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Winter illuminations 2019

Yomiuriland Jewellumination lights up the night in Tokyo Oct. 24-May. 6, from 4-8:30 p.m. The theme of this year is “Jewelry Olympos.”

COURTESY OF YOMIURILAND

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 8, 2019

SAPPORO WHITE ILLUMINATION 2019 (Hokkaido): Nov. 22-Dec. 25 for Odori 1-4 Chome, Munich Christmas Market; Ekimae Dori until Feb. 11; JR Sapporo Station South square and Kita3-jo Hiroba until Mar. 15; the 39th event has certified as one of three largest illumination in Japan. 011-222-4894;white-illumination.jp/

SHIROI KOIBITO PARK ILLUMINATION (Hokkaido): Nov. 30-Feb. 29; sunset-8:30 p.m.; The rose garden, crock tower and Christmas tree will be illuminated with over 100,000 LED lights; 7-minute walk from Miyanosawa Station; exit Sapporo Nishi I.C. free parking; 011-666-1481;www.shiroikoibitopark.jp/en/

HAKODATE CHRISTMAS FANTASY 2019 (Hokkaido): Nov. 30-Dec. 25; 6-10 p.m. The exotic streets colored with illumination of 150,000 LED lights and decorated fir tree is gifted from Halifax, Canada, a sister city of Hakodate. The soup bar (600 yen for a bowl) is also available. 10-minute walk from JR Hakodate Station; 0138-27-3535; www.hakodatexmas.com/

HAKODATE WINTER FESTIVAL AND ILLUMINATION (Hokkaido): Nov.30-Feb.29; sunset-10 p.m.; over 160,000 LED lights decorate Nijyukenzaka, Yahatazaka and Motomachi area creates a fantastic atmosphere in the port city; 3-minute walk from Jyujigai on Hakodate tram; 0138-27-3535; www.hakodate-illumination.com/

KOIWAI WINTER ILLUMINATION (Iwate): Nov. 22-Jan. 13, 3:30-8 p.m.; close on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1; featuring illumination decorates with 1 mil. LED lights themed with “Galaxy Farm Night”; 800 yen for adults, 300 yen for under 12; 15-minute drive from Morioka I.C. on Tohoku Express;  019-692-4321; www.koiwai.co.jp/makiba/en/

ARTS TOWADA WINTER ILLUMINATION 2019 (Aomori): Dec. 7-Feb. 24, 4:30-9 p.m.; blue 300,000 LED lights decorate with the snow covered in front of Towada Modern Arts Museum; 35-minute bus ride from JR Shichinohe Towada Station; 0176-51-6772; www.city.towada.lg.jp/docs/2015112700029/

SENDAI PAGEANT OF STARLIGHT (Miyagi): Dec. 14-31, 5:30-10 p.m.; illumination of 600,000 LED lights on 150 keyaki trees at Jyouzenji Street featuring the fantasy world with the theme of Always be Happy!; 1-minute walk from Koutoudai Koen Station on Nanpoku-Line, 022-261-6515; www.sendaihikape.jp/

SANT JUAN BAUTISTA ILLUMINATION (Miyagi): Nov. 8-Jan. 5, 4:30-8 p.m.; Schooner-type ship ‘San Juan Bautista’ used for a mission to Europe in 1613 and the replica is displayed at the museum; illumination decorated with 10,000 lights along with concerts, workshops and more event; 350 yen adults, free for children; Ishinomaki Kanan I.C. on Sanriku Express; 225-24-2210; www.santjuan.or.jp/pdf/pamphlet_en.pdf

LAKE HARUNA LIGHTS FESTA (Gunma): Dec. 6-28, 5-10 p.m.; illumination of 550,000 LED lights collaborate with laser-beam shows over Lake Haruna; Fireworks are also scheduled every Wed. and Sat; 40-minute drive from Ikaho I.C. on Kan Etsu Express; 027-374-9116; harunavi.pya.jp/wp/english_002/

ASHIKAGA FLOWER PARK FLOWER FANTASY 2019 (Tochigi): Nov. 2-Feb. 6; 4:30-9:00 p.m.; close on Dec. 31; Nominated one of the tope 3 largest illumination event in Japan on 2017; featuring over 5 mil. lights decoration in 94,000 square meter garden; 1,000 yen for adult, 500 yen for under 12; shuttle bus service is available from Ashikaga station or 3-minute walk from Ashikaga Flower Park Station; 0284-91-4939; www.ashikaga.co.jp/flowerfantasy_special2019/en/index.html

