Winter Illuminations to Visit In Japan

Are you looking for places to spend the winter holiday break in Japan? Well, there’s good news for you! There are several attractions that people visit especially during the holidays and throughout the year.

As you know, winter in Japan can be quite harsh. Still, there are attractions that make the cold a bit more bearable. In this guide, we highlight the top winter illuminations you can check out all over the country! Be sure to read until the end so that you can plan your winter trip this year.

Japan Winter Illuminations to Check Out

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan

Winter illuminations in Japan are usually seen around Christmas and New Year. They can be seen in various cities across the country. Some run longer, with some opening earlier than others.

One of Japan’s most popular light festivals is called the Luminarie, which was held in Kobe in 1995. This event was originally created to commemorate the victims of the devastating earthquake that occurred in 1995.

Here are winter illuminations you can check out wherever you may be in Japan:

Kanto Region

Tokyo Midtown

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits: Christina Leung/ Google Maps

Dates: November 18 to December 25, 2021

Timings: 17:00 to 23:00

Tokyo Midtown is a city within Tokyo that was opened in 2007. It has various residential and commercial facilities within its vicinity.

The complex features a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as a museum. The top floors of the Midtown Tower are home to the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo.

The complex features a variety of business and pleasure establishments, including high-rise office towers, shops, and restaurants.

Tokyo Midtown is located on the intersection of Gaien-higashi-dori Boulevard and the Roppongi Hills.

Tokyo Midtown is composed of six buildings, each of which has a unique character. One of these is the five-story Galleria building, which is located in the center of the area.

Tokyo Midtown is very user-friendly for non-Japanese visitors. Its bilingual concierge service is available 24 hours a day.

Tokyo Midtown’s green spaces are ideal for relaxing and enjoying the inner-city. The complex features a large lawn area with over 140 trees.

Here’s what Caitlin Meadors thought about their last winter visit to this location: “Amazing lights! There were lights leading up to the main event. And once the main show was started, it kept on going! Very good light show with beautiful Tokyo back drop! Not super busy either.”

Another guest, Christina Leung, has this to share about their experience: “Possibly my favorite shopping complex in Tokyo. It’s directly connected to the subway station for easy access. Very spacious and open so you would rarely feel it’s too packed. A ton of dining options. Gorgeous interior design and super clean bathrooms. And they always have special events (e.g. summer / winter illuminations) that are free and open to the public. Really beautiful at night. Good place for walks / quiet place to sit and catch up with friends.”

A very satisfied guest, Steve Chappell, has this to share about their visit here: “The Christmas illuminations here are really quite spectacular, and would put many a city back home to shame. And yet this is only one area of Tokyo. One huge queue to get inside, but everything is well organised, and keeps moving. And once you get there, Wow! Amazing! A lot of work has gone into this. Can’t help but think that many a football club back home would die for crowds like this.”

Contact Information:

Address: 9 Chome-7-1 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan

Telephone: +81334753100


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Arashiyama Hanatouro

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits:  瀧本紀子/ Google Maps

Dates: December 11 to 20, 2020

Fees: Free

Hanatoro is a series of illumination events that takes place in March and December in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto.

The streets of Hanatoro are lit up by thousands of lantern sets throughout the area. These displays are combined with flower and light shows.

Many of the temples and shrines in Kyoto are illuminated, and there are special viewing hours for them. In addition, various live performances are held in the area.

On December, 10, Arashiyama on the outskirts of Kyoto holds its annual Hanatoro. During this period, the town’s streets are lit up with lanterns. Many temples and shrines are also illuminated.

Among the spectacular attractions in Yokohama is the Togetsukyo Bridge spanning the river and a bamboo grove located behind the Tenryuji Temple.

During the winter season, the Togetsukyo Bridge is lit up with beautiful light displays along with the surrounding mountains.

Here’s what Saurabh Singh thought about their last visit here: “The Togetsukyo Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in Japan, first constructed around 900 AD (during Nara period). The whole bridge is illuminated with vibrant purple lighting during training the 2nd and 3rd week of December, locally called the Hanatoro event. Be mindful that if you take the JR line or Randen, you will arrive at the Saga Arashiyama station which is already on the right side of bridge and towards Arashiyama bamboo forest. To start from the beginning of the bridge, you would need to take the Hankyu line to arrive at Hankyu Arashiyama station, different from Saga Arashiyama station.”

Another guest, Danny Fong, has this to say about their most recent trip to this spot: “Put aside at least half a day for this place. Before reaching the bamboo forrest there is a temple called Tenryuji Temple (refer to another post of mine).

After getting out of the forrest cross the Togetsu-kyo Bridge and you will finally a whole new place to explore.”

A very satisfied visitor, Patrik Pindes, shares their experience in this place, saying: “I was there at the beginning of February before noon and there was still a lot of tourist. Regardless of the weather season, the bamboo forest looks fantastic, like from a fairy tail. It’s a site to see those long bamboo trees and the light coming through the gaps. The feeling of walking on the path being surrounded by  very tall bamboos from each side, it’s magical.  At the beginning the bamboos are small, not so exciting, the majestic tall bamboo forest is actually separated from the small one, you just have to keep walking to the east along the railways, make sure not to miss it, otherwise you are going to regret it! And the area is not so huge, maybe calling it a “forest” is an overstatement but it’s not the size that matters :D,  well, at least not the area but the beauty and height.

Contact Information:

Address: Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8385, Japan

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Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
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Dates: November 11, 2021 to February 20, 2022

Timings: 15:00 to 23:00 (until midnight in December)

Marunouchi was also known as the Castle Gate. During the Edo Period, it was home to some of Japan’s most influential feudal lords.

Marunouchi is now home to some of Japan’s most powerful companies, such as Daiwa Securities and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.

The area has been receiving a major facelift. This is largely due to the presence of Mitsubishi Estate.

The buildings were replaced by new office towers with shops and restaurants on their upper floors.

The establishment of these new dining and shopping complexes have rejuvenated the area’s formerly unpromising business district. The establishments are attracting a wide variety of visitors.

Here’s whatハイセ612 thought about their last winter visit to this location: “Tree planting is decorated on Marunouchi Nakadori with simple and gorgeous illuminations, creating a beautiful and very nice atmosphere.”

Another guest, gogo夕張, has this to share about their experience: “The shops around you are also fashionable, so you can enjoy the illuminations in an adult atmosphere.”

Contact Information:

Address: Marunouchi 2-chome Building, 2 Chome-5 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan

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Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
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Dates: December 1 to 26, 2021

Timings: Sunset to 22:00

Omotesando is a one kilometer long tree lined avenue, which serves as the main approach to the Meiji Shrine.

Various establishments such as banks, restaurants, and shops, are located along the avenue.

Omotesando Avenue has a Christmas light display that’s sure to bring out the holiday spirit. The highlight of this walk is the Omotesando illuminations, which are located in the heart of Tokyo.

The full display will be on display until December 26, but the nightly lighting will last until January 5th.

