Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival
*Please note, the 2019 Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival has been cancelled. The event will not go ahead this year but is expected to take place next year, on November 23rd 2020.
Japanese fireworks festivals are grand in scale and duration, with some lasting for up to two hours! Held in late-November each year, the Nagano Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival (長野えびす講花火大会) is huge in its scale and unusual in that it is one of few large fireworks displays held in autumn (as most take place during the summer). First held in the early-20th Century, nowadays more than 15,000 individual fireworks light up the night sky over two hours in an amazing display of color, light, and sound.
Taking place across Nagano’s Sai River, endless avenues of food stalls sell festival favorites such as takoyaki, karage, yakitor, and much, much more! Enjoying a tasty snack and drink is as much a part of any Japanese festival as the fireworks and other fun that draws in the crowds!
Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival draws a very large crowd and, held in late-November, can be very cold. Wearing appropriate clothing is a must and booking a hotel in Nagano for the night is the best way to avoid the crowds and scramble back to the station.
Another great option is joining our 1-Day Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival & Snow Monkey Tour, and combining a visit to the famous snow monkeys of Nagano with the festival in the evening. Including a locally-based English-speaking guide and reserved seating for the fireworks display, our tour is the best way to navigate the crowds and guarantee your view of this epic fireworks display!
18:00 - 20:00
November 23rd *Event has been cancelled in 2019
From Nagano station you take the East Exit and follow the road, or the dozens if not hundreds of people for about 20 minutes
It is advised to bring warm clothing, arrive early and bring drinks. You can buy drinks at the festival grounds (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic incl some festival specific drinks), but it is often quite expensive.