7 city illuminations to visit in Japan this Christmas
We’ll soon be into the middle of December, and Japan is getting colder and colder. It’s considered the season to stay inside and keep warm and cosy. But it’s worth wrapping up and heading out to go and see the winter time illuminations, something you can only see during this season. The gorgeous night-time scenery created by these illuminations will have you completely forgetting about the cold! MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON would like to show you a list of recommended illumination spots to see this season.
1：Shibuya “Ao no Dokutsu SHIBUYA”
“Ao no Dokutsu” was held in Naka-Meguro back in 2014 and was a huge success. This year, it will make its way to Shibuya. Stretching 750m from Shibuya Koen-dori to Yoyogi Park Keyaki-Namiki, the entire area will be completely dyed in a beautiful and enchanting blue colour which you can take photos of.
Located: 750m across Shibuya Koen-dori to Yoyogi Park Keyaki-Namiki
Date: Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 to Monday January 9th, 2017
※Please be aware that illumination times are subject to change.
2：Naka-Meguro & Shinagawa中目黒・品川 “Meguro River Minna no Illumination 2016”
Meguro River, a place famous for its rows of cherry blossoms during the cherry blossom season, will be dyed in a beautiful sakura coloured illuminations. There will be double the amount of lights from last year – more than 42,000 sakura coloured LED illuminations stretching 1.1km!
Location: Gotanda Fureai Waterside Square, Shinagawa-ku (2-9 Higashi-Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo) and along Meguro River
Date: Friday November 18th, 2016 to Monday January 9th, 2017
3：Akasaka “The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Illuminations”
Located in the southern entrance of The Prince Park Tower Tokyo hotel is an objet d’art designed with the word “TOKYO” amongst a number of other things. There’s also a photo spot where you can take a photograph together with Tokyo Tower.
Location: The Prince Park Tower Tokyo
Date: Tuesday November 29th, 2016 to Tuesday February 28th, 2017
Time: Every day from sunset to midnight
4：Shinagawa Shinagawa Season Terrace Illuminations ～Mirai e Negai wo～
Shinagawa Season Terrace will be displaying its first ever illuminations this year. These illuminations are a type that you can get up close and personal. As you walk up the stairs, you will enter an enchanting and fantastical world as you climb the stairs which are enveloped in dancing lights.
Location: Shinagawa Season Terrace (1-Chome-2-70 Kōnan, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Date: Thursday December 1st, 2016 to Sunday December 25th, 2016
5：Shiodome “Caretta Illumination 2016 ‘Canyon d’Azur ～Aoi Seirei no Mori～’”
2016 will mark the 11th running of the Caretta Illuminations in Shiodome. This year’s theme is “Aoi Seirei no Mori” (translation: “Forest of Blue Spirits”). This romantic illumination show will be held in 20 minute intervals, featuring original music and interweaving, 7-coloured illuminations.
Location: Caretta Shiodome B2F Caretta Plaza 1-Chome-8-2 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Date: Thursday November 17th, 2016 to Tuesday February 14th, 2017 ※All buildings will be closed on January 1st and January 2nd in 2017 so illuminations will not be held on these dates.
17:00-23:00 (subject to change) – Thursday November 17th, 2016 to Saturday December 31st, 2016
18:00-22:00 (subject to change) – Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 to Tuesday February 14th, 2017
6：Roppongi “MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS 2016”
Roppongi is enveloped in fantastic illuminations every year. Whether its inside or in the midtown, the scope of the light shows is always huge, and every year it proves to be a spot for many people to visit. There are 9 illuminations displayed on the official midtown website. Be sure to check the website before heading over to Roppongi.
Location: Tokyo Midtown 9-Chome-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Date: Tuesday November 15th, 2016 to Sunday December 25th, 2016
7：Ebisu “Ebisu Garden Place Winter Illumination 2016”
Ebisu, the town for grown-ups, is also showcasing illuminations this year. The illuminations will light up lots of different spots with 10,000 ball illuminations, including the world’s highest quality baccarat chandelier. There will also be a Christmas market type of area serving food and drinks. Head on over and enjoy a relaxing time.