Here’s what Lily Dawis thought about their last winter visit to this location: “Love this place. Posh but cozy. My family always finds time to visit whenever we’re in Tokyo. High end and eclectic brands have great curated presence here. The mall is laid out uniquely with a continuous ramp that takes one all the way up to the restaurant level. There is a great children’s store with nice small playground for young children on basement level. The restaurants above are great mix. Our fave is Kageyamarou Chinese Restaurant though. Everything is well made and the price is still quite reasonable, especially considering its location.”

Another guest, Yasumi Kikuchi, has this to share about their experience: “Unique triangle building inside. Once upon a time, old and impressive apartments were built in this place and it became a holy place for people. Because it is a building that was demolished the apartment, it has such a distinctive design.”

Contact Information:

Address: 4 Chome-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan

Telephone: +81334970310



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Meguro-gawa Minna no Illumination

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
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Dates: December 10, 2021 to February 6, 2022

Timings: 15:00 to 23:00 (until midnight in December)

These trees along the Yamanote Line are adorned with pink LED lights to resemble the blossoms. The trees are located between Osaki and Gotanda stations.

Megurogawa Minna no Illumination is a yearly event that uses 100% self-produced electricity. It’s powered by waste edible oil collected from restaurants and surrounding areas.

In past editions, about 400,000 LED lights have been used for the illumination. It’s about 1.1 kilometers long and has a total distance of about 2.2 kilometers.

Here’s what Yueyue Mo thought about their last winter visit to this location: “Came here for winter illumination.

The lights were all pink to represent sakura, cus it’s also a popular spot to enjoy cherry blossoms in spring.”

Another guest, Sophia, has this to share about their experience: “Eventhough the weather wasn’t too brilliant, the cherry blossoms were so beautiful. The pictures definitely don’t do them justice!”

A very satisfied guest, Carlo Luis Lee, has this to share about their visit here: “The Christmas illumination of the riverside looks far better in pictures than it did in person, I would suggest visiting other light installations if you had others in mind. This is a going to be more of an intentional visit without being in proximity to other possible attractions.”

Contact Information:

Address: 2 Chome-9-11 Higashigotanda, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 141-0022, Japan

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Odaiba Illumination “YAKEI”

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
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Dates: Around the year

Timings: Sunset to 24:00

Aside from the stunning night view of Tokyo Bay, this illumination also brings to mind the famous spots of Tokyo Tower and the TOKYO SKYTREE.

This light up tree, which is located in Tokyo’s Odaiba district, is one of the biggest living trees in the city. It has around 220,000 lights.

The ILLUSION DOME is a projection system that projects images onto the floor using infrared light. It uses a system that detect human movements and projects them onto the walls.


Here’s what Candida Chin Chin thought about their last winter visit to this location: “There are some great restaurants here which serves some nice Korean BBQ dining. Night views here are very nice.  You can see the Sky Tree which is quite prominent.”

Another guest, AVG JoeGeek, has this to share about their experience: “A great place to visit in general. A mix of shopping and food. I ended up getting a fruit crepe which was delicious. It was interesting to walk around and check out the different shops there. And the view of the surrounding area is amazing. Plus.. there is the giant Gundam you can see as well :)”

Contact Information:

Address: 1 Chome-6-1 Daiba, Minato City, Tokyo 135-0091, Japan

Telephone: +81335996500


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Yebisu Garden Place

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits:  Jonathan Thornton/ Google Maps

Dates: November 13, 2021 to January 10, 2022

Timings: 11:00 to 23:00

One of the world’s largest chandeliers will be exhibited at the Center Plaza. The Baccarat Eternal Lights is a total of 250 lights that measure over 5 meters wide and have a height of over 250 meters.

Yebisu Garden Place is a prominent area in Tokyo’s central business district. It features a variety of restaurants, shops, and offices. It’s also home to the highly acclaimed Robuchon restaurant.

The Yebisu Garden Place is built on the site of a former beer brewery, which used to be a part of Ebisu Town. The name Yebisu Beer was also used to refer to the town’s railway station.

Here’s what Mark Ong thought about their last winter visit to this location: “This place is magical, after a short walk from Ebisu JR station through the sky walk you are transported to an industrial revolution architecture style town. Many red brick building welcomes you in their original forms. From there a chateaux appear at the end of all these with sculptures of Greek/renaissance styles. Nicely presented boulevard of trees to the main plaza and from there sits a grand chateaux like restaurant at the end.

It’s a great place to chill and relax in both spring and Autumn. Even if you do not spend a single cent, you could enjoy the cool breeze on the bench and watch the day go by.

Night scene is especially gorgeous and magical here. Highly recommend for couples.”

Another guest, Jack Liu, has this to share about their experience: “When it’s the holidays, this place is ALWAYS festive. I came a few times, once during Christmas. There is a nice Christmas tree along with a lot of lights to make the whole place look festive. There is a beer museum close by as well as a couple of fine dining restaurants. Even during the non-holiday season, it’s a nice place to chill and relax.”

A very satisfied guest, Jonathan Thornton, has this to share about their visit here: “I love walking through this shopping center during the holiday season with the Illumination. I’ve been here a few times for various concerts hosted in the performance hall and it’s always a treat to walk through the square on my way back to the station. If you wanted to get lunch or dinner there are a variety of restaurants in the shopping center.”

Contact Information:

Address: 4 Chome-20-3 Ebisu, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0013, Japan

Telephone: +81354237111


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Yomiuriland Jewellumination

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits:  Ibrahim Al Syed/ Google Maps

Dates: October 21, 2021 to April 3, 2022 (closed on selected days)

Timings: 16:00 to 20:30 (until 21:00 on some days)

The light displays at the Yomiuriland amusement park are enormous. They encompass every building and attraction in the park, and some of the biggest displays in the area.

Located in the Kanto region, the Jewellumination event in this amusement park features some of the biggest-scale shows and attractions in the country. Some of these include a roller coaster with a view of the night sky and a Ferris wheel.

Here’s what Aiko Zairish Miura thought about their last winter visit to this location: “The illumination event that happens every end of the year is really good and there are many food inside that you can choose from. The rides were also very comfortable yet still, very exciting! The night prices are a lot cheaper despite being prettier than the morning because of the lights. Love it here and will definitely come back even if I’ll only stroll.”

Another guest, Sunetra Sabnis, has this to share about their experience: “We went there yesterday. It was a great experience. We booked tickets from klook site ( recommended for cheapest prices and advance booking)total 45 rides they have. 110 cm tall kid can do many rides 120cm can do more rides !! One day pass is recommended if you are keen to do all possible rides. I suggest going in the morning as it opens around 9.30am ( sat) so you can do as many rides as you can. Afternoon and evening time was vry crowded. Especially for attractive rides ( bandit, space factory, food factory etc). You can buy food there. Lockers are also available. In the morning it wasn’t cold but around 4pm it started getting colder. For adults, apart from adventures rides we can enjoy our childhood again ☺️ by taking rides like merry-go-round, go cart etc. They have musical fountain show, sea lion show and illumination too. Forgot to mention that from the station you can reach there by bus/ ropeway ( round trip 500¥/ person, returning time is latest at 9.15 pm at night) or climbing stairs too.”

