Winter Illuminations

KOBE LUMINARIE ILLUMINATION (Hyogo prefecture, Japan): Dec. 4-13, 6-9:30 p.m. on Mon.-Thu., 6-10 p.m. on Fri., 5-10 p.m. on Sat., 5-9:30 p.m. on Sun.; 21st memorial illumination decorated with 20,000 LEDs, in Kobe city; 100-yen donation per visitor for sustaining this project at the site requested; seven-minute walk from Motomachi Station on JR Kobe Line; 078-303-0038.


KANAZAWA CASTLE & KENROKUEN GARDEN AUTUMN ILLUMINATION (Ishikawa prefecture): Through Nov. 29, 5:30-9 p.m.; includes live concerts 6:30 & 8 p.m. Nov. 28; 10-minute ride from JR Kanazawa Station or Kenrokuen-shita Bus Stop after taking a us from JR Kanazawa Station; free; 076-234-3800.

KURIHAMA FLOWER PARK WINTER ILLUMINATION (Kanagawa prefecture): Nov. 29-Feb. 14, 5-8 p.m.; decorated with 120,000 LEDs; 15-minute walk from JR Kurihama Station on Yokosuka Line or Keikyu Kurihama Station; free; 046-833-8282.

KOBE LUMINARIE ILLUMINATION (Hyogo prefecture): Dec. 4-13, 6-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 6-10 p.m. Fri., 5-10 p.m. Sat., 5-9:30 p.m. Sun.; 21st memorial illumination with the theme Nel Cuore Kobe decorated with 20,000 LEDs; seven-minute walk from Motomachi Station on JR Kobe Line; 100 yen donation requested to help sustain this project; 078-303-0038. 

SHOWA KINEN PARK WINTER VISTA ILLUMINATION 2015 (western Tokyo): Dec. 5-27, 5-9 p.m.; illuminated trees and a fountain, and pyramid-shaped decorations made with Champagne glasses; 15-minute walk from north exit of JR Tachikawa Station; 410 yen adults, 80 yen; 042-528-1751.

NISHI SHINJUKU ILLUMINATION MUSEUM 2015 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 5 p.m.; illumination on five buildings and four hotels at the west side of Shinjuku area, decorated with 260,000 LED lights; JR Shinjuku Station; 03-5322-6640. 

RISONARE YATSUGATAKE CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Dec. 25, 5-10 p.m.; featuring illumination on 300 trees at Hoshino Risonare Yatsugatake; JR Kobuchizawa Station on Chuo Line, free shuttle available; 050-3786-0055.

MISAWA CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2015 (Aomori prefecture): Through Dec. 25, 5 p.m.-midnight; at a shopping arcade in Misawa city and the front gate at Misawa AB, five-minute drive from JR Misawa Station; 0176-53-2175.


ROPPONGI HILLS GALAXY ILLUMINATION 2015 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 5-11 p.m.; “Snow & Blue” 1.2 million LEDs line Keyaki Street; Subway Hibiya Line to Roppongi Station; 03-6406-6000.   

TOKYO SKYTREE DREAM CHRISTMAS 2015: Through Dec. 25; illumination with three themes on the tower; 5:30, 6:30, 7, 7:30 & 8 p.m. Dec. 1-25, seven-minute projection mappings on a 140-meter-wide screen at 5, 6 and 7th floors; Tokyo Skytree Station on Tobu-Line or Oshiage Station on metro; 0570-55-0634. 

MACHIDA GRANDBERRY MALL CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2015 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, sunset-10 p.m.; 52.5-foot fir tree with 120,000 LEDs that blink with the theme Snow Christmas Garden at Grandberry Mall outlet shops; 042-795-0109. 

NISHI SHINJUKU ILLUMINATION MUSEUM 2015 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 4 p.m.-midnight; illumination on five buildings and four hotels on the west side of Shinjuku area, decorated with varieties of 260,000 LEDs; JR Shinjuku Station; 03-5322-6640.

WHITE KITTE ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 5:10-10:40 p.m. weekdays, until 9:30 p.m. weekends; illumination in the theme Snow Covered Fantasy World on a 47.6-foot tree along with music at 1st floor of Kitte (stamp); one-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station; 03-3216-2811.

TOKYO MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION: Through Dec. 25, 5-11 p.m.; blue-based Starlight Garden art using 183,000 LEDs at Midtown, Midtown Garden, Garden Terrace, Galleria and Plaza; from Roppongi Station on Metro Hibiya and Chiyoda Lines, and Roppongi Station on Oedo-Line; 03-3475-3100.

STARRYSKY ILLUMINATION AT ROPPONGI HILLS OBSERVATORY (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; enjoy night views in sync with projection-mapping and planetarium from Roppongi Hills Observatory, Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line; 1,800 yen adults, 1,200 yen college and senior high school students, 600 yen children, plus 500 yen for viewing from observatory area, 03-6406-6652.

