Tsunabi Fireworks Festival (Tsukubamirai City)
This traditional fireworks festival takes place in late August every year and is designated as a National Intangible Folk Cultural Asset. The festival is held to pray for an abundant harvest and for protection from fires.
The festival takes place in two locations; Takaoka Atago Shrine and Obari Atago Shrine.
Each festival is slightly different. In both locations, puppets are used to perform classic Japanese folktales on a tightrope in midair, accompanied by traditional drums and flutes, and both festivals finish with fireworks. However, the Obari festival is said to put more emphasis on the plot of the story during the puppet performance.
Takaoka Atago Shrine Festival: 631 Takaoka, Tsukubamirai City/Obari Atago Shrine Festival: 3235 Obari, Tsukubamirai City
Tsukubamirai City Tourism Association
Takaoka Atago Shrine by public transport:
From JR Toride Station, catch a bus bound for Yatabe Shako and get off at Takaoka Bus Stop.
Alternatively, from Moriya Station on the Tsukuba Express Line, catch a bus bound for Midorigaoka-danchi and get off at Tsukuba Golf Course. The shrine is around 15 minutes' walk from the bus stop.
PARKINGTakaoka Atago Shrine Festival: 300 spaces
Obari Atago Shrine Festival: 500 spaces