If you happen to be in Saga this summer, be sure not to miss out on some of the local festivals in the area. Have a look below for a taste of some of the upcoming celebrations.

Kawakamikyo Fireworks Festival

Early August (the first or second weekend) at Kawakamikyo Bridge, Saga

Kawakamikyo Fireworks Festival  (Photo: Saga Prefecture)
Kawakamikyo Fireworks Festival (Photo: Saga Prefecture)

Situated alongside the river in the northern part of Saga City is the Kawakamikyo Fireworks Festival. Around 2,000 fireworks are set alight into the night sky, providing a wonderful spectacle for viewers below. Lanterns are also released into the river to pray for safety at home, as well as a prosperous business. The view of the lanterns floating down the river is a stunning sight.

Nouryou Fireworks

A weekend between mid-July to mid-August in Arita

Arita Nouryou Fireworks (Photo: Saga Prefecture)
Arita Nouryou Fireworks (Photo: Saga Prefecture)

A tradition that stems for the past 20 years in the local town of Arita, this fireworks spectacle has all the charms of one in a local town. Expected to launch around 1500 fireworks into the night sky, it's not small. Stalls of food and entertainment will open up from the late afternoon, and it is recommended that you view the fireworks from a fountain area in a nearby park.

Juuhachi-Ya

Night of the 18th in Arita, Saga

Juuhachi-Ya (Photo: Saga Prefecture)
Juuhachi-Ya (Photo: Saga Prefecture)

As the name suggests, this festival occurs on the night of August 18th every year in the small town of Arita. This festival originated in the Edo period, at a time when the town was hit by a severe drought. The festival starts with a parade of performers wearing small taiko drums and masks. They perform an intimidating folk dance that is known to the local area. It is followed by a small fireworks display that, despite its size, is still worth seeing.

More Events

  • Kaichu Bon Tug Of War (August @ Karatsu City)
  • Jobarugawa Hangi Festival (August @ Kanzaki City)
  • Kashima Gatalympics (Early summer @ Kashima Nanaura Seaside Sports Park)
  • Hydrangea Festival (June @ Mikaeri Falls)