Best Winter Illumination Spots in Osaka 2019-2020

Osaka : Best Places to See Winter Illumination 2019-2020

Winter illuminations are the top attraction in Japan during winter, and numbers of light-up events are held across the country during the season. The capital city of western Japan, Osaka is one of the best cities to enjoy winter illuminations in Japan and several spectacular events are available including Universal Studios Japan and the German style Christmas Market. Today, I would like to introduce some of best winter illuminations in Osaka which you shouldn’t miss out 2019-2020 winter! So let’s check them out 🙂


1. Festival of the Lights in Osaka 2019

Festival of the Lights in Osaka 2019 (大阪・光の饗宴2019) is one of most spectacular illumination events in Japan that takes place in several locations in Osaka City. The event is composed of over 20 small and large light-ups, and the two main illumination events are “Mido-suji Illumination 2019” and “OSAKA Hikari-Renaissance 2019”.

-Osaka Hikari Renaissance (14 to 25 December 2019)

The spectacular art festival of lights held in Nakanoshima Park

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-Midosuji Illumination (4 November to 31 December 2019)

Mido-suji Illumination features the 4 km long avenue lightened up by Blue and Yellow LED lights.

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Map: http://bit.ly/2CNpFaZ

Date: 4 November 2019 to 31 January 2020

Hours: 17:00~22:00

Website: http://www.hikari-kyoen.com/ (Japanese)

2. Osaka Castle Illuminage

「大阪城イルミナージュ」大阪城西の丸庭園で - 大阪城×歴史絵巻イルミネーション - 写真1
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Osaka Castle Illuminage (大阪城イルミナージュ) is one of the most unique winter illuminations in Japan that features the spectacular light-up and Japanese historical treasures. The illumination is held at Nishinomaru Garden in Osaka Castle, one of the most important castles in Japan and the top tourist site in Osaka City.

The 150 years history of Japan from Edo Period to Meiji Period will be displayed with over 3 million colourful LED lights on the 30 m long picture scroll. The event also features severa food and drink vendors, and photo spots.

Map: http://bit.ly/2Cl1IqA

Access: 10 mins walk from Tanimachi 4-chome Station

Date: 22 November 2019 to 1 March 2020

Hours: 17:00~22:00

Fee: 1,200 yen

3. Osaka German Christmas Market

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The biggest Christmas Market in western Japan, Osaka German Christmas Market (ドイツ・クリスマスマーケット大阪) is back in 2019 winter. The event is held at the popular complex buildings, Shin Umeda City near JR Osaka Station.

The authentic German Christmas Market offers various kinds of Christmas food and drinks, as well as special decoration including the 27 m tall Christmas tree and the jolly winter illumination with approx 350,000 LED lights. Enjoy the delicious European style Christmas food with joyful Christmas illumination in the heart of the city!

Map: http://bit.ly/2EqAJfV

Access: 7 mins walk from JR Osaka Station

Date: 15 November to 25 December 2019

Hours: 12:00〜21:00 (Mon-Thu), 12:00~22:00 (Fri), 11:00~22:00 (Sat, Sun and Holidays)
(Illumination from 17:00~)

4. Universal Studios Japan

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Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is one of the best amusement parks in the whole world, and along with Tokyo Disney Resort, it’s the most visited amusement facility in Japan. Several seasonal events are held at USJ through the year, and the Christmas event “Universal Crystal Christmas” is one of park’s most popular annual event, featuring colourful Christmas decoration and lights, and several special events including a new live show .

Map: http://bit.ly/2ylBMZb

Access: short walk from Universal City Station

Date: 14 November 2019 to 13 January 2020

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5. Kaiyukan Illumination

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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (海遊館) is a popular aquarium located at the bay area of Osaka City. It’s one of the largest aquarium in the world which displays a large number of sea creatures including a whale shark.

The special winter illumination is held at Kaiyukan every winter, and it’s back in 2019–2020 winter. The illuminations take places at several locations in and outside of the aquarium including the 20 m tall whale shark shaped illumination. Kaiyukan is one of the top sightseeing spots in Osaka City, so why don’t you grab a chance to visit there while the special events are held only this time of year?? The illumination is available till March next year.

Map: http://bit.ly/2EqAhyf

Access: short walk from Osakako Station

Date: 2 November 2019 to 1 March 2020

Hours:17:00〜22:00

Fee: Free (admission fee is required inside the aquarium)

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6. GRAND FRONT OSAKA

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GRAND FRONT OSAKA (グランフロント大阪) is a massive commercial complex near Osaka Station that consists of over 260 shops, restaurants, cafes, hotel, office, theatre and more. The Christmas event “GRAND WISH CHRISTMAS 2019” will be held at the complex from 7 November to 25 December 2019.

GRAND WISH CHRISTMAS 2019 will be featuring several special events at several locations within the complex including Christmas illuminations such as the Brilliant Tree, the glittering golden Christmas tree and the Champagne Gold Illumination that decorates the tree-lined avenue. There will be also an outdoor ice skating rink and small Christmas market.

Map: http://bit.ly/2Jrjz1B

Access: short walk from JR Osaka Station

Date: 7 November to 25 December 2019

Hours: Shops 10:00~21:00, Restaurants 11:00~23:00 *Opening hours may differ by shop
(Illumination from 17:00~)

7. Hirakata Park

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Hirakata Park (ひらかたパーク) is a popular amusement park located in Hirakata City, Osaka Prefecture. The park offers a large selection of rides and attractions suitable for small kids to thrill seekers. The park is hosting an annual winter illumination event on weekends and holidays from 3 November 2019 to 1 March 2020 (everyday from 16 December 2019 to 6 January 2020). With the theme of “Time Travel Fantasy”, the event features several spectacular and dreamy illuminations such including the 10 m tall Christmas tree with mysterious compasses, the Lantern Carnival Square, the Flower Garden of Lights, and more.

Map: http://bit.ly/2PqKhvb

Access: short walk from Hirakata Koen Station

Illumination Date:
Weekend and Holidays from 3 November 2019 to 1 March 2020
Everyday from 16 December 2019 to 6 January 2020 (except 18 Dec and 1 Jan)

Please check opening hours and closed days from the official website:
http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/timetables?year=2019&month=11

8. Abeno Harukas

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CITY LIGHT FANTASIA BY NAKED -Crystal World- (シティライトファンタジア バイ ネイキッド -クリスタル ワールド-)  is held at Abeno Harukas, the multi-purpose commercial building/the tallest skyscraper in Osaka, from 23 November 2019 to 31 March 2020. The event is produced by NAKED, the well-known creative group who has hosted numbers of events across Japan using the latest digital technology, art and light effects.  The main venue of the event is Harukas 300, the observation deck on 60th floor of the building situated 300 m above the underground.

Map: http://bit.ly/2OqVv0I

Access: Direct access from Kintetsu Osaka-Abenobashi Station or short walk from Tennoji Station

Date: 23 November 2019 to 31 March 2020

Hours: 17:30~21:40 (23 Nov 2019 to 16 Jan 2020)/18:00~21:40 (17 Jan to 13 Feb 2020)/18:30~21:40 (18:30~21:40)

Admission to Observation Deck : 1,500 yen (over 18 year-old), 1,200 yen (12-17 year-old), 700 yen (6-11 year-old), 500 yen (over 4 year-old)

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