5 Must-See Winter Illuminations near Tokyo 2018–2019
Best spots for winter illumination day trip from Tokyo
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.
Access: 6 mins walk from Bashamichi OR Nihon Odori Stations
Date: 23 November to 25 December 2018
Hours: 11:00～22:00 (light-up from 16:00)
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.
Access: Bus from Sagamiko station (JR Chuo line) or Direct bus service is available from Shinjuku bus terminal “BUSTA”
Date: 3 November 2018 to 7 April 2019
Admission: 1,000 JPY
3. Country Farm Tokyo German Village Winter Illumination
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.
Access: bus from Sodegaura Station then walk for 15 mins
Date: 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
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.
Access: 13 mins walk from Tomita Station
Date: 27 October 2018 to 5 February 2019
Hours:16:30～21:00 (~21:30 on Sat, Sun and holidays)
Closed: 31 December
Fee: 900 yen
5. 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.
Access: Free shuttle bus available from Gotenba, Mishima and Susono Stations
Date: 27 October 2018 to 17 March 2019
Fee: Free (some areas charge a fee)
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