Doraemon Illumination: New Doraemon Theme Area to Open at Sagamiko Illumillion in 2023-2024 Winter


For Winter 2023-2024 SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION is back with a special collaboration with the popular anime Doraemon! Winter illuminations are one of the best thing to do in Japan during Winter so don’t miss the chance to enjoy watching Japan’s largest winter illumination less than 1 hour from Tokyo!

Held at Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, “SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION (さがみ湖イルミリオン) ”  is an annually winter illumination event that started in 2008. With 6 million colourful LED lights SAGAMIKO ILLUMINATION is considered one of Kanto Region’s three largest winter illuminations along with Ashikaga Flower Park and Enoshima Jewel of Shonan and one of the biggest winter illuminations in Japan.

After the success of the Sailor Moon collaboration in 2021-2022, and Sagamiko in 2022-2023 SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION is celebrating its 15th anniversary collaborating with Doraemon to celebrate the new movie. Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Earth Symphony Illumination will be held from November 3, 2023 (Friday, national holiday) to May 12, 2024 (Sunday).

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The Doraemon-themed illumination is inspired in the popular character and his friends. At the end of the 250-meter-long Rainbow Lift, the first thing that greets visitors is a sparkling art wall featuring Doraemon, Nobita, and other characters from the movie. There’s also a giant Doraemon balloon flying on a take-copter over a bridge and river motifs that appear in the movie!

Moreover, there are plenty unique photo spots such as an illumination of Doraemon’s face in the form of a hemispherical balloon and a toy orchestra dome that evokes the image of Doraemon happily performing with a toy orchestra.

In the Hall of Light and Sound visitors can enjoy a dynamic illumination show with music and light, as if Doraemon and his friends were performing in a fantastic space with illuminations and laser lights. In addition, there will be illuminations of familiar secret tools such as Take-copter and the Anywhere Door!

During the event period, the park’s restaurant Wild Dining is also offering a special collaboration menu with original novelties. When you order from the food menu, you will receive an original luncheon mat and when you order from the dessert and drink menu, you will receive an original coaster.

©Fujiko-Pro, Shogakukan, TV-Asahi, Shin-ei, and ADK 2024 Copyright© 2019 FUJIKYUKO CO.,LTD & SAGAMIKO RESORT

Limited-edition goods featuring illustrations of Sumikko Gurashi Illumination will be also on sale at the venue. The limited-edition goods include key holders, clear file sets, blankets, eco bags and other collaboration goods available only at Lake Sagami Illumination. For those that spend over 4,000 yen on shopping,  an original mini pouch will be given as a gift.

©Fujiko-Pro, Shogakukan, TV-Asahi, Shin-ei, and ADK 2024 Copyright© 2019 FUJIKYUKO CO.,LTD & SAGAMIKO RESORT

SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION have 40,000 square-meter vast illumination area divided into 10 zones with different themes and several immersive type illuminations such as the Rainbow Lift, the 250 m long lift taking guests to a journey over the rainbow of lights, and the Light Ferris Wheel standing at an altitude of 370m.


The event is held for about 6 months from 3 November 2023 to 12 May 2024, and the illuminations are lit up after daily after 4pm. Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest is an amusement park where visitor can enjoy their attractions in day time and stay after dark to enjoy the illumination. The park offers a variety of attractions, rides, athletic play field in the forest and day-use Onsen facility. It’s a great place for a day trip from Tokyo and spend a whole day by playing in nature.

SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION is definitely the best instagram-worthy winter event in Kanto area an a must-visit winter destination in Japan in 2023–2024 winter!



Access: Take a Kanachu Bus from Sagamiko Station (JR Chuo Line) and get off at Pleasure Forest Mae Stop

Date: 3 November 2023 to 12 May 2024

Hours: 16:00~21:00


From 4:00 pm 2,000 yen (Adult)/ 1,300 yen (Child, senior and pet dog)
Free Pass 4,500 yen (Adult)/ 3,700 yen (Child and senior)


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As I said, watching winter illumination is the best way to enjoy Japanese winter so if you are living or visiting Japan don’t miss the beautiful winter illumination events near Tokyo!  You have more great winter events around Tokyo in these articles too!

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