5 Best Winter Illuminations in Japan 2023-2024

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 2023-2024 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 (8 to 25 December 2022)

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: early November to May 2024

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

Admission: From 1,800 to 4,500 yen

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: 21 October 2023 to 2 June 2024

Hours: 10:00~21:00 (the illumination start from sunset)

Fee: 2,500 yen (includes 1,000 yen coupon which can be used in the park) *From December 23,24 and 25 from 15:00 to 23:00, a special advance ticket is required. It cannot be purchased locally on the day. Check the official website. 

4. Kobe Luminarie

Kobe Luminarie (神戸ルミナリエ) is one of the 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: 19 to 28 January 2024

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

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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.

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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