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Shizuoka Hanabi *Fireworks Festivals* 2011!

July 12, 2011

Flower Bed - 花火
(via amirjina on Flickr)

Hanabi (花火) is the Japanese word for fireworks. A combination of two kanji, 花 which means “flower”, and 火 which means “fire”, you may hear your students refer to these in English as “fire flowers”. Japan is obsessed with fireworks and throughout the summer, mostly concentrated in the months of July and August, fireworks festivals will be held across the country. Because of the March earthquake in the Tohoku region, some of these festivals this year may have been reduced in size or canceled. Nonetheless, local governments and organizations are putting in their efforts to cheer up the people of Japan and help them carry on with their normal lives by continuing the longstanding tradition of hosting fireworks festivals. We’ve gathered information for some of the festivals going on in Shizuoka Prefecture, so get out your uchiwa and sensu hand fans and a yukata or jinbei (traditional summer festival clothing), and enjoy yourselves this summer!

Atami Fireworks Festival (熱海の花火)
8 nights in July & August · 8:20pm – 8:50pm

The Atami Fireworks Festival is actually held several times throughout the year, but most of the shows are displayed in the summer. Each show features approx. 5,000 fireworks. The shows are best viewed from the beach, which is only a 15-min. walk from JR Atami Station.

Summer Schedule (From 8:20pm – 8:50pm):

  • Sunday, July 24
  • Saturday, July 30
  • Friday, August 5
  • Monday, August 8
  • Thursday, August 18
  • Sunday, August 21
  • Wednesday, August 24
  • Saturday, August 27

Autumn Schedule (From 8:20pm – 8:45pm):

  • Monday, September 19

Winter Schedule (From 8:20pm – 8:45pm):

  • Sunday, December 4
  • Sunday, December 11
  • Friday, December 23

For more information (in Japanese):

Kanzanji Lantern Floating & Fireworks Display (かんざんじ温泉灯篭流し花火大会)
Sunday, July 24th, 2011 · 7:30pm~

Kanzanji is situated near Lake Hamana in Hamamatsu. From 7:30pm, the lanterns will be floated in the water, with fireworks beginning shortly after at 7:40pm. Around 3,000 fireworks will be launched into the night sky.

Hanabi Night at Hamanako PalPal
Daily from July 30th – August 30th, 2011 · 8:00pm~

The sky over Lake Hamana in Hamamatsu will also be lit up every night with around 150 fireworks from July 30th to August 30th. You can view the show from Hamanako PalPal Amusement Park in Kanzanji. To get to Kanzanji, take the JR Tokaido Line to Hamamatsu Station, then take Bus #30 from Terminal 1 to Hamanako PalPal (浜名湖パルパル) or Kanzanji Onsen (舘山寺温泉). It takes about 45 minutes by bus.
For more information:

Shizunami Marine Festival Fireworks Display (静波海水まつり花火大会)
Friday, July 29th, 2011 · 6:30pm~

In this festival of the city of Makinohara, about 1,000 colorful fireworks will be displayed over the ocean waters to the sound of music. To view the show, take the Shizuoka Jusline bus to  静波海岸入口下車 Shizunami Kaigan Iriguchi Gesha and walk 10 minutes.
For more information:

Abe River Fireworks (第58回安倍川花火)
Saturday, July 30th, 2011 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

An established summer tradition, Shizuoka City’s largest fireworks festival boasts 15,000 fireworks and tens of ground based “exhibition” fireworks which spectacularly color the summer night sky. Abe River is located near Tamachi, Aoi-ku in Shizuoka City. To access the Abe River, you can take a 15-minute bus from Shizuoka Station or walk for about 30 minutes. There may also be a special shuttle bus at the station.

Fore more information:

Fukuroi Enshuu Fireworks Festival 2011 (袋井遠州の花火)
Saturday, August 6th, 2011 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Thousands of people from all around the prefecture and beyond gather once a year in the small town of Fukuroi to witness one of the largest fireworks displays in all of Japan. The fireworks begin at 7:00pm and continue for two hours until 9:00pm. We recommend arriving early to enjoy the festival and to secure a viewing spot. Bring a blanket or a mat to sit on. There will be dozens of food stalls at the site, which is located halfway between Fukuroi Station and Aino Station. To access the site, take the JR Tokaido Line to either Fukuroi Station or Aino Station and follow the crowds (west from Aino Station, or east from Fukuroi Station) to Aino Park, approx. 20-25 minutes on foot.

For more information:

Sagara Marine Fireworks Display (相良みなと祭り花火大会)
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Also in the city of Makinohara and along the beach coast, the Sagara Marine Fireworks Display will take place at Sagara Sun Beach. To get to Sagara Sun Beach, take a train to JR Kanaya Station, then take a Shizutetsu Justline Bus to Sagara Eigyosyo bus stop, then walk for 15 minutes.
For more information:

Yoshida Minato Matsuri Fireworks Display (第21回吉田町港まつり・花火大会)
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 · 5:00pm – 8:30pm

There will be several attractions at this festival prior to the fireworks, including a performance by the Yoshida High School Calligraphy Club, a musical performance by the band “THE MIX”, taiko drumming, and dancing. If there is rain, the festival will be postponed to Wednesday, August 24th.

For more information:

In addition to the above mentioned festivals, there will be several other festivals, large and small, throughout the prefecture.

Know of any fireworks festivals or summer festivals in your area? Leave a comment here with more information.

You can also check out the July Event Calendar and the Summer Fireworks Calendar posted on the Shizuoka Green Tea Blog. The calendar provides information in English.

Happy Hanabi!
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