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Top 10 Fireworks in Tokyo Area

The fireworks festivals are a spectacularly orchestrated dynamic display of beautiful bursts of color lighting up the sky, and it’s free!  

Street stalls are lined up around the spectacle selling many kinds of food setting the scene of a festival-like atmosphere. And that's not all The beautifully dressed women and men in stylish yukatas sends a cheerful vibe complementing the atmosphere for the upcoming excitement of fireworks.

 

The more popular fireworks have a regular turnout of over 1 million people. Things can get absurdly crowded, so beware of the following:  

 

  1. Train Tickets:

It will take 30 min. just to buy train tickets from the automated machine with the crowds. Carry and use the Suica or Pasmo top up card and be sure that there is more than enough for a round-trip journey.  

 

  1. Toilet

Portable toilets are setup for the events but as you can imagine, it will be a long line, it will smell bad, and it wont be clean. Use toilets at train  stations or convenience stores before heading to the seating area.  

 

  1. Must Bring Items:

・Picnic sheet or blanket: In most cases the seating areas will be on a road or dirt/grass. A cushion and a plastic sheet would make your viewing experience more enjoyable (the ground can be wet from rain.)

・Umbrella: In Japan, evening showers often occur during summertime.

・Insect repellent: There are a lot of mosquitos near rivers and parks where many fireworks are held.

・Fan: Fight the heat with a hand fan.  

 

  1. Securing Reserved Seating:

Seats with the best view are often reserved seats that go for about 2,000 yen to 5,000 yen per person. However, obtaining these prized tickets are a challenge even for Japanese. These tickets go on sale a few months before the event, and hard to get outside of Japan. So, a foreigner such as yourself will have less than 1% of a chance of getting them. If you are dying to get your hands on one, ask a friend living in Japan or a Japanese person to order for you.

 

  1. Non-Reserved Seating:

Finding “free-space” at firework festivals can be stressful and competitive. Larger groups go and set up camp the day before, often taping/marking their seating areas. Going earlier in the day is also recommended as many of the fireworks land on a weekend. If you are going as a couple, you might be able to squeeze between other people’s sheets at the last minute, but if you are going as a family or group of 3 or more, it is wise to reach the event area early in the day, tape and mark your sheet, so you don’t forget which  is yours, and wander off until 30 min. before launch.  

Find below our own list of “must-see” fireworks in the Kanto  region. Taken into consideration are: the number of firework bursts, access from Tokyo, event date, and the number of spectators to name a few.

 


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No.1 Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival [隅田川花火大会]

This event has roots dating back over 280 years and is practically synonymous with Japanese fireworks. There are 2 venues, 1 is a competition of firework displays selected by firework craftsmen only. The 2nd venue is a production of fireworks for you to enjoy.

 

When: Last Saturday of July, 19:05〜20:30. In the  event of rain, the festival will be held the following day.  

# of fireworks: 20,000 bursts

Crowd: 1,000,000 spectators  

Location:

-Venue #1: Between the lower reaches of Sumidagawa River Sakurabashi 桜橋] and the upper reaches of the Sumidagawa River Kototoibashi [言問橋].

-Venue #2: Between the lower reaches of Sumidagawa River Komagatabashi [駒形橋] and the upper reaches of Sumidagawa River Kuruwabashi [厩橋].  

Access:

-To venue #1: 15 min. walk from Asakusa Station on Tobu Skytree Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei-Asakusa Line.

-To venue #2: 5 min. walk from Kuramae Station on Toei-Oedo line and Toei-Asakusa Line.

Seat Reservation: Possible

Tel: 03-5246-1111

Url: http://sumidagawa-hanabi.com/index_eg.html

 


[caption id="attachment_13887" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Tsuchiura Zenkoku Fireworks Ibaraki Japan Photo Credit: nijikarasu.cocolog-nifty.com Tsuchiura Zenkoku Fireworks in Ibaraki[/caption]

 

No.2 Tsuchiura Zenkoku Hanabi Kyokai Taikai [土浦全国花火競技大会]

1 of the “Big Three” fireworks festivals in all of Japan. Hanabi masters from all over Japan gather to test their skill against one another. Spectators can take pleasure in viewing art from the best fireworks craftsman Japan has to offer in one evening. It’s also one of the few large fireworks festivals held in autumn.   

 

When: 1st Saturday of October, 18:00~20:30. In the event of rain, it will be held the following day.  

