Fireworks, or hanabi, have a long history in Japan and are an integral part of the summer Obon holiday period in mid-August. Obihiro’s Kachimai Fireworks Display on August 13th is one of Japan’s biggest, with around 20,000 fireworks, synchronized to music. Held around a bend in the river, the Kachimai display is known for its breathtaking artistic show, combining fireworks, structures, music, and lights, in harmony with the landscape.
Opening the local Obon festivities
The Kachimai Fireworks Festival is a precursor event for the Heigen Matsuri, a lively festival that takes place in downtown Obihiro from August 14th to 16th. The pyrotechnic show starts at 7:30 p.m. August 13th, but you should get there early for a good spot. You can also enjoy local snacks from food stalls along the river.