This weekend we are once again spoiled for choice with the quantity and variety of festivals and fireworks being held in various locations in Saitama. Here is a small sample of the festivals and fireworks on offer on SATURDAY the 6th of August. We have everything from super size fireworks to smaller local affairs. From mammoth crowd-drawing festivals to traditional lower key ritual celebrations. Wherever you go, do plan for crowds, heat and fun galore!
Todabashi fireworks are one of the biggest in Saitama. Approximately 12,000 fireworks are launched including starmines and shakudama. The displays are set to music. They normally have fireworks that explode into the face of a famous character. Last year, it was some Yokai Watch characters. The fireworks are launched near Toda’s race course with prime viewing along the riverside. You can walk from Toda Park station. The Itabashi Fireworks are held in conjunction with Todabashi. They estimate 52,000 spectators view on the Itabashi side and 42,000 on the Toda side. You can reserve a viewing spot at a price on the official website (below). Queries to Todabashi Firework Committee at 048-431-0206
Time: 7 to 8.30 pm Access: Approximately a 20 minute walk from Takasaki Line JR Toda Koen station URL: www.todabashi-hanabi.jp.
Sayama City Irumagawa Tanabata Festival & Fireworks
Listed in the top 3 Tanabata (Star) festivals for the whole of Kanto, this two day festival draws approximately 130,000 people annually. The city displays 140 tanabata decorations such as streamers and other paper decorations. There are about 300 stalls at the festival offering food, drink or traditional games such as the beloved “fishing” game, where you get to keep any fish you catch with a small net.They will also have some fireworks on the night of the 6th.
Due to all this festival has to offer, plus its proximity to Tokyo, as well as the central location near Asaka station, this 3 day festival is one of the biggest of Saitama summer festivals. It attracts about 650,000 people and it gets great reviews from local and regular attendees. On the 2nd night, this year the 6th of August, about 9000 fireworks are launched from 19.15 and there are 300+ stalls offering festival food and/or activities. They open a stadium before the fireworks so it is possible for everyone to get somewhere to sit and enjoy the show. Time: The festival is from about noon and the fireworks from 19.15 Access: 5 minute walk from Tobu Tojo Line Asaka Station URL: information in English at the official website: http://saikasai.com/wp-content/pdf/saikasai_en.pdf . Japanese information here: http://saikasai.com/
Yorii Tamayodo Suitenguusai Fireworks and Festival
Behold the spectacular setting of lantern floats with the magnificent backdrop of fireworks in this traditional festival that attracts about 70,000 people. There are about 5000 fireworks launched including the Niagara type and starmines. You can buy festival food and drinks as there are about 80 stalls in the main viewing area. There is parking for up to 2000 cars, some of which is free, but you would want to arrive early to secure a place. It can be quite muddy, so appropriate footwear is advised.
Time: 7 to 9 pm Access: About a 15 minute walk from Hachiko Line Yorii Station, 5 kms from Hanazono Interchange URL: http://yorii-kanko.jp/tamayodo.html
Seibu Yuenchi Fireworks and Festival
The Seibu Amusement park fireworks and special celebrations start this month of August. Most weekends you can enjoy a firework show as a paying customer of the amusement park. The beer garden is a popular spot for a good view. You can also see the fireworks from some nearby locations around the park! Although the shows are usually only 20 minutes each, they are very popular and the park can be very crowded during August.
Time: from approximately 7.45 pm Access: 5 minute walk from Seibu Tamako Line Seibu Yuenchi Station and Seibu Line Seibuen Station. URL: http://www.seibuen-yuuenchi.jp/
Soka locals volunteer and band together to bring you this small, but popular fireworks in Soka Park. About 5000 fireworks, including starmines, are launched between 19.00 and 21.00. Last year about 80,000 people attended. Queries to the voluntary team at 048-922-0151.
Time: 7 pm to 9pm, Opening ceremony at 6 pm Access: 30 minute walk from JR Koshigaya Laketown Station or take a bus from Tobu Line Matsubara Danchi station URL: http://www.city.soka.saitama.jp/cont/s1401/a16/PAGE000000000000030153.html
Menuma Festival in Kumagaya
This child friendly festival has lots of traditional activities and festival food for people of all ages. Last year, apart from music and performances there was a bazaar and Flea market as well as kid’s show and Jyankan competition.
