Due to the weather, Showa Kinen Park Fireworks (hanabi) has been postponed to the next day, July 28th Sunday.
Japanese summer is not complete without festivals and fireworks. It’s that time of the year again! If you are in Japan, you should definitely go to Japanese festivals and fireworks.
I would like to introduce Tachikawa Festival Showa Kinen Park Fireworks which is its 61st anniversary this year.
Although Tachikawa Festival Showa Kinen Park Fireworks is one of the smaller fireworks in Tokyo area, it attracts more than 300,000 visitors every year to watch fireworks inside Showa Kinen Park.
Mark your calendar to visit Showa Kinen Park for the fireworks this year!
July 27th, 2019 (Saturday)
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Showa Kinen Park
Address: 3173 Midoricho Tachikawa-shi Tokyo 190-0014
See below for the map. Showa Kinen Park is a huge park so they have many different gates. Find the closest and most convenience gate for you.
It’s free to enter the park after 5 PM but it is recommended that you pay admission fee 450 yen to enter the park before 5 PM to secure a good spot to watch fireworks.
■ Official Website
http://tbt.gr.jp/hanabi/ (Japanese only)
How to enjoy the fireworks in less crowded area
If you are going to any festival or fireworks, expect crowds. What fun is it without people?? 🙂
However, if you don’t like trying to secure good spots hours earlier and prefer to watch the fireworks in less crowded area (like me!), I recommend you get paid reserved seats called “special sponsors seats” which you can purchase through the festival’s official website. It costs you, but it’s an alternative option you can consider based on your preference.
■ How much is the reserved seats?
There are 3 different types of reserved seats. For individual, it would be either “leisure sheet included ticket” or “chair ticket”. Considering “leisure sheet included ticket” is only for 2 people, it would be cheaper to get that instead of “chair ticket” if you are a party of two people.
|Leisure Sheet Ticket||2||6,000 yen||1,600||0.9ｍ×1.6ｍ|
|Chair Ticket||1||4,000 yen||2,160|
|Group Sheet Ticket||10||40,000 yen||30||5ｍ×5ｍ|
■ Where can I purchase the tickets for reserved seats?
A. Official website
http://tbt.gr.jp/hanabi/ (Japanese only)
※ However, the tickets will have to be issued at Lawson or Mini Stop.
B. Convenience Stores
Lawson / Mini Stop / Seven Eleven
C. Lawson Ticket
L Code: 31010
Online reservation: http://l-tike.com/ (Japanese only)
Phone reservation: 0570-084-003 (You will need the L Code. 24-hour automatic voice support)
D. Seven Ticket
Online reservation: http://7ticket.jp/sc/zj8t (Japanese only)
■ When do they start selling the tickets for reserved seats?
The tickets will be sold from June 8th, 2019 (Saturday) 10 AM～. Be ready!!
■ Special notes about reserved seats!!
A. Each “leisure sheet” seat type is for 2 people (under 3 years old can sit on the lap). No “leisure sheet” seat type is available for 1 person.
B. Refunds cannot be made after tickets are purchased, except when the fireworks is canceled. In addition, there will be no refund in case you cannot arrive on time due to any reason.
C. Without the ticket, you cannot enter the special sponsor seat area.
D. You can take place freely within both leisure sheet area and chair area.
E. The special sponsor seat area will be open from 4 PM on the day of the fireworks.
What else is happening in July in Showa Kinen Park?
Showa Kinen Park has all different kinds of flowers throughout the season. About 40,000 sunflowers bloom in Showa Kinen Park and the end of July till the beginning of August is the best season to go see sunflowers! Sunflowers will bloom at the same places where poppy flowers were – Hanano-oka. Seeing the entire hills full of poppy flowers was mind blowing. Therefore, I can’t wait till see the same hills filled with sunflowers!! :-O
Last year in 2018, the originally scheduled fireworks in July was canceled because of bad weather. But they managed to do special fireworks in November. It wasn’t bad to watch fireworks in cold weather.
Nevertheless, hopefully this year the weather will be great for the fireworks. Since I have less than 2 years old toddler, I will try to purchase “leisure sheet seat” this year. I can’t wait!!!