Fireworks and summer festivals summer in Japan are arguably the best part of summer here, with nights spent outside watching literally hours of explosions and enjoying the atmosphere of the festival, the food, and the company. Summer festivals are a rare chance for people to relax and unwind.
Points to note:
- Transportation around festivals can be a challenge. If you are riding the train, remember to get your return ticket as soon as you arrive. After the festival you will be glad you did!
- Get there early if you want a “good spot!”
- Bring your own food and drink. While the food at festivals is fantastic, it requires a lot of standing in line. Bring the bulk of what you plan to consume, and supplement your meal with a few items from the “yatai,” or food stalls.
- There will be massive lines around restrooms, boys and girls. Deciding to use one during or after the festival is an investment of at least 30 minutes.
Sumida River Fireworks
The Sumida River Hanabi is held the last Saturday in July along the Sumida River, which flows through eastern Tokyo into Tokyo Bay. The show can be watched from many points around Tokyo, but the area surrounding Asakusa Station in particular is popular.
- 20,000 fireworks
- Saturday, July 30, 2016 ( cancelled in case of rain)
- Time: 7:05 PM – 8:30 PM
- Location : Asakusa Station Area
Edogawa Fireworks Festival
Like other festivals on this list, the Edogawa Fireworks Festival is a long held Tokyo tradition. 2014 will be the 39th annual festival, and it will feature a lineup of,14,000 fireworks, including the first 1,000, which the festival organizers have promised to shoot off in the first 5 seconds… seriously!
- 14,000 fireworks
- Saturday, August 6, 2016
- Time: 19:15 – 20:30
- Location: Edogawa-Kasenjiki Area.
- Keisei-Edogawa Station on Keisei Line
- Shinozaki Station on Toei Shinjuku Line
- www.city.edogawa.tokyo.jp (Japanese)
Jingu Gaien Hanabi
Jingu Gaien Hanabi is notable for a number of things, but its central location and visibility from a number of neighborhoods is probably the most relevant here.
- 12,000 fireworks
- Saturday, August 20th 2016
- Time: 19:30 – 20:30
- Kokuritsu-kyogijo Station on the Tokyo Metro Toei Ōedo Line
- Sendagaya Station on the JR Chūō-Sobu Line
- Shinanomachi Station on the JR Chuo-Sobu Line
- Kita-sando Station on the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
- Gaienmae Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (recommended)
- http://www.jinguhanabi.com (JP)
Cancelled for 2016
Tokyo Bay Fireworks
Tokyo Bay Hanabi is held north of the Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo Bay, where the fireworks are launched from barges. The fireworks are best viewed from the official venues, which all charge an entrance fee but offer great views as well as music to view the show by. You can see the show from free from many places surrounding the bay (including Harumi, Toyosu and Odaiba…), but you will have to get there early to find a spot at one!
- Location : Toyosu Station Area (Harumi)
- Chuo Ward Website (Japanese)
You could also try and secure a spot to view the fireworks from the water via tour boat.