A small display of fireworks set to the background of trees. These fireworks are popular with local families. Last year about 5000 people spectated near the Iruma River. Queries to Hanno’s Tourist Board at 042-974-7900.
Time: From about 7.30pm Access: About a 15 minute walk from Hanno Station URL: http://www.city.hanno.saitama.jp/0000001569.html
Furutonegawa Floating Lantern Festival
Between 200 and 300 floating lanterns are sent down Furutonegawa river, including Japan’s largest lantern, during this traditional festival in Sugito Town. There are stage performances over the weekend. Last year the Hanabi were on the Saturday, please note this year they are on the Sunday.
This event will not be carried out in the event of rain. There will be 4 firework displays in total in the Tobu Zoo over the month of August. 2000 fireworks, including starmines and the niagra type, are launched There is usually about 10 festival stalls.
Time: from 7.30pm Access: About a 10 minute walk from Tobu Skytree Line Tobu Doubutsu Kouen Station URL: http://www.tobuzoo.com/event/details/1118/
Apart from the fireworks and festivals on Saturday the 7th, there are also a number of special events on in Saitama. One of our picks is the night zoo at Saitama Children’s Zoo which is only open for 6 nights in August. You can see the dates and more events on the insaitama calendar.
Below is a list of the some of the larger, more famous or well attended festivals and fireworks that are scheduled for this Saturday, JULY 30TH. Each place is mapped on a Google Map at the bottom of the article.
Kawagoe Summer Festival
Only 30 minutes from Tokyo, the historic town of Kawagoe is a popular place to experience a typical Japanese summer festival. The festival is celebrated each year on the last Saturday and Sunday of July. The festival includes parades, processions, portable shrines, music and dance. There are also many festival stalls with traditional Japanese festival games or selling festival food.
Time: from 2pm on Saturday Contact: Kawagoe City Tourist Information Office 049-222-5556 Location: Spreads from around Hon Kawagoe Station to the main tourist area by the Bell Tower. Access: Hon Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Approximately a 8 minute walk from Kawagoe station on the JR Kawagoe and Tobu Tojo Lines.
Ageo fireworks are one of the 10 largest firework displays in Saitama. Approximately 10,000 fireworks will be launched, including “shakudama” 尺玉 which are the largest sized shells. There are starmines as well as fireworks with celebratory messages for birthdays, marriage and good results in tests. These fireworks attract about 160,000 spectators. There are about 50 festival stalls. The fireworks are launched near Riverside Phoenix Golf course, which is a 15 minute bus ride from JR Takasaki Line, Ageo Station. Queries to Ageo Tourist Board at 048-775-5917. You can also view the fireworks from Maruyama Park and Enomoto Farm. The farm usually closes at 5pm, but stays open until 9pm on the day of the fireworks. Parking is free at Enomoto Farm.
Time: from 7pm Contact: 048-775-5917 Location: Riverside Phoenix Golf course Access: Bus from JR Takasaki Line, Ageo Station
Koshigaya fireworks are another of the larger firework displays held in Saitama. They attract a huge crowd of about 250,000 people. They have been running for 28 years. Approximately 5000 fireworks will be launched, weather permitting, between, roughly, 19.00 and 20.50. The viewing site is about a 6 minute walk from the east exit of Koshigaya station. There is no parking. The Koshigaya station is crazily crowded after the fireworks finished. You may have to wait a long time to get on a train. The last train toward Asakusa station is at 23.52 and toward Tobu Zoo is 20 past midnight. If you can walk to either Kita Koshigaya or Shin Koshigaya station, you will have a better chance of getting a train out before last train . Queries to Koshigaya Tourist Board: 048-971-9002 or http://www.koshigaya-sightseeing.jp/ You can also view these fireworks from Higashi Koshigaya Dai Ichi Park.
Time: from 7pm Contact: Koshigaya Tourist Board 048-971-9002 Location: Chuo civic center east side Embankment in Kasai Irrigation Channel Access: East Entrance Koshigaya Station, Tobu Skytree Line
Saitama City Fireworks
From the official Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau http://www.stib.jp/event/data/oowadahanabi.html
NTT television organise these popular fireworks held annually on July 30th in Owada park in Saitama. The park itself is a 15 minute walk from Omiya Park station on the Tobu Urban Park line. People arrive early to secure a good viewing location. 5,000 fireworks will be launched around 7.30 pm. Displays include starmines and rapid succession type fireworks. Queries to 0180-99-3144. You can also reserve a space for a leisure sheet through that number. It’s 3500 yen for a double sheet, 5000 yen for a family size sheet.