# of fireworks: 20,000 bursts

Crowd: 800,000 spectators  

Location: Sanoko, Tsuchiura-shi, Ibaraki [near Sakuragawa Gakuen Ohashi [桜川学園大橋]]  

Access:

-30 min. walk from Tsuchiura Station (10 min. by shuttle bus)

From Tokyo area take the Joban Line from Ueno Station get off at Tsuchiura Station.

*Required time for travel: 1 hour 20 min.〜1 hour 40 min.  

Seat Reservation: Possible

Tel: 029-826-1111

Url:  http://www.city.tsuchiura.lg.jp/page/page006275.html   


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No.3 Edogawa-ku Hanabi Taikai [江戸川区花火大会]  

This festival is a dual fireworks show with Edogawa-ku and Chiba’s Ichikawa City, located opposite of their shores and commencing at the same time. With over 1.4 million spectators, it is the largest fireworks show in Japan. The show has “tastes” broken up into 8 different themes. The must-see is the opening 5 second blitz of 1,000 bursts over the river and the falling gold lines during the finale.  

 

When: 1st Saturday of August, 19:15〜20:30. In the event of rain, it will be held the following day.  

# of fireworks: 14,000 bursts

Crowd: 1,400,000 spectators  

Location: The riverbed in front of Toritsu Shinozaki Koen (park) [1-25 Kamishinozaki Edogawa-ku, Tokyo]  

Access:

[From Edogawa-ku side]

-15 min. walk from Shinozaki Station Toei Shinjuku Line

-25 min. walk from Koiwa Station JR Sobu Line

-25 min. walk from Edogawa Station [Keisei Main Line 

 

[From Ishikawa-shi side]

-15 min. walk from Ichikawa Station on JR Sobu Line 

-20 min. walk from Konodai Station on Keisei Main Line

 

Seat Reservation: Not Possible

Tel:  03-5662-0523

Url: https://www.city.edogawa.tokyo.jp/foreign/index.html   


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No.4 Jingu Gaien Hanabi Taikai [神宮外苑花火大会]

It is the only large scale firework festival in the city limits. 4 stadiums are readied and arranged for reservation only, paid seats, a system uncommon at firework festivals. Not surprisingly the view from those seats are the best, but you can take-in the colorful show from streets near the stadiums and from the surrounding buildings. Popular artists, live shows, and all kinds of events are organized at the 4 stadiums.  

 

When: mid-August, 19:30~20:30. In the event of rain, it will be held the following day.  

# of fireworks: 10,000 bursts

Crowd: 1,000,000 spectators  

Location: Meiji Jingu Gaien [near 1-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 東京都新宿区霞ヶ丘町 1-1]  

 

Access: 5~10 min. walk from

- Gaienmae Station on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.

  • - Aoyama-itchome Station on Tokyo Metro Ginza, Hanzomon lines and Toei-Oedo Line.
  • - Sendagaya Station on JR Chuo/Sobu Line.
  • - Shinanomachi Station on JR Chuo/Sobu line.

 

Seat Reservation: Possible [Jingu Stadium, Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Jingu Nanshiki Kyujo Baseball Park, Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium]  

Tickets for reserved seating go on sale from early June and can be purchased  at the online ticket vendor: Ticket Pia (チケットぴあ)  

Tel: 03-3547-0920

Url: http://www.jinguhanabi.com 


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No.5 Konosuke Hanabi Taikai [こうのす花火大会]

One of the fireworks launched during the program is recorded in the Guinness World Records as the largest firework reaching over 30 cm (or 4 shaku), with a  diameter of an unprecedented 800m.   300 fireworks bombarding the night sky as the finale is also jaw-dropping.   This firework festival is one of the few major firework festivals held in autumn.  

 

When: 2nd Saturday of October, 18:15〜20:30. In the event of rain, it will be held the following day.  

# of fireworks: 15,000 bursts

Crowd: 500,000 spectators  

Location: Along the Arakawa River [荒川]  in front of Nukata Undojo [糠田運動場] [1073-1 Nukata, Konosu-shi, Saitama]  

Access:

[From Tokyo area]

-35 min. walk from Konosuke Station. From Ueno Station, take the JR Takasaki Line to Konosuke Station.

Or take the “Shinai Junkan” [市内循環]  bus from Konosuke Station for “Tamamiya Shogakko ireguchi” [田間宮小学校入口] walk 5 min.

*Required time for travel: 70-90 min.  

Seat Reservation: Possible

Tel: 048-543-1634

Url: http://kounosuhanabi.com   


[caption id="attachment_13890" align="aligncenter" width="1600"]Koga Fireworks Ibaraki Japan Photo Credit: nekonohiroba.seesaa.net Koga Fireworks in Ibaraki[/caption]

 

No.6 Koga Hanabi Taikai [古河花火大会]

Koga Hanabi Taikai launches the most fireworks in the Kanto region. Spectators can revel in the large-scale display of gorgeous fireworks. Don’t miss out on the opening show where three “3 shaku” (1 shaku =30.3cm of distance), that expands to 600m in diameter, are consecutively launched.  

