“Winter Night Tour 2018” will be held in Achi, Nagano, Japan’s best star-viewing spot

22.October.2018 | SPOT

From 2018, December 10th (Mon.) to 2019 March 31st (Sun.) the event titled, “Winter Night Tour 2018 STARS BY NAKED” will be held at Fujimidai Kogen Ropeway Heavens Sonohara.
 
Achi is a quiet town located in the southern part of Nagano Prefecture, famous for its Hirukami Hot Springs and its peach blossoms. The town of Achi was designated as the No. 1 spot in the Ministry of Environment’s Star-watching Network -2006’s“best spot to view starts.”  
 
 This event is a special winter-limited event to be held at Fujimidai Kogen Ropeway Heavens.
 
The event titled, “Winter Night Tour” has been held since 2016 during the winter season. This year’s event however is going to be very special as it will be a collaborative event with the lighting event company, NAKED. They will incorporate projection mapping and a great variety of light and image technology to tell the story of the stars. And above this all will be the real star-filled sky. This will for sure be an exciting star-viewing event that no one has ever experienced before.

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    Sasarikyu

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    Bamboo grass area (13,200m²)

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    Sukiya Arbour Garden Area (6,600m²)

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