Seibu Amusement Park Fireworks

The Seibuen Yuenchi (Seibuen Amusement park) fireworks are on again in 2023. They were one of only a few places that had fireworks in 2022. Moreover, until 2018, before the pandemic and the amusement park’s renovations, they were one of the most popular summer fireworks in Saitama annually. They also used to have fireworks during their winter night illumination, which were equally popular. Here’s hoping they will be back in 2023 – 2024, after five long years!

Seibuen Big Summer Festival

The Seibuen Amusement park fireworks is part of what they call their “Big Summer Festival”. The theme in 2022 was “Let’s get excited about the heat of summer”. (If only!) In 2023, the big summer festival is on daily from July 14th to September 3rd, but the fireworks are only on weekends and public holidays (with exceptions, see dates below). Throughout the period they also have over a 1000 lanterns lining the streets of the shopping district. Meanwhile, during the day, the seasonal pools are also open and there are several water based events. They normally have a night pool on select dates too, but that was not on in 2022. It remains to be seen if it will be open in 2023.

Seibuen Fireworks 西武園花火 2023

Seibuen – Seibuen Amusement park – use special effects, mixing fire and water, for a visual display that thrills the audience. In the Leoland area, there are dance performances on stage. In addition, they blow “fire pillars” – flames that reach up to ten meters high. On Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays they launch the fireworks, starting from the middle of July until early September.

Although the shows are usually only 20 minutes each, they are dramatic. Seibuen have not said (yet) how many they are launching this year, but in the past it was usually around 2,000 fireworks. The most recent figures I have for attendance are from 2017, at which time they attracted about 100,000 people (and there were less of them – only 10 nights from memory).

Firework Dates

The time of launch depends on the date. They actually haven’t released the times per date yet. However, the hours of the park are from 10 am to 8 pm on weekdays and until 9 pm the days the fireworks are on. The park will close early, at 8 pm, on August 19th and 20th and there will be no fireworks those days. They will have fireworks on Monday August 14th, for Obon, although it is not a public holiday.

  • Saturdays and Sundays and the public holiday in July.
  • August 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 26th, 27th.
  • September 2nd and 3rd

Cost

A one day “leisure” ticket costs 4400 yen per adult, 3300 yen per child over three years old. If you want to reserve a leisure sheet for watching the fireworks, it costs 6000 yen per group. The park will be start selling the reserved leisure sheet seat area, about a week before the start date. In the past, before they closed for renovations in 2019, you could just pay to watch the fireworks. It cost 1200 yen. Unfortunately, that currently doesn’t seem to be available.

Seibu Fireworks Access 

Seibuen Amusement Park or Yuenchi 西武園ゆうえんち

Address: 2964 Yamaguchi, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-1145. Plus code: QC9R+M5 Tokorozawa, Saitama. On Google Maps.

Train: Minutes walk from Seibu Yuuenchi station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.  Car: 10 kilometers or 20 minutes drive from the Iruma Interchange of the Ken-o highway. Parking costs 1800 yen on a weekday, 2000 yen on the weekend and select dates such as August 13th.

Please check for any last minute changes or cancellations on the official website. As of June 14th 2023, it is not yet updated, but they should update it early July. Confirmation of 2023 events.

The featured image is from the Seibuen site via PR TIMES.

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