4 Best Evening Illumination Spots in Tochigi Prefecture

19.December.2018 | SPOT

Tochigi Prefecture boasts a long list of spots officially designated as “Night View Inheritances of Japan” where illumination events, shrine and temple light-ups, mini lanterns and more are set up.

 

This is a list of 4 must-visit locations with illuminations events running until March 2019.

Ashikaga Flower Park – “Garden of Illuminated Flowers)

Ashikaga Flower Park is one of Japan’s three main illumination spots. Its popularity has earned it the No. 1 spot for illuminations for two years in a row. The newly-built Ashikaga Flower Park Station at the park’s west gate makes it easier than ever to access.

 

The wintry trees are decorated with colourful lights, brightening the beautiful flowers at nighttime. There is also a recreation of the park’s symbolic great wisteria tree made entirely out of lights down to the flowers. It sways with the wind making it look like a real tree.

 

Address: 607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture

Running: October 27, 2018 – February 5, 2019

Closed: December 31, 2018

TEL: 0284-91-4939

Website: http://www.ashikaga.co.jp/

 

Ashikagaorihime Shrine at Orihime Park

Another one of Japan’s officially registered Night View Inheritance sites. Orihime Park offers a gorgeous view of the town’s nightscape. The park’s Ashikagaorihime Shrine is lit up making for a magical atmopshere. The shrine itself is famous for its associations with marriage, making it a popular date spot.

 

Address: 3890-17 Tomoecho, Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture

Open: All Year Round

Shrine Illumination: 5:00pm-midnight

TEL: 0284-22-0313

Website: http://orihimejinjya.com/

 

26th Yunishikawaonsen Kamakurasai

Taking place at Yunishigawa Onsen, this event was designated as a Night View Inheritance site in 2009. It sees hundreds of candles lit up across the entire area that create a mysterious atmosphere. It’s also chosen as “one of the must-see places before you die.”

 

Address: 1042 Yunishigawa, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

Running: January 26, 2019 – March 3, 2019

Candle Lighting: 5:30pm-9:00pm

*Subject to cancellation depending on weather conditions.

Closed: Wednesdays & Thursdays

TEL: 0288-22-1525

Website: https://www.tochigiji.or.jp/event/1064/

 

Okunikko Yumoto Onsen Snow Festival 2019

This event began in a desire make use of the abundant snow and light up nighttime Okunikko. Ice sculptures created by hotel chefs from inside and outside the prefecture will be set up on January 31. In February, around 500 snow lights will be set up at the hot springs, and illuminations will glow against the snowy walls.

 

Address: Yumoto, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

Running: February 2, 2019 – February 10, 2019

Illumination Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm

TEL: 0288-62-2570

Website: http://www.nikkoyumoto.com/

 

Tochigi Prefecture is easily accessible from Tokyo, so if you’re in Japan then take advantage of this season to go and see some enchanting nighttime scenery.

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  • Best Tokyo Illuminations: December 2018 to February 2019

    01.December.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Every year during Japanese wintertime the streets are lit up with big, bright and beautiful illuminations. They are of course held all the way up to Christmas but can be enjoyed all the way into February. Here’s our list of must-see Tokyo illuminations this year.

     

    Keyakizaka Illuminations (Running until December 25)

    Around 700,000 LED lights will decorate the trees of Keyakizaka street, bringing to light that charming feeling of Tokyo wintertime. This marks the 15th year of the street’s illuminations, and this year’s theme is “LIVE veil.” Passersby will be greeted with the glow of crisp blue and snow white LED lights. The bridge located in the centre of Keyakizaka street will make for a great photo with Tokyo Tower in the background. These are the perfect illuminations to visit if you’re sightseeing in Tokyo!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/128726

     

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    Roppongi Hills Christmas 2018
    Location: Roppongi Hills (Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori, 66 Plaza, West Walk, Roppongi Hills Arena, Oyane Plaza, and elsewhere)

    Website: http://www.roppongihills.com/

     

    Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2018 (November 8 – December 25)

    The Marunouchi area is currently hosing an event titled Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2018 in collaboration with famous Japanese singer Yuming who is celebrating her 46th anniversary this year since her debut. A Christmas tree called the “Knit Tree” made in collaboration with the singer is currently on display at the Marcube on the first floor of the Marunouchi building, the main vneue for this event. The tree is decorated with dazzling illuminations as Yuming’s songs provide the soundtrack to the room.