A very satisfied guest, Sancresa Shrestha, has this to share about their visit here: “This place was amazing ?. I recommend you to visit this place to play the amazing rides and to see the beautiful illumination at night. I recommend you to wear warm and cozy clothes because it’s really cold there.”

Contact Information:

Address: 4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi, Tokyo 206-8566, Japan

Telephone: +81449661111



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Enoshima Illumination: the Jewel of Shonan

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits: 博 / Google Maps

Dates: 23 November 2021 to 28 February 2022

Timings: 9:00~20:00

Fees: 200 JPY (+300 JPY for observation tower)

When the nights are long, people tend to feel depressed. They usually feel like they’re not being loved anymore.

Winter illumination is a great way to bring some sparkle back to your life.

Enoshima is a small island located in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is known for its numerous attractions, such as its famous beaches and historical shrines.

The Jewel of Shonan-Enoshima illumination centre is located in the town of Shonan-Enoshima, Japan. It is one of the largest and longest running winter illuminations in the country.

Winter tulips are a magnificent sight in the garden. The highlight of this period is when a number of these magnificent flowers appear on the first day of January.

From February to April, you will be able to see the beautiful cherry blossom displays in Tokyo, as well as the kawa-zu-zakura, which is an early flowering plant.

This enchanted forest is located in the garden. It features a lot of trees and grass, and it’s lit by thousands of fairy lights.

These tiny lights are attached to the tree branches and add a bit of whimsy to the garden. They’re also great for hiding a fairy.

A tunnel of purple fairy lights leads to the Sea Candle, and one is immediately reminded of the bioluminescent glow of hanging wiste-ria.

Before the Sea Candle, a cluster of jewel-shaped spheres float above ground, and a rainbow-colored “jewel” appears to move slowly.

Here’s what Phan Tom thought about their last visit to this place: “Illumination time every Winter. Perfect timing to see

Fuji mountain from the top of light house.”

Another guest, Simon Teh, has  this to share about their experience: “Went there for the illumination night. Nice place to spend a few hours for the view of mt fuji especially from the tower.”

A very satisfied visitorおしも女子 shared their experience going here, saying: “I’ve only been there during the illuminations, but the illuminations are beautiful. The view from the observatory is also good! Mt. Fuji and the setting sun look beautiful!”

Contact Information:

Address: 2 Chome-3-28 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036, Japan

Tel Number: +81466232444


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Country Farm Tokyo German Village Winter Illumination

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits:  東京ドイツ村/ Facebook

Dates: 29 October 2021 to 21 March 2022

Timings: 9:30~20:00 (illumination starts from sunset)

Fees: 500 JPY

Country Farm Tokyo German Village holds an annual illumination event that involves 3 million LED lights. The highlight of the event is the tunnel of lights, which is 70 meters long.

This amusement park features a huge area of rolling hills. It’s located about 30 minutes drive from the Tokyo Aqua-Line Expressway.

This attraction features a loop course with parking all along its route. This feature allows you to park anywhere along the route.

The loop features numerous checkpoints that allow visitors to experience the wide variety of landscapes and architecture that the region has to offer.

Playing in the park can be a great way to relieve stress. There are plenty of activities to keep the whole family active, from golf to fishing to swimming.

There are plenty of attractions for all ages at the Amusement Area.

You can buy an endless pass to ride as many attractions as you want, but it also comes with a set amount of rides that can be used in other areas like the Swan boats or the Ferris wheel.

The Jiji Forest is a haven of peaceful woods, with a wide open field and log cabins. There are also various places to play, hide, and seek, all within easy reach of the hills.

A small fee is needed to get in the area, but it will still be valid all day.

There are goats roaming the area, and they can be seen on the bridges near the Jiji Forest.

Guests will be greeted by a variety of animals, including a beautiful pony and other animals such as sheep and guinea pigs.

There are also various options for golfers to show off their swing. The highlight of the park is the “Hole in One Challenge” located on the upper level.

A trip to the souvenir shop is a great way to end a memorable day in the park. There are plenty of German-themed shops in the area, and you can shop for everything from souvenirs to food.

The restaurant also has a barbecue area, where you can enjoy your food and drinks. Come visit Germany here in Japan the next time you come to Chiba!

Here’s Rajat Ranjan what thought about their last visit here: “Great experience for kids and families. Don’t go by the name ‘German’ though.  During day time enjoy the amusement park, flower plantations etc. And once the sun sets down, enjoy the winter illumination. It’s splendid and amazing. The perspective changes when you climb up the ferris wheel and see the same illumination again. From the ferris wheel the lighting takes up shape. Each year the theme of lighting changes.

The entry is 3000 yen flat for each car, irrespective of the number of people inside the car. For anothet 2000 yen you can but a day pass which is valid on most rides + the ferris wheel.

Plenty of food options as well. I personally liked the German themed souvenir store. I recommend you to visit this place for a fun weekend trip. Please note – Rail/ bus is bad.”

Another guest, Paul Hensley, has this to say about their most recent trip to this spot: “Super fun place to go! Reminds me of walking down Main Street at Disney Land! You can’t help but smile and be amazed the whole time you are there. There are millions of lights in all kind of different shapes and pictures. Every 15 minutes in the main square there is a music light show which played both Japanese and American songs, super fun! The staff are super helpful and extremely nice. Highly recommend a trip during the light festival in the winter!”

A very satisfied visitor, Travellermomma, shares their experience in this place, saying: “Went to this place to saw illumination, and it was beautiful!  I really enjoyed the illumination. The place is so big, its a very good place to bring your kids to play since the entrance fee is counted as per car not per person. They have some performances, even though the performance seems not related to German at all, but I enjoyed. The location itself is not in Tokyo even though the name is Tokyo, it’s located in Chiba. The performance like paprika song, and other kids song made this place is an ideal place to spend time with kids & family.”

Contact Information:

Address: 419 Nagayoshi, Sodegaura, Chiba 299-0204, Japan

Telephone Number: +81438605511



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Tobu Zoo Winter Illumination

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
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Dates: 20 November 2021 to 13 February 2022 (illumination is held only on weekends and holidays in Nov, Jan and Feb)

Timings: 17:00~20:00

Fees: 1,200 JPY (illumination pass), 3,200 JPY (illumination and night ride pass after 3 pm)

It’s located north of Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture. This massive zoo-cum-amusement park features over 60 hectares of land.

It offers full of opportunities for children and families to have fun, while also learning about animal life.

There are numerous attractions and recreational facilities within the park. Its East Gate is the main entrance to the zoo.

The zoo section is very much there, but there’s also a walk to another part of the park that’s a bit further away. It’s a bit slower going there, so take a few minutes to explore.

