On August 15th, 2023, Tokyo’s Ota Ward is reviving the Ota Ward Peace City Declaration Fireworks Festival after a five-year hiatus. Celebrating its 33rd occurrence, this beloved fireworks event will be held on the banks of the Tama River at Rokugo Embankment.

Photo Ota Fireworks Festival
Photo Ota Fireworks Festival

Peace Ceremony & A Sky Bursting with Color

The festivities will begin with a peace commemoration ceremony at 18:30 on a stage by the Tama Riverbank.

Photo Ota Fireworks Festival
Photo Ota Fireworks Festival

Then, brace yourselves for a magnificent display as from 19:30 to 19:50, the sky will be painted with around 4,000 fireworks. That’s 20 minutes of unadulterated awe, with a barrage of colors and patterns lighting up the Tokyo sky.

Where Not to Watch

While this spectacle is bound to attract many, a word of caution: spectators are prohibited from watching the fireworks from the Rokugo Bridge and the Kawasaki side of the riverbank. The reason? These areas are particularly narrow and can be hazardous due to the crowd sizes.

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Event Details at a Glance:

    • Name: Reiwa 5 Year Ota Ward Peace City Declaration Fireworks Festival
    • Date: August 15th, 2023 (Tuesday)
  • Time: 18:30 – 20:00
  • Firework Launch: 19:30 – 19:50
  • Location: Ota Ward Nishi-Rokugo 4-chome area (Tama Riverbank) [Map: Google Map]
  • Address: Nishi-Rokugo 4-chome, Ota Ward, Tokyo
  • Number of Fireworks: Approximately 4,000
  • Weather Contingency: In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled with no rescheduled date.

The Sum Up

So, mark your fireworks calendars for an unforgettable evening by the Tama Riverbank. Just make sure you choose a safe viewing spot, and let’s hope for clear skies on the night!

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