Festivals & Events
Shinmei Fireworks Extravaganza 神明の花火大会
Fireworks that tell a story at Yamanashi's biggest pyrotechnics show
Held on August 7 in Ichikawamisato, the Shinmei Fireworks Extravaganza is the largest fireworks display in Yamanashi Prefecture . Around 20,000 fireworks are sent aloft, with the climax being a huge flower-like effect that is 500 meters in diameter and causes such a big shockwave that you'll feel it in your bones.
- Getting the free program that describes the story the fireworks are telling
- Finding and holding onto a good viewing spot, on either side of the river
How to Get There
If you're coming by train, it's only a 10-minute walk from Ichikawa-Daimon Station on the JR Minobu Line. If you come by car, it's less than a 10-minute drive from the Masuho exit of the Chubu-Odan Expressway.
The main fireworks used in the festival are nishakudama, about 60 centimeters in diameter
More fireworks are exploded in one night than there are residents in the town
The town is famous for its agriculture and traditionally for its production of washi paper and fireworks
Telling a story
The fireworks are not just random big bangs but instead are woven together to tell a story. A free program that explains the themes of the year's display is often given out.
The fireworks are always synchronized to music.
Location, location, location
The festival takes place on the banks of the Fuefuki River, which runs parallel to the Kamanashi River.
Although most people watch the display from the banks of the Fuefuki River, the fireworks are reflected almost as beautifully on the less-crowded Kamanashi side.
The fireworks can be seen for miles around, but the closer you get, the denser the crowds. Finding and keeping a good spot to view the fireworks is difficult, so be sure to come well prepared.
When you do find a good spot, don't leave it unattended or it'll quickly be snapped up.
You can pay to reserve seats, but these are limited. If you come by car, be prepared for long lines of traffic after the event has finished.