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Summer is all about fireworks! Recommended fireworks festivals in Tokyo and Yokohama

Summer is all about fireworks! Recommended fireworks festivals in Tokyo and Yokohama

In summer, there are many seasonal events such as fireworks festivals. Various fireworks shows are held across the country every year, and these are a must-go summer event.
In this article, we'll introduce some of the most popular fireworks shows, mainly in Tokyo and Yokohama. Check out the features and history of each fireworks event, as well as the viewing spots at each venue.

About the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival (Scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2015)

It is said that the festival began on May 28, 1732, when fireworks were set off at the opening of the Ryogoku River to mourn the victims of the great famine and epidemic (now known as cholera) that occurred in 1732. The cheering  "Tamaya" and "Kagiya" are said to have originated from the fact that spectators called each other's favorite craftsmen, called Tamaya and Kagiya, who were responsible for setting off the fireworks.

Currently, the event is held at two venues on the Sumida River in Tokyo, the first venue is from the lower reaches of Sakura Bridge to the upper reaches of Kototoi Bridge, and the second venue is from the lower reaches of Komagata Bridge to the upper reaches of Umaya Bridge. The first venue features a fireworks competition with a total of 200 fireworks, which is considered to be the highlight of the event, while the second venue features many starmines (a series of fireworks), and the two venues together display about 20,000 fireworks in the summer night sky. Recently, the collaboration of the Sky Tree and fireworks has become a hot topic, and this fireworks display is reputed to be the best in the Kanto region.

Recommended viewing spots

・Citizen support seat (sold by lottery: from 5,000 yen per unit)
・Kototoi Bridge
・Kuramae Bridge
・Shioiri Park
・Higashi Shirahige Park 
・Higashikomagata 3-chome intersection
・Honjo 3-chome intersection

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About Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival (Scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2015)

About 12,000 fireworks will be launched from the Harumi Pier and the Harumi Pier Offshore Boat in Tokyo Bay. Since its inception in 1988, the Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festiva has become one of the most popular fireworks festivals in Tokyo, along with the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival and the Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival, because of its great location overlooking the Rainbow Bridge and the spectacular fireworks. It is one of the most popular fireworks festivals in Tokyo.

The highlight of the Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival is the spectacular match of fireworks and the night view of the Tokyo Bay area overlooking the Rainbow Bridge. You will be able to enjoy the best fireworks right in the heart of Tokyo city.

Recommended viewing spots

・ Harumi venue (main venue)
・ Hinode venue
・ Toyosu Park
・ Odaiba Marine Park
・ Shiokaze Park
・ Takeshiba Pier

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About Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Festival (Scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, 2015)

This is one of the biggest fireworks festivals in Yokohama, with about 15,000 fireworks being launched from the sea in front of Rinko Park in the Minato Mirai 21 district. It is one of the most famous fireworks festivals in Kanagawa where people from other prefectures comes to see it. The highlight of the festival is the 2-shaku-dama, one of the largest fireworks displays in the Kanto region, with a diameter of 480 meters when it opens up in the sky, and you can enjoy the dynamic fireworks along with the night view of Yokohama.

In addition, since the fireworks are launched over the sea, the viewing area is wide and can be enjoyed from various directions. It is also a great opportunity to visit some of Yokohama's tourist attractions such as Chinatown and Motomachi Shopping Street.

Recommended viewing spots

・ Akarenga Park
・ Rinko Park
・ Yokohama Port Osanbashi
・ Yokohama Bay Bridge Skywalk
・ Nogeyama Park

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About the Kamakura Fireworks Festival (Scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2015)

The highlight of the Kamakura Fireworks Festival, which is held at Kamakura Beach (Yuigahama Beach and Zaimokuza Beach), is the underwater fireworks. The fireworks are thrown into the sea from moving boats, and the sight of them opening up in the shape of a handheld fan is breathtaking. In addition to the underwater fireworks, starmines, which are rapid-fire fireworks, are also scheduled to be launched, with a total of about 2,500 shots.

In addition, since 2014, waste wood cut from the mountains of Kamakura has been used to make fireworks, attracting attention as an environmentally friendly fireworks display.

Recommended viewing spots

・ Yuigahama Beach / Zaimokuza Beach (Main Venue)
・ Hiroyama Park
・ Osaki Park

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Fireworks festivals are held in Tokyo and Yokohama every year, starting in June, July and August. If you want to see the fireworks, first of all, check the date and time, access, as well as nearby tourist spots, restaurants, hotels, etc., and make all the preparations to make unforgettable summer memories.

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