7 Amazing Firework Displays Near Osaka And Kyoto in 2018

7 Amazing Firework Displays Near Osaka And Kyoto in 2018

2018.06.20

If you want to enjoy fireworks in the Kansai region we’ll introduce you to our 7 top choices of firework displays near Osaka and Kyoto. Enjoy the Japanese summer with large-scaled hanabi displays or rare fireworks with a castle as background.

Translated by Sandy Lau

Written by MATCHA

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Firework Displays Near Osaka And Kyoto

Firework displays, also known as hanabi, come to mind when people in Japan think of summer. Even though there is an immeasurable number of fireworks displays held throughout the year all over Japan, you can find the highest density of them in summer.

Although it seems repetitive to have as many firework displays in summer, they are all very different. We assure you that you won’t get tired of them, no matter how many times you see these displays, due to the different scales and themes. In this article, we’ll focus on the most popular ones in the Kansai region, which includes cities such as Osaka and Kyoto.

* The information mentioned in this article such as event dates and times are subject to change. Please check the official websites before visiting these events.

* Travel times to the venues from its nearest station are the average travel times. On the day of the event, the roads will probably be congested so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to travel to and from the venue.

1. Tenjin Matsuri Festival Dedication Fireworks Display (Osaka)

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Photo courtesy of Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

The Tenjin Matsuri Festival Dedication Fireworks Display adorns the night sky on the final day of the Tenjin Festival, which is one of Japan’s Top Three Festivals alongside Kanda Festival and Gion Festival.

We recommend enjoying the Tenjin Festival itself before the fireworks! It is held in an area that is easily accessible from Osaka Station. 1,300,000 people visit from all across Japan every year. There are all sorts of ways to enjoy this festival such as admiring the scenery while on a boat or walking around while enjoying food from one of the food stalls. 

Fireworks spelling out the names of businesses which are supporting the festival are very popular at the Tenjin Matsuri.

Event Information

Event Date: July 25, 2018 (Wed)
Venue: Near Kema Sakuranomiya Park GoogleMap
Access: 5 minutes on the JR Loop Line (bound for Kyobashi) from Osaka Station to Sakuranomiya Station (120 yen)
Access From Nearest Station: 5 minute walk from Sakuranomiya Station
Time: Around 19:30-20:50
Official Website: http://www.tenjinmatsuri.com/tenjinfestival

2. Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival (Osaka)

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The Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival is one of the most representative fireworks displays of Osaka alongside the Tenjin Matsuri Festival Dedication Fireworks Display. It is held along the riverbed of Yodo River, which flows through central Osaka, and attracts thousands of people each year.

The fireworks sent into the air from the water are widespread and very impressive. The climax makes the sky as bright as day with the brilliance of the fireworks being shot up in the air one after another.

Event Information

Event Date: August 4, 2018 (Sat)
Venue: Osaka, Yodogawa, Shinkitano, Yodo riverbed GoogleMap
Access From Nearest Station: 30 minute walk from JR Osaka Station, 15 minute walk from Hankyu Juso Station and JR Tsukamoto Station
Time: Around 19:40-20:40
Official Website: http://www.yodohanabi.com/ (Japanese)

3. Miyazu Toro Nagashi Fireworks Display (Kyoto)

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Photo courtesy of Miyazu Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Miyazu City, situated in northern Kyoto, is famous for Amanohashidate, one of the "Three Sights of Japan", which refers to exceptionally beautiful sights within Japan

The Miyazu Toro Nagashi Fireworks Display is an especially popular summer event in Kyoto. Various multi-colored fireworks are launched into the air and reflect beautifully in the water.

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Photo courtesy of Miyazu Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Toro nagashi is a magical spectacle of more than 10,000 lanterns floating across the water with offerings and decorations for one's ancestors. On the day itself, toro nagashi will be held from 19:00 followed by the fireworks at 19:30.

It may be best to stay at a nearby hotel for the night and sightsee Amanohashidate the next day as the venue is not very close to Kyoto Station.

For details on Amanohashidate, please read “A Short Trip To Amanohashidate, One of Japan’s Three Sights”.

Event Information

Event Date: Around August 16, 2018
Venue: Near Shimasaki Park GoogleMap
Access: Approximately 2 hours by Hashidate Limited Express from Kyoto Station to Miyazu Station (2190 yen) or by bus (2600 yen~)
Access From Nearest Station: 10 minute walk from Miyazu Station
Time: Around 19:30-20:30

4. Minato Kobe Marine Fireworks Festival (Kobe)

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This is the beautiful night scenery of the port city of Kobe. It has even been evaluated as a “million dollar night view”. Approximately 10,000 fireworks decorate the sky at the Minato Kobe Marine Fireworks Festival

Enjoy the colorful night scenery introduced by the fireworks while smelling the salty sea breeze. The easy accessibility from Motomachi, the town center of Kobe, and Sannomiya is another appeal of the event.

