A highlight of October in Saitama Prefecture are the famous Konosu fireworks display. Early in 2020, the organizers of the Konosu Fireworks announced that they were postponing the infamous Konosu Fireworks. However, there were no further updates until June 23rd 2021. At that time, they said that the fireworks were postponed indefinitely. Then, on October 5th (2021) they made a sudden announcement on their website, that they would have a surprise fireworks display on October 10th 2021.
It was only a small display with no viewing area. They were fireworks “to watch from home”. But they were actually the first fireworks since 2018. Because in 2019 the Fireworks were cancelled at short notice due to damage on the ground from typhoon number 19, also known as typhoon Hagibis. The organizers decided to cancel both the scheduled AND back up date for the 18th annual Konosu Fireworks in 2019. Then the pandemic happened in 2020. But they didn’t want to cancel again, so they waited as long as they could to try and move it ahead. Ultimately they had to postpone the event to October 10th 2021 and have it as a much much smaller event.
In 2022, though it is coming back for the general public to enjoy, at-venue with a display similar to a “normal” year. However, there are a couple of changes. For example, they won’t be launching the large 3 and 4 feet shakudama. But they opened the 2022 event with a spectacular drone show:
The Konosu fireworks are the largest autumn firework display in Kanto and one of the largest of the whole year. They normally launch approximately 15,000 fireworks, which is what they plan for 2022 too. But in 2019 they were actually aiming for 20,000 until typhoon Hagibis happened.
One of the highlights of this festival pre-pandemic was that they launched 300 shakudama consecutively. Shakudama are the largest type of fireworks in existence. Moreover, they launch about 75 at the same time, the record in Japan for the most fireworks launched consecutively. Shakudama require a lot of space, so you can’t see these type of fireworks in some displays in Tokyo for example. However, in 2022 they won’t be launching the 3 or 4 feet wide shakudama, “due to the pandemic”.
In addition, Konosu fireworks are also known nationwide since 2014 when they set a new world record by launching the heaviest / largest aerial firework shell ever. It was approximately 464 kilograms and exploded into a (just under) 800 meters ball of light. From the Guinness World Records official website:
The pyrotechnic exploded into a huge ball of orange light, estimated to measure more than 2,500ft, before fizzling out in a bright green hue.Guiness World Records
Around the same time of the fireworks (in a usual year) you can enjoy the beautiful site of millions of Cosmos in Konosu. However, this year they were later to start blooming than last year. I visited Wednesday September 28th and only the orange cosmos are in bloom and they are still quite low. They are already very photogenic for a close up shot though!
It is estimated that between approximately 400,000 to 500,000 people venture to Konosu to enjoy the firework’s show each year. 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. Tickets are already on sale for the reserved seating area. There are 4500 reserved seats available and 10,000 sponsored seats at the venue.
Date: Saturday October 1st 2022. They will be postponed until Sunday October 2nd if there is bad weather on the 1st.
Time: from 6 pm
Cost: free unless you want a reserved seat. Prices for reserved seats start from 5000 yen. Tickets are already on sale here.
Venue: Konosu Fireworks free viewing area, こうのす花火大会糠田有料観覧会場 Nukata, Konosu, Saitama 365-0059. View on Google Maps. Access hereafter…
Konosu Fireworks Access
The main free viewing area is about a 30 minute walk 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.
By car: the venue is 14 kilometers from the Highashimatsuyama Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway. Parking details are not yet verified for 2022, but usually there are about 2,000 parking spots available. It costs 2000 yen for the day. The parking lot on Google Maps here.
There is also a second free viewing area in Konosu and a third in neighboring Yoshimi. The latter is not that well known, so it is easier to get a parking spot.
Moreover, its free! It now costs 2000 yen.
First published in 2008, updated annually, republished every few years. Last republish August 22nd 2022.