Guide to Tokyo summer fireworks

In Tokyo, explosions of colour light up the sky throughout summer. Here's the complete guide to all the hanabi (fireworks festivals) in the city
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An essential part of summer in Tokyo, fireworks displays will be taking place all over the capital in July and August, plus a few more in September and October. This year's celebrations kick off with Kurihama Perry Festival Fireworks and Yokohama Sparkling Twilight on July 14 and include everything from the classics (Sumida River, Jingu Gaien) to special film-themed festivals (Chofu) and smaller-scale events out in the western forests (Ome).

It's time to dust off your yukata, secure the best viewing spot well in advance, and enjoy the colourful spectacle while snacking on some tasty festival grub. And if you need a drink after the show, try one of the city's best beer gardens or 24-hour restaurants.

Watch the colours burst

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Chofu Autumn Fireworks

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Chofu celebrates its connection to the movie industry in an explosive way. As several film scenes have been shot on the banks of the Tamagawa, and Chofu is home to multiple film studios and companies, the festival is dubbed 'City of Cinema: Chofu Autumn Fireworks'. Around 10,000 rockets will be launched over the river, choreographed to popular film scores.

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