If you don’t already know, summer is the season of summer fireworks festivals or hanabi in Tokyo, and all across Japan. For those visiting the city, or still figuring it out, here is a list of popular fireworks viewing spots within the city, ordered by date. ;)
1. Adachi Firework Festival 足立の花火 The earliest of firework festivals, secure yourself a sweet viewing spot and enjoy 13,600 fireworks hit the sky on the sloped banks of the Arakawa River. Official Website When: July 20, 2019 (Sat) 19:30-20:30 (July 21 in the event of rain) Admission: FREE (Reserved seating available for purchase) Where: Arakawa Nishiarai Bridge Green Space Distance from Shibuya: 68min on the Ginza & Hibiya Line
2. Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Festival 葛飾納涼花火大会 The 53rd edition of the Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Fest presents 13,000 fireworks over the course of one hour with classic pre-gunpowder designs such as the Wabi, one of the oldest of Japanese fireworks. Official Website When: July 23, 2019 (Mon) 19:20-20:20 Admission: FREE (Reserved seating available for purchase) Where: Edogawa Kasenjiki (Shibamata) Baseball Field 柴又野球場B Distance from Shibuya: 68min on the Ginza Line & Chiyoda Line
3. Sumida River Fireworks Festival 隅田川花火大会 The oldest and largest festival in the city, the Sumida River Fireworks Festival consists of 20,000 fireworks and crowds of about a million. And with the Tokyo Skytree tower in the backdrop, it’s perhaps one of the most picturesque one yet! Official Website When: July 27, 2019 (Sat) 19:00-20:30 (July 28 in the event of rain) Admission: FREE Where: Sumida Park 隅田公園 *Please check the venue map (Japanese). Distance from Shibuya: 41min on the Ginza Line
4. Edogawa Fireworks Festival 江戸川区花火大会 Famed for its 1,000 fireworks in 5 seconds opening, the Edogawa Fireworks Festival features a total of 13,000 fireworks with a new theme every 10 minutes. Official Website When: August 3, 2019 (Sat) 19:15-20:30 Admission: FREE Where: Edogawa River 江戸川区河川公園 篠崎緑地10号 *Please check the venue map (Japanese). Distance from Shibuya: 59min on the JR Yamanote & Chuo-Sobu Line
5. Jingugaien Fireworks Festival 神宮外苑花火大会 For those looking for something more easy and low-key, watch 10,000 fireworks go off in a city-central stadium, just a 20min commute from our hotel. Official Website When: August 10, 2019 (Sat) 19:30-20:30 Admission: 3,000yen up but observable from outside paid areas Where: Meiji Jingu Stadium (Softball Stadium) Distance from Shibuya: 10min on the Ginza Line
While not in Tokyo, the Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks in Chiba (Aug 15) is an accessible scenic day trip from the city for big, beautiful star mine fireworks viewing.