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!


-Hokkaido&Tohoku Region-

Sapporo White Illumination 2020-2021

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/HfKkD3

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)

Website: https://white-illumination.jp/

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 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.

Map: https://goo.gl/LQVntm

Access: short walk from Kotodai Koen Station

Date: TBA (6 to 31 December 2019)

Hours: 17:30~22:00 (~23:00 on Fri&Sat)

Website: http://www.sendaihikape.jp/ (Japanese)

-Kanto Region-

Tokyo Winter Illuminations 2020-2021

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Enoshima Illumination: the Jewel of Shonan

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.

Map: http://bit.ly/2WmaLzD

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)

Website: https://enoshima-seacandle.com/event/shonannohoseki/

Ashikaga Flower Park: Flower Fantasy 2020-2021

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/zEqaXc

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

Website: https://www.ashikaga.co.jp/flowerfantasy_special2020/en/index.html

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/f3s6rN

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/t4SnrM

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

Hours:17:00〜20:00

Fee: 1,200 yen (illumination pass), 3000 yen (illumination and night ride pass after 3 pm)

Website: https://www.tobuzoo.com/global/english/

Sagamiko Illumillion

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/sZaLJT

Access: Bus from Sagamiko station (JR Chuo line)

Date: 14 November 2020 to 4 April 2021

Hours: 16:00~21:00

Closed: Wednesdays and Thursdays between 18 November to 17 December 2020

Admission: 1,000 JPY

Website: http://www.sagamiko-resort.jp/illumillion/

-Tokai&Chubu Region-

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/dgKtMS

Access: Free shuttle bus available from Gotenba, Mishima and Susono Stations

Date: 18 September 2020 to 21 March 2021

Hours: 17:30~22:00

Fee: Free (some areas charge a fee)

Website: http://gotembakogenresort.com/

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/g8VMCi

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

Website: http://granillumi.com/#top (illumination), http://granpal.com/lang/index.html (park)

Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination 2020-2021

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/ang6vt

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/7UiD4j

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/

-Kansai&Chugoku Region-

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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Map: https://goo.gl/7nVy4T

Date: 3 November 2020 to 31 January 2021

Hours: 17:00~22:00

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/5JkXez

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

Map: http://bit.ly/35855wP

Access: Short walk from Motomachi Station 

Date: N/A

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/Z4SokG

Date: 17 November 2020 to 3 January 2021

Hours: 17:30~22:30

Website: http://www.dreamination.com/ (Japanese)

-Kyushu Region-

Huis Ten Bosch Kingdom of Light 2020-2021

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.

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Map: https://goo.gl/pqvRst

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:
5 Best Winter Illuminations in Japan
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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