Here comes summer! The time for fireworks festivals in Japan. From the end of July to August, fireworks festivals are held almost every weekend in Japan. There will be thousands of fireworks lighten off, and lots of food strolls are out at night.
In this article, I will introduce best 9 fireworks festivals held in and around Tokyo. Check this article and plan your visit to Japan’s fireworks festivals!
1. Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival
Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival may be the most historical fireworks festival in Tokyo, as the festival is continued from 1733. The festival is held in the famous tourist district, Asakusa and Oshiage (Tokyo Sky Tree). There will be two venues along Sumida River, the first site over 9000 fireworks will lighten off, and at the second site, over 10,000 fireworks will lighten off!
Another feature of Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival is that you can take beautiful pictures of fireworks with Tokyo Sky Tree.
Place: Along Sumida river. The closest station is Asakusa Station
2. Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival
Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival is famous as “the urbanest fireworks festival”. Not only the fireworks but also there will be many artists invited to the venue and perform; sing, dance, comedy show, etc. The central venue is Jingu Baseball Stadium, where artists’ performances held, and seats are sold with charge, but the fireworks can be observed to a great area as far as Shinjuku.
Place: Around Jingu Baseball Stadium. The closest station is Sendagaya Station
Website: http://www.jinguhanabi.com/ (Japanese Only)
3. Edogawa-ku Fireworks Festival
Edogawa-Ku is the eastern ward of Tokyo next to Chiba prefecture. The fireworks festival is held along Edo River, and the fireworks reflected the river is just amazing. The point you cannot miss is the opening “1,000 fireworks in 5 seconds”.
Date: August 5 (Sat) 2017
Place: Along Edo river. The closest station is Toei Shinjuku Lin Shinozaki Station.
Website: https://www.city.edogawa.tokyo.jp/hanabi/index.html (Japanese Only)
4. Adachi Fireworks Festival
Adachi Fireworks Festival is another festival with a 100-year history. The program is divided into four parts, and the following two mixes music and fireworks. The number of fireworks is more than 10,000 in variety. The most popular program is “Niagara” fireworks, where many straight lines shaped fireworks lighten up at the same time, creating a shape like Niagara Falls.
Place: Along Arakawa river. The closest station is Kitasenju Station.
Website: http://adachikanko.net/content/39thhanabi/index.php/ (Japanese Only)
5. Tachikawa Showa Kinen Park Fireworks Festival
The festival is held in Tachikawa City, the west part of Tokyo, about 30 minutes by train from Shinjuku Station. There will be enough amount of beautiful fireworks but fewer people comparing to those fireworks festivals in central Tokyo. Showa Kinen Park is one of the largest parks in Tokyo, and you can sit on the huge grass field to watch fireworks.
Place: Showa Kinen Park. The closest station is Tachikawa Station.
3173 Midoricho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo
Website: http://www.tbt.gr.jp/hanabi/ (Japanese Only)
6. Koto Fireworks Festival
Koto-Ku is a ward in Tokyo located on the east side. At this fireworks festival, fireworks are lightened up from boats in Arakawa River. Another attraction of this festival is that you can observe fireworks from a very close distance.
Place: Arakawa Sunamachi Mizube Park. The closest station is Miami Sunamachi Station.
Website: http://www.city.koto.lg.jp/101032/kurashi/komyunitei/hanabi/67.html (Japanese Only)
7. Yokosuka Kaikoku Fireworks Festival
Yokosuka City is in Kanagawa Prefecture, and where U.S. army base is located. As Yokosuka has a history of development with port, there have been lots of interactions of cultures. Of course, the fireworks are beautiful, but another fun point of visiting this fireworks festival is that they have international food strolls.
Place: Mikasa Park, Umikaze Park, Shiyakushomae Park, and other. The closest station is Yokosuka Chuo Higashiguchi Station.
Website: https://www.cocoyoko.net/event/kaikoku-fes.html (Japanese Only)
8. Kamogawa Fireworks Festival
Kamogawa is a city in the southern part of Chiba Prefecture, where the famous aquarium Kamogawa Sea World. The fireworks are lightened up from the sea, and the reflections create great scenery.
Place: Maehara Beach. The closest station is Awakamogawa Station.
Website: http://www.kamonavi.jp/ja/hanabi/hanabi2017.html (Japanese Only)
9. Kamakura Fireworks Festival
The famous tourist spot with hundreds of temples Kamakura also has a fireworks festival. The must-see here is fireworks threw into the ocean from boats, then lighten up in a shape of the Japanese fan.
Place: Yugahama Beach. The closest station is Yugahama Station.
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