Fireworks (Hanabi) Festival in Tokyo 2019
Every year there are many beautiful firework events lighting up the sky in Japan during summer. Why are there so many events being held? These events originated from the use of fireworks as a way of appeasing one’s ancestors during the “Obon” period. Obon is a traditional annual Buddhist event for commemorating one’s ancestors that takes place during summer. As time passed, the use of fireworks evolved into being used for community events and entertainment which continue to be held in Japan during summer.
Japan is known to have the most beautiful fireworks in the world. Fireworks in Japan have also been used during the past Olympics held within the country. These firework events are very popular amongst Japanese and foreign residents of Tokyo alike and are becoming one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions. These past few years you can see many foreigners wearing yukata (casual kimono worn during summer) during firework events as well as many Japanese too.
Here are the major firework events for 2019 being held in the Tokyo area. To get a good seat, arriving at the event early is highly recommended.
The 42nd Sumida River Fireworks
Seeing one of Tokyo’s largest fireworks shows is like a rite of passage; you can’t say you experienced a Tokyo Summer without witnessing this mesmerizing display of explosives while being jostled around by other spectators. Blasts of hot pyrotechnic art will paint the sky in wild colors between 19:00-20:30 on July 27th (Saturday) this year, As several tens of thousands of awe-inspiring fireworks explode above, you’ll definitely be glad you have come!
To get a good spot along the Sumida River, plan on arriving mid-day. Another popular place to view the fireworks is from the rooftop of a yakatabune (a traditional house-boat), as it lazily floats down the Sumida River. For those not lucky enough to get a seat on one of those, try staking out at Sumida Park. Don’t forget to pick up some beer, sake and snacks to tide you over until the show begins.
|Date||July 27th, Saturday|
( Area 1 )
( Area 2 )
Tokyo Fireworks Festival EDOMODE
|Date||August 10th, Saturday (Not yet officially announced)|
|Location||Odaiba (Paid Venue: Odaiba Seaside Park）|
|Access||Odaiba Kaihinkoen Station on Yurikamome|
Jingu-Gaien Fireworks Festival
|Date||August 10th, Saturday|
The 41st Adachi Fireworks
|Date||July 20th, Saturday|
|Location||Arakawa River Area|
|Access||15 min. from Kitasenju Station, JR Line and Tokyo Metro Lines|
The 53rd Kastsushika Nouryo Fireworks
|Date||July 23rd, Tuesday|
|Location||Katsushika Shibamata Baseball Field|
The 44th Edogawa Fireworks
|Date||August 3rd, Saturday|
|Location||Edogawa River Area|
|Access||15 min. from Shinozaki Station, Toei Shinjuku Line|
The 41st Setagaya-ku Tamagawa Fireworks Festival
|Date||October 5th, Saturday|
|Location||Futakotamagawa River Area, Playground|
|Access||Futakotamagawa Station, Tokyu-Denentoshi Line/Tokyu Oimachi Line|
The 37th Chofu-Shi Fireworks Festival
|Date||September 7th, Saturday|
|Location||Tamagawa River Area|
|Access||Chofu Station, Keio-Tamagawa Station, Keio Line|
Ota-ku Fireworks Festival
|Date||September 7th, Saturday|
|Location||Tamagawa River Area (4 Chome Nakarokugo)|
|Access||5 minutes' walk from "Rokugo Dote" station on Keikyu Line|
* Please note:
* In the event of bad weather, fireworks may be cancelled or rescheduled to the following day or another later date.
* Details are subject to change without notice