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Kashiwazaki Fireworks 
Photo By: Penny Woznicki

Is that summer we smell in the air? Clearly it is! And in Japan, summer means FIREWORKS!

As a result, here at AJET we’ve compiled a list of the main upcoming fireworks festivals this summer. It’s time to get that evening picnic gear ready!


This festival over the sea is one of the most popular in Niigata Prefecture, and with good reason – it’s absolutely stunning!

Date: Thursday, 26th July 2018

Time: 7:30pm – 9:10pm

Location: Kashiwazaki Central Beach, Minatomachi Seaside Park area


The biggest fireworks in the Prefecture, and the absolute must-see if you’re here for it! Over 20,000 fireworks are used in this truly spectacular festival.

Date: Thursday, 2nd & Friday, 3rd August 2018

Time: 7:20pm – 9:15pm

Location: Shinano River under the Chousei Bridge


  • Benten Fireworks. Nou Itoigawa

Beautiful fireworks display firing off from the sacred Benten rock in Nou, Itoigawa.

Come join the JETs down south for some sea, sun and fireworks.

If you come earlier in the day you can go hunting for real jade on the beaches , simply go for a swim or check out the magma geo park museum or explore the beautiful rivers and mountains.

See the Itoigawa Geo Park website for things to see in the area during the day.

Date: August 11th

Time:  19:30

Location: Nou village sea side,  Benten rock




The fireworks are the culmination of an amazing three-day festival, held conveniently the weekend after new JET arrivals!

Date: Sunday, 12th August 2018

Time: TBC

Location: Shinano River, near Bandai City


The final summer fireworks on Sado, with Tarai boat races and Kojishima dances. If you missed Earth Celebration, why not pop over for this?

Date: Saturday, 25th August 2018

Time: finishes at 10:00pm

Location: Ogi Port, Sado Island


A 400-year-old festival, with the country’s largest single firework (yonshakudama)?! Why wouldn’t you go?

Date: Sunday, 9th September – Monday, 10th September 2018

Time: 7:45pm – 10:20pm (Yonshakudama launch at 10:00pm on both nights)

Location: Katakai, Ojiya


More information can be found at this link. There are plenty of fireworks displays and summer festivals around the prefecture, so feel free to share on the Niigata AJET Facebook page if you want to promote something nearer home!

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