Tonegawa Fireworks Festival
Photo: Sakaimachi Tourism Association

Ibaraki is hosting a massive 90-minute fireworks show in September 2022

Non-stop fireworks for one and a half hours – make sure you’re at Tone River in Sakai on Saturday September 17

Tabea Greuner
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Tabea Greuner
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There’s another fireworks event coming to a town near Tokyo this year, and it’s a big one. The Tonegawa Fireworks Festival is set to be held for the first time in three years on September 17 by the banks of Tonegawa River in the town of Sakai in Ibaraki prefecture. You can get there easily by train and local bus from Tokyo, although it will take you two hours – but it’s worth the journey.

Tonegawa Fireworks Festival
Photo: Sakaimachi Tourism Association

In its 35th run this year, a grand total of 30,000 shells will be launched over 90 minutes. There will be an awe-inspiring array of fireworks formations, especially the jaw-dropping starmines. Plus, the entire show will be synchronised to music.

Tonegawa Fireworks Festival
Photo: Sakaimachi Tourism Association

For the best views, get a ticket to the special seating area. There are four categories: Arena Wide Seat (¥32,000 per group of four), Premium Table Seat (¥60,000 per group of four; bento included), Table Seat (¥40,000 per group of four), and the Cameraman Seat (¥15,000 per person). Tickets go on sale at 10am on August 20.

The Tonegawa Fireworks Festival kicks off at 6.30pm and will go on for 90 minutes. Note that the event might be cancelled in case of stormy weather. For more information, see the festival website.

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