August 1-3, 2022
Nagaoka, city, Niigata ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan, on the middle reaches of the Shinano River. A castle town in the 1600s, it prospered with the discovery of the Higashiyama oil well in the early 20th century. Despite heavy damage suffered during World War II, the city continued to grow, its industries producing chemicals, machinery, and processed foods. Nagaoka is a hub of rail and road transportation and serves as a base for the popular ski grounds on nearby Mount Yūkyū. (Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia (2016, March 3). Nagaoka. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/place/Nagaoka)
Nagaoka Fireworks Festival
A fantastic fireworks display that brings half a million people both joy and tears
First started in 1946 as a war-damage reconstruction event to mourn the deceased of WWII, the Nagaoka Fireworks Festival in Niigata Prefecture carries on the spirit of Japan through the decades.
It’s not difficult to see why this early August display of pyrotechnics is one of Japan’s top three fireworks festivals, and as many as half a million people watch it every year.
Nagaoka City Hall
City Hall Plaza “Aore Nagaoka” is the first complex facility in Japan that integrates an arena that can accommodate 5,000 people, an open Nakadoma (covered open space), and the city hall.
The huge space on the main street attracts the attention of people passing by. Designed by Kengo Kuma, one of Japan’s leading architects, the free space filled with the warmth of wood is the stage for various activities as a base for civic collaboration and exchange.
Festival Taiko Performance
Almost as loud as the evening’s fireworks, a Taiko performance with hundreds of Taiko players from around the world is a sight to see. Join us for this thrilling experience!