The Tobu Zoo’s Amusement Park has three sections. The first two are located inside the main portion of the zoo, while the third one is located in the surrounding area. These are as follows:

  • Liberty Land is a theme park with a steel roller coaster and a maximum height of 33 meters. It features a pond with pedal swans, a sky cycle, and a fun atmosphere.
  • The main attraction at Pleasure Land is the Regina, which is a water coaster. It has a maximum height of 37 meters and a speed of 2.78 Gs.
  • Heartful Town features several attractions for little ones. There are also various play areas within the park.

There are more than 1,200 animals in the animal section of the zoo. It’s located near the West Gate and is home to over a hundred species.

There are numerous areas within the zoo that are self-explanatory. The highlight of Petting Zoo Forest is the chance to meet animals that are close by.

Although it retains a lot of concrete structures, the zoo does manage to provide some natural habitat for its animals.

The white tiger is one of the zoo’s most popular attractions. There are also kangaroos, American eagles, and different types of primates.

There is also an exhibit called the Hotarium, where visitors can see fireflies that are no longer found in Japan.

Here’s what Lakshmi thought about their last visit here: “A beautiful zoo with an amusement park. It’s so huge and very famous for winter illumination which starts from 5 pm to 8 pm. The illumination is a feast to the eyes. Both adults and kids will enjoy this place. There are lot of eateries too inside this park..!!”

Another guest, Charlie Ready has this to say about their most recent trip to this spot: “A bit pricey to enter and parking but lots of animals the white tigers are the main draw.  It also has a decent amusement park with Regina.  It’s a large wooden roller coaster.  In summer there is an outdoor pool complex too. I went for the winter lights. It was nice and not very crowded even on a Saturday evening.”

A very satisfied visitor, 杉田しんちゃん, shares their experience in this place, saying: “I visited you the other day and enjoyed it!

You can enjoy both the zoo and the amusement park! ?

The penguins were cute ~ ??

At night, I was doing illuminations as well as limited-time items! ?✨

It was so beautiful! !! ??

By the way, the admission fee was 1,800 yen for adults!

All-you-can-ride attractions will be charged separately! ?

The parking fee is 500 yen! ?

Also, the reason why I chose Star 4 is that it is in this situation now, so I think that it will be a facility that you can enjoy with more peace of mind if you can attach something that makes everyone aware of social distance! ?

I will visit you again! ?

Contact Information:

Address: 110 Suka, Miyashiro, Minamisaitama District, Saitama 345-0831, Japan

Telephone Number: +81480931200


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Ashikaga Flower Fantasy

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits:  Ryo Tachiki / Google Maps

Dates: October 16, 2021 to February 14, 2022 (closed on December 31)

Timings: 16:30 to 20:30 (weekends and holidays until 21:00)

Wisteria are known in Japan as fuji. They are pronounced with the second syllable stressing the first character.

Ashikaga Flower Park features a variety of fuji flowers, such as blue, white, and pink.

A large fuji tree is about 100 years old. Its branches are supported by a huge umbrella of blue flowers. There are also white fuji flowers in the tunnel.

Aside from the fuji, this area also has various other flowers and restaurants. The entrance fee varies depending on the season’s beauty.

The fuji in Ashikaga Flower Park usually bloom in May, and they can be seen in the following weeks. During the peak season, the park can be very crowded.

The park has also become very popular for individuals wanting to put on a massive Winter illumination display.

The park opens its gates for the season every evening during October and February.

Almost every corner of the park has been adorned with thousands of LED lights. These stunning creations are made to look like beautiful flower pots, trees, and walkways.

There are also large, continually-changing LED screens that cycle through various creative imagery. Other notable attractions include the light tunnels and the music-inspired light shows.

The event, which was held for the 20th time, was regarded as the third biggest light up event in Japan in 2017.

Over 5 million lights decorate the gardens of 100,000 square meters of gardens. They are designed to light up the hearts of the visitors.

Here’s what Charles Liu thought about their last winter visit to this location: “Definitely a must visit in the winter time if in the area. Great for dates or even a trip with a group of friends.

First off, the entry fee was super cheap given how huge the park is. We got there thinking we’d be done in an hour or two to find out that we didn’t have enough time to see the entire park.

Second, the lights are stunning. I thought it was really clever how they replaced the original wisterias with light versions and loved how they moved the lights to different sequences in a TeamLab like fashion. There were so many lights that were all different throughout the park that made us want to stay and stare for a long time because of how dynamic they were.

Finally, the food was good! They had many options and had a beef stew that they call their specialty.

Will definitely come by every time I’m in this area now.” I don’t think anyone will ever have complaints about this place. Totally worth the visit. It’s beautiful. At night specially by the water ponds. The lighting and the environment is eye catching. Though during winter season it tends to get super cold around the nights. There are many food shops inside, make sure to take cash. Only one of them accepts credit card.

Another guest, Ridwan Arefeen, has this to share about their experience: “I don’t think anyone will ever have complaints about this place. Totally worth the visit. It’s beautiful. At night specially by the water ponds. The lighting and the environment is eye catching. Though during winter season it tends to get super cold around the nights. There are many food shops inside, make sure to take cash. Only one of them accepts credit card.”

A very satisfied guest, Brandy Roberts, has this to share about their visit here: “Beautiful flower park! The Christmas illumination currently taking place is absolutely stunning. There are tons of spots for photo opportunities! We were a little disappointed that dogs are not allowed but other than that we had a fantastic evening walking thru the park.”

Contact Information:

Address: 607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi 329-4216, Japan

Telephone: +81284914939


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Sagamiko Illumillion

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits: tantan 7 / Google Maps

Dates: November 13, 2021 to April 3, 2022 (closed on most Wed and Thur from Jan)

Timings: Sunset to 21:00 (until 20:30 or 21:30 on some days)

Almost every building and structure in the park is covered with lights, creating an illumination display that is one of the largest in the area.

The six million LED lights that decorate the illuminations of the city of Santa Clara are designed to create an animated lightshow and a dancing water fountain.

The Sagamiko ILLUMILLION is a yearly event that occurs in Lake Sagami Resort Pleasure Forest in the Kanto region. This event is known for its three major illumination events.

This year, a new area called Pokémon Illuminations will appear. This area will show the world’s view of Pokémon.

Here’s what Andrew Aihara thought about their last winter visit to this location: “Good place to take you kids. We go every year and the my kids are 9 and 7 and both love the illumination.

The best thing is to go for the illumination. You will probably done in an hour and a half if you walk around while eating at the food stands.

For adults it is 1000 yen and 700 yen for kids. We wanted to check out the Pokemon illumination, so we paid another 700 yen per person for the lift. This will take you up the hill and you can enjoy some Pikachu lighting.

This place is kind of in the sticks, so if you can drive there. But they have public buses that come around as well.”

Another guest, david silva yactayo シルバー ダヴィ, has this to share about their experience: “Theme park about pokemon, in the mountains.  good place for a family walk in some parts the walking tour is challenging, the skirt of the hill is very high but the view is beautiful.”

A very satisfied guest, Annaliza Kennedy, has this to share about their visit here: “Came for the illuminations, enjoyed it very much, along with the Fantasy Walk section. Also fun to see the lights from the chair lift and ferris wheel. We plan to come back. Great group, family, or couples place to visit.

