Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station
[Sumida River Fireworks Festival]
A traditional and prestigious fireworks festival with roots in the Edo period
This traditional and prestigious fireworks festival is said to originate from the "Ryogoku River Festival" held during the Edo period to console the souls of the victims of famine and plague and to drive away bad health. The fireworks festival is a big event which colors the summer in Kanto. As crowds of spectators said to number 950,000 people look on from the banks of Sumida River, around 20,000 fireworks are let off from two places: the first and the second venues. Highlights include starmines - beautiful sparkling consecutive rings - and a firework contest full of individuality. Shouts of joy burst forth for rare fireworks that cannot be seen in other places. The Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo's newest sightseeing attraction, contrasts with the fireworks to form a particularly popular scene.
|Posted photos||Main The common sight of large numbers of houseboats floating on Sumida River
Two photos Upper photo Great cheers along Sumida River for the many fireworks let off in a succession of sound and light, lower photo Fireworks launched from both the first and second venues can be seen depending on where you stand
|Date||● The 39th Sumida River Fireworks Festival
July 30th, 2016
* The Sumida River Fireworks Festival is scheduled to be held every year on the last Saturday of July.
|Time||Fireworks: 7:05 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.|
|Location||Venues: Sumida River, Sumida-ku / Taito-ku, Tokyo
The first venue: Sakura Bridge downstream to Kototoi Bridge upstream
The second venue: Komagata Bridge downstream to Umaya Bridge upstream
|Phone||Sumida River Fireworks Festival Executive Committee
+81-3-5246-1445 (within the Tourism Section, Taito City Office) (Japanese only)
|Access||The first venue: Take the JR Yamanote Line from "Tokyo Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 2 minutes, alight at "Kanda Station". Take the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for approx. 10 minutes, alight at "Asakusa Station", and walk for approx. 15 minutes.
The second venue: Take the JR Yamanote Line from "Tokyo Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 4 minutes, alight at "Shimbashi Station". Take the Toei Asakusa Line for approx. 12 minutes, alight at "Asakusa Station", and walk for approx. 15 minutes.
|* The festival may be postponed or canceled in cases of heavy weather etc.
* Depending on the weather and natural conditions etc., it may not be possible to see views like the ones in the photos / article above.
|Photo credit||Taito City|
updated on Sep 30, 2016
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