May. 27, 2019 UPDATE

Kameoka Peace Festival Hozugawa River Fireworks

- 亀岡平和祭 保津川花火 -
PeriodAugust 11th, 2019
VenueOigawa Ryokuchi East Park
Enjoy beautifully colored Kyoto’s summer with 8,000 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 8,000 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
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
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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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I also visit several places to watch fireworks! This event is famous for the beauty of their fireworks. You will surely be satisfied by this event as plenty of specially selected fireworks that firework craftsmen recommend will be set off. What is wonderful about the firework festival in Japan is that not only the beautiful fireworks themselves but also the fact that participants will crap their hands and exclaim “beautiful!” while watching them. I believe that it is another good point of joining the firework event in Japan as you feel a sense of unity with participants!
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Kameoka Peace Festival Hozugawa River Fireworks / 亀岡平和祭 保津川花火
Phone +81 77-125-5033
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
Event time 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Price range
Free (Charged when you take a reserved seat in Oigawa Ryokuchi East Park. Please contact Kameoka City Industrial Tourism Department (+81 77-125-5033)
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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
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