The 13th annual Odako Fireworks are on in 2023, for the first time in four years. It is just a small firework display that follows a day time festival called the Kasukabe Community Summer Festival. Both were cancelled between 2020 and 2022 due to the pandemic.
The fireworks are quite small with just (approximately) 320 starmines and 50 smaller fireworks. They are launched annually as the finale to the traditional summer festival that starts around 3.30 pm. You might recognize the name “Odako” – it shares its name with the kite festival that Kasukabe is famous for. Of course, Kasukabe is most famous as the home of Crayon Shinchan!
The fireworks are normally launched on the last Saturday of August. If it rains, the festival and fireworks are generally postponed until the following day. However, in 2023 they have said that the festival will be postponed until the Sunday, but the fireworks will be completely cancelled. So hopefully there is good weather on the night!
Despite being a relatively small fireworks display lasting only 30 to 40 minutes, the event attracts about 20,000 spectators as people come for the festival too. They launch the fireworks between 8.10 pm and 9 pm.
Event: Kasukabe Community Festival and Odako Fireworks 2023 第18回春日部コミュニティ夏まつり・第13回春日部市大凧花火大会
Date: Saturday August 26th 2023. If there is bad weather on the day, they will be postponed to the following day, Sunday August 27th.
Time: from 3.30 pm to 9 pm. The fireworks start at 8.10 pm.
Cost: there is no admission fee
Venue: Showa General Park, 746-1 Kanasaki, Kasukabe, Saitama 344-0117. View on Google Maps.
Access Odako Fireworks
The fireworks spectating area is about a 20 minute walk from Tobu Urban Park’s Minami Sakurai Station. You can get a bus from the North exit of the station bound for Aeon Mall Kasukabe and alight at 「庄和高校」(Showa High School).
There is no official parking lot, but there are a limited number of public parking spots available. However, as of July 12th 2023, parking information is not yet available for this year. Please check the Kasukabe website (below) for the most up to date information. This event used to have its own website, so there was a lot of information available, but unfortunately the website is no longer live in 2023. Information is now on the Kasukabe city website instead:
For more fireworks, festivals and events in the Saitama area, please see the main event pages.