Best Winter Illuminations in Japan : Japan Illumination Map 2020-2021
Best Winter Illumination Spots in Japan
It’s all about illuminations during winter in Japan. The whole country gets bright and turns into magical winter wonderland with colourful illuminations! More and more light-up events are held across the country every year, and you can enjoy beautiful illuminations at most of large cities in Japan.
In case you are wondering which illumination events you should visit or are available nearby, check out our list of Japan’s top winter illuminations in 2020-2021 winter with the Japan Illumination Map to find your favourite illumination this season!
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 780,000 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.
Access: short walk from Odori Station
Date: 20 Nov 2020 to 14 March 2021 (partially close on earlier dates)
Hours: 16:30～22:00 (partially till 24:00)
SENDAI Pageant of Starlight 2020
SENDAI Pageant of Starlight (SENDAI光のページェント) is a classic light-up event held at Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, which marks 35th year in 2020. Approx 600,000 LED lights illuminate the Zelkova trees lined on 700 m long Jozenji Street, as well as several other illuminations which take places around the city.
Access: short walk from Kotodai Koen Station
Date: 18 to 31 December 2020, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 January 2021
Website: http://www.sendaihikape.jp/ (Japanese)
Tokyo Winter Illuminations 2020-2021
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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.
Access: 20 mins walk from Enoshima Station or Katase Enoshima Station
Date: 21 November 2020 to 7 March 2021
Hours: 17:00~20:00 (Weekday), 17:00~21:00 (Weekend, Holiday and 23–30 December 2019)
Fee: 200 JPY (+300 JPY for observation tower)
Ashikaga Flower Park (足利フラワーパーク) is best known for its gorgeous wisteria festival which is held every spring, but also attracts visitors in winter time by one of largest winter illuminations in the country. Over 5 million LED lights cover the vast space of 100,000 square meters and represent lights of charming flowers colourfully.
Access: 13 mins walk from Tomita Station
Date: 17 October 2020 to 7 February 2021
Hours: 16:30～20:30 (~21:00 on Sat, Sun and holidays)
Closed: 31 December
Fee: 1,000 yen
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. The park’s illumination event is held annually from early November until April following year 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: 30 October 2020 to 28 March 2021
Hours: 9:30～20:00 (illumination starts from sunset)
Fee: 800 yen
Website: http://t-doitsumura.co.jp/special_event/ (Japanese only)
Tobu Zoo Winter Illumination 2020-2021
Tobu Zoo (東武動物公園) is a leisure park consists of a zoo, amusement facilities and a vast park. Their illumination event brightens up the spacey park by over 3 million colourful LED lights, and features a light show with music.
Access: 10 mins walk from Tobu Dobutsu Koen Station West Exit
Date: 21 November 2020 to 14 February 2021 (illumination is held only on weekends and holidays in Nov, Jan and Feb)
Closed: 1, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 January, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 February 2021
Fee: 1,200 yen (illumination pass), 3000 yen (illumination and night ride pass after 3 pm)
One of Japan’s biggest winter illumination events, Sagamiko Illumilion (相模湖イルミリオン) is held at Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest, Kanagawa Prefecture. Over 6 million colouful 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)
Date: 14 November 2020 to 4 April 2021
Closed: Wednesdays and Thursdays between 18 November to 17 December 2020
Admission: 1,000 JPY
Toki no Sumika Winter Illumination 2020-2021
Toki no Sumika (時之栖) is a leisure resort with a hotel and 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. The site hosts an annual illumination event “Hikari no Sumika” featuring over 5.5 million LED lights displayed in various themes, such as the Tunnel of Lights and the light show of fountain.
Access: Free shuttle bus available from Gotenba, Mishima and Susono Stations
Date: 18 September 2020 to 21 March 2021
Fee: Free (some areas charge a fee)
Izu Granpal Amusement Park: GRAN ILLUMI 2020-2021
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 rides, attractions and entertainment facilities for kids to adults. The park’s gorgeous winter illumination features over 6 million LED lights which stretches through the 8ha vast space, and can be enjoyed with their special attractions at night.
