the Asahi City Iioka You Play Festival and offers stage shows, local performing arts and a beach volleyball competition.
The fireworks display is held on the first day of the festival. You can see the fireworks from Gyobumisaki alongside the night view of Kujūkuri, take a drive along the beachline of Kujūkurihama - there are plenty of ways to enjoy this festival.
Date: Saturday, July 29th 2017
Time: 19:30 -20:30
Location: Iioka beach, Sangawa Asahi, Chiba
6. Chiba: Hama Matsuri
Image courtesy of Ōamishirasato Industry Promotion Division
Hama Matsuri or Hama Festival, is held every year in Ōamishirasato. Local traditional dances such as the Bosama Odori are performed at this festival, while the fireworks display lights up the sky at the end of the events. The Hama Matsuri fireworks show is special in that it has Message fireworks, where messages that people have submitted in advance are turned into fireworks displays that burst overhead.
Date: Saturday, July 29th 2017
Location: Shirasato Chuo Beach, Ōamishirasato city, Chiba
Summer in Japan means fireworks and the beach, so if you have the chance, why not enjoy both at any of these gorgeous firework festivals?
Kamakura Fireworks Festival
Address: Kamakura beach, Yuigahama beach, Zaimokuza beach, Kamakura city, Kanagawa
Nearest Station: Kamakura Station on JR Yokosuka Line; Yuigahama Station or Wadazuka Station on Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden)
Access: Yuigahama beach - 15 minute walk from Kamakura Station; Zaimokuza beach - 5 minute walk from Yuigahama Station or Wadazuka Station
Phone Number: +81-467-22-3516
Website: Kamakura City Tourist Association (Japanese)
Kurihama Perry Festival and Fireworks Festival
Address: Perry Park, Kurihama coast, Kyū-Nichiro Wharf, Kurihama, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
Nearest Station: Kurihama Station on JR Yokosuka Line; Keikyū Kurihama Station on Keikyū Kurihama Line
Access: 15 minute walk from Kurihama Station or Keikyū Kurihama Station
Phone Number: +81-46-822-2500
Website: Kurihama Sightseeing Association (Japanese)
Hayama Beach Fireworks Festival
Address: Morito beach and Isshiki Beach Breakwater, Hayama-machi, Miura, Kanagawa
Nearest Station: Zushi Station on JR Yokosuka Line; Shinzushi Station on Keikyu Zushi Line
Access: From Zushi station Bus Stop 3 or Shin-Zushi station Bus Stop 2 take either the Hayama 12 or Hayamamachi Fukushibunkakaikan 11 to Morito Kaigan stop.
Phone Number: +81-46-876-1111
Website: Hayama Town Hall
Tateyama Bay Fireworks Festival
Address: Hōjō beach, Tateyama city, Chiba
Nearest Station: Tateyama Station, Uchibō Line
Access: 10 minute walk from Tateyama Station
Phone Number: +81-470-22-8330
Website: Tateyama Bay Fireworks Festival (Japanese)
Asahi City Iioka You Play Festival 2016 Beachside Fireworks
Address: Īoka beach Sangawa Asahi, Chiba Prefecture
Nearest Station: Asahi Station, JR Sōbu Main Line
Access: 90 minutes from Tokyo Station by limited express train Shiosai; change to a bus towards Chōshi at Asahi Station. Get off at Shokusai-no Yado Iioka, 3 minute walk from the bus stop
Via Chiba-Tōgane Road: drive on Higashi-Kantō Expressway, change to Chiba-Tōgane Road. After about 40 minutes, take the Yokoshibahikari Interchange.
Via Tōsō-Yūryō Road: drive on Higashi-Kantō Expressway, exit at the Daiē Interchange, then drive on Tōsō-Yūryō road to the last exit (about 40 minutes from there).
Phone Number: +81-479-62-5338
Website: Asahi-shi iioka YOU, play Festival (Japanese)
Address: Shirasato Chuo Beach, Ōamishirasato city, Chiba
Nearest Station: Ōami Station , JR Sotobō Line
Access: From Ōami Station, take a Kuminato Bus bound for Sunrise Kujūkuri or Shirako Shako for about 30 minutes and get off at the Shirasato Kaigan stop then walk for 5 minutes. **Free shuttle bus service is available on the festival day.
By car: drive on the Tōgane Kujūkuri Toll Road and exit at the Kujūkuri Interchange, drive for 5 minutes down Prefectural Road Number 30. **Free parking available at the city hall, Ōamishirasato Arena, JA Shirasato branch and Noson Kankyo Kaizen Center.A free shuttle bus service is provided from there.
Phone Number: +81-475-70-0356
Website: Ōamishirasato City