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“Lake Toya Long-Run Fireworks Nights” light up the evening sky of Toyako Onsen every day!

At Toyako Onsen at the shore of Lake Toya, one of the most famous sightseeing destinations in Hokkaido, fireworks light up the evening sky every day from late April to the end of October! This event has been continued since 1970’s. Huge beautiful fireworks color the sky above the lake.



You can see fireworks everywhere, from your accommodation or promenades!

The fireworks of Lake Toya with big sounds is a famous sight of Toyako Onsen from spring to autumn. About 450 colorful fireworks with various shapes light up the sky for 20 minutes, from 8:45 PM to 9:05 PM every evening. 
▲(Credit: Hokkaido Likers writer Fumiko Magota)

The fireworks get lighten off from a boat on the lake. The boat moves from west to east so that each visitor staying at different accommodations along the lake can watch. 

People watch fireworks from the promenade along the lake, guest rooms, lobby, or outdoor onsen bath. The sightseeing boats to watch fireworks from the lake is also out for people who want to see the fireworks closer. 

洞爺湖半の散策路▲The promenade along Lake Toya. People gather here when it’s close to the starting time. The pictures and videos used in this article were taken from here. 

洞爺湖ロングラン花火大会の花火▲The boat in the right is sightseeing boat and on the left is the boat which fireworks are lightened off from.

2017 is the 36th year!

By the way, I was born in 1972, and I remember that when I visited Toyako Onsen for the school trip in elementary school, I watched fireworks from a rooftop. 

Yes, these fireworks have been continuing from 1982! They started the fireworks, wishing to make visitors come back when the number decreased after the eruption of Mt. Usu in 1977. 

The event has become so popular, and the wish came true. The event lasted for three months in the beginning, but it is now six months long since 1993. 


It was raining a little bit when we covered. The fireworks are canceled if the weather is bad that boats can’t be out but they will operate if it’s just a little rain. They are nice for visitors. 

The fireworks reflected the surface of the lake is beautiful, too. Where do you want to watch the fireworks from? 

  • “Lake Toya Long-Run Fireworks Nights” light up the evening sky of Toyako Onsen every day!

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Fumiko Magota