 

When: 1st Saturday of August, 19:20~20:50.  In the event of rain the fireworks will proceed the following day.  

# of fireworks: 20,000 bursts

Crowd: 550,000 spectators  

Location: 10-1 Nishimachi, Koga-shi, Ibaraki [Koga Golf Links]  

 

Access:

-20 min. walk from Koga Station. From Tokyo area, take the JR Tohoku Main Line from Ueno Station.

-5 min. walk from Shin-Koga Station. Take the JR Tohoku Main Line from Ueno Station and transfer at Kurihashi Station for the Tobu Nikko Line.

*Required time for travel: about 1 hour and 30 min.

Seat Reservation: Possible  

Tel: 0280-92-3111

Url: http://www.kogakanko.jp/hanabi/  


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No.7 Adachi no Hanabi [足立の花火]

Among the summer firework festivals in Tokyo, this one commences the earliest. The event takes place at the riverbed, where you can sit and relax on the banks and see the action take place. An especially great place to view the fireworks is from Nishiarai [西新井], where there is more space.  

When: mid-July Saturday, 19:30〜20:30. In the event of rain the fireworks will proceed the following day.  

# of fireworks: 12,000 bursts

Crowd: 400,000 spectators  

Location: Senjuokawacho, Adachi, Tokyo [Arakawa Riverbed]  

 

Access: 15 min. walk from Kitasenju Station on Tokyo Metro, JR, Tobu Skytree Line, and Tsukuba Express Line.

Seat Reservation: Not Possible  

Tel: 03-3880-0039

Url: http://adachikanko.net/ 


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No.8 Katsushika Noryo Hanabi Taikai [葛飾納涼花火大会]

Spectators can get an up close and a personal feel of the fireworks’ power  on display with seats close in proximity to the launch area. The intense brightness and sound fill the night sky, and the finale, “The Great Niagara Fall in the Sky" is a must see!  

 

When: July 21st, 19:20〜20:20. In the event of rain the festival will commence the next day.  

# of fireworks: 13,000 bursts

Crowd: 600,000 spectators  

Location: 7-17-13 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo [baseball field]  

Access:

-10 min. walk from Shibamata Station on Keisei Kanamachi Line.

-15 min. walk from Shin-Shibamata Station on Hokuso Railway.

-20 min. walk from Kanamachi Station on JR Joban Line and Keisei Kanamachi Line.

 

Seat Reservation: Possible

Tel: 03-6758-2222

Url: http://www.city.katsushika.lg.jp/1000041/1009963.html 


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No.9 Oyama no Hanabi [小山の花火]

One of larger fireworks in the Kanto region. Viewers can experience the powerful punch of 20,000 fireworks up close and personal due to the proximity of the fireworks’ launch site and the viewing seats.  

 

When: Last Sunday of July, 19:10~20:45. In the event of rain, the festival will be postponed until either the next day or following days.  

# of fireworks: 20,000 bursts

Crowd: 500,000 spectators  

Location: The riverbank of Omoigawa River in Oyama, Oyama City, Tochigi.  

Access:

-8 min. Walk from Oyama station. From the Tokyo area, take the JR Tohoku Main Line from Ueno Station to Oyama Station.

*Required time for travel: 1 hour 30 min.  

Seat Reservation: Possible  

Tel: 0285-22-9273

Url: http://oyamanohanabi.com/ 

 


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No.10 Kanagawa Shinbun Hanabi Taikai (Kanagawa Newspaper Fireworks Festival)

The fireworks are displayed facing Yokohama harbor. The colorful array of fireworks and the nightscape of the surrounding area makes for a romantic atmosphere.  

 

When: 1st Tuesday of August 7pm〜8:15pm. In the event of rain, the fireworks will be held the following day.  

# of fireworks: 15,000 bursts

Crowd: 200,000 spectators  

Location: Rinko Park [1-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa ]  

Access:

-10 min. walk from Minatomirai Station on Minatomirai Line.

-10 min. walk from Shin-Takashima Station on Minatomirai Line.

-10 min. walk from Sakuragicho Station on JR Line/Yokohama Municipal Subway.

-20 min. walk from Yokohama Station.  

Seat Reservation: Possible  

Tel:045-227-0744

Url: http://www.kanaloco.jp