Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival

On July, the sky over the Sumida River shines with tens of thousands of brilliant fireworks in one of Tokyo's most beloved summer events.

Travel & Outdoor | Unique

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Don’t Miss

  • Watching new and innovative firework displays
  • Dressing up in a traditional yukata; a light, cotton kimono

Delighting visitors since the 18th century

The Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival dates back to 1733 and, despite a few interruptions throughout the years, it has regularly been held since 1978. One of Tokyo’s largest and most urban fireworks displays, the view of the colorful lights surrounding Tokyo Sky Tree is genuinely delightful. Pyrotechnic companies compete to show off their finest works, often introducing new types of fireworks during the event.

Tips for enjoying the Sumidagawa fireworks

The best place to see the fireworks is by the river, but make sure to claim a spot early as this show attracts close to one million people. Expect crowds, traffic, and lines at food stalls and bathrooms. As the pyrotechnics begin around 7:00 p.m., it is best to arrive a couple hours early to find a place to sit.