10 Fireworks Festivals You Need to Catch in the Kanto Region of Japan
Summer is fireworks season in Japan!
If you find yourself in any of the seven prefectures of Kanto, which includes the Greater Tokyo Area, you might want to take note of these summer festivals. Fireworks festivals are a summer staple in Japan and would be worth checking out when you’re in town.
We’ve listed down 10 of the summer fireworks displays happening in the region. Check them out below:
The 42nd Sumida River Fireworks Festival
Inheriting the "Fireworks Festival of Ryogawa" that began in 1733, it is revived as Sumida River Firework Display in 1978 after several interruptions in the past. At the first venue upstream of the bridge from the downstream of Sakurabashi, a fireworks competition is held to compete with fireworks vendors who have gotten excellent awards at numerous competitions. Showing a new firework at this festival is also important. This fireworks display has eight stages!
The 42nd Sumida River Fireworks Festival will be held in Taito-Ku, Tokyo on July 27, 2019 (Saturday) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be no postponement for light rain, but in case of stormy weather, the event will be postponed to July 28, 2019 (Sunday). The launch site is a 15-minute walk from Tobu Skytree Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line Asakusa Station (first venue), a 5-minute walk from Tobu Skytree Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line Asakusa Station or Toei Asakusa / Oedo Line Kuramae Station (second venue). For more information, you may contact +81-3-5608-1111 (Sumida River Fireworks Competition Committee Executive Office).
Teganuma Fireworks Display 2019
The Teganuma Fireworks Festival, which has become a popular feature of the summer night sky of Sakai and Abiko Cities, will be held this year as well. Fantastic underwater fireworks and ultra-jumbo star mine as well as character mines that are popular with children are among the programs to be launched (depending on the venue). Enjoy a pleasant summer night with these beautiful flashing lights!
The Teganuma Fireworks Display 2019 will be held at Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture on August 3, 2019 (Saturday) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In the event of rainy weather, the event will be cancelled. The launch site is a 25-minute walk from JR Kitakashiwa Station, or a 40-minute walk from the East Exit of JR Kashiwa Station (Kashiwa No.1 Site). You can take the bus for Shonan from the East Exit of JR Kashiwa Station for 15 minutes, get off at the Ooi bus stop and walk for 20 minutes (Kashiwa No.2 Site). It’s also a 10-minute walk from JR Abiko Station South Exit. There will be traffic regulations set around the venue on the day itself. For more information, you may contact +81-4-7162-3325 (Kashiwa No.1 Site, Sakai Chamber of Commerce), +81-4-7191-2803 (Kashiwa No.2 Site, Kashiwa City Shonan Chamber of Commerce), +81-4-7182-3131(Abiko Site, Abiko Business Association), or 0180-991-155 Telephone Guide (On the day from 8:00 a.m.).
Exciting Fireworks 2019 – 44th Edogawa Fireworks Festival
The beautiful large-scale fireworks display will be held simultaneously in Edogawa-ku (Tokyo) and Ichikawa (Chiba Prefecture). The show consists of 8 different themes. Beginning with the opening to launch 1,000 shot in 5 seconds, followed by attractive switches between chapters, the show lasts about 75 minutes to greet the finale of the firework like a silver crown hanging in the sky.
The Exciting Fireworks 2019 – 44th Edogawa Fireworks Festival will be held at Edogawa District, Tokyo on August 3, 2019 (Saturday) from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In case of stormy weather, the event will be postponed to August 4, 2019 (Sunday). The launch site is a 15-minute walk from the Toei Shinjuku Line Shinozaki Station, a 25-minute walk from JR Soubu Line Koiwa Station or Keisei Edogawa Station in Keisei Main Line, a 45-minute walk from Toei Shinjuku Line Mizue Station. There is a traffic regulation around the venue on the festival day (5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.). For more information, you can contact +81-3-5662-0523 (The executive committee office of Edogawa fireworks, under the Industrial Development Section).
73rd Atsugi Ayu Festival Fireworks
This fireworks display is held on the first night of the 2-day Atsugi Ayu Festival held in Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture. There is a variety of programs that start with Star Mines, followed by large balls and creative fireworks. The finale is the Great Niagara, which is the largest in the prefecture.
The 73rd Atsugi Ayu Festival Fireworks will be held at the Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture on August 3, 2019 (Saturday) from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be no postponement for light rain, but in the case of stormy weather, the event will be postponed to August 4, 2019 (Sunday). The launch site is a 15-minute walk from the Odakyu Odawara Line Hon-Atsugi Station North Exit. For more information, you may contact +81-46-295-5496 and +81-46-295-5497 (Atsugi Ayu Festival Executive Committee).
