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Please see the grey “details box” at the bottom of each individual event for dates, hours, prices, location and external links.
**During the 2020 Coronavirus Outbreak events are subject to change and cancellation at a moment’s notice. Please do always check with the official website for any last minute changes or cancellations.**
CANCELLED Kumagaya Fireworks Display & Contest
June 6 @ 19:00 - 21:00Free
The 71st annual Kumagaya Fireworks were scheduled for much earlier than usual this year so they wouldn’t coincide with the Olympics. The date was June 6th 2020. Normally they are held on the second Saturday of August. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the State of Emergency in Saitama Prefecture, the 2020 Kumagaya Fireworks have been cancelled.
Information for 2019
The Kumagaya fireworks display started in 1948, making these the longest running annual fireworks in Saitama. In Japanese firework displays are called 花火大会 hanabi taikai or literally firework competition in English. Nowadays a lot of the firework displays don’t actually carry out a competition, but Kumagaya do. They have a starmine fireworks contest.
In the event of rain the fireworks will be postponed until a later date. Usually the day after or the following Saturday or Sunday.
It is a big event representing the city of Kumagaya Fireworks are fired off on the river bank of the Arakawa River which is only a 5 minute walk from Kumagaya Station.
You can fully enjoy the summer nights of Kumagaya which are known for their high temperature.
Many fireworks are shot off by supporting citizens, stores and companies in Kumagaya while their names and PR messages are announced.
Please enjoy Japan in a variety of ways such as viewing the huge fireworks’s which are displayed in the night sky while wearing traditional Japanese summer wear (Yukata) or eating finger foods of Japanese cuisine. Source: From the Kumagaya Tourist Bureau official English webpages.
Approximately 10,000 fireworks are launched along the Arakawa River, on the far side of Arakawa Undo Park. The main viewing area is in the rugby fields of Arakawa Undo Park. The displays attract upward of 450,000 spectators. They have “message fireworks” that display birth, marriage and congratulatory messages. There are approximately 500 festival stalls available.
Kumagaya Fireworks Access
Access from Chichibu Tetsudo Kumagaya Station South gate. It only takes about 5 minutes on foot from the station. They do have parking, but you have to arrive in the afternoon as they shut off roads closer to launch time. It costs 2000 yen for one car.
Detailed map for 2019 not yet available (June 22nd 2019).
Detailed Programme for 2019 not yet available (June 22nd 2019).
For more fireworks and seasonal events in Saitama please see the main events page.
Other summer events in Kumagaya:
First published in 2017 and updated annually. Last republish May 2nd 2020.
Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors, particularly with the current Coronavirus outbreak.