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SummerFireworks Special Feature – Come see the fireworks competitions in Eastern Japan!

Northern Tohoku Region – Fireworks Competitions

Iwai-gawa Kawabiraki Fireworks CompetitionIwate Prefecture

Iwai-gawa Kawabiraki Fireworks Competition – Iwate Prefecture

Dates and times Friday, August 3, 2018
Sunday, August 5 in case of bad weather
7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Number of fireworks Approx. 10,000
Location Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture: banks of the Iwai-gawa River
Places to see nearby

Major points of note

This fireworks display has a long history in Ichinoseki. Held on the opening day of the Ichinoseki Festival, the fireworks show scorches the evening sky.

Passes we recommend to get to this spot

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

JR Rail Pass for East Japan and Hokkaido

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Omagari Hanabi National Fireworks CompetitionAkita Prefecture

Omagari Hanabi National Fireworks Competition – Akita Prefecture

Dates and times Saturday, August 25, 2018
Daytime category from 5:30 p.m.
Evening categories from 6:50 p.m.
Admission Paid seating is available
Number of fireworks Approximately 18,000 shells
Location Omagari Omono Riverbank, Daisen, Akita Prefecture
Places to see nearby

Major points of note

Steeped in history and tradition, Omagari Hanabi is one of the three largest fireworks displays in the country, where hanabi artists representing the peak of Japanese fireworks compete for the coveted Prime Minister's Prize. The highlight can be said to be the wide starmine put on by the competition, stretching 900m along the river leaving audiences awestruck with an overwhelming display of light and sound.

Passes we recommend to get to this spot

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

JR Rail Pass for East Japan and Hokkaido

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As of June 2018.