Location: Ebisu Garden Place
Date: Saturday November 5th, 2016 to Monday January 9th, 2017
These illumination shows are something you can only experience this season. As you walk the streets of town embraced in light, you’ll feel as if you’re in a completely new place.
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Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets to Open Online Orders For Christmas Home Party Set
Tokyo’s two cafes Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe have announced that they will open online orders for their new ‘Pokémon Cafe Christmas Home Party Set 2020’ on November 17, 2020.
Pokémon Cafe Christmas Home Party Set 2020
The party set comes with a Pikachu-shaped Christmas cake, Christmas tree stand, a set of four wooden chopstick rests shaped like Pikachu’s tail, and a set of four paper Pikachu glasses. If you’ve ever dreamed of a Pokémon Christmas, then who better to spend it with than Pikachu?
Kawaii Pikachu Cake
Pokémon Cafe Christmas Home Party Set 2020 | ¥8,800 (Tax Included)
The cake is a mousse cake made with cream from Hokkaido and sweet white chocolate. Shaped like Pikachu, the cake is made from chocolate and plain sponge which hide secret chocolate chips for added texture and sweetness.
Decorate for Christmas this year with Pokémon Cafe’s original Christmas tree stand, Pikachu tail chopstick rests, Pokémon Christmas Wonderland wreath, and paper Pikachu cups.
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Pokémon Cafe Christmas Home Party Set 2020
Order Window: November 17, 2020 at 14:00 (JST) to December 11, 2020 at 18:00 (JST)
Available: Via Pokémon Cafe’s official website from November 10, 2020 at 14:00
・Pokémon Cafe (Nihombashi, Tokyo)
Pick Up: December 22, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Address: Address: Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, 2-1-2 Nihombashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:30-22:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/
・Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café
Pick Up: December 23, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Address: Sunshine City Alpa Floor 2F, 3-1-2 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
Sanrio Puroland Announces Christmas 2020 Event PURO RAINBOW CHRISTMAS
22.October.2020 | SPOT
Sanrio Puroland has announced that this year’s PURO RAINBOW CHRISTMAS event will run from November 13 to December 25. The theme for 2020 is “Rainbows,” and this time around, the event can be enjoyed both at the park and online.
Colourful and Kawaii Christmas Food
Sanrio Puroland will once again serve up a special Christmas menu of ten items, with iconic characters like Hello Kitty, My Melody and the Little Twin Stars wearing colourful Santa Claus hats.
Food includes dishes like “Hello Kitty’s Christmas Gift Curry” with Hello Kitty holding a Christmas present, the snow white “Rainbow Christmas☆Snow Omelette Pasta,” and more. There are also desserts such as “My Melody’s Pink Yule Log Cake” and “Pochacco’s Pistachio & Strawberry Tree Parfait.” The multi-coloured menu line-up takes up Christmas classics like chicken and snow.
Cute Rainbow Coloured Merchandise
Mascots | ¥1,650 Each (Tax Included)
A collection of different mascots from Sanrio Puroland each wearing colourful Santa outfits.
Confectionery Set | ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
An assortment of confections served in an eye-catching box featuring familiar Sanrio faces.
Christmas Illuminations – “Rainbow Santa’s Christmas Eve”
An exciting Christmas illumination show will take place at Puroland Village to the sound of Christmas-y Puroland music. Lights will brighten up the place with in a kaleidoscope of colours.
PURO RAINBOW CHRISTMAS Special Greeting
Visitors will be able to meet and take photos with the Sanrio characters in person for one whole minute. The cast will wear Christmas red outfits from November 13 to December 1 and change into white costumes from December 5. This will take place on the first floor Event Corner and will see Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, Wish me mell, and Dear Daniel make an appearance. It will be carried out using social distancing measures.
Enjoy Puroland Christmas at Home
This year, Sanrio Puroland will stream past popular Christmas events held at the park on the Japanese video streaming site SHOWROOM on December 12. Shows include “HAPPY GIFT CHRISTMAS” from 2016, “The Puro Christmas” from 2019, and more.
