The Sumida River Fireworks Festival on July 27th, 2019 : Some Tips to Actually See Something

The Sumida river fireworks festival is big summer attraction for Tokyoites. Last year more than 800,000 people visited. However, visitors are often disappointed because of the crowd and the tall buildings that obstruct the view. Here are some tips to make it a good experience.

2019-07-29   Festivals & Events, Tokyo,


The next Sumida river fireworks festival (Official Website) is scheduled for the Sat. July 27th, 2019.
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 crowdedand tall buildings don’t help, but be well prepared, and you will have an unforgettable experience!
Let me introduce some areas for watching fireworks. Please note that the information is subject to change depending on the weather.

See the fireworks from a boat on the Sumida river!


Yakatabune boat

It’s 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)
Departure at a meeting point at 14:00.
Includes: Cruising only
Price: 18,000 yen per person, 2 persons minimum per reservation
Reservation via phone: +81336803791 (Japanese only)
On a first-come-first-serve basis

2. Amitatsu (あみ達)
The share ride plan: departure at a meeting point at 14:30.
Includes: Dinner cruising
Price: 38,000 yen (incl. tax)
Reservation via phone: +81336552780 (Japanese only)
On a first-come-first-serve basis

3. Tanaka-ya (田中屋)
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

photo credit:Taito Ward

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! 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


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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