Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival

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Photo by scion_cho used under Creative Commons.

After last year’s event was cancelled by the arrival of a typhoon, it will be two years since the last Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival.

12,000 fireworks will go up in smoke and flames over 80 minutes in one of the capital’s most scenic fireworks spectaculars.

The official watching venues, which hold roughly 115,000 people charge plenty for the privilege, but since the festival is over the water, there are vantage points everywhere. People book out hotels and boats for this many months in advance.

For this event, one of the less squishy subway lines – the Toei Oedo Line becomes about as cosy as the Yamanote Line at 8am.  The closest station – Kachidoki – will be crowded beyond belief, so organisers advise using Tsukishima Station on the Yurakucho Line or Toyosu Station.

Our picks for the best free viewing are the beach in Odaiba or the area in front of the LaLaPort shopping center in Toyosu.

Dates:
Web: http://www.city.chuo.lg.jp... (Link in Japanese)
Entry: Free
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  • James

    Can anyone recommend a good free spot from which to watch?

    • CheapoGreg

      Hi James,
      It’s over water so anywhere around the water should be fine – except Harumi which will be rammed with people! Toyosu (there’s an official viewing area here too), Hinode and Takeshiba should all provide unobstructed views and the beach at Odaiba should be a good spot too – with the Rainbow Bridge in between.

  • fab

    Can anyone say if they will do the firework on another day, since it is canceled due the Typhoon, or is it completely canceled? Thx! fab

    • CheapoGreg

      It’s completely cancelled – no re-run. The next one will be 2015.

      • fab

        OK, that is sad. Thanks for the info, arigato gozaimashita!

  • ray

    Hi i just wondering if it’s free? I heard that ticket is needed to enter the firework viewing area

    • CheapoGreg

      If you want to enter the official viewing areas, you need to buy a ticket. However, you can even see the fireworks from high areas in Roppongi so anywhere near the water will be fine.

      • ray

        How about Tokyo World trade center? Is that a good place?