Kumagaya City will be staging its 70th annual Kumagaya Fireworks Festival on the second Saturday of August.
Having begun in 1948, the Kumagaya Fireworks festival is now the longest running festival of its type in Saitama Prefecture. The distinctive feature of Kumagaya's fireworks show is its 'message fireworks' - business and individuals launching off messages into the night sky to thrill of visitors and spectators.
With over 450,000 visitors - many clad in traditional summer yukata - expected to be there along the banks of the Arakawa River, 10,000 fireworks scheduled to be launched, and over 500 yatai street food stalls serving everything from takoyaki battered balls of diced octopus to kakigori shaved ice flavoured with syrup, it's safe to say that Saitama doesn't skimp on its festivals....
While entry is free, do check the official website for date changes in case of poor weather.
Take the JR Takasaki Line to Kumagaya Station. The Arakawa River is a 5-10 minute stroll from the station.
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