Winter Illuminations

Enjoy the illuminations at Yomiuriland in Tokyo through Feb. 15. The site features 3 million LEDs. For more on the park: yomiuriland.com.

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


MISAWA CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2014 (Aomori prefecture): Nov. 25-Dec. 25, 5 p.m.-midnight; featuring illumination at a shopping arcade in Misawa city and the front gate at Misawa AB, five-minute drive from JR Misawa Station; 0176-53-2175.

SOUTHEAST BOTANICAL GARDEN NIGHT DECORATION: Nov. 28-Feb. 15, 5-10 p.m.; Illumination and more; 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.  

ENOSHIMA SHONAN-NO HOSEKI (Kanagawa prefecture): Nov. 29-Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m., until 9 p.m. weekends, Dec. 22-30 & Jan. 2-6; light tunnel decorated with 40,000 Swarovski crystal lights, live concerts and more at Enoshima Sea Candle, along with Enoshima Station on Eno-den, Enoshima Winter Tulip and Valentine Island Enoshima, 20-minure walk from Katase Enoshima on Odakyu Line or 25-minute walk from Enoshima Station on Eno-den; 200 admission for Enoshima Sea Candle, plus 300 yen for observation deck; 0466-23-2444.  

KURIHAMA FLOWER PARK WINTER ILLUMINATION (Kanagawa prefecture): Nov. 30-Dec. 25, 5-8 p.m.; decorated with 120,000 LEDs bringing into fairy tale fantasy world at Kurihama Flower Park, 15-minute walk from JR Kurihama Station on Yokosuka Line or Keikyu Kurihama Station; free; 046-833-8282.

KIRARITO GINZA CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Dec.1-25, sunset until 11 p.m.; newly-opened building complex covered with fantasy illumination, a five-minute walk from Ginza Station on Hibiya and Ginza Lines.

TOKYO MICHITERACE ILLUMINATION 2014 (Tokyo): Dec.1-28; commemorating 100th anniversary of  opening Tokyo Station with special illumination in the theme of “Taisho-Period (1912-1926) Romance,” along with memorial illumination 4:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 24-28 on Tokyo Station Buildings; JR Tokyo Station; 0180-993-771.  

HIROSAKI ELECTICAL FANTASY (Aomori prefecture): Dec. 1-Feb. 28, sunset-11 p.m.; illumination at JR Hirosaki Station, Ekidote Promenade, Sakura Odori streets, Hirosaki Castle and more, along with western-style buildings built in Meiji and Tasho Period in streets of Hirosaki city; JR Hirosaki Station; 0172-35-3131; www.hirosaki.co.jp/en.      


FUJIKAWAGUCHI  NIAGARA FALLS & WAVE ILLUMINATION (Yamanashi prefecture): Dec.1-Jan. 31, 5-8 p.m.; 656-feet-long-and-10-feet-high Niagara Falls decorated with 40,000 LEDs wave illumination contrasted with Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi at Ohishi Koen, the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchi; 5.5 miles from Kawaguchiko I.C. on Chuo Express; free; 0555-76-8230.  

KOBE LUMINARIE ILLUMINATION (Hyogo prefecture): Dec. 4-15, 6-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 6-10 p.m. Fri., 5-10 p.m. Sat., 5-9:30 p.m. Sun.; 20th memorial illumination decorated with 20,000 LEDs, in Kobe city, seven-minute walk from Motomachi Station on JR Kobe Line; 078-391-6371.

TONAMI WINTER FANTASY (Aomori prefecture): Dec. 6-23, 4-6 p.m.; lights on 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 6, includes live performances, food booths and more at Misawa Tonanhan Memorial Village, Misawa city, a 10-minute drive from Misawa Air Base; 0176-59-3009.   

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA ILLUMINATION (Miyagi prefecture): Dec. 12-31, sunset-8:30 p.m.; commemorating 400th anniversary of schooner-type ship San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist), used for a mission to Europe in 1613, now a replica at the museum, illuminated decorated with 10,000 lights along with concerts, workshops and more; 700 yen adults, kids free; Ishinomaki Kanan I.C. on Sanriku Express; 225-24-2210.  

RISONARE YATSUGATAKE  ILLUMINATION (Yamanashi prefecture): Dec. 20-25, 6-6:45 & 7:30-8:15 p.m.; illumination by Ryotaro Muramatsu on 300 trees at Hoshino Risonare Yatsugatake, JR Kobuchizawa Station on Chuo Line, free shuttle bus available; 050-3786-0055.

