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Enjoy The Collaboration Of Nature And Lights! 5 Fireworks Festivals In Kantō
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Enjoy The Collaboration Of Nature And Lights! 5 Fireworks Festivals In Kantō

2016.07.13

Japanese summer means fireworks! Tokyo's fireworks displays are famous, but there are many more unique fireworks festivals outside the city. Today we'll be introducing 5 famous fireworks festivals that you can visit on a day trip from Tokyo.

Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe

Written by Jihyeon Kim

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What do you think of when talking about summer in Japan? Many people probably think of fireworks festivals.

In Japan, after the rainy season starts the season for fireworks. Numerous large-scale fireworks festivals are held annually in Tokyo, where many tourists visit. However, fireworks festivals of other areas aren't as well-known. So today we will be introducing day trip fireworks festivals that are held in the Kantō region where you can enjoy the collaboration of fireworks and nature.

Here are the festival dates and times for 2017; please note that these dates may be changed subject to the weather.

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1. Koga Fireworks Festival (Ibaraki)

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Photo courtesy of: Koga Tourism Association Koganavi

Koga city in Ibaraki prefecture is located north of Tokyo. Here, a fireworks festival is held annually, known for being one of the largest in the Kantō region. A whopping 25,000 fireworks in total are set off. Some are shot up to 600 meters in the sky, while some have a diameter of 650 meters! The festival will celebrate its 12th year in 2017.

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Photo courtesy of: Koga Tourism Association Koganavi

The venue is a golf course which is located by the Watarase River, allowing viewers to enjoy the harmony of fireworks and nature. The nearest station of the Koga Fireworks Festival is Koga station, which is accessible without any train transfers from JR Ueno and Shinjuku stations.

Event Information
Date: Saturday, August 5th 2017
Time: 19:20-20:40
Place: Ibaraki, Koga, Nishimachi Koga Golf Links

2. Takasaki Matsuri Fireworks Festival (Gunma)

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Photo courtesy of: Takasaki Tourism Association

The Takasaki Matsuri has been held every year since 1975 in Takasaki city of Gunma prefecture. The Takasaki Matsuri Fireworks Festival lights the night sky of the first day of the Takasaki Matsuri. The time of the event isn't very long, but 15,000 fireworks are sent up into the sky. You can get to Takasaki station from JR Tokyo station (without transferring train lines) in about an hour.

Event Information
Date: Saturday, August 5th 2017
Time: 19:40-20:30
Place: Gunma, Takasaki, Karasugawa Wadabashi upstream riverbed

3. Chiyoda-no-Matsuri Kawagaseki Fireworks Festival (Gunma)

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Photo courtesy of: Chiyoda Town

The Chiyoda-no-Matsuri "Kawagaseki" Fireworks Festival held in Chiyoda of Gunma prefecture Ōra district also cannot be missed. The festival has been held for more than 140 years. The fireworks reflecting in the surface of the water are impressive and are very worth the visit. Kumagaya station is 30 minutes from JR Ueno station, and the venue is about 40 minutes by car from Kumagaya station.

Event Information
Date: Friday, August 18th 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00
Place: Gunma, Ōra district, Chiyoda Tone River riverside

4. Ashikaga Fireworks Festival (Tochigi)

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Photo courtesy of: Ashikaga City Tourist Association

Tochigi prefecture's Ashikaga city is famous for tourists spots like Ashikaga School and Ashikaga Flower Park. Here, the historic Ashikaga Fireworks Festival is held. This year will be its 103rd year.

The event is very popular, as 350,000 people visit the festival every year. The nearest station JR Ashikaga station is about 90 minutes from JR Ueno station.

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Event Information
Date: Saturday, August 5th 2017
Time: 19:00-20:45
Place: Tochigi, Ashikaga, Watarase River Tanakabashi downstream riverbed

5. Mooka-shi Summer Festival Fireworks Festival (Tochigi)

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Photo courtesy of: Mooka City Tourist Association

Kōjinsai is a summer festival held in Tochigi prefecture's Mooka city. On the middle day of the festival, the Mooka-shi Summer Festival Fireworks Festival is held.

The fireworks of this event are unique for being sent into the sky along with music and laser beams and other special effects. You'll be moving to the music in no time and are sure to have a blast! The nearest station is Mooka Railway's Kitamōka station, which is about 2 hours from JR Ueno station.

Event Information
Date: Saturday, July 22nd 2017
Time: 19:20-21:00
Place: Tochigi, Mooka, Mooka City Office east side Gogyō River riverside

In Conclusion

Today we introduced fireworks festivals in the Kantō region. Some are a little far from Tokyo, but the fireworks are worth the distance. How about making good memories with friends, family, or your loved ones as you watch vivid fireworks in the night sky this summer?

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Information

Koga Fireworks Festival
Address: Ibaraki, Koga, Nishimachi Koga Golf Links
Nearest Station: Koga Station JR Utsunomiya Line, Shin-Koga Station Tōbu Nikko Line
Access: 20 minute walk from Koga Station West Exit, 5 minute walk from Shin-Koga Station East Exit
Phone Number: +81-280-22-5111
Website: Koga Tourism Association Koganavi (Japanese)

Takasaki Matsuri Fireworks Festival
Address: Gunma, Takasaki, Karasugawa Wadabashi upstream riverbed
Nearest Station: Takasaki Station JR Jōetsu Shinkansen, Nagano Shinkansen
Access: 10 minute walk from Takasaki Station
Phone Number: +81-27-321-1257
Website: Takasaki Tourism Association

Chiyoda-no-Matsuri Kawagaseki Fireworks Festival
Address: Gunma, Ōra, Chiyoda Tone River riverside
Nearest Station: Kumagaya Station JR Takasaki Line, Tatebayashi Station Tōbu Isesaki Line
Access: 40 minutes from Kumagaya Station by car / 20 minutes from Tatebayashi Station by car
Phone Number: +81-276-86-2111
Website: Chiyoda Town (Japanese)

Ashikaga Fireworks Festival
Address: Tochigi, Ashikaga, Watarase River Tanakabashi downstream riverbed
Nearest Station: Ashikaga Station JR Ryōmō Line, Ashikagashi Station Tōbu Isesaki Line
Access: 5 minute walk from Ashikaga Station / 10 minute walk from Ashikagashi Station
Phone Number: +81-284-21-1354
Website: Ashikaga City Tourist Association (Japanese)

Mooka-shi Summer Festival Fireworks Festival
Address: Tochigi, Mooka, Mooka City Office east side Gogyō River riverside
Nearest Station: Kitamōka Station Mooka Railway
Access: 10 minute walk from Kitamōka Station
Phone Number: +81-285-83-8135
Website: Mooka City Tourist Association (Japanese)

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