Best Winter Illuminations in Japan : Japan Illumination Map
Best Winter Illumination Spots in Japan in 2018–2019
Sapporo White Illumination 2018–2019
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: 22 Nov 2018 to 14 March 2019 (partially close on earlier dates)
Hours: 16:30～22:00 (partially till 24:00)
2018 SENDAI Pageant of Starlight
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 33rd year in 2018. 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: 14 to 31 December 2018
Hours: 17:30~22:00 (~23:00 on Fri&Sat)
Website: http://www.sendaihikape.jp/ (Japanese)
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Ashikaga Flower Park: Light Flower Garden 2018
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 4 million LED lights cover the vast space of 94,000㎡ and represent charming flowers colourfully.
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
Country Farm Tokyo German Village Winter Illumination 2018–2019
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)
Tobu Zoo Winter Illumination 2018–2019
Tobu Zoo (東武動物公園) is a leisure park consists of a zoo, amusement facilities and a vast park. Their 10th 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: 27 October 2018 to 11 February 2019 (illumination is held only on weekends and holidays except for: from 1 December to 6 January)
January: 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
February: 5, 6,7
Fee: 1,000 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) or Direct bus service is available from Shinjuku bus terminal “BUSTA”
Date: 3 November 2018 to 7 April 2019
Admission: 1,000 JPY
Toki no Sumika Winter Illumination 2018–2019
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. 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)
Izu Granpal Amusement Park: GRAND ILLUMINATION
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: 20 October 2018 to August 2019
Hours: 16:30～21:30 (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: 20 October 2018~ 6 May 2019
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 2018–2019
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: 13 October 2018 to 10 March 2019
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 2018
Festival of the Lights in Osaka 2018 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 2018” and “OSAKA Hikari-Renaissance 2018”.
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Date: 4 November 2018 to 31 January 2019
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 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
Date: 28th October 2017 to 8th January 2018
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)
Hiroshima Dreamination 2018
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 2018 to 3 January 2019
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.
Access: Huis Ten Bosch Station
Date: 20 October 2018 to 21 April 2019
Hours: 9:00～22:00 (the illumination start 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:
▶5 Best Winter Illuminations in Japan 2018–2019
▶10 Winter Illuminations in Japan You Can still Enjoy after New Year
▶Tokyo Winter Illumination Guide 2018–2019
▶5 Must-See Winter Illuminations near Tokyo 2018–2019
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