Jul 09, 2018 Attraction Fukuyama

The 3 Faces of Fukuyama Summer Festival ! See, Hear, and Experience the Traditions of Japan!

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Fukuyama Summer Festival is a festival held in August in Fukuyama city. The festival will include Niagari-Odori Dance, Irohamaru Yosakoi and Ashidagawa fireworks over a period of 3 days, and the city will be bustling with energy and excitement. This summer event, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year, is not to be missed! In this article I will cover some of the appeal and events of Fukuyama Summer Festival.

The 3 Faces of Fukuyama Summer Festival

This Festival is held for 3 days every year from the 13th of August, and has different events every day. The Niagari-Odori Dance on the 13th and Irohamaru YOSAKOI on the 14th will feature traditional Japanese dancing. On the last day (15th) is the Ashida river fireworks, where approximately 16,000 fireworks will be launched off the banks of the Ashida river, entertaining the crowd. In addition to all the locals, the hugely popular festival attracts over 300,000 people from inside and outside Hiroshima Prefecture.

Event Information

Schedule of Fukuyama Summer Festival in 2018

From Augst 13, 14, 15

Date Event Time
13 (Mon)  The Niagari-Odori Dance Contest 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm
14 (Tue)  Irohamaru YOSAKOI  4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
15 (Wed)  Ashida river fireworks  7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

*Ashida river fireworks : Postponed to 16 Aug in the event of stormy weather.

Venue of Fukuyama Summer Festival

Date Venue
13 (Mon) Main Venue:Chuo Park
Dance performance:Hisamatsu-dori, Miya-dori, Kitahama-dori, Fukuyama Castle Tenshukaku-mae Hiroba
14 (Tue) Main Venue: Chuo Park
Shopping Street: Miya-dori, Kitahama-dori, Touro matsuri venue(Kasumi 3 chome), Tori cho kouryukan, Fukuyama Castle Tenshukaku-mae Hiroba
15 (Wed)  Fireworks:Ashidagawa’s upstream riverside

The Passionate, Moving festival

This summer festival has different events on each of the 3 days, so you can enjoy it every time you come. Niagari-Odori Dance is a traditional performance art, and an ntangible folk cultural asset of Hiroshima. The dancers perform their routine while shaking yotsutake castanets, to the rhythm played by the shamisen, kokyu, and shakuhachi.

Viewers of Irohamaru YOSAKOI can enjoy the passionate dancing of performers dressed in bright, colorful clothing. To watch the Ashida river fireworks, everyone will sit down along the banks of Ashidagawa river; at this event you can see 16,000 fireworks up close, and it features the single largest aquatic starmine firework in western Japan!

How to Access to Fukuyama from Hiroshima City

Bullet Train

Price:¥4,420 Time:  30mins  Changes: None

Hiroshima Sta.

Fukuyama Sta.
JR Shinkansen
(25 mins)


Price:¥1,940 Time: 2hours Changes: 1time

Hiroshima Sta.

Itoszaki Sta.
JR Sanyo-line

Fukuyama Sta.
JR Sanyo-line

See, Hear, and Experience the Traditions of Japan

Fukuyama Summer Festival is the city’s largest festival, where you can see, hear, and experience the traditions of Japan. With a beautiful natural environment, historic sites, leisure facilities, and more, there’s so much to see and do in Fukuyama city, so you should definitely come for a visit!

Event Information

Fukuyama Summer Festival
Venue Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima
Closest Station JR Fukuyama Station
Date & Time The Niagari-Odori Dance 
Monday, Aug 13, 2019
6:20 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
Irohamaru YOSAKOI
Tuesday, Aug 14,2019
4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Ashida River Fireworks
Wednesday, Aug 15, 2019
7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Website  http://fukuyama-matsuri.jp/natsu/


Photo Credit: Hiroshima Prefecture& Fukuyama Convention&Visitors Association