5 Must-See Winter Illuminations near Tokyo 2019-2020

Best spots for winter illumination day trip from Tokyo

Japanese winter is all about illuminations! There are numbers of illumination spots in Tokyo, which brighten up the city romantically during the season. But if you want to see bigger scale of winter illuminations, you should definitely take a short trip to outside of Tokyo as numbers of illumination events are held with vast fields and more LED lights.

Today, I’m introducing 5 most spectacular winter illumination events in 2019-2020 winter which is held outside of Tokyo but still very accessible to visit for a day. Let’s check them out and make a plan 🙂

1. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market

Kanagawa Prefecture

Yokohama Minato Mirai area is simply the best place to be around Christmas. The traditional German style Christmas Market is held annually at the Red Brick Warehouse with romantic light-up decorations, food vendors and the ice skate link. Lots of Christmas illuminations can be spotted around the area and also spectacular night view of skyscrapers can be viewed daily.

Map: https://goo.gl/i5jUUF

Access: 6 mins walk from Bashamichi OR Nihon Odori Stations

Date: 23 November to 25 December 2019

Hours: 11:00~22:00 (light-up from 16:00)

Fee: Free

Website: https://www.yokohama-akarenga.jp/en/


Kanagawa Prefecture

One of Japan’s biggest winter illumination event, Sagamiko Illumillion is held at Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest. Over 6 million colourful LED lights covers the vast park in various themes and shapes. This long-run event is available till early April when cherry blossoms can be seen with light-ups.

Map: https://goo.gl/sZaLJT

Access: Bus from Sagamiko station (JR Chuo line) or Direct bus service is available from Shinjuku bus terminal “BUSTA”

Date: 2 November 2019 to 5 April 2020

Hours: 16:00~21:30

Closed: Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8 January to 12 March 2020

Admission: 1,000 JPY

Website: http://www.sagamiko-resort.jp/illumillion/

3. Country Farm Tokyo German Village Winter Illumination

Chiba Prefecture

Country Farm Tokyo German Village (東京ドイツ村) is a nature theme park located in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture. Their 12th illumination event is held from 1 Nov with 3 million LED lights, creating a colourful fairy tale world. The 70 m long tunnel of lights is the best highlight of the event.

Map: https://goo.gl/f3s6rN

Access: bus from Sodegaura Station then walk for 15 mins

Date: TBA (1 November 2018 to 7 April 2019)

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

Fee: 500 yen per person OR 2,500 yen per car

Website: http://t-doitsumura.co.jp/special_event/ (Japanese only)

4. Ashikaga Flower Park Light Flower Garden 2018

Tochigi Prefecture

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

Map: https://goo.gl/zEqaXc

Access: 13 mins walk from Tomita Station

Date: 26 October 2019 to 6 February 2020

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

Closed: 31 December

Fee: 1,000 yen

Website: https://www.ashikaga.co.jp/flowerfantasy_special2019/jp/

5. Toki no Sumika

Shizuoka Prefecture

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: 26 October 2019 to 15 March 2020


Fee: Free (some areas charge a fee)

Website: http://gotembakogenresort.com/