Edogawa Fireworks Festival
A display to rival the Sumida River Fireworks.
Summer nights in Japan offer three things. The soft neon lights of fireflies, the noisy buzz of cicadas, and the main event, spectacular firework shows.
Japan has tons of fireworks festivals in summer, but the annual Edogawa Fireworks Festival, is ranked as one of the Top 5 in Tokyo. In the opening act alone, nearly 1,000 fireworks are launched in a span of just five seconds.
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.
It’s popularity is shown in the estimated 1,300,000 people who gather on the banks of the Edogawa River on the Tokyo Edogawa and Chiba Ichikawa sides to watch the display. But there’s more. The event is divided into eight acts and 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 Oshū Bōsai Park located on the Ichikawa side of the Edogawa River.
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, bring a date or go with a group friends, 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.