The Kumagaya Fireworks are normally on in August annually. However, in 2020 they intentionally scheduled them for June, so as not to clash with the Olympics. Then… the pandemic happened! And the 2020 Kumagaya fireworks, like so many other, were completely cancelled.
In 2021, they scheduled the fireworks for an earlier date: May 2021. They were on Saturday May 29th 2021. However, due to the pandemic, no spectators were allowed at or near the launch site. They asked that you enjoy these fireworks from a distance. Furthermore, rather than launching thousands of fireworks at the usual site, in 2021 they launched a few fireworks at five different sites. The fireworks were launched at 7.30 pm in the vicinity of:
- Arakawa Ohashi,
- Kumagaya Sports and Culture Park,
- Kuge Bridge area,
- Menuma Gliderport area and
- Kumagaya Sakura Sports Park.
Kumagaya Fireworks in 2022
The 2022 display will be similar to 2021. However, this year they will hold them in the usual month of August. The fireworks are scheduled for Saturday August 13th at 7.30 pm. In the case of rain, they will be on the 14th instead.
However, once again, it is a mini display that will only last for five minutes. They have not specified the locations, but they will be launched from several sites just like last year. They ask that you do not gather to watch them, that you do not come to the usual festival site and that you just watch them from home.
Fireworks in 2022
It maybe a small “watch from home” type fireworks, but its better than none at all. So many of the firework displays will not be on in 2022. For example, Toda and Ageo have confirmed there will be none in their cities in 2022. But there is one location in Saitama that is planning a ‘normal’ fireworks… here! There are also fireworks annually at Heritage hotel, also in Kumagaya. They have a charge, but it is reasonable. More information here.
Information for a regular year
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.
The fireworks will be postponed until a later date if there is heavy rain. Usually the day after or the following Saturday or Sunday. Due to the size of the event and the convenient location, these fireworks attract thousands of spectators. They launch the fireworks from the bank of the Arakawa, just a five minute walk from Kumagaya Station.
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.
They launch approximately 10,000 fireworks 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
Information for a “normal” year.
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. Please do not come to the site in 2022. For one, they have asked you not to! But most importantly, they are not launching them from here this year.
For more fireworks and seasonal events in Saitama please see the main events category.
First published in 2017 and updated annually. Last republish June 14th 2022.