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The Epitome of Summer! 5 Recommended Kanto Fireworks Shows

Summer means fireworks! But it seems like there are a lot of people who don’t know what kind of festivals there are, or where they can find them. We’ll be introducing 5 recommended fireworks shows you can visit in the Kanto area.

1.Sumida River Fireworks Festival (Tokyo)

This fireworks show is so famous, there might not be anyone who hasn’t heard of it. It’s a festival with a long history dating back to the Edo period. As you may know from the live TV broadcasts, it’s become Tokyo’s big event of the summer. Unique fireworks are fired up one after another, and fireworks like the Star Mine, where a thousand fireworks are fired in succession, or the Odama, a giant flower blooming in the sky, mesmerize everyone who sees them.

2.Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition (Ibaraki)

As you can tell from the title, this, unlike a regular fireworks show, is a fireworks competition where craftsmen put their pride on the line and aim for first place. Fortunately, other people can appreciate the event from nearby. Whoever wins receives prestigious prizes, such as the Prime Minister’s Award, which also influences sales for the next year, making the festival very important for the participating craftsmen. The exceptionally high-quality materials used to make the fireworks are a huge part of the appeal.

3.Kamakura Fireworks Festival (Kanagawa)

The epitome of summer in Kanagawa is an event which has a proud history going back over 60 years. This fireworks show’s main draw is its underwater fireworks. They’re a beautiful sight to behold, and inspire a mysterious feeling in your heart. But the fireworks aren’t the only thing that will amaze you. When they’re matched with Kamakura’s scenery, unchanged from long ago, you’ll find yourself unable to stop taking pictures in rapid-fire. If you make sure to bring a better camera than a regular smartphone or mobile camera, you’ll be sure to take the perfect shot of the fireworks and town together.

4.Adachi Fireworks (Tokyo)

A surprising amount of people come to this fireworks show, but that’s because the Adachi Fireworks are famous for consistently ranking high in audience satisfaction. Its two main attractions are the brilliant scene viewable from the Arakawa River and the comical fireworks performance, which is timed to match the music. Even if you’re bored of fireworks shows where you watch as they just launch fireworks up, this kind of production is something you can really enjoy to the end. Also, this show keeps kids entertained, so it’s a popular choice for families.

5.Ashikaga Fireworks Festival (Tochigi)

Unexpectedly, this fireworks show in Northern Kanto’s Tochigi Prefecture has the top spot in spectator satisfaction. It’s not all that different from other fireworks shows where they launch fireworks, but the key difference is in its impact; fireworks are launched one after the other with no room to rest. Unlike other fireworks festivals, there are no short breaks, and even the audience doesn’t get a chance to take a breath!
The finale, where a Niagara and Star Mine are launched simultaneously is, in a word, intense. The crowds are also more spread out than at Tokyo’s fireworks festivals, so the fact that you can relax and watch the show is one of its best points.

How about it? There are even more great fireworks festivals to experience in the Kanto area, so if you have an interest, it might be a good idea to check them out yourself. If you do, it would be a guide idea to see how crowded they’ll be, check the weather, and leave lots of time to get there.

Top image:土浦全国花火競技大会

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