TOBU WORLD SQUARE ILLUMINATION (Tochigi): Nov. 9-Mar. 29; 3:30-7:30 p.m.; illumination decorated with 1.4 mil. LED lights on 1/25th scaled world famous architects; 1,500 yen for over 13, 1,000 yen for under 12; 20-minute drive from Imaichi I.C. on Nikko Utsunomiya Express; 0288-77-1055. www.tobuws.co.jp/en/

TOKYO MEGA ILLUMINATION 2019 (Tokyo): Oct. 5-Dec. 24 and Jan. 4-Mar. 29; open Fri., Sat., Sun. and Japanese Holiday; 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Oi Racecourse presents various performances with rainbow fountain, three of light and aurora, sparkling cherry blossoms and 100 meter tunnel 1,000 yen for adults, 500 yen for under 18. 2-minute walk from Oi Keibajo-mae Station on the Tokyo Monorail; 03-3762-5230; tokyomegaillumi.jp/en/

TOKYO DOME CITY WINTER ILLUMINATION 2019 (Tokyo): Nov. 13-Feb. 26. Illuminates the symbol of Japan such as Cherry Blossom, Wisteria Trellis and Mt. Fuji; the motif is the scenery and features that symbolize Japan. Suidobashi Station on JR Sobu Line or Toei Mita Line. 03-5800-9999; www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/illumination/#areas

TOKYO SKYTREE DREAM CHRISTMAS 2019 (Tokyo): Nov. 7-Dec. 25; decorates over 500,000 lights around the Skytree Town. collaborates with TV Tokyo event “TV Tokyo winter park in Tokyo Skytree Town” to provide special event and gourmets; Oshiage or Tokyo Skytree Station. 0570-55-0634; www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

YOMIURILAND JEWELLUMINATION 2019 (Tokyo): Oct. 24-May. 6, 4-8:30 p.m.; Theme of this year is “Jewelry Olympos” and produced by world famous lighting designer Motoko Ishii. 1,500 yen for adults, 800 yen for age 13-18, 500 yen for under 12 and over 65; night pass is also available. 10-minute ride Odakyu bus from Yomiuri Land Mae Station; 5 km from Chofu I. C., Chuo Expressway; 044-966-1111; www.yomiuriland.com.e.ym.hp.transer.com/jewellumination/

MARUNOUCHI ILLUMINATION 2019 (Tokyo): Nov. 7-Feb. 16; 5:30-11 p.m.; Over 220 street trees can be decorated with 1 mil. champagne gold LED lights around Otemachi and Yurakcho; JR Tokyo Station; 03-5218-5100; www.marunouchi.com/event/detail/21293/

TOKYO MICHITERACE 2019 (Tokyo): Dec. 21-25, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Produces images using screens and lighting and LED lighting trees at the station square, live performing at the Gyoko Street and corroborates Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2019. JR Tokyo Station; 0180-993-771; www.facebook.com/tokyo.michiterasu/

CARETTA ILLUMINATION 2019 (Tokyo): Nov. 14-Feb. 14; 5-11 p.m.; 6-11 p.m. on Jan. 3-Feb. 14; 14th years of this illumination show is featuring Disney movie “Aladdin”. 5-minute walk from JR Shinbashi Station; 03-6218-2100; www.caretta.jp/foreign/index

AKASAKA SACAS ILLUMINATION 2019 (Tokyo): Nov. 2-Feb. 16, 4 p.m.-midnight; illumination designed by art team who is working on TBS TV music programs collaborated with music along with star, meteor stream, aurora, and snowfall at 1st floor of Akasaka Blitz Tower of Sacas; Akasaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3746-6666; sacas.net/

OMOTE SANDO ILLUMINATION 2019 (Tokyo): Nov. 28-Dec. 25, sunset-10 p.m.; Omote Sando illumination decorates with 900,000 LED lights of champagne gold on 150 Keyaki trees along Omote Sando between Meiji Shrine entrance and Aoyama Street; JR Harajuku Station or Omote Sando Station on Chiyoda and Ginza Line; 03-3406-0988; www.marunouchi.com/event/detail/21293/