14th Furukawa Fireworks Display
This fireworks display held in Furukawa City, Ibaraki Prefecture has the largest number of launches in the Kanto region with 20,000 launches. The highlight of the tournament are 3 Shakutama Balls, each weighing 300kg, reaching 600m high and 650m in diameter. There are also various programs such Wide Star Mine and Star Mine that synchronize with music. The venue is a riverside golf course, so the audience can relax leisurely by laying out mats on the riverbank. At the back of the golf course is the Watarase recreation area that is registered under the Ramsar Convention.
The 14th Furukawa Fireworks Display will be held at Furukawa City, Ibaraki Prefecture on August 3, 2019 (Saturday) from 7:20 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be no postponement for light rain, but in case of stormy weather, the event will be postponed to August 4, 2019 (Sunday). The launch site is a 20-minute walk from the JR Furukawa Station, a 5-minute walk from the Tobu Shin-Furukawa Station, or 20 minutes from the Tohoku-Tatebayashi Interchange on the National Route. For more information, you may contact +81-280-22-5111 (Furukawa Fireworks Festival Executive Committee, Furukawa City Tourism Division).
Reiwa Era’s First Saitama City Fireworks at Higashi-urawa Omagi Park
This is one of the largest fireworks displays in the Kanto Region. The Saitama City Fireworks Festival is spread out over three areas.
Reiwa Era’s First Saitama City Fireworks at Higashi-urawa Omagi Park will be held in Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture on August 10, 2019 (Saturday) from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In case of stormy weather, the event will be postponed to August 11, 2019. (Sunday). The launch site is a 15-minute walk from the JR Higashi-urawa Station. For more information, you may contact +81-180-99-3144.
18th Konosu Fireworks Festival
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Youth Club in Konosu City wishes for “giving dreams and hopes to develop the local children,” with the Festival run by volunteers. It is famous for launching the world’s heaviest Shakutama Ball, which has been certified in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2014. In addition to this, 3 Shakutama Balls are launched twice, and the “Ootori Ranbu” which is called Japan’s No.1 Last Star Mine, composed of 300 round balls of a masterpiece, is launched. The festival is full of colorful and powerful programs. Truly a sight to behold!
The 18th Konosu Fireworks Festival will be held at Konosu City, Saitama Prefecture on October 12, 2019 (Saturday) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be no postponement for light rain, but in case of stormy weather, the event will be postponed to October 13, 2019 (Sunday). The launch site is a 6-minute city bus ride from the JR Konosu Station, with a 5-minute walk on the Tamamiya Elementary School bus stop. It is 39 minutes by car from the Kanetsu-Higashi Matsuyama Interchange. 54 minutes by car from the Shuto-ko Yono Interchange, or 55 minutes by car from the Kazu or Hanyu Interchange on the Tohoku route. Traffic regulations will be set around the venue on the day from 4:30 p.m. For more information, you may contact +81-48-543-1634 (Konosu City Chamber of Youth and Commerce).
71st Kamakura Fireworks Festival
The 71st annual Kamakura fireworks display that took place on the Kamakura coast. The fireworks were shot from a moving ship, including underwater fireworks that openly fanned from the sea, and fireworks from nationally famous fireworks companies such as Star Mine hit colorfully. The Fireworks Supporter Project was also implemented this year.
The 71st Kamakura Fireworks Festival was held in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture last July 10, 2019.
41st Adachi Fireworks
The Adachi Fireworks is the earliest fireworks show held in Tokyo every summer. About 13,000 fireworks were launched in one hour, making it a condensed fireworks show. All the shows such as the iconic two-layer Niagara fireworks as well as multi-colored Star Mines were definitely sights to behold. Senju is closer to the launch site but Nishi-Arai has a wider riverbed and this is where we recommend you stay for a better view.
The 41st Adachi Fireworks was held at the Adachi District, Tokyo last July 20, 2019.
34th Tonegawa Fireworks
The fireworks show was performed by four famous pyrotechnicians known in the country. About 23,000 fireworks were launched in the summer night sky. In addition to the musical fireworks that are fireworks that synchronize with the music, powerful fireworks such as the Super Star Mine launched by 4 companies in a row with the Shakutama Ball were also presented.
The 34th Tonegawa Fireworks was held at Sakaimachi, Sashima-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture last July 13, 2019.
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Walkerplus™ (28 June 2019)