Time: from 7.30pm Contact: NTT 0180-99-3144 Location: Owada Park, Saitama City. Access: Omiya Park Station, Tobu Urban Park Line
Time: 3.30 pm to 9 pm Contact: Kitamoto Commercial Association 048-591-4461 Location: East side of Kitamoto Station Access: Kitamoto Station on the Takasaki Line
Wherever you end up this Saturday, have a great time!
To the best of my knowledge this information was accurate at time of research. With all fireworks and festivals (events in general) information is subject to change due to weather and/or mitigating factors.
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At the entrance to the Urban Dock Lalaport, Toyosu, there is a great photo spot free to use. It includes a back-drop of Santa’s grotto and an artificial Santa beside whom you can get a photo. Every night from 4pm to midnight the “Santa Claus Hiroba” is lit up, as are other parts of Lalaport and the dock area. Within Lalaport there are all sorts of Christmas offers, workshops and special events, including many centred around the very popular animation “Yokai Watch”.
One of their popular free events is a live concert event with fireworks to the backdrop of the seaside illumination. This year, 2015, it is taking place on Sunday the 13th of December from 7pm around the Seaside Deck Area. More information on the big event on December 13th can be found here: http://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000085.000001771.html
From the English version of their website:
Located 10 minutes by train and on foot from Ginza, it can be accessed from the Yurakucho Line Toyosu Station and the Yurikamome Line Toyosu Station.
The site is next to Tokyo Bay, making it possible to access the mall from Asakusa and Odaiba via a water-bus. The location of the shopping mall is excellent, even providing a view of Rainbow Bridge.
The wide variety of shops (180 in total) includes everything from Uniqlo and other casual fashion shops to the 100-yen shop The Daiso. When the weather is clear, you can even sit on the terrace and have a relaxing meal while gazing over the ocean.
You can find information for all Christmas events, for all Lalaports, on their website here: ららぽーと｜LaLaport Xmas.
The Kõnosu Fireworks have created a place for themselves, as one of the larger and more exciting firework displays in the Greater Tokyo Area. They are quite new in the greater scheme of things, this year marking the 14th time they are being held. However, they really made their mark last year, when they set a new world record of the heaviest firework / largest aerial firework shell ever to be launched successfully.
Spectators of last year’s, 2014, fireworks were treated to the record-breaking finale of the 15,000 fireworks display. They ended the show with an approximately 464 kilograms firework that exploded into a 800 metre ball of light. This year they are also planning on launching 15,000 fireworks and it is estimated that 500,000 people will venture to Konosu to enjoy this year’s show. There are stalls and booths selling food and drink at allocated areas near the launch site. The fireworks start from 18.00, but people arrive much earlier than that to secure a spot to sit, with blue sheets and/or picnic blankets. You can pay to book a seating area in advance, with great views and allocated space. More information is available on their website, but in Japanese only.
