Top 8 Fireworks Festivals In the Kanto Region
8. Iawki Fireworks Festival, Fukushima
This is definitely one of the very best fireworks festivals Japan has to offer. Its beautiful harmony of pyrotechnics and rhythmic tunes results in a wonderful combination that inspires awe and amazement in its visitors. If you want to witness something unique and different from the rest, this is the festival to go to. The original visuals and music turn up the excitement level of the visitors, with a highly coordinated display that focuses on Japanese fireworks done the traditional manner.
With about 12,000 shots to be set-off, this amazing spectacle attracts around 60,000 spectators, who experience sheer delight at every burst of light they see.
7. The Nagaoka Festival Grand Fireworks Show, Niigata
It is said that the Nagaoka Festival Grand Fireworks Show is among the most significant and watched festivals in all of Japan. Its significance lies in the fact that it was organized in 1945 as a tribute to those who died from the Nagaoka airstrike. This is probably the most-watched fireworks display in the country, as it has registered records of as much as a million people. The key to this festival is the size of its fireworks, which light up the night sky of Niigata.
Size matters here and visitors can witness the “Phoenix”, that extends up to 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) long and the “Sho-Sanjakudama”, which spreads to a diameter of 650 meters (2,132.5 feet).
6. Suwa Lake Fireworks Festival, Nagano
Welcome to the big leagues! This is the largest collection of fireworks assembled in Japan! With more than 40,000 fireworks exploding against a mountain backdrop, the Suwa Lake Fireworks Festival is acknowledged as the most colorful and longest pyrotechnic display in all of Japan! With an ending that features a huge waterfall of lights that extends at least 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) long, this festival is a pageantry of beauty and breathtaking sights that is sure to amaze everyone. The quality of this festival is second to none, as only the best and most dependable fireworks makers participate.
5. Tachikawa Showa Kinen Park Fireworks, Tokyo
By industry standards, the Tachikawa Showa Kinen Park Fireworks is classified as a medium-scale display, with 5,000 fireworks ready to be launched. However, it does not change the fact that it has become one of the more popular fireworks displays in the region. This is a friendly family affair, where visitors wear “yukatas” or casual kimonos while sitting on the ground and enjoying what they have in their picnic baskets. The festival costs 4 USD to reserve a spot, but it is free after 6 pm. The danger here is that you might not get a good spot if you come late.
4. Sakura Hanabi Festa, Chiba
This fireworks festival is one of the bigger ones in the Kanto region, in which 20,000 fireworks are set-off to create one of the most visually striking displays of light and color one will ever see. In this years’ festival, craftsmen have created fireworks that run for 8,000 consecutive explosions, in succession, and with precise timing. This should be an amazing sight to see.
There are two kinds of fireworks launched at the Sakura Hanabi Festa. The first are hand-piped fireworks, in which brave men hold shakus that they direct to the sky while they dance to the music. The others are water fireworks, which are launched along the water's’ edge and reflected in the water.
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