Sumida River Fireworks Festival – A Must-See Summer Event in Tokyo

The Sumida River Fireworks Festival, known as “隅田川花火大会” (Sumida gawa Hanabi taikai/Sumida River Fireworks Festival) in Japanese, is an annual fireworks extravaganza held along the Sumida River in Tokyo, specifically in the areas of Asakusa and Mukojima. It takes place on the last Saturday of July and is renowned as a symbol of Tokyo’s summer. Alongside the Edogawa Fireworks Festival held in August, it is considered one of the two major fireworks festivals in Tokyo.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sumida River Fireworks Festival was canceled from 2020 to 2022. However, after a four-year hiatus since 2019, the festival will be held again this year (2023).

Details of the 46th Sumida River Fireworks Festival in 2023 are as follows:

Event Date

July 29, 2023 (Saturday)

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19:00 – 20:30


First Venue:
From Sakurabashi downstream to Kotobukibashi upstream. Fireworks are expected to start at 19:00.

Nearest Stations: Asakusa Station, Oshiage Station, Tokyo Skytree Station, Hikifune Station

Second Venue:
From Komagatabashi downstream to Umayabashi upstream. Fireworks are expected to start at 19:30.

Nearest Stations: Asakusa Station, Kuramae Station, Ryogoku Station, Asakusabashi Station

Estimated Number of Fireworks

Approximately 20,000 fireworks in total.

First Venue: Approximately 9,350 fireworks
Second Venue: Approximately 10,650 fireworks

Other Information

In case of inclement weather, the Sumida River Fireworks Festival may be canceled.

A decision regarding the festival’s operation will be made at 8:00 am on July 29.

This year, it is expected that the festival will attract around 950,000 spectators.


All the above information is sourced from the official website of the Sumida River Fireworks Festival:


Don’t miss this dazzling summer event if you’re in Tokyo during the festival period!

Enjoy the spectacular fireworks display and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Sumida River Fireworks Festival.

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