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Winter Illuminations

Southeast Botanical Garden on Okinawa will present a "Nostalgia Illumination" this season.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SOUTHEAST BOTANICAL GARDEN

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 16, 2018

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

Japan

KANAZAWA CASTLE & KENROKUEN GARDEN AUTUMN ILLUMINATION (Ishikawa prefecture): Through Dec. 1, 5:30-9 p.m.; at Kenrokuen Garden; enjoy tinged autumnal leaves at Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle illuminated; free; 10-minute ride from JR Kanazawa Station or Kenrokuen-shita Bus Stop after taking a bus from JR Kanazawa Station; 076-234-3800; www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/english/top.html

KOBE LUMINARIE ILLUMINATION (Hyogo prefecture): Dec. 7-16, 6-9:30 p.m. on Mon.-Thu., 6-10 p.m. on Fri., 6-10 p.m. on Sat., 5-10 p.m., on Sun, 5-9:30 p.m.; 24th memorial illumination with the theme of “Luci di felicita” decorated with 510,000 LEDs, in Kobe city, designed for a mass for victims by the Great Earthquake in 1995; seven-minute walk from Motomachi Station on JR Kobe Line; 078-303-0038.     

YOKOHAMA LANDMARK TOWER MERRY SNOW CHRISTMAS 2018 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Dec. 25, commemorating 25th anniversary of Yokohama Landmark Plaza, featuring “Merry Snow Christmas” with a 26.2ft. (8-meter) Christmas tree decorated in a main hall of the building, 1st floor of Landmark Plaza, and Grand Galleria, 1st floor of Mark IS Minatomirai, along with snow falling sessions collaborated with music scheduled 5 and 6:30 p.m., on Dec. 8, 15, 22, 23 and 24, 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, 16, 25, also special Merry Snow Christmas live performances on Dec. 22-25, and illumination along the routes from JE Yokohama Station East Exit to Minato Mirai Grandmall Park between 4-11 p.m. until Feb. 17; Yokohama Landmark Plaza, three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Line Minato Mirai Station or five-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 045-222-5015.  

KURIHAMA FLOWER PARK WINTER ILLUMINATION 2018 (Kanagawa prefecture): Dec.1-25, 5-8 p.m.; decorated with 120,000 LEDs with the theme of “Fairy-tale” at Cosmos Poppy Garden Hiroba, Kurihama Flower Park; 15-minute walk from JR Kurihama Station on Yokosuka Line or Keikyu Kurihama Station; Free; 046-833-8282.

ROPPONGI HILLS GALAXY ILLUMINATION 2018 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 5-11 p.m.; with the theme of “Live Veil,” featuring illumination of  “snow & blue” 700,000 LED lights on Keyaki Street; Subway Hibiya Line to Roppongi Station; 03-6406-6000; www.roppongihills.com/en/sp/christmas/2018/illumination/

TOKYO OPERA CITY CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2018 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 4:30-11:15 p.m. at Tokyo City Opera City; illumination on a 39-foot tree with LED lights with the theme of “Fantasy Illumination” runs every 20-minute, collaborating with the projection mapping on Dec. 20-25; www.tokyooperacity.co.jp; 03-5353-0700.  

TOKYO SKYTREE DREAM CHRISTMAS 2018 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 4 p.m.-midnight; 25; illumination with the theme of “Colorful Christmas” at a 26-foot Christmas tree, ornaments on the world’s tallest tower along with Tokyo Skytree Arena and Town with 520,000 LEDs, also on Dec. 1-25, eight-minute projection mappings on a 394-foot-wide screen run at 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. at 394-foot height of the tower; Tokyo Skytree Station on Tobu-Line or Oshiage Station on metro; 0570-55-0634; www.tokyo-skytreetown.jp/english/.

