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Potiron Festival and Fireworks Displays

Potiron-no-Mori’s annual summer festival starts tomorrow, and there will be fireworks displays in four nights in a row! Please also see “Fireworks Display at Potiron.”

*** Potiron Festival event schedules***
August 11, Saturday

11:00am: All you can eat BBQ at the restaurants
1:00pm: Treasure hunting game for kids
4:00pm: Free admission to the park starts
7:30pm and 8:40pm: “Paradise of the Orient” Live
8:00pm: Fireworks display

August 12, Sunday
11:00am: All you can eat BBQ at the restaurants from 11:00am
12:30pm and 5:30pm: Kamen (Masked) Rider Den-O Shows
4:00pm: Free admission to the park starts
6:30pm: Bingo
7:30pm and 8:40pm: Noah Dance Live
8:00pm: Fireworks display

August 13, Monday
11:00am: All you can eat BBQ at the restaurants
12:30pm and 5:30pm: Anpanman Shows
4:00pm: Free admission to the park starts
6:30pm: Bingo
7:30pm and 8:40pm: 津軽三味線(Tsugarujamisen) performances
by井坂斗絲幸社中*(Isaka Toshiyuki shachu(group))
- * I don’t think this group has a website, but I found this article about their live concert in Ryugasaki City:
http://www.ushikunuma.com/~ryu-shimin/katsudo/ganba160904.htm
8:00pm: Fireworks display

August 14, Tuesday
11:00am: All you can eat BBQ at the restaurants
12:30pm and 5:30pm: Geki Ranger Shows
4:00pm: Free admission to the park starts
6:30pm: Bingo
7:30pm and 8:40pm: Shows by comedians and impersonators
8:00pm: Fireworks display

Potiron-no-Mori will be open until 9:00pm during the festival.
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Other events at Potiron this month:
August 15, Wednesday

11:00am: All you can eat BBQ at the restaurants
11:00am: Mi-xx Dance Club performance
11:30am and 2:30pm: yes! Precure 5 Shows
1:30pm: Bingo

August 18, Saturday
11:30am and 2:00pm: Miho Mahara Live
1:00pm <2-day camp>
>> They are still accepting applications for this one.
>> 6,000yen for adults and 5,500yen for kids.

August 19, Sunday
11:30am and 2:00pm: Marie Live
2:00pm to 9:00pm Sound Like a MOUNTAIN ’07

- Sound Like a MOUNTAIN is one of the biggest reggae events in Ibaraki. This event will be held in the parking lot, not inside the park.Tickets are 2,500yen or 2,000yen in advance.
Please take a look at this blog for more information:
http://reggae-magic.jugem.jp/?eid=362
(I think a lot of people are familiar with their poster!)

August 25, Saturday
11:30am and 2:00pm: Blind Lemon Brothers Live

August 26, Sunday
1:00pm: Treasure hunting game for kids



2 Comments

  • Jessyca says:

    Where is Potiron no mori park exactly in Ibaraki and how to get there from tokyo.Are there any good ryokan/business-hotels nearby and is March a good month to visit and what is their contactinformation???I would like to take my kids there

  • RrFish says:

    Dear Jessyca,

    I’m sorry I couldn’t respond to your comment sooner.

    This website has the basic info on Potiron-no-Mori:
    http://kanko.pref.ibaraki.jp/en/pl/pl05.html

    The above site doesn’t mention this, but it costs 500yen to park there. I’ve mentioned this in one of my posts before, but you’ll get an annual parking ticket in exchange.

    Here’s the map:
    http://maps.google.co.jp/maps?q=%E8%8C%A8%E5%9F%8E%E7%9C%8C%E7%A8%B2%E6%95%B7%E5%B8%82%E4%B8%8A%E5%90%9B%E5%B1%B12060%EF%BC%8D1
    It is literally located in the middle of nowhere.

    OK, this is what “I think” is the easiest way to get to Potiron from Tokyo:

    Get on the Higashi Kanto Expressway and get off at Narita Exit. You’ll be on Route 295 which will turn into Route 408, so you’ll just need to stay on Route 408. It takes about 30-40 minutes to get to Potiron from Narita Exit. (You’ll be driving on country road most of the time, but don’t get nervous!)

    If you are used to driving in Japan, then I guess you “can” take streets like Route 6 or 16, but the traffic gets very heavy on both routes. Traffic on Route 408 isn’t that good either, but I still think it’s the fastest/easiest way AAR.

    As for hotels: I’m sorry, but I have no idea if there are any hotels around Potiron-no-Mori. There are many business hotels, ryokans around JR Ushiku or JR Arakawaoki Stations which are about 20-30min away from Potiron.

    I don’t want to disappoint you, but Potiron is a pretty boring place when you go there when they are not doing anything. They have lots of events throughout the year, so please keep checking their website for the latest events. If you are thinking about visiting it in late March (spring break), then I’m sure they are doing something every day.

    Btw, you might be interested in checking this place out as well:
    http://kanko.pref.ibaraki.jp/en/lo/lo05.html

    It’s not too far from Potiron, and a new expressway (ken oh doh) opened nearby this Spring.