Christmas Candle Night 2018 to Take Place at Karuizawa Kogen Church

07.November.2018 | SPOT

Countless candles are set to illuminate Karuizawa Kogen Church from December 1 to 25 for Christmas Candle Night 2018. The church, located in the town of Karuizawa which was opened by missionaries, is open to all people and loved by many people.

The church, encased tranquilly amongst the trees and nature, has a long history dating back to 1921. It initially began in the Taisho Period as a place where highly educated people gathered including Japanese author Tōson Shimazaki and poet Hakushū Kitahara. It continues today as a church that welcomes anybody who visits it.


Warm Glowing Lantern Candles in the Holy Forest and the Illuminated Crossroads

Candles stood in lanterns will light up the forest surrounding the church, and a 6 meter tall fern tree will glow against the night sky. The illuminated crossroads that run through the forest will transform the area into a magical and mysterious marvel as gentle lights flicker before you.

Date: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018

Time: 18:30-21:00

Lantern Strolling Through the Holy Forest

Just as the missionaries paved the way for Karuizawa, so too will you be able to stroll through the forest lit only by the lantern you carry and the candles surrounding you. This is a chance to make some Christmas memories you wouldn’t be able to in the city.

Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25

Time: 18:30-21:00

*Lanterns provided

Christmas Song & Prayer

A musical ensembles of hand bells and harps will be carried out as will song and music with a gospel choir and pastor. Enjoy praying, singing and feeling with music.


Hand Bell & Harp Ensemble

Date: Saturdays and December 24

December 1 and 8 – 19:00/20:00

December 15, 22 and 24 – 18:30/19:30/20:30

*20 minutes per session


Christmas Song & Prayer

Date: Sundays and December 25

December 2 and 9 – 19:00/16:00

December 16, 23 and 25 – 18:30/19:30/20:30

*20 minutes per session


The Holy Night’s Gentle Melody

The gentle tune of a music box will calm people’s hearts just as the sounds heard in Karuizawa’s forests do, like the cries of birds and trees rustling in the wind.

Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25

December 1, 2, 8 and 9 – 19:20/20:20

December 15, 16, 22, 23, 24 and 25 18:50/19:50/20:50

*5 minutes per session

Binding Thoughts & Feelings Into Christmas Letters

The church treasures the time it takes to put together a letter to send to someone. Write a special letter to that special someone.

Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25

Time: 18:30-21:00


Enjoy a calm and peaceful Christmas this holiday season at Karuizawa Kogen Church.