Hidaka City invites citizens to ‘create a new beginning together’ at the 32nd annual Hidaka festival this year. The statement is in recognition of how much the pandemic influenced all our lives and how we lived without festivals, fireworks or events for three years. In a bid to rekindle the community and restore the city’s energy and vibrancy, this year they will launch even more fireworks than normal on the first night of the two day citizen’s festival.
Hidaka Festival and Fireworks
The Hidaka Citizen Festival is held annually in Autumn. It is a local type festival with a mikoshi, stage events, traditional performances, inflated play area, mini SL and a market. In addition, on the first night they have a fireworks display. They initially hoped to launch 3000 fireworks, but thanks to the overwhelming support of many they will be launching 5000 fireworks on the first night. If there is bad weather on the Saturday night, they will postpone them until Sunday night. The festival is on the grounds of Hidaka Arena (also called the Bunka Taiikukan), which is near to the Hidaka City Hall.
Event: Hidaka Citizen’s Festival and Fireworks Restart, creating a new beginning together ひだか花火大会 restart 皆で創る新たな幕開け
Date: Saturday November 11th 2023 and Sunday November 12th 2023. The fireworks are on the Saturday night, between 6 and 7 pm, unless there is bad weather. In that situation they will delay them until the Sunday night.
Time: from 10 am to 7.30 pm on the Saturday and from 9 am to 3 pm on the Sunday (unless the fireworks are postponed, in which case the festival will finish at 7 pm).
Cost: there is no admission fee
Venue: Hidaka Arena (Bunka Taiikukan) 文化体育館「ひだかアリーナ」1010番地 Minamihirasawa, Hidaka, Saitama 350-1206. View on Google Maps.
Hidaka Arena / Bunka Taiikukan is across the road from Hidaka City Hall, which is about a 20 to 25 minute walk from Komagawa Station on the Hachiko line. They will run a free shuttle bus within the city on both days.