Translated by Sandy Lau
7 Fabulous Firework Displays In Tokyo And Eastern Japan - 2019 Edition
Tons of fireworks displays are held throughout Japan once it’s summer. This time, we’ll introduce seven firework displays that will be held in the Tokyo area in the summer of 2019. Please enjoy fireworks in Japan while sightseeing in Tokyo!
Written by MATCHA
Firework Displays – A Vital Part To Enjoying Summer
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 - July 27 (Sat)
2. Edogawa Fireworks Festival, Tokyo - August 3 (Sat)
3. Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Display, Tokyo - July 23 (Tue)
4. Adachi Fireworks Festival, Tokyo - July 20 (Sat)
5. Kumagaya Fireworks Display, Saitama - August 10 (Sat)
6. Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks Display, Chiba - August 15 (Thu)
7. Noryo Fireworks / Fujisawa Enoshima Fireworks Display, Kanagawa - Not scheduled
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.
Event Date: July 27, 2019 (Sat) 19:00-20:30
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.
Event Date: August 3, 2019 (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.
Event Date: July 23, 2019 (Tue) 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.
Event Date: July 20, 2019 (Sat) 19:30-20:30
Venue: Arakawa riverside GoogleMap
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.
Event Date: August 10, 2019 (Sat) 19:00-21:00
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.
Event Date: August 15, 2019 (Thur) 19:10-20:30
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)
7. Noryo Fireworks - Fujisawa Enoshima Fireworks Display, Kanagawa
Photo courtesy of Fujisawa City Tourist Association
In Enoshima, a sightseeing spot popular with the Japanese, the Noryo Fireworks are held in August while the Fujisawa Enoshima Fireworks Display are held in October. The fireworks launched into the air have a beautiful variety of colors. It would be extremely beautiful to take a photo together with Enoshima.
Every year, the number of fireworks launched equals around 1,200 shots in August and 3,000 shots in October and is on the smaller side, but the access from the station is great and there are also plenty of sightseeing spots nearby. It would be great to see the fireworks and going home after being out all day.
Please note this event is canceled for 2019, but is predicted to be held in 2020.
Event Information (2018)
Event Date: Scheduled for August 21, 2018 / October 20 (*The schedule is subject to change)
Venue: Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Katase Nishihama Beaches Google Map
Access: Requires one hour from Shinjuku Station (JR Line) to the nearest stop at Katase Enoshima Station (Transfer to the Odakyu Enoshima Line at JR Fujisawa Station). It will cost 1130 yen.
Access From Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Katase Enoshima Station (Odakyu Enoshima Line)
Official Website: http://www.fujisawa-kanko.jp/event/fujisawahanabi.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 2019 revision of an article originally published on July 27, 2017.