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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    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)

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

     

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

     

    Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2018 (November 8 – December 25)

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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/

     

     

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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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    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)

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

     

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    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)

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    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.

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    Shari-den (Photo taken in 2019)


    Temple path (Photo taken in 2019)

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    Fusuma image example

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    Royal Palace on the Hill


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    Tunnel of Lights


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    Twin Trees & First Dream Bridgeツインツリーと初夢の橋

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    Classy and sophisticated cuisine

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    Hot spring water sourced from Tamozawa

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    LED Manholes

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    Tokorozawa Sakura Town

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    LED Manhole Designs

    Left: Daytime / Right: Nighttime

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    Enjoy art entertainment in person or at home

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    Guide To Magical Shores | Siloso Beach, Sentosa:

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    Illumination Flower Garden

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    Igloo Availability: December 16 – 25, 2019 *Subject to change

     

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    A new hotel plan has arrived at three branches of Hoshino Resort’s hot spring hotel brand KAI in Tochigi Prefecture where guests can enjoy the luxury of strawberries together with their stay. Tochigi is famous for growing strawberries, and so all three hotels will serve up their own unique succulent strawberry experiences. The branches in question are KAI Kawaji, KAI Kinugawa, and KAI Nikko.

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    KAI Kawaji: Strawberry Picking at a Japanese-Style Hot Spring Inn

    KAI Kawaji’s “Satoyama Ichigo Taizai” (Satoyama Strawberry Stay) plan offers a one-night stay with a strawberry picking session by the watermill in the hotel grounds. The strawberries there are juicy and sweet and ripen on the stalks. During your stay, you can go and pick them at your leisure. The strawberries grown there are a variety called tochiotome which have a full-bodied aroma are sweet with the perfect amount of sourness. In the evenings, a sunken hearth will be lit at the watermill so you can stay warm in the fresh winter outdoors while you pick your strawberries. Guests can also enjoy a strawberry sweet red-bean soup made with rare white strawberries which came out as a new variety of Tochigi Prefecture strawberry in 2018. They have less sourness and are super sweet with a smooth texture.

     

    Running: January 15, 2020 – February 29, 2020 (Check In)

    Price: From ¥25,000 (1 room for up to 2 people / Service charge included / Tax not included)

    Reservations/Official Website: https://kai-ryokan.jp/kawaji/

    KAI Kinugawa: Taste and compare seasonal strawberries

    KAI Kinugawa’s “Mingei Ichigo Taizai” (Folk Craft Strawberry Stay) plan will see the appearance of the tochihime strawberry which has been dubbed the “phantom strawberry.” This sweet variety is large and has a soft flesh and is exclusive to Tochigi. Guests will be able to taste and compare this and a handful of other types, as well as tuck into various strawberry confections. They will pick from 300 cute different bowls from the bowl gallery and pile inside them strawberries and assorted confections. In the evenings, strawberries will also be served boiled in white wine. A two-day and one-night experience you’d expect from the place that boasts the biggest strawberry haul in Japan.

     

    Running: December 10, 2019 – February 29, 2020 (Check In)

    Price: From ¥29,000 (1 room for up to 2 people / Service charge included / Tax not included)

    Reservations/Official Website: https://kai-ryokan.jp/kinugawa/

    Note: Limited to 5 separate bookings per day

    KAI Nikko: Revel in wintertime Okunikko

    KAI Nikko is located beside the grand Lake Chūzenji. Their “Zekkei Ichigo Taizai” (Spectacular View Strawberry Stay) plan will see their lobby, which offers a panoramic view of Mount Nantai, turn into a tearoom inspired by the rest stops of Nikkomou, an event that took place during the Edo Period when the Tokugawa Shogunate made their pilgrimage to Nikko. Guests can enjoy the contrast between the setting sun and the snow, as well as the pink-coloured sky when morning breaks. Taking place between sunset and sunrise, guests can tuck into rare white strawberries and warm confections made with yōkan―a Japanese jellied dessert made from red bean paste, agar, and sugar―which is a local specialty of Nikko.

     

    Running: December 1, 2019 – February 29, 2020 (Check In)

    Price: From ¥28,000 (1 room for up to 2 people / Service charge included / Tax not included)

    Reservations/Official Website: https://kai-ryokan.jp/nikko/

    Note: Limited to 2 separate bookings per day

     

     

    Enjoy you’re a seasonal strawberry fill like never before at Hoshino Resorts KAI.

  • Roof Star Gardens Illumination Event to Take Place On GINZA SIX’s Rooftop Garden

    02.October.2019 | SPOT

    Ginza’s biggest shopping centre GINZA SIX has announced that it’s set to light up its rooftop garden with an enchanting illumination event titled Rooftop Star Garden which will begin on November 26 and run until February 24 next year.

     

    Standing at 56 meters high, the rooftop garden is the “closest place to the stars” in Ginza. This will be GINZA SIX’s first ever illumination event and it will shine a bright spotlight against the nightscape of Ginza’s streets.

     

    Rooftop Star Garden will take place in two areas in the garden: the Water Fountain Area and the Forest Area, both of which will welcome star-themed light shows.

    The theme of the Water Fountain Area is “Shooting Star,” whose LED lights will elicit a sense of profoundness in its observers. 147 LED lights will form the main monument of this area, with bright, sparkling illuminations that will remind one of shooting and twinkling stars.

    The Forest Area is made up of two separate areas between the Water Fountain Area. Lasers will shoot through crystals, creating an ocean of countless specks of light that look like little stars that make it feel like you’re in space.

     

    This limited-time event is the perfect way to spend this year’s Christmas, so don’t miss out.

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

  • Blue Grotto Fukuoka Illuminations 2019: Exquisite Food & Enchanting Lights

    25.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Blue Grotto FUKUOKA is an illumination event that opened at Nakasu Bridge in Fukuoka on September 16 and will run until October 6.

    Nakasu Bridge is located in the shopping district Nakase, where two exhibits are taking place: “Blue Grotto” and “Blue Waterfall.” They are also offering a very special romantic and magical 30-minute boat cruise which takes passengers from Nakasu Bridge to Canal City Hakata and Hakata Bay.

    As well as the breathtaking lights, passengers can look forward to a specially-prepared Blue Grotto Bolognese meal made by Nisshin Foods. Passengers will also receive an original Blue Grotto postcard courtesy of their boarding.

     

    During the illumination event, there will be multiple food booths around Nakase Bridge serving an assortment of delicious food, including some made using Blue Grotto brand ingredients in collaboration with Nisshin Foods.

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