Infinite Online Greetings
Sanrio Puroland launched online content back in June in response to COVID-19 which included getting to meet the characters online. They will host a special Christmas version on December 22 also on SHOWROOM where the characters will wear their white costumes from the Christmas show “The Puro Christmas.” Participating characters include Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala), Wish me mell, and Dear Daniel.
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PURO RAINBOW CHRISTMAS
Running: November 13, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Official Website: https://www.puroland.jp/2020_christmas/
Tokyo Midtown Announces Winter Event ‘MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS’
18.October.2020 | SPOT
Tokyo Midtown has announced that its winter event ‘MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS’ will run from November 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021.
“ANOTHER WORLD” is the concept for this year’s rendition of the annual event, which will see new winter illuminations, Christmas decorations, the opening of an ice rink, and plenty of other fun experiences for people to enjoy throughout the entire day, right into the evening.
MIDTOWN WINTER LIGHTS
A highlight of the event will be the “MIDTOWN WINTER LIGHTS,” warm illuminations to light fires in hearts during the cold winter season that will create a dazzling spectacle the likes of which cannot be missed.
Path of Light – An Illuminated World
The pedestrian walkway will welcome a strip of gorgeous golden lights affixed to towering trees to guide your way. More golden lights than ever before are being prepared this year to pull visitors into a romantic and dreamy world.
SNOW LIGHT GLOBE – A World of Snow
The SNOW LIGHT GLOBE is a giant 3-meter tall and 4.5-meter wide snow globe inside which glistens sparkling snow, crystals, and aurora. The lights are ever-changing throughout the day, presenting itself differently every time you look at it.
STEP LIGHT – A Colourful World
STEP LIGHT is a fun and interactive illumination display with lights that light up when you step on them, creating a colourful walkway.
Running: November 19, 2020 – February 28, 2021
Time: 17:00-23:00 (Until 24:00 around the plaza)
Location: Midtown Garden
MIDTOWN ICE RINK – A World of Ice
MIDTOWN ICE RINK is something people in Tokyo look forward to every winter. This year, the rink is opening in November. It’s one of the biggest ice rinks in Tokyo and provides real ice for people to skate on, welcoming everyone from children and beginners to pros. The rink will be open into the evening too when it will be lit up so people can enjoy a little night skating session.
Running: November 19, 2020 – February 28, 2021
Time: 11:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:00)
*Opens at 17:00 on November 19 and is closed on January 1
*Opening hours subject to change depending on weather
Location: Tokyo Midtown
General (High School Students and older) – Weekdays ¥2,000 / Weekends & Public Holidays ¥2,500
Children (Junior High School Students and younger) Weekdays ¥1,500 / Weekends & Public Holidays ¥2,000
Midtown Christmas Trees
Various Christmas trees will be set up in the Tokyo Midtown garden area, indoors, and elsewhere to set in the holiday season mood.
Running: November 19, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Present Christmas Tree – A World of Fantasy
The Tokyo Midtown garden will welcome a mysterious kind of Christmas tree for the first time every this year—one which sprouts presents. 25 presents will be grown, and in December one will be given out each day.
Location: Midtown Garden
Santa Tree – A Miniature World
Around 1,800 individual Santa Claus ornaments will make up the 4-meter tall Santa Tree inside the Tokyo Midtown Galleria
Location: Galleria 1F Tree Shower
Choose! Choose! AR Tree – An Original World
Tokyo Midtown also has something for people to enjoy at home. They can use an app that makes use of AR tech so that a Christmas tree can appear when you go to take a photo which you can decorate with an assortment of ornaments. There’s over 1,000 possible combinations. More details about this will be posted on the event website in early November.
MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS
Running: November 19, 2020 – February 28, 2021
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-midtown.com
Ashikaga Flower Park Turns On the Lights For ‘The Garden of Illuminated Flowers’
13.October.2020 | SPOT
Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Tochigi, has announced an illumination event for the autumn and winter seasons called “The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~” which will run from October 17, 2020 to February 7, 2021.
