5 Best Winter Illuminations in Japan 2021-2022

The Most Spectacular Winter Illumination Events in Japan

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 2021-2022 winter 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 (29 November to 31 December 2019 (till 14 January 2020 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)

Date: TBA (14 November 2020 to 4 April 2021)

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

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

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 (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)

4. Kobe Luminarie <<Cancelled>>

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.

The event for 2021 is cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Map: https://goo.gl/Xzkm6k

Access: short walk from Motomachi or Sannomiya Stations

Date: N/A

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 Lights

The Kingdom of Lights 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 used to be held only in winter, but now it can be enjoyed through the year with different seasonal themes including spring, summer Halloween and Christmas.

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

Map: https://goo.gl/pqvRst

Access: Huis Ten Bosch Station

Hours: 9:00~21:00 (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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