TOKYO MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2018 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 5 -11 p.m.; blue-based “Starlight Garden” art of six illuminations decorated with 500,000 LEDs with the theme of “space” using 100 lighting balloons 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; www.tokyo-midtown.com/en

MEGUROGAWA MINNA NO ILLUMINATION 2018 (Tokyo): Through Jan. 6, 5-10 p.m.; Environment-friendly illumination decorated with 400,000 LEDs on cherry trees along the River Meguro themed with “Winter Cherry Blossoms” between Osakibashi and Irukibashi (7,218 ft.). The electricity for the illumination is totally generated by bio diesel fuel refined by used plant oil recovered locally; six-minute walk from JR Osaki Station or JR Gotanda Station; 03-5330-7675; www.minna-no-illumi.com/

WINTER ILLUMINATION AT TOBU ZOO (Saitama prefecture): Through  Feb. 11, 5-8 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Dec. 23-25: illumination collaborated with music, motion-picture and 3 million LED lights at Tobu Zoo; 1,200 yen adults (admission only), 500 yen children (admission only); 3,000 yen adults (includes free rides), 2,000 yen children (includes free rides) after 3 p.m.; 10-minute walk from Tobu Zoo (Dobutsu Koen) Station on Tobu Isesaki Line; 0480-93-1200; www.tobuzoo.com/global/english/.

TOKYO TOWER: Through Feb. 28, 4-11 p.m.; commemorating 60th anniversary of Tokyo Tower, featuring a 46-foot-high 60-year-old living fir tree with orange-colored LED lights at 1st floor front-gate Square, in addition, 10-minute lighting show collaborated with music in every 30 minutes until 10 p.m.; five-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Akabanebashi Station; 03-3433-5111; www.tokyotower.co.jp/event/illumination/WinterFantasy2018/en.html.

TOKYO DOME CITY WINTER ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 17, 4 p.m.-midnight; featuring an illumination that embodies the Japanese style of living, and showcasing motifs of traditional crafts on Tokyo Dome and more; JR Suidobashi Station on Sobu Line Suidobashi Station or Korakuen Station on Marunouchi Line; 03-5800-9999; www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/en/tourists/illumination/

YOMIURILAND JEWELLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 17, 4-8:30 p.m. (until 9 p.m., Dec. 15-25), totally renewed art of 6 million lights used in "Jewellumination.”  A fountain show will take place every 15 minutes at “diamond aurora world” area, popular ice skating link and more; 1,400 yen for adults, 600 yen for junior and senior high school students, 300 yen elementary school students, 2,400 yen for adults (admission and free rides, except Ferris wheel & gondola), 1,600 yen for ages 3-17; 4015-1, Yanokuchi, Inagi City, Tokyo; 5 km from Chofu I.C., Chuo Expressway; 044-966-1111; www.yomiuriland.com/english/

MARUNOUCHI ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 17, 5-11 p.m., 5 p.m.-midnight in December; more than 200 trees with 1 million champagne gold LEDs are lit on the streets on Marunouch area (Otemachi and Yurakucho); JR Tokyo Station; 03-5218-5100. 

SHIROYONE SENMAIDA ILLUMINATION (Ishikawa prefecture): Through March 10, for four hours after sunset; Shiroyone’s Senmaida (1,000 rice fields) refers to Japan’s historic rice paddy terraces and one of the most scenic places in Ishikawa prefecture, where you can enjoy the spectacular illumination of 25,000 LEDs lit by solar energy on footpaths between rice paddy terraces. The best time to view is between 7 and 8 p.m.; 20-minute shuttle bus available from JR Wajima Station, 480 yen for adults (a round-trip), 240 yen for children or 40-minute ride from Noto Kuko (Airport) I.C. on Noetsu Express; 0768-23-1146; http://senmaida.wajima-kankou.jp/en/.

