Enjoy beautifully colored Kyoto’s summer with 5,000 fireworks
Speaking of summer, firework is one of the very popular seasonal events in Japan. Firework festivals are taken place everywhere in Japan and various kinds of gorgeous fireworks beautifully illuminate the night sky. This event is held in Kameoka City in Kyoto, about 20 minutes away from Kyoto Station by train. It is a traditional event that has been taken place for a long time to pray for peace. Kameoka Peace Festival Hozugawa River Fireworks is popular for a specially selected type of the firework called “Tokusen-dama”, which is very rare to be seen. About 5,000 fireworks will be set off and more than 100 street stalls will offer many kinds of foods and entertainments. Kameoka City is located in the suburb area and is rich in nature. Arashiyama is also close and you may enjoy the cool weather while watching the fireworks as the venue is facing Hozugawa River. It is a good point that there are reserved seats in the park close to the venue, so we highly recommend that you purchase tickets for them if you would like to enjoy the fireworks without worrying about securing a seat before the event!
Starmine is a type of fireworks that launches a number of shells continuously with a brief interval. This firework festival is famous for the huge Starmine which will be set off as a finale. It is worth watching it in terms of its beauty and magnificence!
Various types of fireworks
Besides Starmine, there are various kinds of other fireworks in this event. Some interesting ones include “Gintaki”, which flows down like Niagara Falls, the one launched obliquely and the one called “specially selected fireworks” that firework craftsmen highly recommend. You will never be bored of these sparkling fireworks!
Hozugawa Ryokuchi East Park
This park is very close to the venue and you can watch the gorgeous fireworks while sitting on the grass. We recommend that you bring a picnic sheet as you can lie on it and enjoy the beautiful fireworks. The picnic sheet is available at a 100 yen shop in the downtown. If you apply for the reserved seat, you will certainly enjoy the colorful fireworks without worrying about securing a seat before the event!
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Kameoka Peace Festival Hozugawa River Fireworks / 亀岡平和祭 保津川花火
|Address||Rokujoguchi, Hozu-cho, Kameoka City, Kyoto|
|Directions||【From Kyoto Station】 Take JR Sagano Line and get off at Kameoka Station. Take an North Exit and 15-minute walk from the station|
|Cancellations||Postpone the event to August 9th in case of rain|
Free (Charged when you take a reserved seat in Oigawa Ryokuchi East Park. Sajiki seat:￥20,000/ seat *only 100 seats are available/ pipe chair seat:￥1,000 *only 500 seats are available Please contact Kameoka City Industrial Tourism Department (+81 77-125-5033)
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
Many local people will join this event. However, this event is popular for both domestic and foreign visitors. It is a lively event with many street stalls and some participants will wear Yukata, an informal cotton kimono, so please enjoy the festival atmosphere! It is very easy to access as well.
|Information||There is an official English website|
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|