The annual event is being held a week later than usual in order to implement the necessary precautions against COVID-19 and to ensure visitors are divided from one another so that they can enjoy the event as always safely. Masks will need to be worn and visitors must sanitise their hands as well as have their temperature checked with the on-site thermal camera before entering the park.
Held for the 19th time this year, the event was ranked among the Top 3 biggest light-up events in Japan in 2017 alongside Sapporo White Illuminations and Huis Ten Bosch Illuminations. It was also ranked top by night view critics in Japan as best the illumination event for four consecutive years.
So, why is this event adored so much?
The Miraculous Great Wisteria
Due to COVID-19, people were unable to enjoy the blossoming wisteria during this year’s spring season, but now they can be enjoyed in autumn and winter in the form of illuminations.
Illuminated Water Lilies
Water lilies are enjoyed from summer through autumn. These water lily lights by the waterside are like little individual flower spirits.
Illuminated Rose Garden
A panoramic spectacle of vivid red rose lights. A special blue light-up will also take place to give gratitude to frontline workers who will be busy this season.
A Flower Story of Illuminated Wisteria
The multicoloured wisteria that bloom from mid-April to mid-May at the park are also being represented as dazzling illuminations which will reflect off the water surface to create a magical atmosphere.
Santa Claus will be at the park from late November to late December to hand out presents to children.
Enter a romantic world of Japanese illuminations at Ashikaga Flower Park.
The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~
Address: 607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi
Running: October 17, 2020 – February 7, 2021
Official Website: https://www.ashikaga.co.jp/flowerfantasy_special2020/en/index.html
Pokémon Illuminations to Shine at Lake Sagami in Kanagawa
Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest, an outdoor multi-resort in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, has announced that the Kanto region’s biggest illumination event SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION is set to return for 2020-2021. The event will see 6 million illuminations light up the area from November 14, 2020 to April 4, 2021.
About SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION
SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION is an annual winter event held at Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest. About an hour from the main city, the event takes place up a high slope with the 6 million lights becoming one with the surrounding natural environment. The event uses the latest in lighting technology and has gotten bigger and better every year. In 2018, it was chosen as one of Kanto’s three main illumination events.
This year marks the 12th run of SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION, and this time around it’s collaborating with the Pokémon franchise with lots of colourful illuminations set to light up the area and plenty of Pokémon photo spots to take your picture with including Pikachu sleeping in the forest, Charmander taking a nap by an open-air, and more.
As well as the Pokémon illuminations, the 40,000㎡ illumination area will be split into 10 different kinds of illuminations, with each individual area having their own colourful lights. There will also be a 250 meter lift people can ride, amongst lots of other exciting things.
SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION is being held with all the necessary precautions in place against COVID-19.
Address: 1634 Wakayanagi, Midori-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Running: November 14, 2020 – April 4, 2021
Illumination Times: 16:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:30)
*Illumination times to begin from 17:00 starting in February
Official Website: https://www.sagamiko-resort.jp/illumillion/
Visit Osaka This Christmas For the Grand Wish Christmas 2020 Illuminations
04.October.2020 | SPOT
Grand Front Osaka has announced a Christmas event this year called ‘Grand Wish Christmas 2020’ which will run from November 11 to December 25. ‘Winter Voyage’ is the theme for the event which will switch on host of dazzling illuminations to warm up the cockles of everyone’s heart this coming winter.
Winter Voyage: A journey of hope to connect the world
The ball-draped Winter Voyage Tree was created by Japanese designer Kimi Hasegawa and will be placed inside the mall’s Knowledge Plaza. Guests will also be welcomed by the Champagne Gold Illumination which has been fitted with 400,000 balls, and there will also be a photo exhibition made in collaboration with travel culture magazine TRANSIT that showcases beautiful sights around the world.
*Please note that parts of the event are subject to change or cancellation depending on the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Winter Voyage Tree: The main Christmas tree
The balloons that adorn the tree each represent a continent and how the world is connected to the same sky. The Winter Voyage Tree is a magical Christmas tree to deliver wishes this winter, with the balloons each having motifs of animals, buildings, and plans from each place around the world. See them illuminated with the ‘Lighting Show’ this winter.