TOKINOSUMIKA WINTER ILLUMINATION (Shizuoka prefecture): Through March 17, 4:30-10 p.m.; a fantastic laser-mapping performance will sync up with fountains and an aquarium will be illuminated by 5.5 million LEDs; free admission except Ohkyu-no Oka and Suichu Rakuen; five-minute drive from Susono I.C. on Tomei Express/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, Shizuoka prefecture; 0550-87-3700; http://gotembakogenresort.com.

SAGAMIKO ILLUMINATION 2018 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through April 7, 4-9 p.m., until Dec. 21 and Jan. 7-11, Jan. 11-April 9, 4-9:30 p.m., on weekends until Jan. 14, and all day Dec. 22-Jan. 6; fantasy world created by 6 million LED lights syncronized 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; 1,000 yen for adults, 700 yen for children, 700 yen pet (dog) for admission fee, 1,000 yen for parking, 2,500 yen adult, 2,000 yen children for night free pass; 042-685-1111; www.sagamiko-resort.jp/illumillion/.

CARETTA (SHIODOME CITY CENTER) ILLUMINATION 2018 (Tokyo): Through Feb. 14, 5-11 p.m., 6-11 p.m. on Jan. 3-Feb. 14; “Disney MovieNEX Princess” illumination decorated with LED lights along with music; two-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station; 03-6218-2100;  www.caretta.jp/foreign/index.

SHIBUYA HIKARIE CHRITMAS 2018 – WONDERLANRYSTAL MAGIC (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25; illumination decorates a tree covered by globe and butterfly-shaped ornaments at 1st floor of ShinQs, Hikarie, located near JR Shibuya Station; JR Shibuya Station; 03-5468-5892; www.hikarie.jp.e.ui.hp.transer.com/event/detail.php?id=4645

OMOTESANDO CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2018 (Tokyo): Nov. 29-Dec. 25, sunset-10 p.m.; Omotesando Christmas illumination, decorated with 900,000 LEDs of champagne gold on 150 Keyaki trees along Omotesando main street between Meiji Shrine entrance and Aoyama Street; JR Harajuku Station or Omotesando Station on Chiyoda and Ginza-Lines; 03-3406-0988.  

1.151990 Through Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Omotesando Hills Christmas illumination with the theme of “Aurora emerging in the city,” decorated on a 23-foot tree with the LED lights on the center of open space at Omotesando Hill, along with “light curtain” consisting of about 6,000 icicle appears on the upper part of stairway; JR Harajuku Station or Omotesando Station on Chiyoda and Ginza-Lines; 03-3497-0310; www.omotesandohills.com/english/

TAMA CENTER ILLUMINATION 2018 (Tokyo): Through Jan. 6, 4:30-10:30 p.m.; illumination on camphor trees and fir trees decorated with 450,000 LEDs  along the Parthenon Odori Street; Tama Monorail Tama Center Station on Odakyu Tama Line; 090-8946-9909.  MISAWA PHANTASIA ILLUMINATION 2018 (Aomori prefecture): Nov. 22-Jan. 14, 4:30 p.m.-midnight; featuring a 52.5ft. (16-meter) tree decorated with 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.

NAGASAKI ROMANTIC ILLUMINATION - GLOVER GARDEN ILLUMINATION (Nagasaki prefecture): Through Feb. 19, 5-9 p.m., until 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 22- Feb. 4; illumination decorated with 30 million LEDs on nine western-style buildings in Glover Garden and also you can enjoy a night view of Nagasaki city; 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; www.glover-garden.jp/english.

BACCARAT ETERNAL LIGHTS (Tokyo): Through Feb. 28, 4 p.m.-midnight, Christmas illumination at the entrance, clock square and promenade along the slope until Dec. 25; illumination of  Baccarat chandeliers decorated with many 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. 

BIHOKU PARK WINTER ILLUMINATION (Hiroshima prefecture): Through Jan. 8, 5:30-9 p.m. (close on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1); various illumination decorated with 700,000 LEDs throughout the park, along with live music performances; 4-10, Mikkaichi town, Shobara city, five-minute ride from Shobara I.C. on Chugoku Express; 450 yen adults, 210 yen children, plus 310 yen for parking; 0824-72-7000.

