Recommended by the Writer of the Fireworks Feature: Must-See Fireworks Festivals in 2017

As soon as the rainy season is over, the scorching hot days of summer will set in. While a lot of people usually go to the sea, pools, festivals and various other events during this season, the one thing that is definitely characteristic of summer in Japan are the fireworks displays that beautifully paint the night sky. Now among the many fireworks displays held in the Tokyo metropolitan area, the Chief Editor of TokyoWalker and the person in charge of the special feature on fireworks entitled “Natsu Walker Shutoken-ban 2017 Natsu Asobi Ranking” (Summer Walker Tokyo Metropolitan Area Edition: 2017 Summer Trip Rankings) have handpicked their choices of fireworks festivals in the Tokyo area that people should go see. Go ahead and use this article as your reference when you can’t decide which festival to check out this year.

BEST 3 “Must-See Festivals in 2017” According to the Chief Editor of TokyoWalker

“I have selected three fireworks festivals that will let you enjoy ‘a program with many highlights’, including fireworks being fired in rapid succession and the massive Niagara fireworks, and feel ‘a sensation of thrill and realism’. Make sure you experience the refreshing fireworks in the summer!” - (Masaaki Nagase, Chief Editor of TokyoWalker)

Exciting Hanabi 2017, 42nd Edogawa-ku Fireworks Festival/33rd Ichikawa City Noryo Fireworks Festival – To be held on August 5, 2017 (Sat.)

Held simultaneously by Edogawa-ku in Tokyo and Ichikawa in Chiba, these two fireworks festivals boast of largest spectator attendance in all of Japan. You shouldn’t miss the opening called “Mankai! Edogawa Tairinka!” (Full Bloom! Edogawa’s Massive Flowers!), when 1,000 fireworks are shot up in the air in a span of five seconds. There is no doubt that you will be overwhelmed by the sight of the fireworks.

58th Itabashi Fireworks Festival/64th Todabashi Fireworks Festival – To be held on August 5, 2017 (Sat.)

These two festivals are held at the same time in Tokyo and Saitama on both banks of Arakawa River. The highlights of these events are the fireworks dubbed Double Niagara Falls, comprising the Dai Niagara no Taki (Big Niagara Falls), the largest fireworks in the Kanto region as it spans 700m long, and the finale Tenku no Niagara (Niagara in the Sky), an enormous firework that fills the sky. Make sure to watch the enviable programs of these events.

51st Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Festival – To be held on July 25, 2017 (Tues.)

The highlight of this event is the fusion of nostalgic fireworks from the olden days and the latest innovative fireworks in the market. At the Sekai Hanabishi Kyogikai (World Pyrotechnician Competition), where pyrotechnists from all over the world compete, evolutionary digital star mines are launched into the sky. The seats of the spectators and the fireworks launching site are close to each other, so you will be able to experience thrilling fireworks whose rumble you will feel in your stomach.

Best 3 “Festivals Rich in Little-Known Spots” According to the Fireworks Feature In-Charge

“I have chosen fireworks festivals with many little-known spots that are recommended to those who get tuckered up before they even see the fireworks due to the congestion and the crowd, those who have no idea where to look, and those who think it troublesome to go to a festival even though they love fireworks! Let’s enjoy the fireworks live this year!” - (Yuki Doi, in charge of the special feature on fireworks)

40th Sumida River Fireworks Festival – To be held on July 29, 2017 (Sat.)

Get a spot in the lawn area near the northernmost tip of Oyokogawa Shinsui Park and you will see the Skytree and fireworks at the same time! This spot is really convenient as it is just an approximately 4-minute walk from Tokyo Skytree Station. Don’t forget to secure your spot by 3:00 pm!

51st Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Festival – To be held on July 25, 2017 (Tues.)

The venue of this fireworks festival is filled with out-of-the-way great spots such as the river terrace of Edogawa River. More than anything, though, the spot that is recommended here is the riverbed underneath the elevated tracks of the Hokuso Line. It is quite far from the launching site, so the fireworks will seem quite small when you look at them. Compared to the other secret spots, however, you will get to properly see the fireworks from here!

71st Atsugi Ayu Matsuri & Fireworks Display – To be held on August 5, 2017

If you head to the public square and park, you will get to witness the biggest fireworks display in the Kanagawa region! The Sagami Sansen Park has a sprawling lawn, so it is easy to secure a spot there. You will also enjoy a panoramic view of the Tanzawa and Mt. Oyama mountain ranges, so don’t miss the opportunity to soak in the beautiful vista!

Enjoy the “best fireworks” this summer by referring to these recommendations of the Chief Editor of TokyoWalker and the person who wrote the special feature on fireworks! [This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 06.28.2017]

*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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