The Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival (Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai) is an annual fireworks festival held on the last Saturday in July, over the Sumidagawa near Asakusa. The Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai, like other fireworks events in Japan, is a competition held between rival pyrotechnic groups. Each group tries to out-do the last, and the result is an incredible variety of fireworks, not just in different colors and patterns, but forming complex shapes.
This is one of the major fireworks displays of Tokyo. Approximately 20,000 fireworks will light up the night sky over Asakusa.
It is a revival of celebrations held in the Edo period, and annually attracts crowds close to a million celebrants. Similar events are held at the same time of year at many other sites throughout Japan.
Date: July 31st, 2010 (Saturday)
Time: 7:05 ～ 8:30pm
Venue No.1: from downstream of Sakurabashi Bridge to upstream of Kototoibashi Bridge
Venue No.2: from downstream of Komagatabashi Bridge to upstream of Umayabashi Bridge
Nearest stn: Asakusa (Toei Line) or Kuramae (Toei Line)