An incredible 40,000 fireworks go up in smoke at this mid summer fireworks festival. Lake Suwa is a rectangular shaped lake to the south of Matsumoto City in the southwest corner of Nagano Prefecture.
The main viewing area is in Suwa city on the south side of the lake. Regular trains from Matsumoto to Kamisuwa Station take about 35 minutes and the fare is ¥580. As with all large scale evening events, you should make sure of your transport home. If you’re going by train, make sure you buy your tickets in advance or charge your Suica card so you won’t have to join a long queue in the station when you leave.
Pro tip: You can book a 1-day bus tour from Shinjuku for easy access to this festival.