Summer means one thing in Japan, and that’s fireworks festivals.

There’s no better way to enjoy warm summer evenings in Yokohama, Kamakura, and Hakone than with a lit-up sky, yukata, and chu-hai picnics.

Pro tip: Double up on fun and combine a day trip to the beach with a fireworks festival near Yokohama on this convenient bus tour.

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Yokohama fireworks festivals

Yokohama fireworks festivals may not have quite the same funds as the Tokyo ones, but they certainly come close.

Yokohama Port Festival

3000 fireworks
June 2, 2024
Rinko Park, Yokohama

The Yokohama Port Festival lasts for two days and celebrates when the port first opened to foreign trade on June 2, 1859. To further commemorate the event, there is a fireworks show on the Sunday. While the amount of shots is modest (around 3,000), the performances, events, and infectious merriment stick around before and after the display.

Minato Mirai Smart Fireworks Festival

20,000 fireworks
August 5, 2024
Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Yokohama’s biggest party arrives in the form of the Minato Mirai Smart Festival. Not only will this celebration have a 25-minute fireworks display, but it will also feature street performances and a DJ. The best spots require tickets, which start at ¥4,500.

Kanazawa Fireworks Festival

Umi-no-Koen, Kanazawa

Held in the southern area of Yokohama, this display takes place at the only swimming beach in the city: Umi-no-Koen, or Marine Park. There will be 3,200 fireworks launched into the sea air for an hour-long dazzling display. Marine Park will have food stalls and plenty of drinks to sustain the summer revelers, so you can choose to bring a picnic or enjoy the street-food offerings.

If the weather is bad, the show will be canceled rather than postponed. The nearest stations are Uminokoen-shibaguchi, Uminokoen-minami guchi, or Hakkejima.

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What used to be a massive fireworks festival has since turned into a year-long display lasting 5 minutes on certain nights. Check out our event listing for the full schedule.

Kamakura, Zushi, and other beach fireworks festivals

Sun, sea, sand, and a bang!

Zushi Beach Fireworks Festival

7,000 fireworks
May 30, 2024
Zushi Beach, Zushi

This fireworks display by the beach kicks off summer with style. The 45-minute set shows off 7,000 fireworks. There is a paid seating area, but there are also places on the sand you can settle down for free. Consider joining a bus tour so you can avoid the crowds on the way back.

Kamakura Fireworks

2,500 fireworks
July 17, 2024
Yuigahama Beach, Kamakura

Smaller scale, and outside Yokohama, yes, but a fireworks display on a beach is too good to turn down. The Kamakura fireworks display takes place at Yuigahama, with plenty of good viewing spots on the beach or in Kamakura Seaside Park just behind it. This is a great way to end a day of exploring Kamakura or relaxing on the beach, or is worth a trip of its own! The nearest station is Yuigahama or Wadazuka.

Hakone fireworks festivals in summer

If you prefer mountains to beaches, then you might opt for fireworks in the Hakone area.

Hakone Ashinoko Summer Festival

2,500 fireworks each day

This is one of the biggest events of the year in Hakone and includes fireworks spanning a week, along with rituals, stalls, atmospheric lanterns, and a torii gate on fire. In the same month, Hakone also hosts another popular festival.

Pro tip: See what else there is to do in Yokohama, and make the most of your night out.

This article was first published in 2017 and last updated in May 2024. While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change.

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