The Seibuen Yuenchi (Seibuen Amusement park) fireworks are back in 2022! 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 ‘Lantasia’ winter night illumination, which were equally popular. Here’s hoping they will be back, after four long years, in the autumn / winter of 2022 to 2023.
Seibuen Big Summer Festival
The Seibuen Amusement park fireworks is part of what they call their “Big Summer Festival”. The theme of the festival in 2022 is “Let’s get excited about the heat of summer”. (If only!) The big summer festival is on daily from July 15th to September 4th, but the fireworks are only on some weekends (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 unfortunately there is no mention of that for 2022.
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.
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 7 pm on weekdays and until 9 pm the days the fireworks are on. (From August 11th to 14th for Obon, the park closes at 8 pm but there are no fireworks).
- July 16th, 17th 18th, 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st.
- August 6th, 7th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th.
- September 3rd and 4th
Although the shows are usually only 20 minutes each, they are very popular. The most recent figures I have are for 2017, at which time they attracted about 100,000 people (and there were less of them – only 10 nights from memory). Seibuen have not said (yet) how many they are launching this year, but in the past it was usually around 2,000 fireworks.
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, from Monday July 11th. 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 on August 12th and 15th.
Please check for any last minute changes or cancellations on the official website.
The featured image is from the Seibuen site via PR TIMES.