Translated by Sandy Lau
6 Fabulous Firework Displays In Tokyo And Eastern Japan - 2020 Edition
Written by MATCHA
Many fireworks displays are held throughout Japan in the summer. This time, we’ll introduce seven firework displays that will be held in the Tokyo area and which ones have been postponed or canceled in 2020. Please enjoy fireworks in Japan while sightseeing in Tokyo!
Firework Displays – A Vital Part To Enjoying Summer
Due to COVID-19, many firework events in Japan are canceled or postponed in 2020. Those interested in attending these events are strongly encouraged to check official event websites in advance for the latest updates.
When you think of summer nights in Japan, it has to be fireworks! How about attending a fireworks display and fully enjoying summer in Japan? In this article, we’ll introduce seven of our recommended fireworks displays that will be held in the eastern Japan and the Tokyo area.
Table of Contents
1. Sumida River Fireworks Festival, Tokyo - Canceled for 2020
2. Edogawa Fireworks Festival, Tokyo - October 24 (Sat)
3. Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Display, Tokyo - October 10 (Sat)
4. Adachi Fireworks Festival, Tokyo - Canceled for 2020
5. Kumagaya Fireworks Display, Saitama - Canceled for 2020
6. Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks Display, Chiba - Canceled for 2020
1. Sumida River Fireworks Festival, Tokyo
Picture courtesy of Sumida City
The Sumida River Fireworks Festival takes place on the riverside alongside Sumida River (near Asakusa and Mukojima). It is one of Tokyo’s Three Great Fireworks Festivals. The fact that fireworks are launched into the air with Tokyo SkyTree as a background is a highlight of this fireworks festival.
The sight of approximately 20,000 colorful fireworks launched into the night sky will surely captivate you.
Please note that due to COVID-19, the Sumida River Fireworks Festival is canceled in 2020. It is usually held on the last Saturday in July.
Venue: Sumida River Venue 1, Venue 2
* Please check out the venue map here (Japanese).
Venue 1: 15-minute walk from Asakusa Station or Tobu Asakusa Station (every line)
Venue 2: 5-minute walk from Kuramae Station (Toei Asakusa Line)
Official Website: http://sumidagawa-hanabi.com/ (Japanese)
2. Edogawa Fireworks Festival, Tokyo
The Edogawa Fireworks Festival held in Edogawa, Tokyo is famous for the launch of 1,000 fireworks over a course of five seconds in its opening. The festival is also composed of eight themes that differ depending on the time with various types of fireworks that you can enjoy.
Shinozaki Station, the nearest station, will be extremely crowded on the day of the event. Traffic restrictions will be placed from the evening, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to travel to the venue.
The Edogawa Fireworks Festival may be postponed or canceled in 2020 due to the effects of the coronavirus. Please see the official website for details and updates.
Event Date: October 24, 2020 (Sat) 19:15-20:30
Venue: Tokyo, Edogawa, Kamishinozaki 1-25 in front of Shinozaki Metropolitan Park by the Edogawa Riverside Google Map
Access: 15-minute walk from Shinozaki Station (Toei Shinjuku Line), 25-minute walk from Koiwa Station (JR Sobu Line)
Official Website: https://www.city.edogawa.tokyo.jp/hanabi/ (Japanese)
3. Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Display, Tokyo
Photo courtesy of Katsushika City Industrial Tourism Department
During the Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Festival held in Katsushika, Tokyo, a surprising number of fireworks totaling up to 13,000 shots will be launched over the period of one hour with popular fireworks such as Starmine and Niagara decorating the night sky. Wabi (*1), Japan’s oldest fireworks which Katsushika is famed for, is also a highlight of the display.
You can also enjoy the presence of the fireworks due to them being launched from a place near the viewing area.
*1 Wabi: fireworks in Japan before materials for foreign gunpowder were imported into the country.
The Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Festival may be postponed or canceled in 2020 due to the effects of the coronavirus. Please see the official website for details and updates.
Event Date: October 10, 2020 (Sat) 19:20-20:20
Venue: Katsushika, Shibamata Ballpark (Edogawa Riverside) Google Map
Access: 10-minute walk from Shibamata Station (Keisei Line), 20 minute walk from Kanamachi Station (JR Line), 15-minute walk from Shin-Shibamata Station (Hokuso Line)
4. Adachi Firework Festival, Tokyo
Adachi Firework Festival is the first fireworks display to start in Tokyo. You can view the display by sitting on the bank slope because the event is held on the Arakawa riverside. In 2017, an impressive firework called “Golden Weeping Cherry” made of approximately 4,000 fireworks launched into the air all at once, adorning the display’s finale.
There are many persons who enjoy watching the display while waving light objects like penlights during the fireworks. These lights will liven up the fireworks display together with the audience.
The Adachi Firework Festival is canceled in 2020 due to the effects of the coronavirus. It is normally held in mid-July annually.
Venue: Arakawa riverside Google Map
Access: 15-minute walk from Kita-Senju Station (all lines) / Kosuge Station, Gotanno Station, Umejima Station (Tobu SkyTree Line)
5. Kumagaya Fireworks Display, Saitama
Photo courtesy of Kumagaya Industrial Promotion Department Commercial Tourism Division
The Kumagaya Fireworks Display held in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, is packed with slightly different and unique fireworks that include fireworks with wedding and birthday messages or a Starmine (*2) competition where firework manufacturers compete against each other with their technique! You can also enjoy the fireworks from a distance thanks to the great view from the venue.
*2 Starmine: a highly technical type of fireworks that involves launching numerous types of fireworks at the same time and creating a harmony of colors and shapes.
Please note that the Kumagaya Fireworks Display in 2020 is canceled due to the effects of the coronavirus. It is normally held in early August every year.
Venue: Saitama, Kumagaya, Arakawa riverside (downstream the large Arakawa Bridge GoogleMap)
Access: Approximately 1 hour from JR Shinjuku Station and 1 hour and ten minutes from JR Ueno Station to Kumagaya Station. One-way costs around 1,140 yen.
Access From Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Kumagaya Station
Official Website: http://www.city.kumagaya.lg.jp/kanko/matsuri/kumagayahanabitaikai/ (Japanese)
6. Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks Display, Chiba
Photo courtesy of Kisarazu City Government Tourism Promotion Division
The highlights of this fireworks display held at Kisarazu Port in Chiba are Kanto’s greatest and extra-large Starmine along with a shakudama fireworks competition. The fact that you can not only view the fireworks from near the port, but also from a distance from Umihotaru, a facility that sits on the sea of Tokyo Port, is also fascinating.
The Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks Display is canceled in 2020 due to effects of the coronavirus. It is normally held in early August every year.
Venue: Chiba, Kisarazu Port Inner Harbor Google Map
Access: 1 hour and 20 minutes from JR Tokyo Station to JR Kisarazu Station. It will cost 1,320 yen.
Access From Nearest Station: 10 minute walk from the West Exit at Kisarazu Station
Official Website: http://www.city.kisarazu.lg.jp/events/detail.1.67285.html (Japanese)
Don't Miss Out the Breathtakingly Beautiful Firework Displays in Eastern Japan!
How about going to see various fireworks spread across the night sky in the middle of summer together with your loved ones and friends? Summer in Japan can be best enjoyed while taking part in these fun, unforgettable events.
*This article is a 2020 revision of an article originally published on July 27, 2017.