Fireworks are made of a mixture of gunpowder, coloring agents and other ingredients, and placed in cylinders or balls, then set off for spectators to appreciate the explosions of color and sound. Kochi Prefecture holds fireworks events in July and August. They include not only conventional fireworks but also fireworks on the water that spread out in a fan shape, Shikoku Island’s largest fireworks display, and wide-scale fireworks set off from right to left. There are many other events and meals at food stalls to enjoy in addition to the fireworks.
*Kochi Summer Evening Fireworks
August 9th Address:Takajo-cho, Kochi City & Midori-no-hiroba on the Kagami riverside, Yanagihara, Kochi City Access: ●About 10 minutes walk from Tosaden Kotsu’s streetcar Kencho-mae stop. ●About 20 minutes by car from Kochi Exit on Kochi Expressway. Tram or bus: 3 minutes walk from Kencho-mae stop
14th and 15th days of the 8th month in the old calendar Address:6515 Kure, Nakatosa-cho Access: ●Take a train from JR Kochi Station on the JR Dosan Line to Tosa-Kure Station. About a 7-minute walk from Tosa-Kure Station. ●About 5 mins by car from Nakatosa Exit on the Kochi Expressway 10 minutes by car from Nakatosa IC on the Kochi Expressway
Early August Address:Shimizu Port, Tosashimizu City (near Kashima) Access: ●About a 2-hour-and-20-minute drive from Shimantocho-Chuo Exit on Kochi Expressway ●Take a train from JR Kochi Station on the Tosa Kuroshio Railway, get off at Nakamura Station and change to an Ashizuri-misaki-bound bus operated by Kochi Seinan Kotsu, get off at the Ashizuri-misaki bus stop (about a 1-hour-and-40-minute ride).
*Shimanto Fireworks Festival
Late August Address:Foot of Akatekkyo Bridge (bank of Shimanto River) Access: ●Take a train from JR Kochi Station and get off at Nakamura Station on Tosa Kuroshio Railway. About 20 minutes walk from Nakamura Station. ●About 60 minutes by car from Shimantocho-Chuo Exit on Kochi Expressway