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!
July 2019 Tokyo Fireworks
Sumida River Fireworks Festival 2019 (July 27, 19:00 - 20:30)
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
Admission fee: Free
Adachi Fireworks Festival 2019 (July 20, 19:30 - 20:30)
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.
All in all, around 13,600 shots are going to light up the skies over Adachi.
Location: Arakawa River (between Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Tekkyo Bridge and Nishiaraibashi Bridge)
Admission fee: Free
- Address 2 Senju, Adachi-ku, Tokyo 1200034, Japan / 〒120-0034 東京都足立区千住2丁目
Kita-Senju Station (Tokyo Metro, JR, Tobu Skytree Line, Tsukuba Express), 15 minutes on foot
Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Festival 2019 (July 23, 19:20 - 20:20)
This magnificent firework show celebrates its 53rd anniversary this year! 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.
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: Shibamata Baseball Ground (10 mins from Shibamata Station)
Admission fee: Free
August 2019 Tokyo Fireworks
Edogawa Fireworks Festival 2019 (August 3, 19:00 - 20:30)
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) Shinozaki Station, 15 minutes on foot or Koiwa Station/Edogawa Station, 25 minutes on foot
Admission fee: Free
- Address 1-25-1 Kami-shinozaki, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 1330054, Japan / 〒133-0054 東京都江戸川区上篠崎1-25-1
Itabashi Fireworks Festival 2019 (August 3, 19:00 - 20:30)
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 (Takashima-daira Station, Nishidai Station, Hasune Station, Ukima-Funado Station - 20 minutes on foot)
Admission fee: Free
Arakawa Baseball Ground荒川野球場
- Address 3-16-5 Shingashi, itabashi-ku, Tokyo 1750081, Japan / 〒175-0081 東京都板橋区新河岸3-16-5
Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival 2019 (August 10, 19:30 – 20:30)
One of the most stunning urban fireworks shows is the Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival, drawing in crowds from far and wide. About 12,000 shots are launched into the night sky. Live performances by popular Japanese artists merge the colorful spectacle with their music every year! If you want to see this lively event directly from the stadium, its official venue, an admission fee will be necessary, so be sure to check the official website beforehand. Not far from both Shibuya and Shinjuku, the Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival is a wonderful addition to your summer sightseeing plans!
Location: Meiji-jingu Gaien Park
- Jingu Stadium (Reserved seating only)
SS Seat: 8,500 yen
Arena S Seat / Stand S Seat 7,000 yen
Arena A / Stand A Seat 6,000 yen
Stand B 5,000 yen
- Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium (Reserved seating only) - 3,500 yen
- Jingu Baseball Ground (General Seating)
3,500 yen advance, 4,500 yen at door
Official Website: http://www.jinguhanabi.com/
Tokyo Fireworks Festival “Edomode” 2018 (August 11, 19:10 – 20:30)
This massive fireworks event is held at Odaiba Seaside Park (Odaiba Kaihin-Koen), a famous sightseeing spot that is particularly popular in summer. Look forward to about 12,000 shots coloring the sky over Tokyo Bay! The concept of the show is “Edomode,” blending traditional culture of Old Edo with Tokyo’s modern rhythm and aesthetics. That doesn’t only mean fireworks – it’s a stunning kaleidoscope of art, music, food, and cutting-edge technology, all infused with the spirit of Edo. Japan’s leading pyrotechnists treat you to a fascinating spectacle representative of Japan. Bask in the light of the award-winning firework display with Tokyo’s iconic skyline in the background!
Location: Odaiba Seaside Park (5 mins from Odaiba Kaihin Station, 8 mins from Tokyo Teleport Station)
Official Website: https://tokyohanabi.jp/
NOTE: 2019 dates for Edomode have not yet been released. Please check back for updates!
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*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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