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Ashikaga Fireworks Display

One of the best fireworks displays in Kanto region, with 25,000 fireworks shot up in the night sky

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The "Ashikaga Fireworks Display " is annually held on August at the Watarase riverside area. The long-established event started in 1903 and has continued to be held for more than 110 years. There will be about 25,000 fireworks to be launched. It boasts the largest display in Kanto area, and is called the "Summer Festival of 500,000", since it attracts more than 500,000 visitors every year.

Summer to early autumn is packed with fireworks displays in various places, but this event is especially known for its highly organized and grand production, and there are a lot of people who revisit from outside the prefecture. Seeing the customary Shakudama fireworks and the great balls of fireworks created by famous pyrotechnicians fill the deep blue night sky is a magnificent sight. The elaborate programs with breathtaking successive launches and quick launches, and the combination of the large and small type of fireworks receive non-ending cheers of joy from the spectators. The climax of the it all is the finale with a competition between the 800-meter "Big Niagara" and the "Wide Star Mine". It is a dynamic and magical highlight.

A showdown between two of the program's special features, the "Big Niagara" and the "Wide Star Mine"
A showdown between two of the program's special features, the "Big Niagara" and the "Wide Star Mine"

The riverside area is mostly free of charge since it is an open area, but it can get crowded, so it is recommended to go there early to save a spot. If you want to enjoy it from the best angle, then go for the paid seats.
The paid seats include the chair seats (folding chairs 3,000 yen / couple seats 7,000 yen), excellent viewing seats (1 section 8000 yen, 8-10 person capacity / 0.5 section 5000 yen, 4~5 person capacity), box seats (1 area 17,000 yen, approx. 5 person capacity). They are close to where the fireworks will be launched, and the view is spectacular. It is also the best for taking photos with your phone.

"Japan's Best", an event in which Shakudama fireworks are launched, is first-class in quality.
"Japan's Best", an event in which Shakudama fireworks are launched, is first-class in quality.
Various elaborate fireworks are launched to the non-stop astonishment of the audience.
Various elaborate fireworks are launched to the non-stop astonishment of the audience.

A magnificent fireworks display that beats the summer heat. Come and experience the excitement created by the majestic lights, sound and colors!

※On usual years the event is held during the first Saturday of October, but it will be on August 22 for the year 2020.

Photos

  • A showdown between two of the program's special features, the "Big Niagara" and the "Wide Star Mine"
  • "Japan's Best", an event in which Shakudama fireworks are launched, is first-class in quality.
  • Various elaborate fireworks are launched to the non-stop astonishment of the audience.

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Basic Information

Venue
Along Watarase River (lower riverbed of Tanaka Bridge)
Telephone
0284-21-1354 (Ashikaga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ashikaga Summer Festival Executive Committee)
Hours
7:00pm-8:45pm
Fees
Folding chairs 3,000 yen, Paid viewing seat 1 section (equivalent to approx. 71 sq. ft) 8,000 yen, Paid viewing seat 0.5 section (approx. 35 sq. ft) 5,000 yen, etc.
Access
A 5-minute walk from Ashikaga Station on the JR Ryomo Line, or a 10-minute walk from Ashikagashi Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line
Official website
Official website (Japanese)

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