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ODAIBA RAINBOW FIREWORKS

WHAT: ODAIBA RAINBOW FIREWORKS
WHEN: SATURDAY 1ST, 8TH, 15, 22ND & 29TH DECEMBER 2018
TIME: 7:00PM START FOR THE FIREWORKS
WHERE: ODAIBA BEACH PARK / STATUE OF LIBERTY OFF THE COAST
COST: FREE

Tokyo is normally well known for their summertime fireworks festivals, but here in Odaiba, they like to be different and carry on the festival through the winter months too.

The dark winter nights and the clear skies provides the perfect black canvas for these magnificent fireworks lighting up the night sky in a spectrum of colour and effects. Make sure that if you attend you wrap up warm as the temperature average this time of year is around 12°C (54° F) at its highest and 4°C (39°F) at its lowest.

Many of the places in and around Odaiba will be lit up including the 800-metre rainbow bridge, statue of liberty, cyberpunk city skyline and Tokyo tower in the centre along with the glistening lights coming from the illuminated pleasure cruises reflecting on the water.

Around 1,800 fireworks are launched from boats in the water just north from the rainbow bridge, giving you a fantastic view from both sides of the bay. The best place to watch the fireworks is in front of the Decks Shopping Centre, or on the Tokyo side Harumi Park is considered the best place to be.

If you fancy being a little more extravagant then why not book on one of the “yakata-bune” a cruising restaurant in Tokyo Bay and see the fireworks from the sea.

Please make sure that you check where you are standing to view the event as on some of the terraces and decks you may not be ale to stand for safety reasons, but these are clearly marked with signs (and wrote in English).

As well as the fireworks there will be street performers lining the boardwalk, a winter wonderland or even visit some of the fantastic little eateries in the malls offering some fantastic local cuisine.

Wherever you choose to watch the fireworks make sure that you take a camera with you as there is some perfect opportunities to get some perfect snapshots for the memory books. The fireworks last around 10 minutes and won’t disappoint no breaks and all the bangs, fizzes and colour you could imagine.

On Saturday 22nd December, the show will be synchronised to music making the one before Christmas just a little bit more special for the locals and visitors alike. It is advised that during this day the crowds tend to be bigger so if you want to avoid these it may be best to visit during other days.

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MIYAJIMA WATER FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

WHAT: MIYAJIMA WATER FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: WATER FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHEN: 25th AUGUST 2018 7:40pm – 8:40pm
WHERE: ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE, MIYAJIMA ISLAND, JAPAN
COST: FREE

Japan is well known for the huge number of summer festivals which take part across the country; all which include fireworks in some way shape or form. The Miyajima water fireworks festival will be one of the most unique and exciting displays you will witness this season in Japan.

Held every year at one of the popular tourist sites on Miyajima island, this is where the world heritage Itsukushima shrine is located and is instantly recognisable with its magnificent red “floating” Torii Gate. With over 300,000 visitors to the event no wonder that the water fireworks festival is known as one of the most spectacular displays in the country. To grab a seat and get in place for that perfect photo opportunity make sure that you arrive extra early. The festival is free to watch and can get busy really quickly. However, you can get a special viewing seat, and these are available in advance for around 6,000 Yen which equates to around 42.00 GBP. These are not exactly on the cheap side but the view that you get from the seats is incomparable.

From the early hours of the morning, the city is bustling more than it normally would be and by dusk, the crowds pack the shores on both the mainland side and island side of the river. Extra ferries and streetcars are brought in for the major event along with the ever-popular sightseeing boats just there for the one day for viewing the fireworks.

The fireworks are fired on the sea just behind the Torii gate creating gorgeous views as the 5,000 fireworks light up not only the sky but reflect in the water below. Launched in successive bursts the blooming flowers, glittering streamers and weeping willows fill the sky with a rainbow of colours and the odd bang as they break. Everyone eagerly awaits the finale as the firing is more rapid and the effects more varied covering the whole skyline.

The festival will be brought to a close amid boisterous cheering, whistles and of course loud applause from the appreciative audience.

Make sure that you don’t miss out on the only festival that combines one of Japan’s most scenic places with one of Japan’s favourite summer activities – fireworks.

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Kamakura Fireworks Festival 2018

WHAT: KAMAKURA FIREWORKS 2018
WHY: FIREWORK FESTIVAL
WHERE: YUIGAHAMA BEACH, KAMAKURA, JAPAN
WHEN: TUESDAY 24TH JULY 7:20PM TO 8:10PM (WEATHER PERMITTING)
COST: FREE

The Kamakura fireworks festival celebrates its 70th year in July 2018. The beautiful Yuigahama beach plays host to the rustic fireworks, providing locals and visitors alike to a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. This may be a smaller scale display compared to the others in the surrounding cities, but this doesn’t mean that it is any less popular as it attracts over 150,000 visitors to the area each year during this time.

The fireworks are set off from boats set out on the water so everyone has a fantastic view of the beautiful fireworks display. The beach is the place to be and you have 2 to choose from, Zaimokuza or Yuigahama Beach. You can opt for a more prestigious seat at one of the beach houses or simply bring along a towel and find a place on the sand.

2012 Fireworks Kamakura

The event does get very crowded, so it is recommended to arrive early and take a picnic or lunchbox with you to grab a spot. If you want to venture off and visit some of the food stalls in and around the beach just make sure that you leave your blanket down to reserve your space for a while.

There were rumors this year that the fireworks may have had to be cancelled due to a lack of funding, but the local community has all pitched in and raised the funds to make sure that the event goes ahead. The fireworks themselves start off around 7pm and the beaches soon become crowded with everyone waiting in anticipation for them to begin.

The pyrotechnics are a truly magnificent spectacle with not only a display in the air but also underwater. This is something that you may not get to witness anywhere in the world and something that you don’t want to miss. A speedboat glides along the horizon with the rider with fireworks in hand, drops them at a precise moment and then the magic begins. Exactly half of the explosion happens above the water and half below. Along with this as each of the fireworks and rockets are set off above the water the reflection creates a dual image, ideal for photographers to get some beautiful shots.

Fireworks may have originated in China, but Japan certainly gives them a run for their money with these 2,500 fireworks extravaganzas and the Japanese are world renowned for their precision and expertise in the creation of the ‘super shells’ which are always handmade and are HUGE and contain multiple effects.

Kamakura fireworks

Should the weather not be suitable for the firework event, it will take place the following day, Wednesday 25th July 2018.

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