Plenty of parking 1,000 yen.

Credit card acceptable at entry.

Should bring small bills/change if you plan on purchasing tickets separately or from food trucks. The machines ran out of change frequently.”

Contact Information:

Address: 1634 Wakayanagi, Midori Ward, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 252-0175, Japan


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Hokkaido & Tohoku Region

Sapporo White Illumination

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits:  Sapporo White Illumination / Facebook

Dates: 19 Nov 2021 to 13 March 2022 (partially ends on earlier dates)

Timings: 16:30~20:00

The Sapporo White Illumination is a yearly event held in the beautiful city of Sapporo, Japan. This event features a variety of classical winter illumination displays and is a great way to spend a cold winter evening.

Winter Illuminations are held all around Japan. There are many spectacular events held in winter.

The Sapporo White Illumination is a popular event in Japan. It is held in the capital city of Sapporo annually.

The 41st annual Sapporo White Illumination will take place from November 19 to March 14, 2022. The event will feature various illuminations at various locations in Sapporo City.

The beautiful illuminations can be enjoyed during the winter season.

The German Christmas market was first held in Sapporo in 2002. This event is held each year for a limited time only until Christmas. It features a variety of Christmas food and drink items, as well as gifts for the home.

Sapporo White Illumination is a spectacular and very anticipating event for the winter season in the city.

The 72nd Sapporo Snow Festival will take place from February 5 to 12, 2022. The event features various snow and ice artworks that are made with special light effects.

Here’s what Tammy Liu thought about their last visit here: “This was where the winter festival was held.  So, the scenery was quite different than other seasons at this park.  Definitely worth a visit to see all the hardwork results.  But, I also have to say that though there were around 10 major ice art work, each quite large and amazing, there were also lots of area dedicated to selling food and drinks.  So, a festival!”

Another guest, Mal Whyte, has this to say about their most recent trip to this spot: “So much effort has gone into these sculptures and displays this is a place you need to come see, only on early February. Thanks to our friendly Flight Centre staff member Brendan for letting us know about it well worth the visit. Rug up it’s cold ??

A very satisfied visitor, CSs Chai, shares their experience in this place, saying: “The park in winter is amazing. Whilst walking around the park enjoying the Sapporo White Illumination” and “Munich Christmas Market in Sapporo” happening in the park, had the amazing experience of the fluffy Hokkaido snow falling. This added another dimension to the awesome experience of Sapporo winter.”

Contact Information:

Address: 7 Chome Odorinishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0042, Japan

Telephone Number: +81112510438



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Sendai Pageant of Starlight

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan

Credits: 伊達やかぽん/ Google MapsDates: December 18 to 31, 2021

Timings: 19:00 to 22:00 (from 18:00 on weekends)

The Sendai Pageant of Starlight is a winter illumination that originated in 1986. It is regarded as one of the most spectacular winter displays in Japan.

The Sendai Pageant of Starlight is a spectacular winter illumination display that draws thousands of spectators to downtown Sendai.

At the adjacent park, located on the Nanboku line, are several light displays. There is also a temporary ice rink located nearby.

The Pageant of Lights is a fun and festive event that’s usually attended by families and couples. This year, it’s held in the downtown area of Sendai.

It’s usually not heavily snowing but it still adds to the magic of the evening.

Take a walk through the Tunnel of Illumination, which features over a thousand lights strung across four rows of zelkova trees.

This event features over half a million LED lights and over 160 keyaki trees in Yokohama. It’s also a great place to enjoy a Christmas light tunnel.

Here’s what Shinya U thought about their last winter visit to this location: “Illumination is famous for winter events in Japan. The light pageant of Sendai City is the most beautiful illumination. Many tourists visit. While watching this illumination, we can spend Christmas and the yearend luxuriously. When you come to Sendai City at the end of the year, I recommend you visit.”

Another guest, 伊達やかぽん, has this to share about their experience: “I saw the illuminations of Omotesando and the Luminarie in Kobe, but I like the pageant of light in Sendai, which is crowded enough to allow the light path that colors winter, and you can see it while walking slowly.

Leaving Kotodaikoen Station on the subway, the LED bulbs adorned with trees along Jozenji-dori in front of you make Sendai look beautiful in winter.

The restaurants along the street are crowded, so if you plan to have dinner before or after the pageant, it is recommended to book early.”

A very satisfied guest, , has this to share about their visit here: “The warm golden tree-lined streets and the uniform illumination of the illumination are beautiful on the contrary. The sidewalks and roads are covered in light, and the constellations seem to blink when you look up. A pageant of light that lasts 700 meters from Kotodai Park. There are sparse crowds around the area after the media takes. But a wonderful gift there! Of the 600,000 bulbs, only one pink light gently shines. ‘There are some good things to find,’ said a group of three cute local elementary school students who came to see us by bicycle.

It turns on at 17:30, turns off at 18:00, 19:00, and 20:00 for 1 minute, then turns on again. The moment of lighting is cheering from over here. It’s such a wonderful moment. You can walk smoothly at your own pace, even if it is crowded.”

Contact Information:

Address: Japan, 〒980-0811 Miyagi, Sendai, Aoba Ward, Ichibancho, 3 Chome−9−10 仙台日の出ビル 4F

Telephone: +81222616515


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Tokai & Chubu Region

Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits: Dian Hastuti / Google Maps

Dates:  October 23, 2021 to May 31, 2022 (except Jan 11-13 and 24-28)

Timings: Sunset to 21:00 (until 22:00 on selected busy days)

Imagine this: A magnificent winter illumination system in Japan that uses over 5.8 million LEDs. It’s capable of creating stunning images of flowers and mountains, as well as various other romantic scenes.

This is the view from the Nabana No Sato theme park in Kuwana City, Nagoya. It’s a must-visit for anyone wanting to experience the wonder of winter.

One of their regular attractions is the Tunnel of Light, which is a walk-through light show that features a tunnel of light. Each year, we also change the theme to a fairyland-like display.

Winter visitors are likely to want to rug up well as Nagashima can get very cold. However, snow can also be a welcome bonus as it highlights the park’s beauty.

When it’s cold outside, the light from this site will dazzle you with its brilliance. The warm glow from our candle will also make the night feel like a warm home.

These LED lights enhance the look of the trees while at the same time providing a bright light for night. They are also great for adding a touch of color to any location.

Some of these events are held in February and March. The other events are held in April and May.

This ticket includes 1,000 yen for food or souvenirs, and it comes with a voucher for a food or beverage truck.

It is suggested that you visit the flowers before the sun sets so that they can be seen in daylight and then the spectacular illuminations after the dark.

Here’s what Jannat humaira thought about their last winter visit to this location: “If you go there, must visit the begonia garden. It might cost you some money but it’s totally worth it. No matter how many times I go there, I still wanna go back again. The best time to visit is when you can see the winter illuminations. All the lights and flowers are heavenly.”

