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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.

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.

edogawa fireworks festival

Photo by: T Y See the reflections off the river during this 75-minute show.

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!

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Don’t forget to wear a yukata, and visit Senso-ji Temple before the fireworks.

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.

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Things To Know

Annual Event

The festival is held the first Sunday of August. Check local listings for this year’s date. The fireworks run from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.

How To Get There

Address

Shinozaki Highway, 1 Chome Kamishinozaki, Edogawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 133-0054, Japan

By train

Shinozaki station on the Toei Shinjuku line is the closest station to Toritsu Shinozaki Park. From there, it’s a 15 minute walk.

Other options include a 25 minute walk from JR Sobu line Koiwa station, a 25 minute walk from Keisei Edogawa on the Keisei line, or a 45 minute walk from Mizue Station on the Toei Shinjuku line.

Avoid-the-crowds option

As Shinozaki and Koiwa stations are projected to be crowded, access from Keisei Edogawa and Mizue stations are recommended. Extra buses linking Shinozaki to Kasai and Ichinoe stations will be provided after the festival.

 

Where To Stay

Apartment in Edogawa 465
  • Edogawa-Ku, Tokyo 133-0054
  • 1.0 km
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Yamazaki Seipan Pension Fund Hall
  • Ichikawa 1-3-14 Ichikawa-Shi, Chiba 272-0034
  • 8.3/10
  • 1.6 km
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Ichikawa Grand Hotel
  • Ichikawa 1-3-18 Ichikawa-Shi, Chiba 272-0034
  • 6.7/10
  • 1.6 km
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SLE Japan Ichikawa House
  • 3-12-5 Ichikawa Ichikawa-Shi, Chiba 272-0034
  • 8.5/10
  • 1.9 km
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