Access: Bus from Izu Kogen Station (20 mins) or Taxi (10 mins)
Date: 19 September 2020 to 31 August 2021
Hours: 18:00～21:30 (depends of the day)
fee: 1,500 yen
Nabana no Sato (なばなの里) is a theme park dedicated to flowers, greens and hot spring in Mie Prefecture. The park attracts most visitors during winter by one of Japan’s biggest illumination events featuring about 8 million LED lights turning the entire park into a magical winter wonderland.
Access: Bus from Kintetsu Nagashima Station (10 mins)
Date: 24 October 2020 to 31 May 2021
Hours: 9:00~21:00 (the illumination start from sunset)
Fee: 2,300 yen (includes 1,000 yen coupon which can be used in the park)
Shiroyone Senmaida Light Up 2020-2021
Shiroyone Senmaida (白米千枚田)’s light-up is quite different from other illumination events in Japan since it takes place at rice paddies in Wajima City on Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa Prefecture. The rice paddies by the ocean are lightened up with 21,000 pink LED lights and twinkle at night.
Date: 17 October 2020 to 14 March 2021
Hours: 16:55~(Dec,)17:15~(Jan), 17:50~(Feb), 18:15~(Mar)
Official Website: http://senmaida.wajima-kankou.jp/en/
Festival of the Lights in Osaka 2020
Festival of the Lights in Osaka 2020 is one of most spectacular city illuminations in Japan, which invited over 10 million visitors last year. The event is composed of several small and large light-ups in central Osaka, and the two main illuminations are “Mido-suji Illumination 2020” and “OSAKA Hikari-Renaissance 2020”.
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Date: 3 November 2020 to 31 January 2021
Website: http://www.hikari-kyoen.com/ (Japanese)
KYOTO ILLUMINATION SYNESTHESIA HILLS
The popular winter illumination “Kyoto Illumiere” was held at Rurikei Onsen during winter annually, but from this year, the illumination is back as a new facility, KYOTO ILLUMINATION SYNESTHESIA HILLS (シナスタジアヒルズ 京都イルミネーション) that is available through the year. The colourful lights collaborate with music and digital arts offering visitors a whole new illumination experience.
Access: Free shuttle bus services available from JR Sonobe Station OR Nose Dentetsu Nissei Line Nissei Station
Hours: Sunset to 22:00
Fee: 1,500 yen (weekdays)/1,800 yen (weekends)/2,000 (holiday season)
Website: http://www.synesthesia-hills.jp/ (Japanese)
Kobe Luminarie 2020 <<CANCELLED>>
Kobe Luminarie (神戸ルミナリエ) is an illumination event held annually in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture in December. The event originally started in 1995 to commemorate the Great Hanshin Earthquake. The colourful and gorgeous light installations which are designed by Japanese and Italian artists are displayed at multiple locations within the city. The event invites a few million visitors every year.
In 2020, Kobe Luminarie is decided to be cancelled due to the pandemic of COVID-19
Access: Short walk from Motomachi Station
Hours: Sunset to 22:00
Website: http://kobe-luminarie.jp/ (Japanese)
Hiroshima Dreamination 2020
Hiroshima Dreamination (ひろしまドリミネーション) is a light-up event held in city center of Hiroshima. The event take place at several locations with different themes. The illumination might be rustic comparing to others, yet it’s good enough to feel the Christmassy atmosphere, and worth visiting if you are around Hiroshima City.
Date: 17 November 2020 to 3 January 2021
Website: http://www.dreamination.com/ (Japanese)
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 and collaborates park’s attractions and music. It’s arguably the most gorgeous and dynamic illumination event today. The limited time illumination, Christmas Lights is available until 25 December.
Access: Huis Ten Bosch Station
Date: 1 November 2020 to 5 May 2021
Hours: 9:00～ 21:00 (the illumination starts from sunset)
Please check ticket prices via the link → http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/about/?mode=about&Type=2
Feel free to use our Illumination Map to check locations of listed events and nearby attractions! Enjoy magical winter wonderlands with colourful lights:-)
More winter illumination info:
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▶10 Winter Illuminations in Japan You Can still Enjoy after New Year
▶Tokyo Winter Illumination Guide
▶5 Must-See Winter Illuminations near Tokyo
▶ Best Winter Illuminations in Yokohama
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