     

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    Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2018

    Running: November 8, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    Locations: Marunouchi Building, Shin-Marunouchi Building, Nijubashi Square, Marunouchi Brick Square, Marunouchi Oazo, and elsewhere

    Website: https://www.marunouchi.com/event/detail/14018/

     

     

    Illumination Island Odaiba 2018 (November 16 – December 25)

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    Illumination Island Odaiba 2018

    Running: November 16, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    Participating Facilities: 10

    Website: https://rurubu.jp/redirect/article/4683/

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    Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2018 (November 9 – January 6)

    Meguro River is famous for its cherry trees which line stretch 4km along the waters and bring beautiful cherry blossoms in spring. This winter, Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2018 (‘Meguro River: Illuminations for Everyone’) is seeing the path along the river decorated with lights which will reflect off the water’s surface. The Fuyu no Sakura® (‘Winter Cherry Blossoms’) flower viewing spot which was a huge hit last year has made an appearance again this year. People are enjoying the ‘winter cherry blossoms’ーthe pink illuminationsーfrom the comfort of one of the three garden igloos which all have different interiors. Sitting in one of these means you don’t have to worry about wind, rain or cold weather.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/137108

     

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    Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2018

    Locations: Meguro River / Gotanda Fureai Waterside Square (2-9 Higashi-Gotanda, Shinagawa, Tokyo)

    Illumination Period: November 9, 2018 – January 6, 2019

    Illumination Time: 17:00-22:00 (Will go ahead during rain)

    *Closed during storms. Additionally, illumination time will begin at 17:30 on November 9 only.

    Entry: Free

    Access: 6-minutes on foot from Osaki Station and Gotanda Station via JR Lines

    TEL: 03-5330-7675

    Official Website: http://www.minna-no-illumi.com/

     

    Shinjuku Minamilumi Illuminations (November 14 – February 14)

    The Shinjuku Minamilumi illuminations have made their sixth return to the south exit of Shinjuku Station again this year. “Minamilumi” is a portmanteau of minami no illumination (‘south illuminations’) and minna de miru illumination (‘illuminations to watch with everyone’). Each pedestrian area around the south exit is currently adorned with many different illuminations. Each location is within walking distance from the other, so you can spend a nice relaxing time strolling and seeing the different lights that will welcoming this year’s winter.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/125425

     

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    Shinjuku Minamilumi Illuminations

    Areas: Shinjuku Southern Terrace / Takashiyama Times Square / Shinjuku Maynds Tower / JR South Shinjuku Bldg. / JR Shinjuku Miraina Tower / Suica’s Penguin Park

    Closest Stations: Shinjuku Station (JR Line, Odakyu Line, Keio Line, Toei Shinjuku Line, Oedo Line) / Shinjuku-Sanchome Station (Fukutoshin Line)

    Running: November 14, 2018 – January 14, 2019

    Illumination Times: 5:00pm-12:00am

    *4:30pm-12:00am in December.

    *Illumination areas, content and details subject to change.

     

    Omohara Beer Forest Illuminations (November 15 – February 28)

    The Omohara Beer Forest―located on the sixth floor rooftop of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku―is currently hosting an illumination event. The illuminations have brought a mix of natural light and gentle fairy lights to central Harajuku. 16,000 illuminations bask the surrounding space and trees with warm light. A space surrounded by trees will give rise to 16,000 illuminations with warm light. Opening hours have been extended to 11:00pm from the usual 9:00pm for the Christmas and New Year periods. A perfect place to stop by after work or shopping.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/135593

     

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    Omohara Illuminations

    Running: November 15, 2018 – February 28, 2019

    Location: Omohara Beer Forest (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 6F Rooftop, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    Time: 17:00-23:00 (Last Entries 22:30 – subject to changes during New Year’s Holiday)

    Website: https://omohara.tokyu-plaza.com/

     

    Illuminations are a big part of Japan’s winter culture, so take your friends and loved ones this year.

