Get ready for the Sumida River Fireworks Festival!(Tokyo)【隅田川花火大会】

The Sumida river fireworks festival is big summer attraction for Tokyoites. Last year more than 800,000 people visited. Furthermore, during recent years, more and more tourists from both Japan and overseas have come to see it, because of it’s proximity to the famous Tokyo Sky Tree Tower.

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The Sumida river fireworks festival (⇒http://sumidagawa-hanabi.com/index_eg.html) is scheduled for the 30th of July.
This is one of the three largest and most famous fireworks festivals in Tokyo, with a long history that dates back to the 17th century (Edo period). There will be 20,000 fireworks launched, which will last for an hour and a half.

The area will probably be super crowded. Be well prepared, and you will have an unforgettable experience!
Let me introduce some areas for watching fireworks. Please note that the info is as of the 10th of June, 2016 and is subject to change.

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Observe the exhibition from over 300 meters above sea level.
See the fireworks from a boat on the Sumida river!
Can’t find a place to watch fireworks?

Observe the exhibition from over 300 meters above sea level.

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Special seats where you can look down on the fireworks are available at the Tokyo Sky Tree Tower observation deck by lottery. There are three ways to apply for the seats. For the application and reservation, you may need a Japanese language assistant.

1. Tokyo Sky Tree observation deck (at 350 meters)
Includes: Entrance ticket for the 350m observation deck and souvenir
Price: 9000 yen (incl. tax)
Application period: the 13th to 30th of June, 2016
Application via internet website: ticket.tokyo-skytree.jp/ticketInformation.do?lotRlsCd=10803
Participants are to be chosen by lottery
Annoucement of the winner:the 4th of July,2016
*you cannot find a time slot for this special ticket before the 10am, 13th of June,

2. Tokyo Sky Tree observation deck (at 340 meters)
Includes: Entrance ticket for the 340m observation deck and Dinner served at Soramachi-tei (Soramachi 7F) with a Yose performance
Price: 18,800 yen (incl. tax)
Application starts: 14:30 on the 13th of June, 2016
Application via internet website: www.tobutoptours.jp/tabiclub/sumida_fireworks/
On a first-come-first-served basis【fully booked as of 24th of June】
*you cannot find the application form before the 13th of June

3. Sky Restaurant 634 (at 345 meters)
Includes: Dinner and free drinks on site during the exhibition, and entrance ticket for the observation galleria with souvenirs
Price: 45,000 yen (incl. tax)
Application starts: 10am, 30th, June, 2016
Reservation via phone: +81336230634
On a first-come-first-served basis

See the fireworks from a boat on the Sumida river!

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Yakatabune boat

It’s also very exciting to see the exhibition from the Yakatabune boats. Several companies that will be operating on the day can be found below.
※Please be sure to check the details and cancellation policy.

1. Suhara-ya (須原屋)
www.suharaya.com/
The share ride plan: departure at a meeting point at 14:00.
Includes: Cruising only
Price: 17,280yen (incl. tax)
Reservation via phone: +81336803791 (Japanese only)
On a first-come-first-serve basis

2. Amitatsu (あみ達)
www.amitatsu.jp/hanabi/
The share ride plan: departure at a meeting point at 16:30.
(Relatively large boat with a deck)
Includes: Dinner cruising
Price: 36,000 yen (incl. tax)
Reservation via phone: +81336552780 (Japanese only)
On a first-come-first-serve basis

3. Tanaka-ya (田中屋)
www.tanakaya.net/pdf/sumidagawa_hanabi_02.pdf
The share ride plan: departure at a meeting point at 16:00.
Includes: Dinner Cruising
Price: 32,400 yen (incl. tax)
Reservation via phone: +81338516318 (Japanese only)
On a first-come-first-serve basis

Can’t find a place to watch fireworks?

If you come to Japan without plans to see the fireworks, the following sites are going to be better choices.

1. Around Dozobori Park (銅像掘り公園)
The park is located at the north end of the Sky Tree Tower alongside the Sumida river. Tall buildings will not obstruct your view.


Address: 5-9-1, Mukojima, Sumida, Tokyo
Access: A 10-minute walk from Tobu Sky Tree Line Hikifune station

2. Tower Hall Funabori (タワーホール船堀) Free of charge!
www.towerhall.jp/1facility/facility-up.html#otower(Japanese Only)
This tower is little far from the exhibition site, but you’ll still have a good panoramic view of Tokyo city with the fireworks from the 115-meter high observation deck.


Open: 9:00-21:30 (closed during bad weather)
Address: 4-1-1, Funabori, Edogawa, Tokyo
Access: A 1-minute walk from Toei Subway Shinjuku Line Funabori station
Phone: +81356762211

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Pyrotechnicians develop new techniques every year. You can see both traditional Japanese fireworks and fireworks designs that are cutting-edge!

Hope you have a fantastic time watching the Japanese fireworks exhibition.
*Again, please note that the info in this article is subject to change.

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