OMOTE SANDO HILLS CHRISTMAS 2019 (Tokyo): Nov. 13-Dec. 25; 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Omote Sando Hills Christmas illumination with the theme of “Aurora emerging in the city,” decorated on a 23ft tree with the LED lights on the center of open space at the venue along with “light curtain’ consisting of 6,000 icicle appears on the upper part of stairway. JR Harajuku or Omote Sando Station; 03-3497-0310; www.omotesandohills.com/en/events/    

EBISU GARDEN PLACE WINTER ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Nov.2-Feb. 24; 4 p.m.-midnight. Decorated 32ft Christmas tree, clock square and promenade by 100,000 LED lights. Christmas Marche and Champagne bar is available until Dec. 25; 16 ft. Baccarat chandelier displays at the entrance until Jan 13. 5-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; 03-5423-7111; gardenplace.jp/special/2019christmas/

TOKYO MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS 2019 (Tokyo): Nov. 14-Dec. 25; 5-11 p.m.; 220,000 LED lights tree illumination at the plaza and Gaien Higashi Street; Displays 13ft. Christmas tree which is piled up 1,800 Santa Clauses at the entrance of Galleria. Directory connected from Roppongi Station; 3-minute walk from Nogizaka Station; 03-3475-3100; www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/

SHIBUYA BLUDE GROTT 2019 (Tokyo): Nov. 29-Dec. 31; 5-10 p.m.; illumination of 600,000 LED lights with the theme of “Blue Grotto” through Shibuya Koen Street and Yoyogi Park; walking distance from Shibuya and Harajyuku Station; shibuya-aonodokutsu.jp/

CHRISTMAS MARKET IN YOKOHAMA RED BRICK WAREHOUSE (Kanagawa): Nov. 22-Dec. 25; 4-9 p.m.; 32 ft. Christmas tree at the entrance and illumination roof is lighting up for the 10th event. Ice skate rink is also available.15-minute walk from Sakuragicho or Kanai Station. 045-2272002; www.yokohama-akarenga.jp/christmas/; http://akarenga-artrink.yafjp.org/img/artrink_HP_en.pdf

SHONAN CANDLE 2019 (Kanagawa): Oct. 18-Nov. 4; 5-8 p.m. Decorates over 8,000 candle around the Samuel Cocking Botanical Garden; live performance and more events are scheduled. 20-minute walk from Katase Enoshima or Enoshima Station; 0466-24-2715; www.enofes.com/?info=1

MIYAGASE LAKESIDE PARK (Kanagawa): Nov. 24-Dec. 25, 5-10 p.m.; featuring 98 ft. Christmas tree and 610,000 lights decoration around the lakeside; live performance, marathon event and market, fireworks are scheduled; BBQ area is available by reservation. 50-minutes bus ride from Hon Atsugi Station or Atsugi I.C. on Tomei Express; 046-288-1430; miyagasekankou.com/xmas2019/index.html#honmon4

SAGAMI LAKE ILLUMILLION (Kanagawa): Nov. 2-Apr. 5; about 6 mil. LED lights are decorated around the Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forrest. Amusement Park, Hot Spring, Camping and BBQ area is also available. 1,000 yen for adults, 700 yen under 12.10-minute bus ride from JR Sagamiko or Hashimoto Station; 7-minute drive from Sagamiko Higashi I.C on Chuo Express. 0570-037-353; www.sagamiko-resort.jp/illumillion/

MOTHER FARM ILLUMINATION (Chiba): Nov. 1-Jan. 6 and Weekend only on Jan.11-Mar. 29; 4-8 p.m. annual theme is flower garden of light that is featuring the lighting flower garden, princess flower dress and rainbow tunnel; 800 yen for over 15, 400 yen for under 12; night bungee jump is priced 2,200 yen. Shuttle bus service is available from Kimitsu Station. 0439-37-3211; www.motherfarm.co.jp.e.acb.hp.transer.com/information/illumination2019/

TOBU ZOO WINTER ILLUMINATION (Saitama): Oct. 26-Feb.11; Illumination is scheduled on Sat., Sun. and Japanese holiday except Dec; 5-8 p.m. 1,200 yen for adult, 500 for under 12; 10-minute walk from Tobu Dobutsu Koen Station on Isesaki Line; 0480-93-1200; www.tobuzoo.com/global/english/