HAKONE VENETIAN GLASS MUSEUM ILLUMINATION (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Dec. 25, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; featuring 80,000 crystals on a 32-foot tree and 65,000 crystals on a 23-foot tree and illuminations after sunset; best time for viewing is 3 p.m.; 20-minute ride from Tomei Gotenba I.C. on Tomei Express; 1,500 yen adults, 1,100 yen college & junior high school students, 600 yen elementary & middle school students; 0460-86-3111.   

YOKOHAMA LANDMARK TOWER ILLUMINATION 2014 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Dec. 25, 5 p.m.-midnight; features 26.24-foot tree decorated with 10,000 Swarovski crystal lights and ornaments at Dog Yard Garden. Yokohama Landmark Plaza, three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Line Minato Mirai Station or five-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 045-222-5015.  

OMOTE SANDO HILLS CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2014 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; a 26-foot tree in the theme of Symphonic Forest along with three minutes of classical music played every 20 minutes; JR Harajuku Station or Omotesando Station on Chiyoda and Ginza-Lines; 03-3497-0310. 

MIKIMOTO (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25; 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; decoration in Tokyo’s popular Ginza district includes a 32-foot tree from Hokkaido decorated with multicolored ornaments of 6,500 LEDs featuring the theme jewel box; one-minute walk from Ginza Station on Metro; 03-5550-5678. 

NISH SHINJUKU ILLUMINATION MUSEUM 2014 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 5 p.m.; illumination on five buildings and four hotels at the west side of Shinjuku area; JR Shinjuku Station; 03-5322-6640.

WHITE KITTE ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 5:05-10:35 p.m.; illumination in the theme of Snow Covered Fantasy World on a 47.6-foot tree, along with music at first floor of Kitte (stamp); one-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station; 03-3216-2811.

TOKYO MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2014: Through Dec. 25, 5-11 p.m.; blue-based Starlight Garden art of 180,000 LEDs in six different illuminations at 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. 

CHRISTMAS FANTASY AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND: Now through Dec. 25; trees and sparkling illuminations; Tokyo Disneyland Station, two-minute monorail ride from Resort Gateway Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,400 yen adults, 5,500 yen ages 12-17, 4,200 yen ages 4-11, 5,700 yen ages 60 and older; discount pass after 3 p.m., 5,000 yen adults, 4,400 yen youths, 3,500 yen kids; 0570-00-8632.

CHRISTMAS WISHES AT TOKYO DISNEYSEA: Now through Dec. 25; festivities include colorful decorations, a show starring Disney characters and the illumination of a giant Christmas tree on Mediterranean Harbor; Tokyo DisneySea Station, nine-minute monorail ride from Resort Gateway Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,400 yen adults, 5,500 yen ages 12-17, 4,200 yen ages 4-11, 5,700 yen those older than 60, discount pass after 3 p.m. is 5,000 yen adults, 4,400 yen youths, 3,500 yen kids; 0570-00-8632. 

SHIBUYA HIKARIE CHRISTMAS 2014 — WONDERLAND (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 4-midnight; 26-foot tree with whiteflashing LEDs along with music at 1st floor of ShinQs, Hikarie, located near JR Shibuya Station; JR Shibuya Station; 03-5468-5892.

TOKYO TOWER: Through Dec. 25, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; 39-foot tree decorated with white, red, green and orange LEDs, and 60,000 LEDs ornaments synced with music from Sunrio animated film “The Nutcrackers” at the first floor main gate and 492-foot high observation desk; five-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Akabanebashi Station; 03-3433-5111. 

TOKYO OPERA CITY CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION: Through Dec. 25, 4-11:30 p.m.; a 39-foot tree with 120,000 LED lights with the theme of Ice Crystal along with mini concerts at Tokyo City Opera City; 03-5353-0700. 

TOKYO SKYTREE DREAM CHRISTMAS 2014: Through Dec. 25, 4:45-11 p.m.; three illuminations — Candle Tree, White Tree and Champagne Tree — on the world’s tallest tower along with Tokyo Skytree Arena and Town decorated with 500,000 LEDs; Tokyo Skytree Station on Tobu-Line or Oshiage Station on metro; 0570-55-0634. 

ROPPONGI HILLS GALAXY ILLUMINATION 2014 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 5-11 p.m.; 60,000 LED lights line Keyaki Street, Subway Hibiya Line to Roppongi Station; 03-6406-6000. 