NAGASAKI ROMANTIC ILLUMINATION - GLOVER GARDEN ILLUMINATION (Nagasaki prefecture): Through Dec. 27, 5-8 p.m., until 9 p.m. Dec. 22-25; 8-1, Minami Yamate-cho, Nagasaki city, four-minute walk from Ouratenshudo stop (street car); 610 yen adults, 300 yen senior high school students, 180 yen junior high school and elementary school students; 095-822-8223.

HIROSHIMA DREAMINATION (Hiroshima prefecture): Through Jan. 3, 5:30-10:30 p.m.; 1.4 million lights in the theme of Fairyland along Peace Boulevard and more; two-minute walk from Fukuro-machi station (streetcar); 082-247-6805.

TAMA CENTER ILLUMINATION 2015 (Tokyo): Through Jan. 7, 4:30-10:30 p.m.; 58 camphor and fir trees decorated with 400,000 LEDs along the Parthenon Odori Street; Tama Monorail Tama Center Station on Odakyu Tama Line; 090-8946-9909.

BACCARAT ETERNAL LIGHTS (Tokyo): Through Jan. 11, 4 p.m.-midnight; illumination at the entrance, clock square, and promenade along the slope until Dec. 25; illumination of 410 Baccarat chandeliers decorated with 26,471 pieces of crystal parts contrasted with 100,000 LEDs from noon-midnight at Yebisu Garden Place, five-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station East Exit; 03-5423-7111. 

DANCE WITH TWINKLE LIGHTS AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 2015-2016 (Saitama prefecture): Through Jan. 11, 5 p.m.-midnight; illumination with music, along with Christmas concerts 4-8:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 20, 23-25 at Keyaki Hiroba of Saitama Super Arena, Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku, Utsunomiya and Takasaki Lines; 048-601-1122.  

BIHOKU PARK WINTER ILLUMINATION (Hiroshima prefecture): Through Jan. 11, 5:30-9 p.m.; includes music performances; 4-10, Mikkaichi town, Shobara city, five-minute ride from Shobara I.C. on Chugoku Express; 410 yen adults, 80 yen children, plus 310 yen for parking; 0824-72-7000. 

ILLUMINATION GARDEN AT ASHIKAGA FLOWER PARK (Tochigi prefecture): Through Feb. 4, 4:30-9 p.m. weekdays, until 9:30 p.m. weekends & holidays; garden is decorated with 3 million LEDs; 15-minute drive from Sano Fujioka I.C. on Tohoku Express or 13-minute walk from JR Tomita Station on Ryumo Line or free bus from Ashikaga Station on JR and Tobu Ashikaga-Line on weekends and holidays; 700 yen adults, 350 yen kids; 0284-91-4939. 

TOKYO DOME CITY WINTER ILLUMINATION: Through Feb. 14, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Tokyo Dome City is lit with 190,000 LED lights on Tokyo Dome and more; JR Suidobashi Station on Sobu Line Suidobashi Station or Korakuen Station on Marunouchi Line; 03-5800-9999. 

YOMIURILAND JEWELLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 14, 4-8:30 p.m., until 9 p.m. Dec. 19-25; art using 4 million lights with the theme of Jewelry Colors, as well as 88.5-foot-tall Jewelry Angel Tower at Forest Area; 1,000 yen adults, 500 yen junior and senior high school students, 1,800 yen adults (includes admission, free rides, except Ferris wheel & gondola), 1,300 yen ages 3-17; 4015-1, Yanokuchi, Inagi City; 044-966-1111.

CARETTA (SHIODOME CITY CENTER) ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 14, 5-11 p.m.., except Jan. 1 & 2; Canyon d’Azur illumination decorated with 270,000 LEDs along with music; two-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station; 03-6218-2100.

MARUNOUCHI ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 14, 5-11 p.m., until midnight in December; 200 trees — with 1 million champagne gold LEDs — on the streets on Marunouchi area (Otemachi and Yurakucho); JR Tokyo Station; 03-5218-5100.

MIKIMOTO (Tokyo): Through Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; display with paper crafts in sync with projection-mapping by Davy & Kristin McGuire at Mikimoto Ginza 2 the Ginza district; two-minute walk from Ginza Station on Metro; 0120-868254.

AKASAKA SACAS ILLUMINATION 2015-2016 (Tokyo): Through Feb. 25, noon-9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends and holidays; 1,670 LEDs with music along with star, meteor stream, aurora, and snowfall at 1st floor of Akasaka Biz Tower of Akasaka Sacas; Akasaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3746-6666. 

YOKOHAMA COSMO WORLD WINTER FANTASY 2015 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Feb. 29, sunset-midnight; features 82-foot tree decorated with 270,000 LEDs and the Cosmo Clock Ferris wheel decorated with pink-red lights (may not available during a certain period due to renovation); three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line; free admission but pay for each ride; 045-641-6591. 

