10 Winter Illuminations in Japan You Can still Enjoy after New Year 2024

Best Long-Running Winter Illuminations in Japan

Winter illuminations are the top attraction in Japan during winter, and they usually take place from November to Christmas and New Year season. Especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, these illumination spots get extremely crowded by couples who want to spend a romantic night. While some of illumination events in Japan end at the end of year, there are several long-running illuminations that can be enjoyed for another few months.

In this article, I’m sharing the best winter illumination spots in Japan which are available in 2024.

1. Sapporo White Illumination

Sapporo White Illumination (さっぽろホワイトイルミネーション) is a traditional illumination event held at the great northern land, Sapporo City in Hokkaido. Amazing light-ups with approx 730,000 LED lights shine brightly in the city covered in white snow. The event features several spectacular illuminations which take at various locations around Odori Street and the Park.

Map: https://goo.gl/HfKkD3

Access: short walk from Odori Station

Date: 12 Nov 2023 to 14 March 2024 (partially ends earlier dates)

Hours: 16:30~20:00

More info: Sapporo White Illumination

2. Marunouchi Illumination

Marunouchi Illumination (丸の内イルミネーション), the long-running winter illumination held in front of Tokyo Station since 2001. The 1.2 km long promenade is lined with over 340 trees decorated by about 1 million LED lights in champagne gold.

Map: https://goo.gl/b73SFH

Access: short walk from Tokyo Station Marunouchi Exit

Date: 16 November 2023 to 18 February 2024

Hours: 16:00~23:00

More info: Marunouchi Illumination

3. Enoshima Illumination: the Jewel of Shonan

The Jewel of Shonan is a winter illumination event held annually at Enoshima Island (江の島), the popular touristy island off the coast of Shonan area. The Jewel of Shonan is considered as one of the three greatest illuminations in Kanto area along with Ashikaga Flower Park and Country Farm Tokyo German Village.

Map: http://bit.ly/2WmaLzD

Access: 20 mins walk from Enoshima Station or Katase Enoshima Station

Date: 23 November 2023 to 29 February 2024

Hours: 9:00~20:00

Fee: 500 JPY (+500 JPY for observation tower)

More info: Enoshima Winter Illumination: the Jewel of Shonan

4. Sagamiko Illumillion

Sagamiko Illumillion (さがみ湖イルミリオン) is the biggest winter illumination event in Kanto region using approx 6 million of colouful LED lights. It’s held at Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest in Sagami City, Kanagwa prefecture every winter since 2008. The long-run event can be enjoyed till early April with cherry blossoms.

Map: https://goo.gl/sZaLJT

Access: Bus from Sagamiko station (JR Chuo line)

Date: 3 November 2023 to 12 May 2024

Hours: 10:00~21:00 (illumination starts from 16:00)


5. Yomiuriland Jewellumination

Yomiuriland Jewel Ilumination

Yomiuriland Jewellumination (よみうりランドジュエルミネーション) is held annually at Yomiuriland, Tokyo’s largest amusement park. The event is produced by Motoko Ishii, a leading Japanese lighting designer, features approx 6.5 million LED lights. The entire park will be illuminated by colourful lights including their fun and thrilling rides and attractions. There will be also spectacular fountain show featuring lights and water with laser lights and flame effects.

Map: https://bit.ly/3ierQ7T

Access: Keio Yomiuriland Station

Date: 9 Oct 2023 to 7 Apr 2024

Hours: 16:00~20:30

More info: Yomiuriland Jewellumination

6. Ashikaga Flower Park

Ashikaga Flower Park (足利フラワーパーク) is best known for its gorgeous wisteria festival held in spring, but also attracts visitors in winter by one of largest winter illuminations in the country. Over 4 million LED lights cover the vast space of 94,000㎡ and represent charming flowers colourfully.

Map: https://goo.gl/zEqaXc

Access: 13 mins walk from Tomita Station

Date: 18 October 2023 to 14 February 2024

Hours:16:30~20:30 (~21:00 on Sat, Sun and holidays)

Closed: 31 December

Fee: 1,300 yen

More info: Ashikaga Flower Park Illumination

7. Toki no Sumika

Toki no Sumika (時之栖) is a leisure resort with many facilities surrounded by nature. It’s located in Gotemba City, which is at the base of Mt. Fuji and not very far from the popular Onsen town, Hakone. Over 5.5 million LED lights display at the site in various themes, such as the Tunnel of Lights and the fountains.

Map: https://goo.gl/dgKtMS

Access: Free shuttle bus available from Gotenba, Mishima and Susono Stations

Date: 6 October 2023 to 10 March 2024


Fee: Free (some areas charge a fee)

Website: http://gotembakogenresort.com/

8. Izu Granpal Amusement Park: GRAN ILLUMI


Izu Granpal Amusement Park (伊豆ぐらんぱる公園) is a massive leisure park located in Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture. The park offers numbers of attractions, playground and entertainment facilities that both kids and adults can enjoy together. The park’s gorgeous winter illumination features over 6 million colourful LED lights which stretch through the 8ha vast space and can be enjoyed with their special attractions at night.

Map: https://goo.gl/g8VMCi

Access: Bus from Izu Kogen Station (20 mins) or Taxi (10 mins)

Date: 11 November 2023 to 31 August 2024

Hours: 17:00~21:30 (varies each month)

Fee: 1,800 yen

Website: http://granillumi.com/#top (illumination)

9. Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination

Nabana no Sato (なばなの里) is a theme park dedicated to flowers, green and hot spring bath in Mie Prefecture. The park attracts most visitors during winter by one of the biggest illumination events in Japan featuring about 8 million LED lights. Many kinds of illuminations can be enjoyed at the park including the famous “Tunnel of Lights”. This long-run event lasts till early May next year.

Map: https://goo.gl/ang6vt

Access: Bus from Kintetsu Nagashima Station (10 mins)

Date: 21 October 2023 to 2 June 2024

Hours: 10:00~21:00 (the illumination start from sunset)

Fee: 2,500 yen (includes 1,000 yen coupon which can be used in the park)

More info: Nabana no Sato Illumination

10. Huis Ten Bosch Kingdom of Light

copyright© Huis Ten Bosch

The Kingdom of Light is the world’s biggest illumination event held at Huis Ten Bosch (ハウステンボス), the Dutch town themed park in Nagasaki Prefecture. 13 millions of LED lights decorate the whole park colourfully and collaborates park’s attractions and music. The spectacular illumination is displayed through the year.

Map: https://goo.gl/pqvRst

Access: Huis Ten Bosch Station

Hours: 10:00~21:00 (the illumination start from sunset)

More info: Huis Ten Bosch Kingdom of Light

For more information about popular illuminations in Japan, please check out these articles, too!

▶ Best Winter Illuminations in Japan
▶ Best Winter Illuminations in Tokyo
▶ Best Winter Illuminations in Western Japan

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