The city of Tsukuba holds its grand fireworks display on Thursday, Sept.. 23 in the fields between highways 408 and 125, north of the city center. The best way to approach the site is to continue along the road that is the natural extension of Nishi Odori as it intersects with Higashi Odori until you come to the fields on the left. The entrance to the parking lot is clearly marked. Free busses will also be leaving from both the Oho branch office (near the junction of Nishi and Higashi Odoris) and the Tsukuba branch office (the old Tsukuba Town hall near the base of Mt. Tsukuba) at 5 pm. and leaving on the return at 8:30 pm.
The display is to include 7000 bursts, which isn't as big as the Tsuchiura fireworks show coming up in October, but it is still quite a few. In case of rain or strong winds, the event is to be rescheduled for 9/25 or the following night if 9/25 is also bad.
If you are only going to see one fireworks event, however, the annual Tsuchiura Fireworks coming up on Oct. 2nd is definitely the one to go for. It is one of the biggest in the country and fireworks artists use this event to try out new designs. You need to go early, as it is very crowded. A great way to go is to park facing Tsukuba along Tsuchiura-Gakuen sen (the outer lanes of which are okay for parking from the afternoon only) near the route 6 overpass. It is only a few minutes walk from there to the fields between the overpass and the river, where most people watch it from.
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