One of the biggest fireworks at Ito, Shizouka prefecture Japan. “Anjin” Sea Fireworks Festival is 3 days of consecutive various matsuri and closed with 10,000 fireworks on the last day. Ultimate summer holiday!
Anjin Beach Fireworks Festival
At first I thought the festival was fireworks only so I went over there in the evening. When I got the event list, I was surprised because this festival is actually a big festival! From 2015 August 8th until 10th, there were many event and performances. Though I didn’t see it, the event on August 8th was tourou-nagashi (floating lantern at river) at Matsukawa River and closed with some fireworks. The next day, August 9th was taiko or drum battle at Nagisa Park and this one was closed with fireworks too.
To see the fireworks for main event, you can buy a seat for 2,000 JPY, but I got it for free as a gift from the last Tarai race which I won as the best costume participant! I got the tickets to see the fireworks from Nagisa Park. (Left picture, my tickets. Right picture, program schedule.)
When we head for Nagisa park it was very crowded we barely find where the park is! But we finally made it and to my surprise, we sat really close with the fireworks and it was awesome! Of course I have seen fireworks many times in my life. But this one is exceptionally big fireworks. It was 1 hour of non-stop 10,000 fireworks shoot up to the sky! I tried my best to take some pictures, but this kind of event, can’t be portrayed by pictures only. You need to see it with your own eyes ٩(^ᴗ^)۶
If you have some extra cash, you can also send message fireworks! I don’t know how much it costs, but I bet pretty expensive because the personal message fireworks were as big and beautiful as the festival fireworks.
Even without ticket you can enjoy the fireworks for free of course. The street in front of Nagisa Park was closed for cars. People are crowding that area, bringing their own picnic mat and food, waiting for the fireworks while chatting and enjoying the festival. Many people also wore yukata (light kimono for summer) they looked gorgeous ♥ I am a bit jealous, I want to go to fireworks with yukata too (^～^)
Here are some photos (sorry, it is a bit dark) around the festival. There were many food stalls and also lantern hanging all over the place. The lantern were hand made and had many beautiful or cute drawings.
I am sorry for this article is rather short because I only came for the fireworks… Make sure to search the festival date next year if you want to see another program on different days. Also, buy or rent a yukata when you go to Anjin fireworks to get the best experience of Japan summer festival!
(By the way, I finally wore yukata for my last article of Lantern Floating Festival at Fuji Kawaguchi Lake! Please read it too, thank you.)
PS. If you come by train, make sure to buy your return ticket in advance. After the festival was over, the line to buy return ticket was really long, so keep that in mind and buy the ticket before you go for the festival.
|Event name||Anjinsai Umi no Hanabi Taikai (Anjin Beach Fireworks Festival)|
|Place||Nagisa Park, Higashi Matsubara-cho, Ito-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Date||2015 August 10th, (Mon.)|
|Entry||Ticket : 2,000 JPY|
|Contact||Ito Trourist Association 0557-37-6105
*Call for entries
|Direction||Approximately 15 minutes walk from Ito Station|
* Please make sure to check the updated information before your visit.