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A highlight of October in Saitama Prefecture are the famous Konosu fireworks display. In 2020, the organizers of the Konosu Fireworks announced that they were postponing the infamous Konosu Fireworks. However, there were no updates until June 23rd 2021. At that time, they said that the fireworks were postponed indefinitely. Then, on October 5th they made a sudden announcement on their website, that they would have a surprise fireworks display on October 10th.

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. 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 as a much much smaller event.

Konosu Fireworks

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, but in 2019 they were aiming for 20,000 until typhoon Hagibis happened.

One of the highlights of this festival is that they launch 300 shakudama consecutively, which 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.

Taken from the official website: https://kounosuhanabi.com/

Konosu fireworks have enjoyed increasing popularity 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 800 metre ball of light.  Around the same time of the fireworks (in a usual year) you can enjoy the beautiful site of millions of Cosmos in Konosu. 

It is estimated that approximately 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.

2022 Konosu Fireworks

2022 – date to be confirmed.

The 2022 fireworks are unfortunately also under threat. Because the place where they usually launch the fireworks is currently undergoing construction work. We will have to wait until later in 2022 to hear the plan.

Konosu Fireworks Access

This is subject to change: 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.

For car users, the address is 1073-1 Nukata. It is 14 kilometers from the Highashimatsuyama Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway. Parking available for 2,000 cars. It costs 2000 yen for the day.

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!

Official website

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