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Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition

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A unique chance to enjoy artistic fireworks by top pyrotechnic craftsmen from all over the country

Ibaraki Prefecture


Held in Tsuchiura City, southern Ibaraki, along the Sakura River, the Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition is one of Japan's three major fireworks competitions, along with Omagari and Nagaoka Fireworks. Most of Japan’s fireworks festivals take place during the summer months, but Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition is held every year in early November, to celebrate autumn harvest and thank farmers for their important work.


While fireworks displays usually serve as a showcase for local firework manufacturers, during this event you’ll be able enjoy artistic fireworks by top pyrotechnic experts from all over Japan. The Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition has three categories based on the type of firework, including Japan’s best “starmine,” which consists of multiple fireworks fired in quick succession. Enjoy hundreds of fireworks combined and launched with exquisite timing and technique, as the night sky fills with light and color.



Starting from the 69th edition in 2000, the Prime Minister's Award is also given for technical and artistic excellence to the most outstanding competitor in all categories. This is the highest honor in the fireworks world, and it is also the goal of pyrotechnicians all over the country.

Don’t miss the chance to see the highest level of fireworks in Japan. The competition starts in the evening and lasts for two and a half hours.




How to get there


By public transport: From Ueno Station, take the JR Joban Line to Tsuchiura Station (about 70 minutes). The fireworks venue is a 30-minute walk from Tsuchiura Station's West Exit or 10-minute shuttle bus ride from the East Exit.
*The fireworks display is extremely crowded. Allow extra travel time and be prepared to wait for trains and buses.


Sakura River Embankment, Gakuen Bridge area, Tsuchiura-shi, Ibataki-ken



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