ILLUMINATION GARDEN AT ASHIKAGA FLOWER PARK (Tochigi prefecture): Through Feb. 5 3:30-9 p.m. (weekdays), until 9:30 p.m. (weekends & holidays); different illuminations throughout the garden decorated with gorgeous 4,500,000 LEDs; 15-minute drive from Sano Fujioka I.C. on Tohoku Express/ 13-minute walk from JR Tomita Station on Ryomo Line/ free shuttle bus from Ashikaga Station on JR and Tobu Ashikaga-Line available on weekends and holidays; 900 yen for adults, 500 yen for children; 0284-91-4939; www.ashikaga.co.jp/flowerfantasy_special2018/en/.

ATSUGI BRILLIANT STORY 2018 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Feb. 14, 4:30 p.m.-midnight; more than 84,000 LEDs of blue, white and gold colors decorated with the theme of “Fireworks in winter” at Hon Atsugi Station North Square; Hon Atsugi Station on Odakyu-Line (north exit); 046-225-2840. 

YOKOHAMA COSMOWORLD WINTER FANTASY 2018 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Feb. 28, sunset-midnight, features art of the Cosmo Clock Ferris wheel decorated with full-color 1 million LED lights, runs six-minute illumination in every 15-minutes; three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line; free admission but pay 800 yen on each ride; 045-641-6591. 

WINTER ILLUMINATION AT TOBU WORLD SQUARE 2018 (Tochigi prefecture): Through  March 31, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; illumination decorated with 1.4 million LEDs on a 1/25th scaled world-famous buildings;  1,500 yen adults (admission only), 1,000 yen children (admission only); 2,800 yen adults (includes free rides), 1,400 yen children (includes free rides), 20-minute ride from Imaichi I.C. on Nikko-Utsunomiya Express; 0288-77-1055; www.tobuws.co.jp/en/.

COUNTRY FARM GERMAN VILLAGE WINTER ILLUMINATION 2018 (Chiba prefecture): Through April 7, sunset-8 p.m., one of the biggest illuminations in Japan, which will bring you into a fantasy world with the theme of “The Power of Smile”; 2,500 yen for one vehicle (full passengers, after 3 p.m.), 500 yen for walk-in; five-minute drive from Anesaki Sodegaura I.C. on Tateyama Express/eight-minute drive from Kisarazu Higashi I.C. on Ken-oh Express; 0438-60-5511.    

FLOWER & LIGHT KINGDOM AT NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): Through May 6; enjoy the glittering sight of a world-beating 13 million light bulbs at Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-style theme park; 0956-58-0080; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp

 

Okinawa

RYUKYU LANTERN FESTIVAL: Dec. 1-March 3, 6-10 p.m.; featuring varieties of decorated lanterns at Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park, along with lantern contest, lantern making by washi-paper, stamp rally and more; 600 yen adult, 500 yen senior high school and middle school students, 400 yen elementary school students, free age 5 and younger; 1020-1, Takashiho, Yomitan village, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa; www.oki-islandguide.com/attractions/murasaki-mura

KANUCHA RESORT STARDUST FANTASIA 2018: Through Feb. 14, 6-11 p.m. until Dec. 30,  7-11 p.m. on  Jan. 1 -Feb. 14; featuring illumination of 1 million LED lights decorated with the theme of “Reflection” synced with music; 1,000 yen per person (advanced ticket), 1,500 yen at doors, free ages 12 & younger, 3,000 yen group pass for four people, additional 1,000 yen on Dec. 22-25; free for  a stay or a dinner; 80 minute ride from Naha Airport; 0980-55-8880; www.kanucha.jp/en/.