Another guest, Serendipity Midori, has this to share about their experience: “They made nature and lights in a perfect combination. the place is so perfectly beautiful. Highly recommended to visit while your here in Japan??. They have place for drinks and foods ?☕ a very clean toilet and there are people who can assist you??”

A very satisfied guest, Reshan Maduka Abeysinghe , has this to share about their visit here: “’Nabana no Sato’ is simply the best winter illumination I have ever seen in Japan. Illustrations starts at 5pm. Entry ticket is 2300¥ which includes two 500¥ coupons (1000¥) where you can use it only inside (a restaurant, street food stall or souvenir shop). Island fuji observatory deck comes with an additional charge of 500¥ which is a new kind of experience. Vehicle parking is free of charge and plenty of parking is available at any time I guess. Highly recommended!”

Contact Information:

Address: Japan, 〒511-1144 Mie, Kuwana, Nagashimacho Komae, 漆畑 270

Telephone: +81594410787


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Toki no Sumika Winter Illumination

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits: バイク乗りポッチャマ/ Google Maps

Dates: 17 September 2021 to 13 March 2022

Timings: 17:30~22:00

Fees: Free (some areas charge a fee)

Japan has plenty of festivals and events to keep everyone busy.

When Christmas Eve comes, many Japanese square displays are illuminated. One of these is Gotenba’s Winter Illumination.

Gotenba was very well-known so residents and tourists keep coming back to this spot. The buildings in the area were well-lit and were well-hidden.

Drinking hot chocolate is a great way to get energized and stay cool while walking around. This is also one of the most famous products of this cafe.

In front of the building, there were many restaurants, shops, and cafés. There were also two high Christmas trees in front of the building.

There were also people watching dogs perform on a platform. The dogs were very talented and funny.

There’s also a tunnel full of gold stars, and it was decorated with thousands of stars.

The highlight of this tunnel is the music, which can be heard in the middle of the tunnel. In the other side, there are various installations made by talented artists.

After going through this tunnel, you will find many installations that people can sit on. It was the highlight for many guests’ visit.

This year, the Christmas illuminations were visited by couples. This is because they usually go there for dates.

The ‘fountain light show’ is another event worth checking out! You should see it, especially if you love fountain shows.

The water color and the music were synchronized perfectly. The show lasted for about 20 minutes and everybody was impressed by the magical fountain.

Here’s what Ree Za thought about their last visit here: “Great place to see if you are around Shizuoka prefecture ️ The illumination is for free, but you to go to the highlight (fountain show, rides and more) there’s a fee (1,000¥ adults, cheaper for kids). They currently have an exhibit of the zodiac signs!

Cons: The roads leading up to this place tend to be congested specially this season.”

Another guest, 松本徹, has this to say about their most recent trip to this spot: “I’ve always wanted to go to the fountain show since it opened. It’s a 10-minute show, but it’s wonderful to see it 3 times in combination with light. With the naked eye, it’s a video and a photo! The illumination tunnel is long and looks good on a couple, isn’t it? It was the best.”

A very satisfied visitor, エドスグル, shares their experience in this place, saying: “The illuminations are very beautiful, so don’t forget to take measures against the cold when you go!”

Contact Information:

Address: 719 Koyama, Gotemba, Shizuoka 412-0033, Japan

Telephone Number: +81550873700



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Izu Granpal Amusement Park: GRAN ILLUMI

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits:  馬刺/ Google Maps

Dates: 13 November 2021 to late August 2022

Timings: 18:00~21:30 (depends on the day)

Fees: 1,500 JPY

There’s something for everyone at this family-friendly amusement park. From water balloon zorbing to dinosaur-themed karts, it has something for everyone.

Other notable attractions include a massive wooden maze, a virtual reality maze, and a battle zone with robots. There are also various shops selling souvenirs.

This amusement park is located in Izu Granpal, a region that can fit in several Tokyo Domes. There are numerous attractions, including a zipline, a 3D maze, and water balloons.

There are also various play equipment available for free in the area. Some of these include slides, climbing walls, and playgrounds.

There are also dog parks in the park. Aside from these, there are also attractions that cater to both dogs and people.

They also host the event “Izu Kogen Grand Illumination,” which is a highly acclaimed event.

Here’s what Jamthegypsy thought about their last visit here:  “One of the best illuminations I’ve ever been to! We also tried some of the rides they had like sky cycling ang go karts!”

Another guest, Gabriele Ranucci, has this to say about their most recent trip to this spot: “One of the best illuminations I have ever seen. The place is quite big and there are lots of illuminations going on. Also, every about 15 minutes they play a song and illuminations change according to the rhythm of the song.

If you go to a 7-11 convenience store, you can buy the entry ticket with 200 yen discount, so it gets about 1400 yen.”

A very satisfied visitor, Jessica Chou, shares their experience in this place, saying: “Wonderland! The most massive outdoor illumination ever seen. Lights setting were very dense and bright enough, and the themes were properly divided into several areas. It’s amazing.”

Contact Information:

Address: 1090 Futo, Itō, Shizuoka 413-0231, Japan

Telephone Number: +81557511122


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Shiroyone Senmaida Light Up

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits: Tung Ninh Thanh / Google Maps

Dates: 23 October 2021 to 13 March 2022

Timings: 16:55~(Dec,)17:15~(Jan), 17:50~(Feb), 18:15~(Mar)

The rice terraces in Shiroyone town are known for their stunning views of the sea and the rice fields. The scenic view of these rice terraces is regarded as one of the most notable in Japan.

Senyone Senma Rice Paddies is a prominent place of scenic beauty in Japan. It was named as one of the country’s Top 100 rice pads in 2011.

The average size of a rice paddy in Senmaida is about 20 square meters. There are over a thousand rice paddies in Senmaida with a total surface area of around 3.8 hectares.

Because of the shapes and sizes of rice paddies, farming them requires manual work. This eliminates the use of machinery.

The green rice paddies of Thailand make a great backdrop for landscape photography. The light from the evening sun sets over the water and makes these areas a great place to shoot.

Japan’s traditional and beautiful scenery is also becoming more popular among international tourists.

During this time, the rice fields at the Senmaida Rice Fields are illuminated with the images of scenic beauty that are often seen in the distance.

Almost 25 thousand solar lights are placed along the ridges between the rice fields at Senmaida. When activated, the lights create a 3D pattern on the fields, which can be seen in the dark.

The Senmaida Light Up is a yearly illumination event held in Wajima City. It involves the use of solar-powered lights to illuminate the rice paddies.

Each rice field has an LED light that changes its color every 30 minutes. These hand-made lights are truly eye-catchers.

Here’s what Hannes Pretorius thought about their last visit here: “A lovely crowd pleaser tourist attraction on the northern coast of the Noto peninsula. During winter lightup, thousands upon thousands of LED lights that gradually change colour every few minutes make up the borders of terraced rice paddies covered in a clean, white blanket of snow. Truly a winter Wonderland.”

Another guest, 碓井裕之, has this to say about their most recent trip to this spot: “I went there during the night and day during the sparkle of the storm. I’m just impressed by the vast rice terraces that I can’t taste in the photos.

