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Winter Illuminations

Winter illuminations around Christmas and New Year have become a popular attraction in cities across Japan. Illuminations are typically displayed between November and December, but some run longer, starting as early as October and running until Valentine's Day or even into spring. Among Japan's first and most spectacular light shows is Kobe's Luminarie, an Italian designed light festival which was first held as a memorial to the victims of the disastrous Kobe earthquake in 1995. Below are some of Japan's popular seasonal illumination spots:

(Photos are from previous years)

Tokyo

Tokyo Midtown

November 18 to December 25, 2021
17:00 to 21:00

Marunouchi

November 11, 2021 to February 10, 2022
15:00 to 23:00 (until midnight in December)

More illumination displays in Tokyo...

Kanagawa

Sagamiko Illumillion

November 13, 2021 to April 3, 2022 (closed on most Wed and Thur from Jan)
Sunset to 21:00 (until 20:30 or 21:30 on some days)
Admission: to be determined
Access: 8 minute bus ride from JR Sagamiko Station

Sendai

Sendai Pageant of Starlight

Details for 2021 to be determined

Tochigi

Ashikaga Flower Fantasy

October 16, 2021 to February 14, 2022 (closed on December 31)
16:30 to 20:30 (weekends and holidays until 21:00)
Admission: 1100 yen
Access: A short walk from JR Ashikaga Flower Park Station

Nagoya

Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination

October 23, 2021 to May 31, 2022
10:00 to 21:00 (until 22:00 on selected busy days)
Admission: 2300 yen
Access: 30 minutes by bus and train from central Nagoya

Osaka

Osaka Hikari Renaissance

December 14 to 25, 2021; 17:00 to 22:00
Admission: Free
Access: Short walk from Yodoyabashi or Naniwabashi Station

Midosuji Illumination

November 3 to December 31, 2021; 17:00 to 23:00
Admission: Free
Access: stations along Midosuji Street, incl. Yodoyabashi and Shinsaibashi

Kobe

Kobe Luminarie

Cancelled in 2021

Nagasaki

Kingdom of Light

Winter illumination details for 2021/2022 to be determined.
Admission: 4000 yen (entry after 5pm), 7000 yen (full day passport)
Access: Inside Huis Ten Bosch