SOUTHEAST BOTANICAL GARDEN NIGHT DECORATION 2018: Nov. 23-March 31, 5-10 p.m.; Enjoy “Nostalgia Illumination” decorated at Southeast Botanical Garden, also music, dance and laughter on weekends; 1,800 yen adults, 1,000 yen ages 16-18, 500 yen children, free age 6 and the younger; 098-939-2555; www.southeast-botanical.jp/en/.

ITOMAN PEACEFUL ILLUMINATION 2018: Dec. 15-Jan. 3, 6-10 p.m., until 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 31; 400,000 LED lights featuring the illumination, “praying for Okinawa 1.3 million-people's peace” at Itoman Kanko Noen, includes concerts and live performances on Dec. 25 and Dec. 31, at 7-9 p.m., and fireworks and a countdown on Dec. 31; 500 yen adults, free for children; Heiwa-no Hikari Committee; 098-840-8135.  

CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION AT HOTEL NIKKO ALIVIA: Through Feb. 28, sunset-midnight, enjoy illumination decorated with 80,000 LED lights by green power featuring the fantasy world with the theme of “Las Luces Feliz” throughout the facilities of Hotel Nikko Alivia, also 30-minute candlelight illumination at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. daily at patio; 60-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-982-9111; www.alivila.co.jp/

 

South Korea

E-WORLD STARLIGHT FESTIVAL (Daegu):  Nov. 17-Dec. 31, 5-9 p.m., until 10 p.m. on Fri.-Sun.; featuring 10 million lights decorated in a large area around E-World. Also splendid starlight from the top of the 83 Tower; after getting off at Duryu Station (Daegu Subway Line 2), Exit 15, take a walk along Duryupark road about 300m; +82-2-1330.

LIGHTING FESTIVAL AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM (Gyeonggi-do): Dec. 5-March 24, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., until 11 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays; Lighting Festival at the Garden of Morning Calm is the biggest festival of lights in South Korea, covering 330,000 square meters illuminated by 30,000 lights; take a bus bound for Cheonggyeong Bus Terminal from Sangbong Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal; 9,500 won adult, 7,000 won teenagers, 6,000 won children, free for ages 2 and younger; +82-2-1330.

HARB ISLAND LIGHTING AND ILLUMINATION (Gyeonggi-do): Through Dec. 31, 4-9 p.m. on weekends and holidays; featuring illumination of romantic ambience crated by lighting. It includes a pink tunnel, sparking buildings, Santa Village, photo zone and other twinkling places; 6,000 won adult; www.herbisland.co.kr.

BOSEONG GREEN TEA PLANTATION LIGHT FESTIVAL (Jeollanam-do): Dec. 14-Jan. 13, 6-10 p.m.; Boseong Green Tea Plantation, one of Korea’s most well-known tourist destinations, decorated with lights in a theme inspired by the animated “Frozen.” Tea field covered with  white bulbs like snow; Botjae Dawon, Dahyanggak Pavillion Observatory; 3,000 won adult, free age 7 and younger; take an express bus to Gwangju from Seoul Central City Bus Terminal, then transfer to direct a bus to Boseong; +82-2-1330; www.boseong.go.kr

BYEOKCHOJI BOTANICAL GARDEN ILLUMINATION FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi-do): Nov. 24-March 3, sunset-10 p.m.; featuring Paju’s sole lighting festival close to nature with a theme of “Mirror country,” in which you can enjoy 1,420 species of plants and lights stretched out on the 32-acre garden, and also enjoy a filming spot that has been used in more than 100 dramas, movies, advertisements and music videos; Samsong Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 8, cross the large intersection 80m ahead, take a Bus 703 at the bus stop, and get off at Gwangtan Samgeori Bus Stop, transfer to Bus 15 or 67 and get off at Domasan Elementary School Bus Stop; +82-2-1330.

Yomiuriland's Jewellumination uses six million lights and includes a fountain show every 15 minutes. The displays run through Feb. 17.
COURTESY OF YOMIURILAND

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