By train, access is from Konosu station 鴻巣駅 on the JR Takasaki line ＪＲ高崎線. There are signs and wardens directing people in the right direction, from the station. The main viewing area is 30 minutes walk from the station. For car users, the address is 1073-1 Nukata. It is about 14 kilometres from the Higashimatsuyama Interchange on the Kanetsu expressway. There is paid parking for up to 2,000 cars. It costs 1,000 yen. There is a great viewing spot, that most people still don’t know about, from Yoshimi Undo Park. As it’s still not that well known, it is easy and free to park there. In the event of rain the fireworks the date maybe changed or cancelled. Information will be on their website. The website is (Japanese only): http://kounosuhanabi.com/ The phone number is: 048-543-1634
Konosu is known within Saitama for many different things, but its nationwide claim to fame is its “Hina Matsuri”, Dolls festival, display. http://insaitama.com/konosu-bikkuri-hina-matsuri-surprising-doll-festival/
Ageo Bus from in front of Risona Bank at the West exit of Ageo Station Time: 19.00-21.00 URL: http://www.ageo-kankou.com/ Phone number for inquires: 048･775･5917
Toda 20 minute walk from Toda Kouen Station Time: 19.00-20.30 URL: http://www.ageo-kankou.com Phone number for inquiries: 048･431･0206
Hanno 20 minute walk from Hanno Station Time: 19.30-20.30 URL: http://www.city.hanno.saitama.jp/0000001569.html Phone number for inquiries: 042･974･7900
Sayama 20 minute walk from the west exit of Sayama City Station Time: 19.30-20.00 URL: http://www.city.sayama.saitama.jp/ TEL: 04-2953-1111
Shiraoka 20 minute walk from the Shiraoka Station (Utsunomiya line) Time: 20.00-20.30 URL: http://www13.ocn.ne.jp/~shiraoka/ TEL: 0480-92-8151
Soka Bus from East exits of Matsubara danchi and Shinden stations TIme: 19.00-21.00 URL: http://www.city.soka.saitama.jp/ TEL: 048-922-0151
Osata Gun, Yorii 10 minute walk from Yorii Station Time: 19.00 – 21.00 URL: http://yorii-kanko.jp/tamayodo.html TEL: 581-2121 Extension 441
Asahi 5 minute walk from (Tobu) Asahi Station. Time: 19.15-20.15 URL: http://saikasai.com/ Phone: 048-463-2645
Kawaguchi Shuttle bus from Kawaguchi Station. Time: 19.45-20.30 URL: http://www.tatara-matsuri.com/ Phone: 048-258-8225
Fukaya 7 minute walk from Takekawa Station on the Chichibu Main Line Time: 17.00-21.30 URL: http://www.fukaya-ta.com/ TEL: 048-583-2222
Kita-Katsushika Gun, Sugito Town 1 minute walk from Tobu Dobutsuen Koen Station (Tobu Zoo) Time: 20.30-21.00 URL: http://kankou.sugito.info/ TEL: 0480-32-3719
Koedo Kawagoe 20 minute walk from Minami Otsuka and Kasahata Stations. Time: 19.15~ URL: http://www.koedo.or.jp/event-info/ Phone number: 049-227-8233
Saitama City, Higashi Urawa Time: 19.30-21.00 URL: http://www.stib.jp/hanabi/index.shtml
Kumagaya 5 minute walk from the south exit of Kumugaya Station (JR Takasaki Line, Chichibu Tetsudo) Time: 19.00~ URL: http://www.kumagaya-kanko.jp/ Phone: 048-524-1111
Iruma 10 minute walk from Bushi Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line Time: 20.00-20.30 URL: http://www.iruma-kanko.jp/ TEL: 04-2964-4889 (weekdays only)
Kodama Gun, Misato 20 minute walk from Yodo Station on the JR Hachiko Line Time: 19.30-21.00 URL: http://www.misato-kanko.com/index.html TEL: 0495-76-5133
Chichibu Gun, Nagatoro, Funadama Festival 5 minute walk from Nagatoro Station Time: 19.30-21.00 URL: http://www.nagatoro.gr.jp/en/events/index.html TEL: 0494-66-3311
From the Nagatoro Tourist website
Saitama, Iwatsuki Forty minute walk from Iwatsuki Station Time: 19.30-21.00 URL: http://www.stib.jp/hanabi/index.shtml TEL: 0180-99-3144
Chichibu Gun, Ogano 40 minute bus ride from Chichibu Station Time: 20.00-21.00 URL: http://www.town.ogano.lg.jp/menyu/kankou/maturi/maturi/8tuki/8tuki.html TEL: 0494-75-1381
Misato 10 minutes walk from Misato Station Time: 18.00-21.30 URL: http://www.tonbi.biz/ TEL: 048-952-1231
Higashimatsuyama 15 minute walk from the Takasaka station on the Tobu Tojo Line Time: 19.00-21.00 URL: http://www.city.higashimatsuyama.lg.jp/soshiki/kankyosangyobu/shoko/kanko/event/8/hanabitaikai.html TEL: 0493-21-1427 (weekdays only)
Kita Adachi Gun, Ina Town 8 minute walk from Uchijuku station on the New Shuttle Time: 20.00-21.00 URL: http://members3.jcom.home.ne.jp/inakanko/ TEL: 048-724-1055
Iruma Gun, Moroyama 25 minute walk from Moroyama Station Time: 19.00-21.00 URL: http://www.moronet.com/ TEL: 049-294-1545