Katakai Fireworks Festival


Be amazed by the world's largest firework, listed in the Guinness Book of Records!

The Katakai Matsuri is an annual autumn celebration at Asahara Shrine. Fireworks serve as dedications to the shrine, with individuals and companies expressing sentiments through contributions. The town of Katakai, the festival's location, is the birthplace of the famous “sanshakudama” firework. Its enormous “yonshakudama,” which has an 800-meter diameter, is recognized as the world's largest firework.

From the morning, the entire town of Katakai comes alive with traditional events like the dedication of firework balls to Asahara Shrine, and rituals praying for the success and safety of the upcoming display.

Number of fireworks: Approx. 15,000 over two days
Location: Asahara Shrine

General Information

Date 2nd Saturday in September and the preceding Friday
Time 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm
Directions●20 min. from Ojiya Station (JR Joetsu Line) by express bus bound for Nagaoka via Katakai.
●30 min. from Nagaoka Station (JR Shinetsu Main Line) by express bus bound for Ojiya via Katakai.
●10 min. by car from the Ojiya IC on the Kanetsu Expressway to the nearest temporary parking lot, then 20 min. by shuttle bus.
Car Park●Regular cars: Temporary parking available
●Large vehicles: Available
PricesFireworks Box Seating
8-person capacity (180 x 225 cm): 33,000 yen (2-day pass), 20,000 yen (1-day pass)
*To apply, please contact the Katakai Town Fireworks Association via email or fax.
*Same-day tickets can also be purchased for 5,000 yen per person.
NotesSame-day tickets are available from 9:00 am on the festival day at the central entrance of the box seats on the right side of Asahara Shrine.


NameKatakai Town Fireworks Association
Telephone Number0258-84-3900
Fax Number0258-84-3902