Best Fireworks in Tokyo 2023 Summer

Tokyo Fireworks: List of the Best Fireworks Festivals in Tokyo in Summer

In Japan, when we talk about what’s the best thing about summer, many people would answer “fireworks (Hanabi (花火) in Japanese)”. Fireworks are a symbol of Japanese summer, and fireworks festival (Hanabi Taikai (花火大会) in Japanese) is one of the most exciting event of the year.

Fireworks festivals are held at many locations across Japan during summer and visitors can enjoy spectacular fireworks in various shapes and colours along with food stalls selling traditional festival food. Japanese people often dress up for fireworks, too, wearing Yukata, lightweight summer Kimono. By visiting fireworks festivals, you can enjoy the authentic Japanese summer vibes not only watching spectacular fireworks.

Tokyo hosts a number of fireworks including the famous Sumida River Fireworks, the oldest fireworks festival in Japan. In this article, I’d like to share the list of upcoming fireworks in Tokyo this year! If you are visiting Tokyo this summer, you should definitely go and watch them and see how Japan celebrates summer!

-Important Notice-
The listed fireworks events may be cancelled or postponed in case of stormy weather. Please check the latest updates on their official websites before planning a visit.


-Adachi Fireworks Festival

Adachi FireworksFestival (足立の花火) is a large-scale fireworks event that attracts over 600,000 visitors every year. It’s held around Arakawa River bank in Adachi ward, Tokyo. The event was cancelled for the last 3 years due to the effect of COVID-19, but it will be back this year. It will display around 15,000 fireworks over the Arakawa River in one hour.

Date: 22 July 2023 19:20~

Location : Arakawa River banks, 15 mins walk from Kitasenju Station

Number of Fireworks : approx. 15,000

Map: https://goo.gl/qk9VLN

-Katsushika Fireworks Festival

Katsushika Fireworks Festival (葛飾納涼花火大会) is held annually by Edogawa River in Shibamata area, Tokyo. This year, the event will be held for the first time in four year and the number of fireworks is planned to be increased from 13,000 to 200,000.

Date: 25 July 2023 19:20~

Location : Edogawa River banks, 10 mins walk from Shibamata Station

Number of Fireworks : approx. 20,000

Map: https://goo.gl/AiWSKg

-Sumida River Fireworks Festival

Sumida River Fireworks Festival (隅田川花火大会) is the largest and oldest fireworks in Tokyo with the history began back in Edo period. It’s held on the last Saturday of July annually, and around 22,000 colourful and spectacular fireworks are launched at the event in 90 mins.

Date: 29 July 2023 19:00~

Location : Sumida River

Number of Fireworks : approx. 22,000

Map: https://goo.gl/dXiAQ0

-Tachikawa Showa Memorial Park Fireworks Festival

Tachikawa Showa Memorial Park Fireworks Festival (立川まつり国営昭和記念公園花火大会)  is held annually at Showa Memorial Park (or Showa Kinen Park), the largest park in Tokyo with a 165.3 ha space. About 5,000 fireworks are launched in one hour.

Date: 29 July 2023 19:00~

Location : Showa Memorial Park

Number of Fireworks : approx. 5,000

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/XGE9VFQM4udQT4aJ6

-Koto Fireworks Festival

Koto Fireworks Festival (江東花火大会) is a traditional summer event held along the Arakawa River in Koto ward, Tokyo. The event features around 4,000 fireworks launched from the river. It’s usually held on a weekday in early August, so it’s much less crowded than other fireworks events in Tokyo.

Date: 11 August 2023 19:00~

Location: Arakawa Sunamachi Mizube Park, 15 mins walk from Minami-Sunamachi Station

Number of Fireworks : approx. 4,000

Map: https://goo.gl/ctA95U

-Ichikawa Shimin Fireworks Festival

Ichikawa Shimin Fireworks Festival (市川市民納涼花火大会) is a large-scale fireworks event that is held together with Edogawa Fireworks Festival. The event features 14,000 fireworks, and in particular, the 1,000 of them are launched in the opening 5 seconds, which is very spectacular.

Date: 5 August 2023 19:15~

Location : Edogawa River bank, 15 mins walk from Ichikawa Station

Number of Fireworks : approx. 14,000

Map: https://goo.gl/Z0Jl8n

-Edogawa Fireworks Festival

Edogawa Fireworks Festival (江戸川花火大会) is a large-scale fireworks festival that has been running over 40 years. It’s now hosted together with Edogawa ward and Ichikawa city. Approx 14,000 fireworks are launched in 75 mins with various style and effects.

Date: 5 August 2023 19:15~

Location : Edogawa River bank (Shinozaki Park), 15 mins walk from Shinozaki Station

Number of Fireworks : approx. 14,000

Map: https://goo.gl/RkZaeS

-Itabashi Fireworks Festival (TBA)

Itabashi Fireworks Festival (いたばし花火大会) is held annually in Itabashi ward, Tokyo. About 12,000 fireworks are displayed with various colours and shapes. The best highlight of the event is the 700m-long “Great Niagara Falls” which is the largest scale in Kanto region.

New Date: TBA

Location : Arakawa River bank, 20 mins walk from Nishidai Station

Number of Fireworks : approx. 12,000

Map: https://goo.gl/o5qhJR

-Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival (TBA)

Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival (神宮外苑花火大会) is the most urban and accessible fireworks in Tokyo which is held with a musical concert. At the Jingu Stadium, visitors can enjoy musical performance while watching fireworks. Approx 12,000 fireworks will be launched and light up the sky of summer night.

Date: TBA

Location : Meiji Jingu Gaien, short walk from Gaien-mae Station, Shinanomachi Station and Aoyama Itchome Station

Number of Fireworks : approx. 12,000

Map: https://goo.gl/rGRIuH


Thank you very much for reading! Which fireworks in Tokyo do you want to see the most this summer? There are many more special events coming up in Tokyo during summer! Please check out the listed articles below for more information about travelling in Tokyo in summer!

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