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Sakata Firework Festival

Yamagata Prefecture

One of the greatest displays in Yamagata Prefecture is Sakata City's firework festival.

Aside from its abundance of rich nature, mountains, and UNESCO-recognized cuisine, Yamagata is also famous for its extravagant summer firework displays held in the summer and winter. One of the main contenders for the greatest displays in this prefecture is Sakata City‘s firework festival which features a wide launch platform and massive fireworks that fill the entire night sky with dazzling lights synched with a variety of songs.

Those in Yamagata during the month of August will certainly wish to pay this festival a visit and it is even worth a special journey from Tokyo or other parts of Japan. Note that hotels and trains during this festival will be stretched to their limits and advanced planning is a must. 

From 2022, the Sakata Firework Festival implemented reserved seating for its entire viewing area and advanced reservations are required to see this event. The Hidden Japan was a board member of the Sakata Firework Festival planning committee in 2022 and reserved a plot of seating in area A for international residents living in Japan. We are happy to help international people wishing to make a reservation for Sakata’s 2023 firework festival.

Quick Info


All seating for the Sakata Firework Festival is reserved seating. See below for costs.

Event time

2023: Saturday August 5th, entry from 3:30pm. Fireworks start as 7:30 pm.

Average Duration

1 – 3 hours


The viewing location is along the river trail of the Mogami River, here is the approximate address.  
Tsutsumicho, Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture 998-0835

How to get tickets to the Sakata Firework Festival

You will need a ticket to view the fireworks from the designated viewing area. While the fireworks festival starts at 7:30 pm, we advise all attendees to be in their seats by 7:00 pm at the latest. Entry is from 3:30pm.

We recommend you organize your lodgings before you purchase tickets.

A basic map of the seating areas.

Area prices vary depending on location. The Hidden Japan is able to provide tickets from areas P, S, A and B. 

Area S and A are for groups of up to 4 people and start from 21,600 yen per spot. S and A are the center of the fireworks viewing area and you are guaranteed to have a excellent view. A plastic sheet to sit on will be laid out for these areas.

Area P is for two people and start from 19,200 yen per spot. This is the only area which provides seats and a table for the use for 2 people. 

Seating for area B starts from 7,200 yen per person for one person. 

Inquire about Sakata fireworks festival tickets 2023

You can send a inquiry about Sakata fireworks festival tickets below. After we receive your inquiry, we will confirm the booking with our partners and send you a booking confirmation email at least 3 days before your desired date.
Please note this form does not confirm the availability of tickets or reserves tickets straightaway.