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Fireworks give poetic charm to summer in Japan. The first fireworks show in Shirahama was held in 1948,and has been part of Shirahama ever since. Fireworks shows 300meters offshore in the bay of Shirahama are spectacular and dynamic. They are a must see.
Another major event worth mentioning is the Sand Festival. The featival is modeled after the Snow Festival in Hokkaido. The participants have been increasing every year ever since it was started in 43rd year of Shouwa ( 1968 ). The works of art from 40 to 60 pieces are displayed on beach.
The Kentosai is a festival only observed in places famous for hot springs. In order to give thanks to the hot springs, people from hot spring companies in the community dressed in white , put clean spring water in wooden containers and dedicate it to the Hot Spring Shrine after parading through the streets.

FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 花火大会

Fireworks shooting up from the ocean in Shirarahama like blossoming flowers, beautifully coloring the surface of the sea. Among the set fireworks, Niagara Falls, which pours down like a waterfall 1000meters offshore, is the highlight of the Fireworks Festival.

SAND FESTIVAL 砂まつり

Held every year in Shirarahama. The spectacular works of art are made from only sand and water. Both the participants and the onlookers enjoy themselves thoroughly.

CANDLE ILLUMINATION キャンドルイルミネーション

During this festival participants set up paper lanterns on the beach at Shirahama.
Wishes written on the shades of the lanterns are gently lit up by candle light after sunset.

 

KENTOSAI 献湯祭

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ILLUMINATION イルミネーション

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Major yearly events

From the beginning of March to the beginning of April

Cherry Blossom Festival in Heisogen Park
平草原公園桜まつり

April 1

Ceremony at Handa Sacred Ruins
阪田祭祀遺跡式典

May 3

Opening of Beaches
海水浴場開き

End of May

Sand Festival
砂まつり大会

June 1

Kentosai
献湯祭

From late July to the end of August

Message Fireworks
南紀白浜メッセージ花火

Saturdays,July August October

Candle Illumination
キャンドルイルミネーション

30th of July

Shirahama Fireworks Festival
白浜花火フェスティバル

August 1

Shirahama Dance Festival
白浜おどり

August 10

Shirahama Fireworks Show
白浜花火大会

August 25-29

Shirarahama bonfire
白良浜かがり火

August 26-30

Kumano Pirate Treasure-hunting
熊野水軍埋蔵金探し

October 16-17

Yearly Festival of the three shrines in Kumano
熊野三所神社例大祭

November 1-2

Book Festival
御書まつり

December 1,
January 31

January Shirarahama Illumination Event "White Sand Promenade"
白良浜イルミネーションイベント「白砂のプロムナード」

31st of December

Countdown Fireworks
カウントダウン花火

※Schedule of Events may change, confirm in advance.