  • Enjoy Winter Illuminations at Gunma Flower Park

    23.November.2018 | SPOT

    Yousei-tachi no Gakuen (‘Academy of Faries’) is an illumination festival at Gunma Flower Park currently running until January 14, 2019. A large firework display is set for November 24 where 3,650 fireworks will be launched into the sky.

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    The historic property was built in 1909 as a resting place for Emperor Taisho. Only two such buildings exist in Japan: one in Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture, and the other at Wakura Onsen. Both were registered as Tangible Cultural Properties of Japan in 2017. 

     

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    Dessert Set (with Drink): ¥1,700 (Tax Included)

    Very Cocoa Set (with Drink: ¥1,700 (Tax Included)

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    One-sided Love Hot Cocoa: ¥550 (Tax Included)

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    On sale January 15, 2022 (Valentine’s Day Exclusive)

     

    Select Chocolates: ¥648 (Tax Included)
    Where to Buy: Piccadilly Shop
    On sale January 15, 2022

     


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    04.November.2021 | FEATURES / SPOT / Uncategorized

    Even though it feels like 2021 just started, winter is already approaching! Though the weather is turning cold and the leaves are falling from the trees, there are plenty of colorful events taking place throughout the Kanto region sure to warm your body and soul. Holiday lights can transform even the darkest and most frigid evenings into magical memories. Here at Moshi Moshi Nippon, we’ve compiled the four best winter illumination locations for 2021, perfect for dates, family outings, or even solo reflection!

     

    [Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture] 20th Anniversary Garden of Light ~Flower Fantasy 2021~

    In October 2017, Ashikaga Flower Park was recognized as having one of the three best illumination events in Japan, along with the Sapporo White Illumination in Hokkaido and the Huis Ten Bosch Kingdom of Lights in Nagasaki. It has also ranked number one in the Night View Convention and Visitors Bureau Illumination Awards for five consecutive years from 2016 until 2020. Be sure to visit the popular and newly-renovated Flower Castle!

     

    Location: Ashikaga Flower Park

    Running: Until February 14, 2022

    Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/515578

     

     

    [Shinagawa, Tokyo] Tokyo Mega Illumination 2021-2022 x NAKED

    Tokyo’s Oi Racecourse will be decorated with over eight million lights until April 2022! The location is complete with a water fountain show and a 100-meter tunnel bathed in light, while creative production company NAKED has teamed up with the event to offer AR illuminations guests can only experience here!

     

    Location: Oi Racecourse

    Running: Until April 10, 2022

    Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/512032

     

     

    [Inagi, Tokyo] Yomiuriland Jewellumination The Light of Hope! ~A Diverse Symphony of Color~

    Yomiuriland’s newest illuminations were produced by Ishii Motoko, and the park is home to the world’s first light display to use LED lights made to glitter like jewels. These lights have a low environmental impact, and are perfectly suited for the event’s theme of “Hope.” 

     

    Location: Yomiuriland

    Running: Until April 3, 2022

    Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/503875

     

     

    [Hibiya, Tokyo] HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021

     

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    Location: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, Hibiya Nakadoori, Hibiya Chanter locations

    Running: Until February 14, 2022

    Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/508516

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    Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi prefecture is one of the best places in the country to view wisteria (fuji) flowers and is well-known for its tunnel of purple blooms. In recent years, the park has also become popular for its winter illumination, and from October 16, 2021, until February 14, 2022, over 5 million bulbs will be on display during the 20th Anniversary Garden of Light ~Flower Fantasy 2021~ event!