MACHIDA GRANDBERRY MALL CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2014 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, sunset-10 p.m.; 29.5-foot fir tree with 70,000 champagne, white and candle-colored LEDs blinking with the theme of White Berry Christmas every 30 minutes at Grandberry Mall outlet shops, Minami Machida Station on Tokyu Den-en Toshi-Line; 042-795-0109.

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. 

YAMANAKAKO ART ILLUMINATION FANTASEUM (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Jan. 4, 5-9 p.m.; at Hana-no Miyako Koen, along with fireworks 8 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 23, 24 & 25, and Christmas concerts 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23-25; three-minute ride from Yamanakako I.C. on Higashi Fujigoko Express; free parking after 5 p.m.; 0555-62-5587.

BIHOKU PARK WINTER ILLUMINATION (Hiroshima prefecture): Through Jan. 4, 5:30-9 p.m.; various illuminations in the park in the theme of Dream; 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. 

TAMA CENTER ILLUMINATION 2014 (Tokyo): Through Jan. 7, 4:30-10:30 p.m.; illumination on 58 camphor trees and fir trees along the Parthenon Odori Street; Tama Monorail Tama Center Station on Odakyu Tama Line; 090-8946-9909.

BACCARAT ETERNAL LIGHTS (Tokyo): Through Jan. 12, 4 p.m.-midnight; Christmas illumination at the entrance, clock square, and promenade along the slopd until Dec. 25; illumination of 410 Baccarat chandeliers decorated with 26,471 pieces of crystal parts contrasted with 100,000 LEDs noon-midnight at Yebisu Garden Place, five-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station East Exit; 03-5423-7111. 

TOKYO STATION GRANROOF CRYSTAL ILLUMINATION: Through Jan. 12, 5-11 p.m.; illumination with the theme Tokyo Color at 2nd floor of JR Tokyo Station’s Yaesu Exit; 03-5299-2211.  

CARETTA (SHIODOME CITY CENTER) ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Jan. 12, 5-10:30 p.m.; “Canyon d’Azur” illumination decorated with 250,000 LEDs; two-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station; 03-3572-1872.

NAGASAKI ROMANTIC ILLUMINATION - GLOVER GARDEN ILLUMINATION (Nagasaki prefecture): Through Jan. 25, 5-10 p.m.; illumination on nine Western-style building in Glover Garden,and you see a view of Nagasaki city; 8-1, Minami Yamate-cho, Nagasaki city, four-minute walk from Oura Tenshudo stop (street car); garden open until 8 p.m., until 9 p.m. Dec. 22-25; 610 yen adults, 300 yen senior high school students, 180 yen junior high school and elementary school students; 095-822-8223. 

ILLUMINATION GARDEN AT ASHIKAGA FLOWER PARK (Tochigi prefecture): Through Feb. 5, 4:30-9 p.m. weekdays, until 9:30 p.m. weekends & holidays; different illuminations throughout the garden decorated with 2,500,000 LEDs; 15-minute drive from Sano Fujioka I.C. on Tohoku Express or take bus from Ashikaga Station on JR and Tobu Ashikaga-Line during weekends and holidays until Dec. 28; 700 yen adults, 350 yen children; 0284-91-4939. 

WINTER ELEGANCE 2014: Through Feb. 15, 5-8:30 p.m.; illumination at Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibinaa, 15-minute walk from Naha Airport; free; 098-891-6000.

MARUNOUICHI ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 15, 5-11 p.m., until midnight in Dec.; 240 trees decorated with more than 1 million champagne gold LEDs on the streets on Marunouch area (Otemachi and Yurakucho); JR Tokyo Station; 03-5218-5100.

YOMIURILAND JEWELLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 15, 4-8 p.m., 4-9 p.m., Dec. 13-25, 3 million LEDs; 4015-1, Yanokuchi, Inagi City, 5 km from Chofu I.C., Chuo Expressway; 1,000 yen adults, 500 yen junior and senior high school students, 1,800 yen  adults for admission and free rides, except Ferris wheel & gondola, 1,300 yen ages 3-17; 044-966-1111.

ATSUGI BRILLIANT STORY 2014 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Feb. 14, 5-11 p.m., until 1 a.m. Dec. 23-25; more than 50,000 lights decorated with the theme of White Town at Hon Atsugi Station North Square; Hon Atsugi Station on Odakyu-Line; 046-225-2840.

