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Izu_s Local Fireworks Festival

Izu_s Local Fireworks Festival
  • Summer in Japan is synonymous with fireworks and festival fun, and the Izu Peninsula is no exception. Holding its own impressive shows every year Izu is home to one of Japan’s largest fireworks displays at Atami Fireworks Festival, as well as smaller celebrations such as the Tosu Festival where the main event is sumo wrestling which is made all the more exciting with the addition of a firework finale.

    Izu_s Local Fireworks Festival

    Izu_s Local Fireworks Festival

    Atami, one of Izu’s most accessible cities, is the proud organiser of a huge fireworks festival that takes place around 15 times throughout the year. With an impressive, colourful display of fireworks and those unbeatable festival vibes, the Atami Fireworks Festival is most certainly worth organising your trip to Izu around.

    Starting with a bang in 1952, the Atami Fireworks Festival has been one of the nation’s favourites for over 50 years and with good reason. The festival’s unique setting in Atami Bay gives it the benefit of incredible acoustics thanks to the surrounding mountains and the Sagami-nada Sea over which the fireworks explode creating a beautiful contrast of colours against the black ocean on the horizon.

    Izu_s Local Fireworks Festival

    Izu_s Local Fireworks Festival

    As the largest firework launch site in the country, the 5,000 fireworks set off in a continuous stream produce one of the most spectacular firework displays on offer in Japan, which anyone who has seen Japanese fireworks before will know is an impressive feat. The 10+ shows every year start at 8.20pm and go on for 30 minutes in summer and 25 minutes for the rest of the year, all finishing up with the sensational Sky Niagara Falls finale. Taking place at least once every month this year, the remaining fireworks festivals in 2017 will be on October 9th, November 12th, December 10th, and December 17th.

    The closer you are to the launch site the better the views but if you can find a high up spot, such as Atami Castle, this is often a more comfortable way to enjoy the show. For a real taste of the atmosphere, it’s recommended to attend a festival outside of peak season (July and August) and arrive well before 8.20pm to get a good spot close to the action. Alternatively, get your hands on a paid seating ticket, which is well worth the 1,000 yen for a guaranteed seat and good view. These tickets are only available for the displays in July, August, and September.

    Izu_s Local Fireworks Festival

    Izu_s Local Fireworks Festival

    Izu_s Local Fireworks Festival

    Izu_s Local Fireworks Festival

    Head south into the very heart of the Izu Peninsula at the end of August and you’ll find a firework festival with a twist. The Tosu Festival, which is held on the Myotoku-ji Temple grounds, is a small, local matsuri that starts in the day and goes on until night. The event is kicked off with a series of sumo wrestling shows which was originally used as a means of entertainment for the Gods. Like with all Japanese festivals, the celebrations bring an inimitable lively ambience and a soundtrack of excitable cheering crowds as well as a good dose of iconic Japanese taiko drumming. The night is finished off with a small fireworks display where explosions of every hue rain down over the sky overlooking the sumo ring.

    Izu_s Local Fireworks Festival

    Izu_s Local Fireworks Festival

    Atami
    Address
    Shizuoka Pref. Atamishi Tawarahonchou
    Phone
    Atami Castle
    Address
    Shizuoka Pref. Atamishi Atami 1993
    Phone
    0557816206
    Myotokuji
    Address
    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Ichiyama 234
    Phone
    0558851056
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