Event Information

Event Date: August 4, 2018 (Sat)
Venue: Port of Kobe (above water on the south side of the new port breakwater) GoogleMap
Access From Nearest Station: 15 minute walk from Motomachi Station, 20 minute walk from Sannomiya Station
Time: Around 19:30-20:30
Official Website: https://kobehanabi.jp/ (Japanese)

5. Nagahama Kita-Biwako Fireworks Festival (Shiga)

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Photo courtesy of General Incorporated Association of Northern Lake Biwa Tourism Institute

The Nagahama Kita-Biwako Fireworks Festival is a firework display held in Nagahama, Shiga.

During the event, the firework display will be reflected on the surface of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake, as the beautiful scenery spreads right before your eyes.

Make sure to visit this event after you have confirmed the train timetable and other information on how to get back to your hotel beforehand as the train will most likely be very full.

Event Information

Event Date: July 27, 2018 (Fri) * The event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather conditions (cancelled only in case of heavy rain)
Venue: The area of Nagahama Port GoogleMap
Access: Approximately 70 minutes on the JR Special Rapid Service bound for Nagahama from JR Kyoto Station to Nagahama Station (1320 yen). Around 1 hour and 40 minutes on the JR Special Rapid Service from JR Osaka Station to Nagahama Station (1940 yen).
Access From Nearest Station: 10 minute walk from Nagahama Station
Time: 19:30-20:30

6. Hikone Fireworks Festival (Shiga)

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Photo courtesy of Hikone Tourism Association

The Hikone Fireworks Festival held in Hikone in Shiga is similar to the Nagahama Kita-Biwako Fireworks Festival as it is also held with Lake Biwa at its center.

During this festival, you can watch fireworks be launched into the air above Hikone Castle which is known as one of Japans great national treasures.

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Photo courtesy of Hikone Tourism Association

The night sky decorated with colorful fireworks reflected on the surface of Lake Biwa is a mystical sight.

As a word of caution, the walk from Hikone Station to the venue will take approximately 40 minutes. If you’ll be traveling from Osaka or Kyoto, we recommend to make your way home quickly as the final train will leave at around 11pm.

Event Information

Event Date: August 1, 2018 (Wed)
Venue: Lake Biwa Matsubara swimming area GoogleMap
Access: Approximately 50 minutes on the JR Special Rapid Service bound for Nagahama from JR Kyoto Station to Hikone Station (1140 yen). Around 80 minutes on the JR Special Rapid Service bound for Nagahama from JR Osaka Station to Hikone Station (1940 yen).
Access From Nearest Station: 40 minute walk from Hikone Station
Time: 19:30-20:30

7. Yoshinogawa Festival Noryo Fireworks Display (Nara)

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Photo courtesy of Gojo City Tourist Association

The Yoshinogawa Festival Noryo Fireworks Display is a firework display held in Nara. Nara is filled with many noteworthy places such as Horyuji Temple and large Buddha statues.

At this event, you can enjoy an artistic firework display accompanied by music and laser beams. There are also plenty of food stalls at the festival, so please enjoy the fireworks display to your heart’s content while eating delicious food.

We recommend traveling to the festival from Nara Station. The last train from Osaka and Kyoto will leave early and includes having to transfer trains. It takes approximately one hour and 30 minutes from the JR Nara Station to the JR Gojo Station in Kyoto.

Event Information

Event Date: August 15, 2018 (Wed)
Venue: Yoshinogawa riverside under Okawa Bridge GoogleMap
Access: Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes – 2 hours on the train bound for Wakayama from Nara Station to Gojo Station (970 yen). * Please note that it may be necessary to transfer trains between stations.
Access From Nearest Station: 10 minute walk from Gojo Station
Time: 20:00-21:00
Official Website: http://www.gojo.ne.jp/g-kanko/index.html (Japanese)

In Conclusion

In this article, we introduced several firework displays in the Kansai region. Fireworks have become such a huge part of Japanese culture that there are even professional pyrotechnicians nowadays.

Firework displays are not only held in summer, they are also held in autumn and spring. However, if you’re traveling all the way to Japan in the summer, why not experience Japan’s summer culture to the fullest?

Original Author: Jihyeon Kim

This article is a revision updated for 2018 of an article originally published on June 30, 2016.

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