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[2017] Painting Tokyo's Summer Night Skies With Fireworks

[2017] Painting Tokyo's Summer Night Skies With Fireworks

Update: 14 September 2017

There's a loud bang and suddenly, the night sky sparkles in many different vibrant colors: fireworks are rooted deeply in Tokyo's history and during the summer months, many a brilliant nighttime spectacles can be witnessed - if you know where to go!

The Adachi Fireworks

The Adachi Fireworks

<July 22nd (Sat), 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.>

Among all the fireworks of Tokyo, the one in Adachi is held the earliest and therefore is the fireworks season opener. Hundreds of different fireworks are launched into the dark night sky in a short period of time, ranging from exhibition fireworks to the beautiful star mines - a spectacle that can be enjoyed from leisurely sitting on the slopes of the area.
This year, the Adachi Fireworks are planning something really special: Japan's very first "illumination tree." This means that fireworks rise around 30 meters high into the sky, forming trees of light! All in all, around 12,000 shots are going to light up the skies over Adachi.

Location:Arakawa River (between Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Tekkyo Bridge and Nishiaraibashi Bridge)
Station:Kitasenju Station (Tokyo Metro, JR, Tobu Skytree Line, Tsukuba Express), 15 minutes on foot

The Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Festival

The Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Festival

<July 25th (Tue), 7:20 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.>

This magnificent firework show celebrates its 51st anniversary this year, adding an additional 10 minutes to the usual one-hour long firework display, launching around 13,000 shots into the night sky. Because the spectators' seats are very close to where the fireworks are being launched, this show is one of Tokyo's most popular, as the pyrotechnics can be enjoyed in all their glory from up close.

This year, a special "Katsushika Tourism PR Stage" is set up that offers a colorful program by Katsushika's Sightseeing Ambassadors, so be sure to stop by!
Before the fireworks show, feel free to visit the Shibatama Taishakuten, a temple that is connected to the hugely popular film series "Otoko wa Tsurai yo", or It's tough being a man, or simply take a stroll through the neighborhood and take in the warm, friendly atmosphere of the area.

Location:Katsushika Shibamata Baseball Field (Edogawa River side)
Nearest Station:Shibamata Station (Keisei line), 10 minutes on foot

The Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival

The Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival

<July 29th (Sat), 7:05 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.>

The Ryokoku Hanabi tradition (literally "two-country fireworks"), as the event was called back then, can trace its roots back to 1733 and isn't just Tokyo's oldest fireworks show but also gets broadcasted on TV. Venue 1 is from the Sakurabashi Bridge downstream to Kototoibashi Bridge upstream, while Venue 2 stretches from Komagata Bridge downstream to Umayabashi Bridge upstream. Venue 1 features the famous competition of two rivaling guilds of pyrotechnicians, showcasing the excellent skills of the masters of their colorful art. Combined with the fireworks at Venue 2, over 20,000 shots are being launched into the night sky.

Location:Asakusa, Mukojima area along the Sumida River
Nearest Station (Venue 1): Asakusa Station (Tobu Railway, Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway), 15 minutes on foot, Venue 2:Asakusa Station (Tobu Railway, Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway), 5 minutes on foot

The Edogawa Fireworks Festival

The Edogawa Fireworks Festival

<August 5th (Sat), 7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.>

The main characteristic of this particular festival is that the fireworks are separated into eight different themes, each with its own background music to which the sky is being lit up. The opening alone is a glorious spectacle, with 1,000 shots being fired within just 5 seconds that paint the skies mainly in gold and silver colors. The total number of used pyrotechnics is around 14,000, all of them launched remotely and in a very precise and coordinated manner. The Edogawa Fireworks Festival is being carried out simultaneously with the Ichikawa City Fireworks Festival, which takes place at the opposite shores belonging to Ichikawa City in Chiba Prefecture.

Location:Edogawa River riverbed (in front of Shinozaki Park)
Nearest Station:Shinozaki Station (Toei Subway), 15 minutes on foot, Koiwa Station, as well as Edogawa Station (Keisei Electric Railway), 25 minutes on foot.

The Itabashi Fireworks Festival

The Itabashi Fireworks Festival

<August 5th (Sat), 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.>

This fireworks festival is actually two festivals held at the same time in neighborhood: one in Itabashi-ku in Tokyo and the other in nearby Toda City in Saitama Prefecture. It is made up of about 12,000 rockets with some main attractions being the huge shakugosundama, colorful balls that are 45 centimeters in diameter, star mines that launch a huge amount of pyrotechnique into the sky in a very short time, as well as Kanto's largest Niagara type fireworks, spanning 700 meters horizontally across the night sky!

Location: Arakawa River, Itabashi-ku
Nearest Station:Takashimadaira Station, Nishidai Station, Hasune Station (Mita Line), 20 minutes on foot, Ukima-Funado Station (JR Saikyo Line), 20 minutes on foot.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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