The Lake Biwa Fireworks Festival is back for the first time in four years! It’s great, but if you’re going, plan ahead!

The “2023 Lake Biwa Fireworks Festival” will be held on August 8, 2023 (Tuesday) in the water area off Otsu Port, Shiga Prefecture. This fireworks display is huge and amazing, but the number of spectators is also large, and the transportation system is quite crowded, so if you are going, please secure transportation and take measures against the heat!

Lake Biwa Fireworks Festival returns after 4 years

The 2023 theme of Lake Biwa’s summer tradition “Lake Biwa Fireworks Festival” is “Summer Cigarism – Revival of Lake Biwa Fireworks Festival”. Along with about 10,000 fireworks, we will send out a new travel proposal called “Siga Rhythm” that allows you to experience the flow of time and life in Shiga, which has slowly progressed with nature, history, and culture, including Lake Biwa, and adjust the rhythm of your heart.

At the venue, in addition to regular seats, there is a wide variety of paid seats, such as box seats, pair seats for couples, and premier seats with meals. You can create more wonderful memories in a special place.

The year 2023 will also mark the 55th anniversary of the sisterhood relationship between Shiga Prefecture and the state of Michigan in the United States, and the 40th anniversary of the friendship relationship with Hunan Province in China.

A Wide Variety of Shiga Fireworks Festivals

In addition to the Lake Biwa Grand Fireworks Festival, Shiga Prefecture has many other attractive fireworks festivals. From July to September, elaborate fireworks festivals are held throughout the prefecture, such as the famous Ogoto Onsen Fireworks Festival, the Otsu Shiga Fireworks Festival, where fireworks are set off from the lake 200m off the beach, and the Kogaryu Ninnin Daihanabi Fireworks at the Kogaryu Ninja Village, so be sure to check them out.


“2023 Lake Biwa Fireworks Festival”

【Date】 August 8, 2023 (Tue) 19:30-20:30
【Launch location】 Water surface area off the coast of Otsu Port managed by Shiga Prefecture
【Number of shots】About 10,000 shots
【Official Website】

■ Fireworks Festival in Shiga Prefecture

◆ “Mitarashi Festival Dedicated Tezutsu Fireworks”
【Date & Time】 Friday, July 28, 21:00-
【Launch Location】 Karasaki Shrine (1-7-1 Karasaki, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture)

◆ “Kogaryu Ninnin Big Fireworks 2023”
【Date & Time】 July 29th (Sat) 19:45-20:15
【Launch Location】 Yasugawa Riverbed (around Minakuchi Bridge) (2224 Mikami, Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture)

◆”Ogoto Onsen Fireworks Festival”
【Date & Time】 August 1st (Tue) 20:00-20:30 *Except for light rain
【Launch Location】 Ogoto Onsen Port Area (Ogoto 6-chome, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture)

◆”Furusato Ryuo Summer Festival”
【Date & Time】 August 5 (Sat) 18:00-21:00 *Fireworks around 20:40
【Launch Location】 Imose no Sato (5 Kawamori, Ryuo-cho, Gamo-gun, Shiga Prefecture)

◆ “The 111th Takamiya Noryo Fireworks Festival”
【Date & Time】 August 11th (Friday/Holiday) 20:00- *13th (Sunday) in case of stormy weather
【Launch Location】 The area around the free bridge in Takamiya-cho, Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture

◆”Nagahama Kita Biwa Lake Fireworks Festival”
【Date & Time】 September 5th (Tuesday) to September 8th (Friday) for 4 consecutive days 20:30-(about 20 minutes) *Cancelled in case of stormy weather
【Launch Location】 Lake Biwa Offshore of Yutaka Park Free Square (Free Square, Oshima Town, Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture)