By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 16, 2017
Events are as accurate as possible at press time. Since times or event schedules can change, please verify events before attending.
KOIWAI GRAND FARMING WINTER ILLUMINATION (Iwate prefecture): Through Jan. 28, 3-8 p.m., until 9 p.m. Saturdays & Jan. 28; featuring illumination decorated with LEDs in the theme Galaxy Night at Farm; 15-minute ride from Morioka I.C. on Tohoku Express; 800 yen adults, 300 yen ages 5 & younger; 019-692-4321.
ILLUMINATION GARDEN AT ASHIKAGA FLOWER PARK (Tochigi prefecture): Through Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; illuminations with 4 million LEDs in the garden; 15-minute drive from Sano Fujioka I.C. on Tohoku Express, 13-minute walk from JR Tomita Station on Ryomo Line, free bus from Ashikaga Station on JR and Tobu Ashikaga-Line available weekends and holidays; 900 yen adults, 500 yen kids 3:30-9 p.m., 600 yen adults, 300 yen kids 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 0284-91-4939.
WINTER ILLUMINATION AT TOBU ZOO (Saitama prefecture): Through Feb. 12, 5-8 p.m.; illumination with music and more; 10-minute walk from Tobu Zoo (Dobutsu Koen) Station on Tobu Isesaki Line; admission: 1,000 yen adults, 500 yen kids; admission after 3 p.m. with free rides 3,000 yen adults, 2,000 yen kids; 0480-93-1200.
KOBE ILLUMINAGE 2017(Hyogo prefecture): Through Feb. 12, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; illumination with 5 million LEDs, plus a monkey show at Michi-no Eki Kobe Fruit & Flower Park Ozo, Ozo 2150, Osawa-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe city; 1,200 yen adults, 600 yen kids; free parking; 06-6452-6452.
ATSUGI BRILLIANT STORY 2017(Kanagawa prefecture): Through Feb. 14, 4:30-11 p.m.; more than 80,000 lights in the theme of Crystal White and Gold at Hon Atsugi Station North Square, Hon Atsugi Station on Odakyu-Line; 046-225-2840.
YURAKUCHO WINTER ILLUMINATION 2017-18: Through Feb. 14, 4:30 p.m.-midnight: featuring green-colored 150,000 LEDs at Yurakucho Station Square Park and neighboring shopping streets nearby JR Yurakucho Station; 03-3201-5470.
CARETTA (SHIODOME CITY CENTER) ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 14, 6-11 p.m.; Belle and the Beast from the Disney movie “Beauty and the Beast”-themed illumination decorated with 250,000 LEDs at B2F Caretta Square, two-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station; 03-6218-2100.
BLUE FLOWER DREAMING ILLUMINATION AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 2017-2018(Saitama prefecture): Through Feb. 14, 5 p.m.-midnight; 150 keyaki trees decorated with blue, champagne gold, and white LEDs timed with music; Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku, Utsunomiya and Takasaki Lines; 048-601-1122.
YOMIURILAND JEWELLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 18, 4-8:30 p.m.; 1,400 yen adults, 600 yen junior and senior high school students, 2,400 yen adults for admission and rides, except Ferris wheel & gondola, 1,600 yen for ages 3-17; 4015-1, Yanokuchi, Inagi City, 5 km from Chofu I.C., Chuo Expressway; 044-966-1111.
AKASAKA SACAS ILLUMINATION 2017-2018(Tokyo): Through Feb. 18, 4 p.m.-midnight; 1,670 LEDs in time with stars, meteor stream and snowfall at 1st floor of Akasaka Biz Tower of Akasaka Sacas; Akasaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3746-6666.
ENOSHIMA SHONAN-NO HOSEKI (JEWEL) (Kanagawa prefecture):Through Feb. 18, 5-8 p.m., until 9 p.m. weekends; featuring light tunnel decorated with 60,000 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 yen admission for Enoshima Samuel Cocking-en Botanical Garden, plus 300 yen for observation deck from Enoshima Sea Candle; 0466-23-2444.
MARUNOUCHI BRIGHT ILLUMINATION 2017 (Tokyo): Through Feb. 18, 5:30-11 p.m.; commemorating 15th anniversary of opening Marunouchi Building with 200 trees decorated with champagne gold LEDs on the streets plus a 10-meter tree with ornaments and lights designed by Miki Hasegawa and Nicolai Bergman; JR Tokyo Station; 03-5218-5100.
