5 Best Winter Illuminations in Japan 2019

The Most Spectacular Winter Illumination Events in Japan 2018–2019

During winter, Japan hosts numbers of winter illumination events through the country, and it’s most popular winter activity. Out of 100s of illumination events, today I have picked 5 most gorgeous winter illumination in Japan 2019 you may wanna visit once in your lifetime! Let’s get lost in the winter wonderland with colourful lights!


1. Shibuya Blue Cave

Shibuya Blue Cave (渋谷 青の洞窟) might not be a huge-scale event, but one of most popular and spectacular winter illuminations in the country, which invited over 2 million visitors last year. This year, over 600k mystical blue LED lights decorate the 800m long avenue in the heart of Tokyo.

Map: https://goo.gl/mWzP54

Access: Shibuya Koen Dori Street ~ Yoyogi Park Keyaki Namiki (approx 800 m)

Date: TBA (30 November to 31 December 2018 (till 16 January 2019 at Shibuya Koen Dori Street))

Hours: 17:00〜22:00

Fee: Free

2. Sagamiko Illumillion

Sagamiko Illumillion (さがみ湖イルミリオン) is the biggest winter illumination event in Kanto region using approx 6 million of colouful LED lights. It’s held at Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest in Sagami City, Kanagwa prefecture every winter since 2008. The long-run event can be enjoyed till early April.

Map: https://goo.gl/sZaLJT

Access: Bus from Sagamiko station (JR Chuo line) or Direct bus service is available from Shinjuku bus terminal “BUSTA”

Date: TBA (3 November 2018 to 7 April 2019)

Hours: 10:00~21:30 (illumination starts from 16:00)

Closed: 
January 9/10/16/17/23/24/30/31
February 6/7/13/14/20/21/27/28
March 6/7/13/14

Admission: 1,000 JPY

3. Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination

Nabana no Sato (なばなの里) is a theme park dedicated to flowers, green and hot spring bath in Mie Prefecture. The park attracts most visitors during winter by one of the biggest illumination events in Japan featuring about 8 million LED lights. There are numbers of spectacular illumination spots in the park including the famous “Tunnel of Lights”.

Map: https://goo.gl/ang6vt

Access: Bus from Kintetsu Nagashima Station (10 mins)

Date: TBA (20 October 2018 to 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)

4. Kobe Luminarie

Kobe Luminarie (神戸ルミナリエ) is one of oldest winter illumination events in Japan, which originally started in 1995 for the repose of souls to the Great Hanshin Earthquake victims. Over 3 millions people visit this 10-day event every year.

Map: https://goo.gl/Xzkm6k

Access: short walk from Motomachi or Sannomiya Stations

Date: TBA (7 to 16 December 2018)

Hours: 18:00~21:30 (Mon-Thu), 18:00~22:00 (Fri), 17:00~22:00 (Sat), 17:00~21:30 (Sun)

Fee: Free

5. Huis Ten Bosch Kingdom of Light

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.

<< Click HERE to book e-tickets to Huis Ten Bosch >>

Map: https://goo.gl/pqvRst

Access: Huis Ten Bosch Station

Date: TBA (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


How did you enjoy my list of 5 best winter illuminations in Japan?? For more exciting winter events in the country, you may be interested in these articles below, too!

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