Not only from the top, but also by walking along the promenade that runs through the well-maintained rice terraces, please feel the history of rice cultivation that has been used since ancient times.

Roadside station Senmaida Pocket Park is convenient for parking. It was crowded, but the rotation was unexpectedly fast and it stopped immediately.”

A very satisfied visitor, 中川重晴(パル), shares their experience in this place, saying: “LED illumination that starts only in the white passage, red is added, and changes from green → yellow → blue to red again. The beauty of Senmaida and the sound of the waves of the Sea of ​​Japan overlapped with this, and I was able to enjoy the fantasy space where I could feel the goodness of Noto.”

Contact Information:

Address: 99-5 Shiroyonemachi, Wajima, Ishikawa 928-0256, Japan

Telephone Number: +81768231146


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Kansai & Chugoku Region

Osaka Hikari Renaissance

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits:  Nakanoshima Library Projection Mapping

Dates:  December 14 to 25, 2021

Timings: 17:00 to 22:00

The Osaka Hikari Renaissance event is held annually on Nakanoshima Island. This event features various creative displays in the areas surrounding Osaka City Hall.

A program featuring lights that were conceived from the idea of rebirth was held at Nakanoshima in Osaka.

This event features various attractions, such as the Nakanoshima Illumination Street, which spans 150 meters and houses zelkovas. There’s also a photo monument at Osaka City Hall.

Osaka Hikari-Renaissance is a yearly display that usually takes place in December. It is held in the Yodoyabukuro area.

The Nakanoshima River’s waterfront is the place to see the sights of the season, with its arches and gardens, as well as cruise boats and characters.

The venues are divided into three sections: the Central, the City Square, and the Wall Tapestry. These areas feature various attractions such as the Yodoyabashi Bridge, Osaka City Public Hall, and Nakanoshima Illumination Street.

The Rose Garden features individually-lit roses. There’s also a rainbow Snow Tree and a Charity Heart.

The Snowman Family and the solar-powered power station are located in the East Venue. The Riverside is also a great place to take a river cruise.

While this event is not a Christmas tradition, many of the displays have Christmas themes. One particular example is the Hikari-Renaissance, which is a symbol of Osaka’s Aqua Metropolis.

This event is held in Osaka every December. It’s a great place to celebrate with family and friends, and it’s also a great place to take in a concert. It’s located in the heart of Osaka’s shopping district.

The Hikari-Renaissance is a great place to visit if you are looking for a unique experience in Osaka. This event is also one of the largest in December in Osaka.

Here’s what Adriyanti thought about their last winter visit to this location: “Spend my Xmas Holiday to enjoy the light up event in here. The entire event was just gorgeous! Started with the cityhall. They set the one part of the building with laser video. Then, you walk by the river and will found lots of Xmas yatai and the entire trees were set up with beautiful lighting. The lighting keep changing followed the music that nonstop playing the xmas song.

You then need to cross the bridge to find another event which allow you to buy small lantern and hang it onto the tree. You could draw the lantern by yourself. At the center of the park, they have hug snowman that lighted up as well.

To enjoy the event, you could find street live music as well❤”

Another guest, Kita’s Diary, has this to share about their experience: “This place so wonderful when all rose blooming, and in the last Christmas they had Giant snowman with the beautiful lighting around.”

Contact Information:

Address: 1 Chome-1 Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0005, Japan

Telephone Number: +81663128121


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Kyoto Illumination Synesthesia Hills

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits: KK / Google Maps

Dates: 3 November 2021 to 31 January 2022

Timings: 17:00~22:00

Fee: 1,500 yen (weekdays)/1,800 yen (weekends)/2,000 (holiday season)

Kyoto Synesthesia Hills is an illuminated facility that uses the latest lighting technology.

This venue features a 600-meter-long structure with a theme related to the unusual sensation of sensations.

At Synaesthesia Hills, you can experience a different dimension with its various features such as the Spiral Lights Tunnel, Crystal Lake, and a glowing lotus flower.

Japan’s illumination shows are simply extraordinary. They only take place during the winter season.

If you are planning on seeing a Japanese illumination show in other times of the year, then drop by the Kyoto Synesthesia Hills. It is located at the Rurikei Onsen.

Here’s what Annisa Karima thought about their last visit here: “The sound of small waterfall, calming music and soft illumination are perfect combination for relaxing your stressful life. The aurora performance is surprisingly entertaining.”

Another guest, Yoshikazu, has this to say about their most recent trip to this spot: “The illumination is half the size due to the recent lightning strikes, but the tunnel of light is wonderful, and the cool autumn air and bell worms healed me. The child had a hard time running around.”

A very satisfied visitor西崎正人 shares their experience in this place, saying: “There is a large free parking lot for 1 hour from Osaka. Only guests get a discount.

1200 yen on Saturdays and Sundays, 1000 yen on weekdays

Because it is a beautiful illumination. I don’t think it’s expensive. By the way, the number of visitors is very small and it is a little-known spot.”

Contact Information:

Address: Hirotani-1-14 大河内 園部町 Nantan, Kyoto 622-0065, Japan

Telephone Number: +81771655001

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Kobe Luminarie

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits:  Francis C. K / Google Maps

DatesCancelled in 2021

Though this event has been cancelled for this year, let’s take a look at some of the important details about one of Japan’s biggest illumination events. Hopefully, next year will be much better so more people can actually get to appreciate this event!

Kobe Luminarie is a light-up festival organized in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, in 1995. It was first established in 1995 following the Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake. The festival draws millions of visitors each year.

Kobe Luminarie is a series of light tunnels that are as grand as they are popular.

The path to the illuminations begins at the Motomachi Station’s exit, which is guarded by law enforcers.

Kobe’s main streets are lit up at night to allow visitors to walk around and enjoy the festival.

Kobe Luminarie can be enjoyed in various ways, but it should not be taken lightly.

Staff members standing along the path keep repeating the phrase “keep moving” over and over.

The instructions are followed strictly, as spectators are allowed to move slowly in the procession to allow quick photos.

The light walls of the nightly promenade are so high that it feels like walking into a cathedral. It’s located in Sannomiya’s Higashi Yuenchi Park.

A feeling of gratitude wells up after watching the light show and sound show at dusk.

Even though Kobe Luminarie is free to attend, its organizers ask for donations to support the event. This method works by allowing people to donate at booth locations and giving them a souvenir card as a thank-you gift.

Here’s what Vishwang Bhaskar thought about their last winter visit to this location: “A good spot to chill and hang out. Gets especially busy during the Kobe Luminaire in December. A short walk from Merekin Park and Motomachi JR Station. Takes about 30 mins from Shin Kobe Station.”

Another guest, Bert Kimura, has this to share about their experience: “Gathering spot for two major events that memorialize victims of the Great Hanshin Awaji earthquake of 1995: Luminarie and an annual memorial service on January 17, the day of the earthquake. Open year-round and accessible from all directions including an underground passage. Located ocean-side of the Kobe City Hall and a 15 minute walk from JR, Hankyu, and Hanshin Sannomiya stations. An earthquake memorial is located at the far end.”

