Summer – Fireworks Special Feature

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

Southern Tohoku Region – Fireworks Competitions

Sendai Tanabata Fireworks FestivalMiyagi Prefecture

Sendai Tanabata Fireworks Festival – Miyagi Prefecture© Junior Chamber International Sendai

Dates and times Sunday, August 5, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Admission Paid seating is available
Number of fireworks Approx. 16,000
Location Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture – Sendai Nishi Park, Hirose-gawa River and Kawauchi areas
Places to see nearby

Major points of note

Fireworks go up during the Sendai Tanabata Fireworks Festival, held on the night before the traditional Tanabata Festival, the biggest summer event in Sendai.

It is very unusual in Japan for a fireworks display to be performed on such a large scale in the middle of a city. The fireworks are launched from the banks of the Hirose-gawa River that flows through Sendai, and they can be viewed from 360 degrees around the city, a unique feature. The fireworks are launched by the Sendai pyrotechnicians who create them, giving spectators a first look at the year's new creations.

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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Yamagata Fireworks CompetitionYamagata Prefecture

Yamagata Fireworks Competition – Yamagata Prefecture

Dates and times Tuesday, August 14, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(The event will proceed in case of light rain but not if there is heavy rain or stormy weather.)
Admission Paid seating is available
Number of fireworks Approx. 15,000–20,000
Location Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture – the banks of the Su-gawa River, near the Sorita-bashi Bridge

Major points of note

This is an annual fireworks competition loved for the evening summer sky performance in Yamagata, with a total of about 20,000 fireworks launched. The firework creations are made by pyrotechnicians selected from around the country, and are launched to musical accompaniment to light up the sky with splendor.

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.