Kameoka Heiwasai Hozugawa Fireworks Festival亀岡平和祭保津川花火大会


Fireworks over yatai food stalls at the 2015 Kameoka Heiwasai Hozugawa Fireworks Festival.

It's just not a Japanese summer without fireworks! The sight of the traditionally made fireworks exploding in the night sky makes you forget the heat of summer and never fails to draw "ooh"s and "aah"s from the crowd.

Food stalls glow at the Kameoka Heiwasai Hozugawa Fireworks Festival.

In the Kyoto area there are a few festivals that offer fireworks shows, one of them being the Kameoka Heiwa-sai Hozugawa Hanabi Taikai (Kameoka Peace Festival: Hozu River Fireworks Display).  Held in the first half of August and beginning at 7:30 pm, the festival takes place along the Hozugawa river in Kameoka, a city over the mountains to the west of Kyoto. Though it takes a bit of time to get there, over 75,000 people are said to have visited to enjoy the festival! Attendance is free, though those who want better seats can reserve them starting from 1,000 yen. 

Fireworks above the Hozugawa River at the Kameoka Heiwasai Hozugawa Fireworks Festival.

The most stand-out characteristic of the Heiwa-sai Fireworks Festival isn't just its colorful fireworks, but also its colorful collection of food stalls (yatai) whose rainbow roofs glow brightly in the night.

If you're looking for a fun-filled summer event, break out your yukata, head out to Kameoka, and enjoy the Heiwa-sai food and fireworks!

Things to See/Do

  • Food Stalls

  • Fireworks


Notice: In 2021, the event was canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Oigawa Ryokuchi Higashi Park




  • JR Kameoka Station ⇒ 15 minutes walk