Sumida River Fireworks Festival

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2 Hanakawado
111-0032 Tokyo, Japan


+81 3 5246 1111

NileGuide Expert tip:

Show up early - really early - to claim a good viewing spot before the other million people come to take them all


Every summer Japan explodes with colors in the night sky, in the form of hanabi (fireworks). The ancient waters of the Sumida-gawa (Sumida River), running alongside Tokyo's historic Asakusa district, reflect the bursts of tens of thousands of fireworks on the last Saturday of July. About a million people gather to watch, often dressed in traditional summer yukata. The show starts at 7, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to show up by noon to secure a spot. The fireworks on the Sumida River are Tokyo's biggest bang.


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