TOKYO TOWER: Through Feb. 29, 4 p.m.-midnight; 32.8-foot tree decorated with orange 16,000 LEDs, and 24,000 LED ornaments with music from Sunrio animated movie and its characters Kiki & Lala at the first floor main gate and 492-foot-high observation desk; five-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Akabanebashi Station; 03-3433-5111. 

TOKINOSUMIKA WINTER ILLUMINATION (Shizuoka prefecture): Through March 21, 4:30-10 p.m.; enjoy fantasy world created in three areas such as flowers, projection mapping performance in sync with fountain and aquarium illuminated by LEDs; five-minute drive from Susono I.C. on Tomei Express or a 15-minute drive from Gotenba I.C. on Tomei Express or free shuttle bus available from JR Mishimae and Gotemba Stations, 719 Kamiyama, Gotemba city; 1,000 yen ages 13+, 200 yen children, free ages 5 & younger; 0550-87-3700.

COUNTRY FARM GERMAN VILLAGE WINTER ILLUMINATION 2015 (Chiba prefecture): Through March 31, 4-8 p.m.; one of the biggest illuminations in Japan, which brings guests into a fantasy world with the theme of “Toy Box” using 2.5 million LEDs; five-minute drive from Anesaki Sodegaura I.C. on Tateyama Express or an eight-minute drive from Kisarazu Higashi I.C. on Ken-oh Express; 2,000 yen/vehicle after 3 p.m., 500 yen for walk-in; 0438-60-5511.  

SAGAMIKO ILLUMINATION (Kanagawa prefecture): Through April 10, 5-9:30 p.m., daily until Jan. 11, Fri. through Sun. Jan.-April; fantasy world created with 5.5 million LEDs synced with music at Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest, 10-minute bus ride from JR Sagamiko Station on Chuo-Line and Hashimoto Station on JR and Keio-Lines or seven-minute ride from Sagamiko Higashi I.C. (Exit only) on Chuo Express; 800 yen adults, 500 yen children, 1,000 yen parking; 042-685-1111. 

KINGDOM OF LIGHT AT NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): Through April 18; 13 million lightbulbs at this Dutch-style theme park; 0956-58-0080.


ITOMAN PEACEFUL ILLUMINATION: Dec. 12-Jan. 3, 6-10 p.m., until 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31; 350,000 LEDs at Itoman Kanko Noen, includes concerts and live performances 7-9 p.m. Dec. 25, fireworks 9 p.m. Dec. 25, and fireworks and a countdown Dec. 31; 400 yen adults Dec. 12-18, 500 yen adults Dec. 19-Jan. 3, free for children; Heiwa-no Hikari Committee; 098-840-8135.

CHRISTMAS FANTASY 2015: Dec. 23-28, 4-9:30 p.m.; events include 140,000 lights, laser beams and fireworks along with concerts, dance performances and attractions at Okinawa Children’s Kingdom, 15-minute drive from Okinawa Minami I.C., 50-minute drive from Naha Airport; 2,200 yen adults/1,800 yen advance tickets, 1,200 yen kids/1,000 yen advance tickets; 098-933-4190.

CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION AT HOTEL NIKKO ALIVIA: Through Dec. 25, sunset-midnight; enjoy illumination decorated with 80,000 LEDs; 60-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-982-9111.

SOUTHEAST BOTANICAL GARDEN NIGHT DECORATION: Through Feb. 14, 5-10 p.m.; includes music and dance weekends; 1,800 yen adults, 1,000 yen ages 16-18, 500 yen children, with dinner: 4,500 yen adults, 4,000 yen ages 16-18, 3,800 yen ages 13-15, 2,400 yen ages 7-12, 1,000 yen ages 4-6, free ages 3 and younger; 098-939-2555.

KANUCHA RESORT STARDUST FANTASIA: Through Feb. 29, 6-11 p.m. Nov. & Dec., 7-11 p.m. Jan. 1-Feb. 29; 1 million LEDs in the theme of Stars and Jewelry; 80 minute ride from Naha Airport; 3,000 yen/vehicle, 2,000 yen/vehicle for advance tickets, free for a stay or a dinner; 0980-55-8880.

KARIYUSHI OCEANSPA MILLION FANTASY: Through April 10, sunset-midnight; 1.4 million LEDs illuminating 11 areas of Kariyushi Oceanspa, 90-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-967-8731.

South Korea

LIGHTING FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi province): Dec. 4-March 13, 5:30-9 p.m., until 11 p.m. Saturdays and Dec. 24, 25 & 31; Lighting Festival at the Garden of Morning Calm is the biggest festival of lights in South Korea, illuminated with 30,000 lights; take a bus bound for Cheonggyeong Bus Terminal from Sangbong Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330.

EVERLAND CHRISTMAS FANTASY: Through Dec. 31; enjoy Christmas Fantasy themed illumination at Everland; Jeondae-Everland Station (Ever Line), Exit 3.

SEOULLAND CHRISTMAS PARTY: Through Dec. 31; Seoul Grand park Station (Seoul Wubway Line 4), Exit 2; +82-2-1330.

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