Winter Illuminations

An illumination decorated with 5 million LEDs awaits visitors to Sagamiko Resort, close to Yokota Air Base in Japan.

Events are as accurate as possible at press time. Since times or event schedules can change, please verify events before attending.


AKASAKA SACAS ILLUMINATION 2014-2015 (Tokyo): Through March 6, 4 p.m.-midnight;  1,670 LEDs; Akasaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3746-6666.

SHIROYONE SENMAIDA ILLUMINATION (Ishikawa prefecture): Through March 15, for four hours after sunset, Shiroyone’s Senmaida are Japan’s historic rice paddy terraces and one of the most scenic places in Ishikawa prefecture; enjoy 21,000 LEDs lit by solar energy on footpaths between rice paddy terraces. The best time to view is 7-8 p.m.; 20-minute shuttle from Wajima Station, 500 yen adults, 250 yen kids or 40-minute ride from Noto Kuko (Airport) I.C. on Noetsu Express; 0768-23-1146.


ILLUMINATION AT FUJI-Q HIGHLAND (Yamanashi prefecture): Through March 29, closed Feb. 10; illumination with 55,000 lights at three ice skating rinks; 5-6-1, Nishihara, Fuji-Yoshida city, in front of Lake Kawaguchi I.C. on Chuo Express; 1,400 yen adults, 800 yen kids; 1,000 yen shoe rental; 0555-23-2111. 

LAGUNA WINTER FESTIVAL (Aichi prefecture): Through March 31, 5-10 p.m.; illumination with 3-D laser performances at Laguna Gamagori, the ocean theme park; 2,150 yen ages 12+; free shuttle from JR & Meitetsu Gamagori Stations; 0533-58-2700. 

COUNTRY FARM GERMAN VILLAGE WINTER ILLUMINATION 2014 (Chiba prefecture): Through March 31, 4-8 p.m.; one of the biggest illuminations in Japan with 2 million LEDs in the theme of Shangri-La; 2,000 yen for one vehicle after 3 p.m., 500 yen for walk-in; 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; 0438-60-5511.

SAGAMIKO ILLUMINATION (Kanagawa prefecture): Through April 12, 5-9:30 p.m. weekends Feb. and March 20-April 5; fantasy world created by 5 million LEDs in sync 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; 600 yen adults, 400 yen kids, 1,000 yen to park; 042-685-1111. 


CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION AT HOTEL NIKKO ALIVIA: Through June 30, sunset-midnight; commemorating 20th anniversary of hotel’s opening with illumination using 80,000 LEDs; 60-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-982-9111.

ISHIGAKI CAVE ILLUMINATION: year-round, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; enjoy illumination in the 2,132-foot cave filled with coral reefs; Ishigaki Cave, 10-minute ride from Ishigaki Port or 30-minute ride from Ishigaki Airport; 1,080 yen adults, 540 yen children; 0980-83-1550. 

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