The Atami Sea Fireworks Festival is an event with a long history, dating back to 1952 (Showa 27). Unlike other fireworks festivals that typically take place only in the summer, the Atami Sea Fireworks Festival is held throughout the year, with more than ten events annually, making it a distinctive feature of Atami. The festival is held in Atami Bay, which is uniquely situated, surrounded by mountains and shaped like a bowl. This geography causes the sound of the fireworks over the sea to reflect and create an acoustic effect similar to a large sports stadium. Due to this, it is recognized as the best fireworks launching location in Japan by fireworks experts. The evening fireworks, their reflection on the water, and the grand “Aerial Niagara Falls” finale are truly captivating, making it an unforgettable attraction of Atami.
Atami Fireworks Festival Dates
2023 (Reiwa 5) Atami Sea Fireworks Festival Schedule
Spring: April 15 (Saturday), May 13 (Saturday), May 21 (Sunday), June 4 (Sunday)
Summer: July 28 (Friday), August 5 (Saturday), August 8 (Tuesday), August 18 (Friday), August 22 (Tuesday), August 25 (Friday)
Autumn: September 18 (Monday, public holiday), September 30 (Saturday), October 14 (Saturday), November 19 (Sunday)
Winter: December 3 (Sunday), December 23 (Saturday)
2024 (Reiwa 6) Atami Sea Fireworks Festival Schedule
2024: February 12 (Monday, holiday), February 24 (Saturday)
Spring: April 13 (Saturday), May 2 (Thursday)
Summer: July 26 (Friday), August 5 (Monday), August 8 (Thursday), August 18 (Sunday), August 23 (Friday)
Autumn: September 16 (Monday, public holiday), October 19 (Saturday), November 4 (Monday, holiday)
Winter: December 8 (Sunday)
Time: 20:20 to 20:40 (20:20 to 20:45 in July and August)
Location: Atami Bay
* The above dates and times are subject to change depending on the future situation.
* Traffic restrictions: Implemented only in July and August
(Road along Miho Beach: No passage between the Central Police Station and the “Beach Line” entrance and exit from 20:10 to 21:00)
History of the Atami Sea Fireworks Festival
As of 2023 (Reiwa 5), the Atami Sea Fireworks Festival celebrated its 72nd birthday.
The Atami fireworks festival began in 1952 (Showa 27). Starting in Showa 27, the city of Atami began hosting the fireworks festival as a way to thank its citizens for their efforts in revitalizing the town in previous years. The event has been passed down ever since and has now become a traditional event held throughout the year, synonymous with Atami.
Atami’s fireworks are known for two main features: the “Aerial Niagara Falls” as the grand finale and the “special launching ground.”
The Atami Sea Fireworks Festival always concludes with the “Aerial Niagara Falls.” Instead of individual special-effect fireworks, numerous fireworks are launched simultaneously, illuminating the night sky with silver fireworks that are dazzling and bright, just like daytime.
Additionally, Atami Bay, where the event takes place, is highly regarded by fireworks experts as the best fireworks launching location in Japan. Atami Bay’s unique “bowl” shape, surrounded by mountains, causes the sound of the fireworks over the sea to reflect and create an acoustic effect akin to a large sports stadium.
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