A very satisfied guest, Francis C. K, has this to share about their visit here: “Splendid experience of participating Kobe Luminarie lighting in this season of December. A must visit for your stay in Kobe.”

Contact Information:

Address: 6 Chome-4 Kanocho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0001, Japan

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Midosuji Illumination

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits:  友沢凪/ Google Maps

 Dates:  November 3 to December 31, 2021

Timings: 17:00 to 23:00

The Midosuji Street in Osaka is the longest illuminated street in the world. It runs across central Osaka and is usually lit up at night.

Ginkgo trees and other holiday trees lining Main Street in Santa Fe are filled with colorful lights and decorations. This year, hundreds of these trees and buildings lining the street have been decorated.

Osaka has always been a merchant city, with its waterways serving as the main artery of the city.

Water is the theme of the Osaka Hikari Renaissance, which takes place in Fall and Winter.

This event is family-friendly and can be enjoyed year-round. Be sure to bring some cold clothes as it can get very cold during these times.

The festival has grown from its original aquatic heart to other areas, such as Midosuji Boulevard. The main Hikari Illuminations are held in December.

Here’s what thought about their last winter visit to this location: “Beautiful street with a lot of sculptures and ginkgo trees. Autumn evening is wonderful here.”

Another guest,アル, has this to share about their experience: “Illuminations were more beautiful than I expected! It’s fun just walking! I was surprised that the illuminations were more beautiful than I expected! It’s fun just walking!”

A very satisfied guest, Patrick Petit, has this to share about their visit here: “Street in Osaka mido-suji very beautiful illumination for the end of the year 2021 celebrations a few minutes from Dotonbori Glico Sign.”

Contact Information:

Address: Osaka, Japan


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Hiroshima Dreamination

Winter Illumination To Visit In Japan
Credits: ttakeタケ / Google Maps

Dates: 17 November 2021 to 3 January 2022

Timings: 17:30~22:30

Hiroshima Dreamination is an event held in the city center of Hiroshima. It features various areas with different themes.

This Christmas light display is a pleasant addition to any holiday season in Hiroshima City. It can be compared to other areas in the city, and it has a Christmasy atmosphere that is very welcoming.

One of the most popular winter events in Hiroshima is the Heiwa-odori illuminations. This event is held every year from November to January.

The highlight of this event is the people wandering along the main road, which has tunnels and lights-up attractions. They can also see different types of vehicles driving around the area.

In Hiroshima, the illuminations along Heiwa-dori are usually focused on the different themes. The people walking along the street are often amazed by the variety of the designs.

Some of the lights in Hiroshima have a message that says “We wish for eternal peace.”

Here’s what Shoichi Watanabe thought  about their last visit here: “I visited when I was on a business trip to Hiroshima. It is easy to understand with the LED theme exhibition on the north and south of the big street. Many people visit, but the road is wide, so you can rest assured. The exhibition is for families and couples. It’s perfect for taking selfies with your smartphone. Since there are many cars, please be careful especially if you are traveling with children.”

Another guest, has this to say about their most recent trip to this spot: “The whole family was very happy with the illuminations. ✨?✴?????????

A very satisfied visitor, 白猫, shares their experience in this place, saying: “Free illumination spot. It wasn’t a big deal in the past, but the number of illuminations has increased year by year, and the number of attractions has increased. Even those who have been there before are well worth the visit every year. There are many spots where you can take pictures, and you can enjoy it with anyone. It is convenient for transportation by bus and tram, and there are many toll parking lots in the vicinity. It’s a great place to stop by while eating out, and it’s also a great place for guests at nearby hotels to kill time after dinner. If you are traveling with children, be careful not to get lost.

Contact Information:

Address: Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0051, Japan

Telephone Number: +81825541813



Google Map Location:

Kyūshū & Okinawa

Kingdom of Flowers and Lights

Kingdom of Flowers and Lights
Credits:  荻原千代美/ Google Maps

Dates:  November 6 to December 26, 2021

Timings: Starts at 5 PM

Huis Ten Bosch features over a hundred illumination displays. Some of these are located in the park’s main area.

Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park situated in Sasebo City, Japan. The park features a miniature Dutch town with a variety of buildings and attractions.

There are numerous amusement parks in Huis Ten Bosch. The highlight of the park is the flower fields.

Located in the heart of the city, the park is known for its annual Kingdom of Lights event, which used to be held during the winter season.

The Kingdom of Lights is getting bigger each year as the event features more and more spectacular illumination.

This year, the annual water show, Water Magic, has started, with over 13 million lights and over 80 m tall water fountains. The show is held in a variety of locations in the park.

This Christmas season, the Christmas Market at Huis Ten Bosch will be bigger and better than ever. It features a variety of Christmas food, drinks, and crafts.

The Kingdom of Lights displays over 100,000 lights in Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch. This spectacular illumination can be enjoyed year-round with various seasonal themes.

Kingdom of Lights is the biggest illumination event in the world. It features over 13 million lights.

Kingdom of Lights was regarded as one of the best winter illuminations in Japan in the past year.

The highlight of this illumination is the 66 meter tall “Waterfall of Light”, which is a spectacular display of 13 million LED lights.

The Senmaida Light Up is a yearly illumination event held in Wajima City. It involves the use of over 20,000 Solar LEDs.

The rice fields are filled with LED lights that change color according to the seasons. These lights are made by hand by local volunteers.

Here’s what Hasitha Chamara thought about their last winter visit to this location: “Many people said Huis Ten Bosch is expensive but i can assure you that it is worth the money. We had a wonderful time in HTB. Seating in a cafe n watching a live band n a group of visitors dancing bringing good old memories. When the lights of kingdoms was about to start everyone was waiting patiently. Here comes the amazing grace song with the beautiful lights all over HTB. The moment was touching n felt with great satisfaction. The ride in merry goes round was good too as we can enjoy many beautiful lights. If you r visiting nagasaki or sasebo, Huis Ten Bosch is a place that you must visit because it will bring a lot of joy to you.”

Another guest, Wakana Komatsu Kodo, has this to share about their experience: “Little Europe in Japan. You can easily spend a whole day just walking around. I recommend staying at a hotel for fully enjoy the park since the night time is the most beautiful and attractive moment with all the lights and food!”

A very satisfied guest, Jose M Cruz, has this to share about their visit here: “An amazing place.  Lovely buildings.  Visited the tower to enjoy the spectacular view from the top floor.  The saff was friendly and helpful.  Many enjoyable restaurants, order a few things and was pleased with the quality.”

Contact Information:

Address: 1-1 Huis Ten Bosch Machi, Sasebo, Nagasaki 859-3292, Japan

Telephone Number: +81570064110


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As you can tell by now, Japan is quite big on illumination events. Nearly almost every region has at least one. That said, enjoying the winter season shouldn’t be a challenge when you’re based here or are simply visiting. We hope that this guide can expand your travel options for the holiday period. And if you think this can benefit a friend or a relative, feel free to share this guide with them. Season’s greetings!

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