     

     

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    Illuminated Flower Basin

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    2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the winter illumination event at Ashikaga Flower Park. In October 2017, the location was recognized as having one of the three best illumination events in Japan, along with the Sapporo White Illumination in Hokkaido and the Huis Ten Bosch Kingdom of Lights in Nagasaki. It has also ranked number one in the Night View Convention and Visitors Bureau Illumination Awards for five consecutive years from 2016 until 2020. 

     

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    Giant 4-meter Wreath and Treehouse

    Constructing the Giant Wreath

    Illuminated Flowers

    Glittering Balloons & Rainbow Churros

     

    The main stage, Stardust Lake, is located beside the Galaxy Railroad area. Guests can experience the beauty of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan, as they wander the illuminated grounds. Don’t miss this year’s unique light show ‘Rainbow of Hope,’ a wish for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

     

    In commemoration of the park’s 10th anniversary, a huge wreath over four meters wide will be hung within the park. Created by Yoshihi Futana, the wreath was created with carefully collected plants that were starting to wither. The size is sure to impress, so don’t miss your chance to snap a picture with this work of art!

     

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  • Enjoy “A Magical Moment” at the ‘HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021’ Event

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    The ‘HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021’ light event will be held in Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, as well as in related associations like Hibiya Area Management, Hibiya Chanter, Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, Hibiya Nakadoori, and Hibiya Chanter’s Area Management locations, between November 18 2021 and February 14 2022. The theme for this year’s illumination event is “A Magical Moment” that can be enjoyed from a distance. 

     

     

    HIBIYA AREA ILLUMINATION

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    Duration: November 18 2021 ~ February 14 2022 (scheduled)

    Switched On Between: 17:00 ~ 23:00

    Location: Hibiya Nakadoori / Tokyo Midtown Hibiya

     

     

    HIBIYA WINTER SQUARE

    The ‘HIBIYA WINTER SQUARE,’ installed at the Hibiya Step Plaza, has been designed to be viewed while maintaining distance from the other visitors, creating an all-new experience for the New Normal era.

    Duration: November 18 ~ December 26 2021 (scheduled)

    *The main staircase illuminations are scheduled to remain installed until February 14 2022.

    Switched On Between: 17:00 ~ 23:00

    Location: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya 1F, Hibiya Step Plaza

     

     

    PARK VIEW WINTER GARDEN

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    Duration: November 18 2021 ~ February 14 2022 (scheduled)

    Switched On Between: 17:00 ~ 23:00

    Location: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya 6F Park View Garden

     

     

    Earth Christmas Tree

    Artificial Art Tree

     

     

    This year’s illuminations have been designed with Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in mind. The producers have made efforts to be sustainable while creating the Earth Christmas Tree and reduce waste by using LEDs that use 40% less power compared to regular bulbs, while the Artificial Art Tree can be reused year after year.

     

    Enjoy a magical time this winter with the ‘HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination’ while maintaining a safe and considerate distance from the other guests!

  • Nature and Art Scene of Jozankei, Hokkaido on Display in New Night Walk Attraction

    23.August.2021 | SPOT

    The Jozankei Tourism Association is currently hosting the JOZANKEI NATURE LUMINARIE -WATER LIGHT VALLEY- event until October 20, 2021. This marks the sixth year of the event, which presents the natural beauty of the rivers, valleys, and forests of Jozankei in a new light. 

     

    Guests can enjoy an illuminated walk along the Toyohira River in the Jozankei area of Hokkaido, and wander across the picturesque Futami Suspension Bridge. The night walk takes places to the southwest of the Sapporo city center. 

     

    Forest Illumination

    Futami Valley

     

     

    Visitors will encounter a variety of unique light art as they stroll through the rich nature of Jozankei guided by the elusive kappa, known to be the guardian Gods of the region. 

     

    Nature Light Canvas

    River Road

     

     

    As visitors approach, the river begins to glow while flowers bloom in this interactive art experience. By using projection mapping across the Futami Suspension Bridge and an all-encompassing light show within the canyon, the event hopes to remind visitors that nature is important and worth preserving. 

     

    Which part of the nature walk would you be most excited to see? 

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