Tokyo Sumida River Fireworks Festival expected to attract 900,000 people
The Sumida River Fireworks Festival, Japan’s oldest fireworks festival that started during the Edo period, will be held on July 29 at the Sumida River area of Tokyo.
The history of launching fireworks at Sumida River can be traced back to 1733, but it’s only in modern times that the event has changed from being a way to show respect to the Gods to being more of a form of Summer evening entertainment.
Welcoming its 40th anniversary this year, the Sumida River Fireworks festival – which is one of largest festival in Tokyo – is set to display more than 22,000 fireworks with different styles and surprises launched from two sites; the first near Sumida Park and the second close to Kuramae Station.
The festival will be held around Asakusa and TOKYO SKYTREE and is expected to attract approximately 900,000 spectators.
Due to the sheer size of the festival, there are many places to stand and see the displays. Asakusa, for instance, is a popular place to see the display and, although it does get very busy, this just adds to the atmosphere. Hotels in the area offer prime viewing locations, as do river boats.
Another recommended viewing spots for the Sumida River Fireworks Festival where it is easier to secure a viewing location include the area around Kuramae. Each year, the streets Edo-dori and Kasuga-dori are closed off around Kuramae station, allowing visitors to sit on the road and enjoy the fireworks.
Many food stalls are set up near the site during the festival, offering visitors various types of gourmet meals such as yakisoba, takoyaki and yakitori. Purchase a plastic sheet to sit on the ground at a nearby convenience store and enjoy the fireworks while sitting in a nice location and enjoying the street food.
From July to August, many fireworks festivals will be held near the Tobu Railway lines, spanning across Tokyo and four surrounding prefectures.