MOTHER FARM ILLUMINATION 2017 (Chiba prefecture): Through Feb. 25, 4:45-8 p.m.; illuminations with 550,000 LEDs – which can be seen from the sky while riding in the ferris wheel; 70-minute ride from Tokyo, 10-minute ride from Kimitsu PA Smart IC on Tateyama Express; 1,500 yen adults, 800 yen children (includes admission and rides) on weekends and holidays; 0439-37-3211.
TOKYO TOWER: Through Feb. 28, 4-11 p.m.; tower is decorated with 60,000 orange and red LEDs and ornaments in the theme of Warm Orange Color; visitors can take portrait with a 12-meter tree at entrance and enjoy night views from the Tower’s 2nd floor with the projection mapping of Tokyo Tower City Light Fantasia; five-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Akabanebashi Station; 03-3433-5111.
HAKODATE WINTER FESTIVAL (Hokkaido): Through Feb. 28, sunset-10 p.m.; Hakodate is a port city with lots of slopes, and is known as one of the best night view spots in Asia; illumination with 160,000 LEDs on Nijyugenzaka, Yahatazaka, Motomachi area in which historical buildings stand in a row and Kaiko-dori Street; 0138-23-6100.
YOKOHAMA COSMO WORLD WINTER FATASY 2017(Kanagawa prefecture): Through Feb. 28, sunset-midnight; 82-foot tree decorated with 1 million LEDs and the Cosmo Clock Ferris wheel decorated with pink-red lights (may not always be available due to renovation); three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line; free admission but pay on each ride; 045-641-6591.
SHIROYONE SENMAIDA ILLUMINATION (Ishikawa prefecture): Through March 11; for four hours after sunset; Shiroyone’s Senmaida -- 1,000 rice fields -- is illuminated by 21,000 LEDs lit by solar energy and best time to view is 6-8 p.m.; 0768-23-1146.
TOKINOSUMIKA WINTER ILLUMINATION (Shizuoka prefecture): Through March 21, 4:30-10 p.m.; enjoy three areas with flowers, laser-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 bus from JR Mishimae and Gotemba Stations, 719 Kamiyama, Gotemba city; 1,000 yen ages 13+, 200 yen kids, ages 5 & younger free; 0550-87-3700.
SAGAMIKO ILLUMINATION (Kanagawa prefecture): Through April 8, 4-9 p.m. weekdays, until 9:30 p.m. weekends until Jan. 8; fantasy world created by 6 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; 800 yen adults, 500 yen kids weekdays, 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen kids weekends, 2,300 yen adults night free pass, 1,900 yen children night free pass, 1,000 yen for parking; 042-685-1111.
COUNTRY FARM GERMAN VILLAGE WINTER ILLUMINATION 2017(Chiba prefecture): Through April 8, sunset-8 p.m.; one of the biggest illuminations in Japan with 3 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; 2,500 yen for one vehicle after 3 p.m., 500 yen for walk-ins; 0438-60-5511.
KINGDOM OF LIGHT AT NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): Through May 6; enjoy the glittering sight of 13 million lightbulbs at this Dutch-style theme park; 0956-58-0080.
WINTER ELEGANCE 2017-18: Through Feb. 14, 5-8:30 p.m.; featuring illumination at Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibinaa with snowfall illusion at 5, 6, 7 & 8 p.m.; 15-minute walk from Naha Airport; free; 098-891-6000.
SOUTHEAST BOTANICAL GARDEN NIGHT DECORATION: Through Feb. 18, 5-10 p.m.; also music and dance on weekends; 1,800 yen adults, 1,000 yen ages 16-18, 500 yen kids; 098-939-2555.
RYUKYU LANTERN FESTIVAL:Feb. 25, 6-10 p.m.; illumination of old houses and guests can make a lantern at Murasaki Mura, Yomitan Village, 10-minute ride from Naha Airport; 600 yen adults, 500 yen senior high and middle school students, 400 yen children; 098-958-6494.
OKUMA ILLUMINATION 2017: Through Feb. 28, sunset-dawn; illumination at the front rotary, along with walkways at JAL Private Resort Okuma; free; 0980-41-2222.
KANUCHA RESORT STARDUST FANTASIA: Through Feb. 28, 7-11 p.m.; commemorating the event’s 20th anniversary, illumination with 1 million LEDs mixed with music; 80-minute ride from Naha Airport; 1,000 yen for advance ticket, 1,500 yen at door, 3,000 yen 4 tickets in advance, elementary school students free; 0980-55-8880.
For more festivals in South Korea, visit the official travel site.