The Sakata Firework Festival
Aside from its abundance of rich nature, mountains, and UNESCO recognized cuisine, Yamagata is also famous for its extravagant summer firework displays held in the summer and winter. One of the main contenders for the greatest displays in this prefecture is Sakata City's firework festival that features a wide launch platform and massive fireworks that fill the entire night sky with dazzling lights synched with a variety of songs.
Those in Yamagata during the month of August will certainly wish to pay this festival a visit and it is even worth a special journey from Tokyo or other parts of Japan.
The Hidden Japan is also proud to be one of the event planners for this festival and would be happy to help with internationals wishing to make a reservation.
Watch this video of the Sakata Firework finale to see the sheer scope of the fireworks here that fill your entire field of vision with masterfully crafted fireworks made in Sakata City.
Starting in 2022, the Sakata Firework Festival implemented reserved seating for its entire viewing area and advanced reservations are required to see this event. Also note that hotels and trains during this festival will be stretched to their limits and advanced planning is a must.
The date of the festival for 2022 will be on August 6th.
It will be held from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
The viewing location is along the river trail of the Mogami River, here is the approximate address.
You have great flexibility where you can choose to sit, but just keep in mind that the roads must be kept clear for emergency vehicles.
Tsutsumicho, Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture 998-0835
Prices vary depending on seating.
Seating for B Area seating starts at 2,500 yen per person for single seats.
The river trail where you can watch the show.
For the 2022 Sakata Firework Festival, seating will be by reserved seating only.
While the festival starts at 7:30pm. We advise all attendees to be in your seats by 7:00pm at the latest.
Note that seats in area S and A represent the center of the viewing area.
Seats A, S and C are only for groups of 2-4 people and start at 10,000 yen per spot.
The Hidden Japan is a board member of the Sakata Firework Festival planning committee and has reserved a plot of seating in area A for international residents living in Japan.
Please fill out the following form to get on the reservation list and we will send out payment information once Sakata City is ready.
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