Edogawa Fireworks Festival
A display to rival the Sumida River Fireworks.
Held at Toritsu Shinozaki Park on the banks of the Edogawa River during the first Saturday in August, some 14,000 fireworks will be launched during the 75-minute show.
Its popularity is shown in the estimated 1.3 million people who gather on the banks of the Edogawa River on the Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture (near Ichikawa) sides to watch the display. The event is divided into eight acts. In the opening act alone, nearly 1,000 fireworks are launched in a span of just five seconds. It’s also set against BGM (a common Japanese phrase for “background music”) that matches the mood of each.
Before you go
To simply watch is free. Seating may be reserved in the viewing area but no earlier than the day of the event. If snagging a seat is an absolute must for you, buy seats via Ticket Pia so that you get prime seating in the designated area in Oshu Bosai Park located on the Ichikawa side of the Edogawa River.
The fireworks run from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., but you should get there early to enjoy the festival around Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa first. Plus, you’ll need to get there early to grab a seat!
Before you go, review a map of the grounds to get a feel of the location of restrooms and exits so that you’ll be able to navigate your way through the crowd.
Don a yukata in typical Japanese fashion and enjoy the view. If you dislike crowds, opt to watch the show from a yakatabune, a traditional Japanese boat, near the banks of any other river in Edogawa.