All Japan Zangetsu Fireworks Parachute Catching Contest

Zangetsu hanabi are a traditional type of daytime parachute firework. The goal of the competition is to run through the fields trying to catch one on the way down, then be the first to cross the finish line. Adults are welcome to participate with the children and compete for prizes.

Access: 5 minutes by car from Jinguji Station & 20 minutes from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • 09:30–16:00
  • LOCATION
  • Kita Naraoka
  • DATE
  • November 3

Hanabi-dori Shopping Town Tanabata Fireworks

Hanabi-dori Shopping Town is lit up with fireworks during this local festival in early summer. Hundreds of coloured paper strips adorned with children’s wishes are hung on bamboo poles and displayed along Maruko Bridge, while candles are floated along the river up to Tateno Bridge resembling the Milky Way in the Tanabata story. Enjoy the festive atmosphere and the ~500 shell fireworks display.

Access: 5 minutes by foot from Omagari Station

  • TIME / HOURS
  • 17:00–20:00
    Fireworks: 19:30
  • LOCATION
  • Hanabi-dori Shopping Town
  • DATE
  • June 30

Yotsuya Festival

Local festival with a parade of elaborately painted 4.5m tall lanterns accompanied by performances, exhibitions and food stalls. Later in the evening is a fireworks display of around 500 shells with a starmine finale.

Access: 20 minutes by car from Omagari Station & Akita Expressway Omagari IC / 8 minutes on foot from Kita-Omagari Station

  • LOCATION
  • Yotsuya Community Hall
  • DATE
  • October 7

Kamioka Nangai Fireworks

Comprised of around 7,000 shells with a selection of extravagant programmes including a large scale starmine put on by local fireworks makers, Kamioka Nangai is the second largest fireworks display in Daisen after Omagari Hanabi. The spectacular displays illuminate the autumn sky and echo off the surrounding mountains, creating a powerfully immersive experience.

Access: 15 minutes on foot from Jinguji Station / 20 minutes by car from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • 18:30–20:30
  • LOCATION
  • Nakagawara Community Park
  • DATE
  • September 14

Omagari Hanabi

Steeped in history and tradition, Omagari Hanabi is one of the three largest fireworks displays in the country, where hanabi artists representing the peak of Japanese fireworks compete for the coveted Prime Minister’s Prize. The highlight can be said to be the wide starmine put on by the competition, stretching 900m along the river leaving audiences awestruck with an overwhelming display of light and sound.

Access: 30 minutes on foot from Omagari Station

  • TIME / HOURS
  • Daytime category from 17:30 Evening category from 18:50
  • LOCATION
  • Omono Riverbank
  • DATE
  • August 25

Donpan Festival

Local summer festival in Nakasen, the birthplace of the folk song, Donpan Bushi. Festivities include traditional dance, singing and drum performances, enjoyed by locals as anyone is welcome to join. Followed by a ~1,000 shell fireworks display accompanied by music and narration.

Access: 5 minutes on foot from Ugo-Nagano Station / 30 minutes by car from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • 14:00–20:30
    Fireworks: 20:00
  • LOCATION
  • Donpan Plaza, Daisen City Nakasen Office
  • DATE
  • August 16

Amarume Sakura Fireworks

Local spring festival of sake, sakura and hanabi, finishing with a ~1,000 shell display. Amarume Park is known locally as a spot for cherry blossoms, with about 200 cherry trees.

Access: 3 minutes by car from Akita Expressway Omagari IC & 15 minutes from Omagari Station

  • TIME / HOURS
  • April 28
  • LOCATION
  • Amarume Park
  • DATE
  • From 19:00

Omagari Hanabi – Winter Chapter

Also known as the New Concept Fireworks Competition, the Winter Chapter provides a unique opportunity for young pyrotechnicians from all over Japan to display their newest and most creative work. A judged section allows each competitor only ten #4 and five #5 shells to create a dynamic display. Total shell count of around 1,000.

Access: 5 minutes by car from Akita Expressway Omagari IC & 15 minutes from Omagari Station

  • TIME / HOURS
  • 18:20–20:15
  • LOCATION
  • Omagari Family Ski Area
  • DATE
  • March 24

Countdown Fireworks

A fitting celebration to start the year in Hanabi Town with a display of around 200 shells fired from various locations around Daisen.

Access: 2 minutes on foot from Omagari Station

  • TIME / HOURS
  • 00:00
  • LOCATION
  • Hikario Plaza
  • DATE
  • January 1

Omagari Hanabi – Autumn Chapter

Part of the four seasons of Omagari Hanabi in a style coined ‘Theatre Hanabi’, the Autumn Chapter is designed around motifs of originality and innovation. Resident fireworks expert Koichiro Konishi provides commentary to the two-minute theatrical fireworks displays by local companies, warimono competition by domestic artists and a highly creative fireworks musical.

Access: 40 minutes on foot from Omagari Station / 10 minutes by car from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • 18:00–19:00
  • LOCATION
  • Omagari Hanabi Bridge, Omono Riverbank
  • DATE
  • October 13