TOKYO DOME CITY WINTER ILLUMINATION: Through Feb. 16, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; commemorating 26th anniversary of founding Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Dome City is lit with more than 2 million LED lights in the theme of Lights’ Promenade on Tokyo Dome and more; JR Suidobashi Station on Sobu Line Suidobashi Station or Korakuen Station on Marunouchi Line; 03-5800-9999. 

FOREST ILLUMINATION AT RYUO STATION (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Feb. 28, 5-9 p.m.; Sengataki, a waterfall, on south exit created by 120,000 LEDs, and more; Ryuo Station on Chuo Line; 055-278-1708.

YOKOHAMA COSMO WORLD WINTER FANTASY 2014 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Feb. 28, sunset to midnight; features 82-foot tree decorated with 270,000 LEDs and the Cosmo Clock Ferris wheel decorated with pink-red lights; three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line; free admission but pay per ride; 045-641-6591. 

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 to 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.

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., daily until Jan. 7, weekends Jan. and 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. 


KARIYUSHI OCEANSPA MILLION FANTASY: Nov. 29-June 30, 6 p.m.-midnight; 1.4 million LEDs in 11 areas; 90-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-967-8731.  

ITOMAN PEACEFUL ILLUMINATION: Dec. 13-Jan. 3, 6-10 p.m., until 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31; 350,000 LED lights, with concerts and performances 7-9 p.m. Dec. 25, fireworks 9 p.m. Dec. 25, and fireworks and countdown Dec. 31 at Itoman Kanko Noen; 250 yen adults, kids free; Heiwa-no Hikari Committee; 098-840-8135. 

CHRISTMAS FANTASY 2014: Dec. 23-28, 6-9:30 p.m.; events include 140,000 lights, laser beams and fireworks along with concerts, dance performances and attractions; Okinawa Children’s Kingdom, 15-minute drive from Okinawa Minami I.C. or a 50-minute drive from Naha Airport; 2,200 yen adults, 1,800 in advance, 1,200 yen kids, 1,000 yen in advance; 098-933-4190.

2014 MARRIOTT CHRISTMAS: Through Dec. 25, 5:30 p.m.-midnight; 32.8-foot tree decorated with the theme Warm Lights at Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa, 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; free; 0980-51-1000.

OCEAN EXPO PARK WINTER FANTASY 2014: Through Dec. 28, 6-9 p.m.; at Fountain Square of Ocean Expo Park, and special planetarium 5:15, 6, 6:45 & 7:30 p.m. at Oceanic Culture Museum (170 yen adults, 50 yen children), along with live performances at Fountain Square 6:40-8 p.m. Dec. 20 & 21; free admission; 0980-48-2741.

KANUCHA RESORT STARDUST FANTASY: Through Feb. 28, 6-11 p.m. Nov. and Dec., 7-11 p.m. Jan. 1-Feb. 28; commemorating 15th anniversary Kanucha Resort’s illumination, with one million LED lights in the theme of Celebrations synced with music; 80-minute ride from Naha Airport; 3,000 yen/vehicle, 2,000 yen /vehicle in advance, free for a stay or a dinner; 0980-55-8880.

GARDEN ILLUMINATION BLUE OCEAN FANTASY: Through Feb. 28, sunset-midnight; illuminated 49-foot tree until Dec. 25, along with 80,000 LED lights featuring fantasy world with the theme Red Christmas & New Year 2015 on ocean near Renaissance Resort Okinawa, five-minute drive from Ishikawa I.C. on Okinawa Express or a 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; free; 098-965-0707.

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. 

South Korea

BUSAN CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: Nov. 29-Jan. 4; illuminations and decorations in Gwangbok-ro area of the Jung-gu District; Nampo Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 1; +82-2-1330. 

LOTTE WORLD’S “HAPPY CHRISTMAS PARTY” (Seoul): Through Dec. 25; featuring about 100 Christmas characters handing out presents to visitors, and take a portrait at photo zone decorated with snowmen and more; Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 4; 46, 000 won adult one-day pass; +82-1661-2000;. 

EVERLAND CHRISTMAS FANTASY: Through Dec. 31; 46,000 won adult one-day pass; Jeondae-Everland Station (Ever Line), Exit 3. 

SEOULLAND CHRISTMAS PARTY: Through Dec. 31; enjoy romantic Christmas party and with attractions such as a magic show, performances and the Light Fantasy Show at Seoulland, Seoul Grand park Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 2; 36,000 won adult one-day pass; +82-2-1330.

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