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Kumano Fireworks Festival熊野大花火大会


Dating back more than 300 years, the Kumano Fireworks are said to have begun when people shot off simple fireworks as an offering to the spirits during the O-Bon festival and used the cinders to light hanging lanterns. The practice of using the fireworks as a memorial offering to the spirits of the departed continues to the present day. Spectators are treated to a wealth of such sights as marine fireworks, launched in quick succession from two boats traveling over the water at top speed to create a brilliant semicircle of self-detonating bursts of color or a large, self-detonating 36 inch shells stretching over an area of 600 meters. The grand finale, the so-called Onigajo Contrivance, makes use of the Onigajo rocks and caves, which have been designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty or Natural Monument, and closes the festival with the impressive sound of the fireworks reflected off the rocks and echoing in the caves.

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place Mie Pref. Kumanoshi Kinomotochou
phone 0597890100



Mie Pref. Kumanoshi Kinomotochou [map]



Number of fireworks
10,000 shots
Paid spectator seating
Average attendance
In case of stormy weather
Held if light rain/Postponed in bad weather
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Mie Main Areas


Spread across the eastern side of the Kii Peninsula, Mie prefecture boasts hundreds of kilometers of pretty coastline comprising the oyster-rich Toba city and Shima National Park all the way down to Kumano, a city that marks the beginning of part of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, which runs into neighboring Wakayama prefecture. However, Mie is best known for the Ise Jingu Shinto shrine inland, one of the oldest and largest shrines in the country.

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