Best Winter Illumination Spots in Osaka 2023-2024

Osaka : Best Places to See Winter Illumination

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 2023-2024 winter! So let’s check them out 🙂

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1. Festival of the Lights in Osaka 2023

Festival of the Lights in Osaka 2023 (大阪・光の饗宴2023) is one of the most spectacular illumination events in Japan that takes place in several locations in Osaka City for 90 days (3 November 2023 to 31 January 2024). The event is composed of over 20 small and large light-ups, and the two main illumination events are “Mido-suji Illumination” with the spectacular illumination street and “OSAKA Hikari-Renaissance”with the projection mapping and light painting.

-Osaka Hikari Renaissance (14 to 25 December 2023)

The spectacular art festival of lights held at Osaka City Central Public Hall and Nakanoshima Park

©Festival of the Lights in Osaka Executive Committee

-Midosuji Illumination (3 November to 31 December 2023)

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

©Festival of the Lights in Osaka Executive Committee


Date: 3 November 2023 to 31 January 2024

Hours: 17:00~22:00

Website: (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
©Festival of the Lights in Osaka Executive Committee

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 food and drink vendors, and photo spots.


Access: 10 mins walk from Tanimachi 4-chome Station

Date: 22 November 2023 to 25 February 2024

Hours: 17:00~22:00

Fee: 1,500 yens for adults, 800 yens for kids (Purchase tickets)

3. Osaka Christmas Market

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Osaka Christmas Market (大阪クリスマスマーケット) will be held for the first time in Tennoji area, Osaka City during the Christmas season. The event will take place at the Tenshiba area of Tennoji Park near Tennoji Station.

The authentic German Christmas Market will be offering various kinds of Christmas food and drinks, as well as special decoration and the jolly winter illumination. Enjoy the delicious European style Christmas food with joyful Christmas illumination in the heart of the city!


Access: short walk from Tennoji

Date: 1 to 25 December 2023

Hours: 11:00~21:00

4. Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan Christmas
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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 is one of park’s most popular annual events. The event features colourful Christmas decoration and art of lights, and several special events including a new live show .


Access: short walk from Universal City Station

Date: 21 November 2023 to 8 January 2024

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Related article: Universal Studios Japan Christmas

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 takes place at several locations in and outside of the aquarium. 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 displayed until late February next year.


Access: short walk from Osakako Station

Date: 17 November 2023 to 31 January 2024

Hours: 17:00~21:15

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

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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 2023” will be held at the complex from 9 November to 25 December 2023.

GRAND WISH CHRISTMAS 2023 will celebrate Grand Front Osaka’s 10th anniversary, offering special contents at several locations with the theme of “Joyful Winter” including the 12m tall Christmas tree with merry-go-round motif and the champagne gold illumination decorating the tree-lined avenue at the square outside.


Access: short walk from JR Osaka Station

Date: 9 November to 25 December 2023

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 from 3 November 2023 to 7 April 2024.

With the theme of “Music”, 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.


Access: short walk from Hirakata Koen Station

Illumination Date: 3 November 2023 to 7 April 2024

Please check opening hours and closed days from the official website:

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8. Illumi Night Banpaku

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Illumin Night Banpaku (イルミナイト万博) is an illumination event held at Expo Commemorative Park in Osaka. The event is taking place for 15 days in total during December (on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1 to 24 December and 28, 29, 30 December). The iconic “Tower of the Sun” will be illuminated with various designs, and a 7m tall Christmas tree will also appear near the statue.


Access: Banpaku Kinen Koen Station

Date: from 1 to 24 December (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) and 28, 29, 30 December

Hours: sunset to 21:00

9. Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas Sky Illumination (あべのハルカス 天空のイルミネーション) is held annually at Abeno Harukas, the multi-purpose commercial building/the tallest skyscraper in Osaka, from November to February next year. The event features illuminations and photo spots at numbers of places at the site including Harukas 300, the observation deck on 60th floor of the building situated 300 m above the underground. The top part of the building’s exterior also has a special light-up.


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

Date: 3 November 2023 to 29 February 2024

Hours: 17:00~22:00

Admission to Observation Deck : 1,800 yen (adult), 1,200 yen (junior-high and high school students), 700 yen (primary school students), 500 yen (children), free under 4 year-old

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Thanks for reading! I hope you have enjoyed my Osaka Illumination Guide 2023-2024! If you wanna check out more information about the winter illuminations in Japan this winter, here are some more useful articles to read!

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