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Selected by the Editorial Department! Top Three Fireworks Festivals to Go To

Summer is the time for going out - to the ocean, summer festivals, and the pool. And one event that you don't want to miss is the fireworks festival. There are fireworks festivals held throughout Japan every year, but many of you may be thinking, "I really don't know which one to go to..."

This time, we polled the editorial staff at TokyoWalker and Walkerplus! We asked them which of the fireworks festivals in the Ranking of Summer Activities they really want to go to. In other words...

Selected by the Editorial Staff! Top Three Fireworks Festivals We Really Want to Go To

We will introduce the top three fireworks festivals based on number of votes for those of you who are debating "which fireworks should I go to this year?"

No. 1 The 40th Sumida River Fireworks Festival 2017 (Approx. 22,000 Fireworks)

As expected, the famous Sumida River Fireworks Festival came out top. This is the 40th anniversary of this festival, which started in 1733 as the Ryogoku-no Kawabiraki (a summer festival along the river of the Ryogoku area). This year, there will be a total of 22,000 fireworks, with 1,000 added to both sites to commemorate the anniversary. Giant fireworks cannot be displayed due to the proximity to buildings, but the festival is famous for the beauty of the Star Mines, and at Site No. 1, there is a fireworks competition where pyrotechnicians who have been recognized at various competitions will show off their skills.

Comments by the editorial staff indicated that this festival is not only rated highly for the scale of the fireworks, but also overall for such aspects as its history, atmosphere, and food. Comments included: "Sumida River is the one and only fireworks festival," "You'll want to stroll around Asakusa and enjoy the food before the fireworks start," and "There are so many undiscovered spots! You can enjoy the unique experience of seeing the fireworks in a historically working-class environment by watching them from the backstreets of Asakusa."

If you go to the Skytree Observatory (tickets required) that is open especially for the fireworks, you can have the special experience of seeing the fireworks below you! It is fantastic to look down on the fireworks with no obstacles in the way.

No. 2 Yugawara Onsen Sea Fireworks Display (Approx. 6,000 Fireworks)

The Yugawara Onsen Sea Fireworks Display, which is held twice in July and August in Yugawara, where steam comes off the onsen hot springs, came in second with just a narrow margin. Approximately 6,000 fireworks are shot up over the sea in a period of thirty minutes, including underwater Star Mines and large shaku dama fireworks. There are also fireworks in the form of characters, such as the Yugawara mascots, Yugawara Sentai Yutapon Five. Comments from the editorial staff, such as "You want to book a great place to stay and enjoy a fabulous plan that combines onsen hot springs and fireworks," and "It's on a beach, so you can enjoy the dreamy fireworks that reflect on the sea," indicate that this is a festival for those who want to enjoy fireworks at leisure.

No. 3 42nd Edogawa-ku Fireworks Festival (33rd Ichikawa Citizens' Fireworks Festival) (14,000 Fireworks)

The 42nd Edogawa-ku Fireworks Festival and 33rd Ichikawa Citizens' Fireworks Festival, which are jointly held by the wards of Edogawa and Ichikawa, ranked in third. Together, they attract the largest number of viewers among all fireworks festivals in Japan. The highlight is the opening "Mankai! Edogawa Tairin-bana" (In Full Bloom! Large Flowers on Edogawa), a powerful series of 1,000 fireworks that are shot up in a period of five seconds that the Edogawa festival is famous for. Comments by the editorial staff refer not just to the scale of the fireworks, but also to the ease with which they can be viewed: "It is just great to see! The river terrace is wide, and there are no obstacles so the fireworks are really powerful," and "It's nice to be able to put down a blanket and enjoy the fireworks sitting down." The fireworks are also distinguished by the detailed choreography of the program that includes eight different themes, including "Hakugin-no Fuji" (Snowcapped Mt. Fuji) and "Kirakira☆Natsuiro Ensemble".(Glittering Ensemble of Summer Colors).

Enjoy the event-filled summer even more with your friends and family!

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 06.16.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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