METSA VILLAGE CHERIATMAS MARKET (Saitama): Nov. 1- Dec. 25; sunset-9 p.m.; Illumination with himmelis, Finnish traditional ornaments; photo session with Saint Cruise from Rovaniemi, Finland and Christmas market is available. Mesta village is located beside of Moomin Valley Park. 13-minute bus ride from Hanno or Higashi Hanno Station; 5.4 km drive from Hidaka I.C.; 0570-001-630; metsa-hanno.com/event/3067/

TOKINOSUMIKA “HIKARINO SUMIKA”ILLUMINATION (Shizuoka): Oct. 26-Mar. 5; 4:30-10 p.m.; Art unit, The Miller Baller supervises the fountain show with super searchlight. 1,000 yen for adult, 200 yen for under 12. Free shuttle bus is available from Mishima, Gotenba and Susono Station. 0550-87-3700; www.tokinosumika.com/illuminations2017/renewal/

LAGUNA Illumination (Aichi): Nov. 2-Mar. 31, sunset-10 p.m.; decorates around the wave pool, terrace and blue palace; over 1 mil. LED lights decorates 12 gate bridge toward flower lagoon; water and 3D mapping show is also scheduled. 1,850 yen for over 15, 1,000 yen for age 6-12, 650 yen for over 3; 0570-097117; www.lagunatenbosch.co.jp/laguna/english/index.html

KOBE ILLUMINAGE 2019 (Hyogo): Nov.1-Feb. 11; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; featuring a big scale of maze decorated with 5 mil. LED illumination bringing into fantasy world. Along with monkey show at Michi-no Eki Kobe Fruit & Flower Park Ozo,; 1,200 yen for adult, 800 yen for under 12.; free parking; 06-6452-6452;

KOBE LUMINARIE (Hyogo): Dec. 6-15, 6:00-9:30 p.m. Held since Dec 1995, entrusted with the requisition of the victims of the Hanshin-Awaji earthquake and the reconstruction and regeneration of the city. 7 minute walk from JR Motomachi Station. 078-230-1001. kobe-luminarie.jp/index.html

BIHOKU PARK ILLUMINATION (Hiroshima): Nov. 9-Jan. 5; 5:30-9 p.m.; close on Dec. 31 and Jan.1; various illumination decorated with over 700,000 LED lights throughout the park, live performance and fireworks are scheduled on the weekends.450 yen for over 15, 210 yen for over 65; 0824-72-7000; www.bihoku-park.go.jp/event/event_entry.php?goid=111018

HIROSHIMA DREAMINATION 2019 (Hiroshima): Nov. 15-Jan.3; 5:30-10:30 p.m.; 18th event illuminates central part of Hiroshima city with 1.4 mil. LED lights included Heiwa street, Alice garden and South and North Green Zone. 2-minuts walk from Fukuromachi Station on Hiroshima Dentetsu. 082-554-1813; www.dreamination.com/index.html

KIRAKIRA FESTIVAL IN SASEBO (Nagasaki): Nov. 21-Dec.25; 5-11 p.m.; Decorate around the shopping street in Sasebo city and the illumination selected by annual Sasebo news on the Shimanose Art Center wall is remarkable; Live performance, dance battle and LED balloon parade is schedule through the event; 15-minute walk from JR Sasebo Station; 0956-21-4411; yonkacho.com/

HUIS TEN BOSCH KINGDOM OF LIGHT (Nagasaki): Oct. 5-May. 6; 6 illumination spots includes art garden, tree of light sky, 3D projection mapping show umbrella street, canal of light and fountain. Ticket information is available at the website; 0570-064-110; https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/

SOUTHEAST BOTANICAL GARDEN ILLUMINATION (Okinawa): Nov. 23-Apr. 5, 5-10 p.m.; decorates the light tunnels, tree house and light carpets with 1.8 mil. LED lights to illuminate trees and the promenade fantastically. 1,800 yen for adult, 1,100 yen for over 65; 600 yen for under 15; 5-minute drive from Okinawa Kita I.C; 098-939-2555;http://www.southeast-botanical.jp/en/

KANUCHA RESORT STARDUST FANTASIA (Okinawa): Nov. 1-Feb.14; 5:30-11 p.m.; the 20th event theme is called “NIRAI” illuminates 1 mil. LED light stars around the resort facility as the last paradise; 1,000 yen for adult, free for under 12; Free Shuttle bus is available from Naha Airport; 0980-55-8880; https://www.kanucha.jp/feature/stafan

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