Grand-scale fireworks festivals are one of the most exciting events that represent summer in Japan, and are held in various locations across the country!! People get dressed up in their beautiful summer Kimonos and go to parks during the day and attend firework shows at night. These popular firework festivals generally attract from around 700,000 to 1.3 million people in one night, and can make you feel as though you are on a rush-hour train for 4-5 hours. The fireworks display, with over 6,000 fireworks launched from the waters just offshore from Yamashita Park, draws more people than any other event of the year in the Yokohama area.
I set off to watch the fireworks at Yokohama in Tokyo as it was the closest festival to my place.
All the way there the trains were filled with girls in Yukata (summer Kimonos) and even guys in their Yukatas. All of the places were crowded from the train and bus stations to the streets of Yokohama some roads were even closed for the night because thousands of people were there.
It was a beautiful night with spectacular fireworks lighting up the sky and Yokohama waterfront. I spent most of my time people watching and taking pictures of the girls in their beautiful kimonos, sometimes getting great shots of their reactions to some of the spectacular fireworks!
On the way back after the fireworks show it was nearly impossible to get onto a train. They were all stuffed to capacity and we had to wait nearly 40 minutes before we could actually squeeze on to a train.
The summer fireworks festival is definitely a must for any traveler.