Running: November 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Lighting Show: [Weekdays] 17:00-Midnight / [Weekends] 16:00-Midnight
Location: Knowledge Village, Grand Front Osaka North Building Floor 1F
Champagne Gold Illumination
126 trees around the 1 hectare-wide Umekita Plaza in front of Osaka Station will glow with 400,000 champagne gold lights.
Running: November 11, 2020 – February 23, 2021
Illumination Time: Everyday 17:00-Midnight
Locations: Umekita Plaza, Keyaki Namiki, West Side of Grand Front Osaka’s North Building
TED HYBER -Ugly Christmas Sweater-
Ted Hyber is a giant teddy bear created by French contemporary artist Fabrice Hybert. A symbol of Grand Front Osaka’s Umekita Plaza, he will be dressed up in an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” this year.
Running: November 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Location: Grand Front Osaka South Building
TRANSIT Photo Exhibition – “It’s a beautiful planet”
Travel culture magazine TRANSIT will be showcasing a selection of photos taken by a number of artists such as Yayoi Arimoto, who works for the magazine, taken around the world. It’s a great opportunity for those unable to travel in the current climate.
Running: November 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Location: Grand Front Osaka North Building Floors 3F-6F
Grand Wish Christmas 2020
Grand Front Osaka Official Website: https://www.grandfront-osaka.jp/
Autumn Lights Set to Illuminate Kyoto’s Konkai-Komyoji Temple This November
04.October.2020 | SPOT
Autumn illuminations are set to shine on Konkai-Komyoji Temple in Kyoto from November 13.
Konkai-Komyoji Temple is a Buddhist temple that was founded in 1175. It is one of the eight temples of the Jodo sect of Buddhism and his home to numerous treasures including a painting by Edo period painter Itō Jakuchū, folding screen paintings by Tomioka Tessai, and more. There are many wonders to behold at the temple, such as the Tora-no-ma which has sliding doors that depending on how they are open or closed display a different number of tigers, or the Shiun Gardens which have a stream that reflects the beautiful autumnal colours of the overhead trees.
The temple is also home to the Goko Shuyui Amida Butsu statue, which has been picked up by the Japanese media on many occasions and referred to as the “Afro Buddha” due to its afro hairstyle.
There will be Japanese music performances with traditional instruments like the koto and shinobue three times an evening for the illumination event. If you’re in Kyoto this autumn, this is one event to not miss.
Konkai-Komyoji Temple Autumn Lights
Running: November 13, 2020 – December 6, 2020
Viewing Hours: 17:30-20:30 (Last Entries 20:00)
Price: General ¥1,000 / Elementary School Students ¥500 / Infants – Free / Groups of 20+ ¥800 each
Address: 121 Kurodanichō, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto
Official Website: https://www.kurodani.jp/lightup_aut/
Cat Shaped Christmas Cheesecakes Arrive at Neko Neko Cheesecake in Japan
04.October.2020 | FOOD
Japanese bakery and pastry company All Hearts Company opened orders for its new Christmas cakes at its cat-shaped cheesecake store Neko Neko cheesecake on Thursday. The cakes are a collaboration with HEART BREAD ANTIQUE, a bakery in Japan known for its Magical Chocolate Rings.
Xmas Neko Neko W Cheesecake | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)
A rich-tasting Christmas cake as fluffy as a cloud, made using cream cheese and mousse cheese and topped with fresh strawberries.
Xmas Neko Neko Cheesecake (With 2 Paw-Shaped Madeleines) | ¥2,000
A cheesecake lathered in apricot jam served with two paw-shaped madeleines and wearing a cute Santa Claus hat.
Xmas Neko Neko Cheesecake Strawberry (With 2 Paw-Shaped Madeleines) | ¥2,200
Covered in sweet and sour strawberry jam, this one’s a must-have for strawberry lovers.
Have an a-meow-zing Christmas this year with a slice of Neko Neko Cheesecake.
Neko Neko Cheesecake – Christmas Cakes 2020=
Order Window: October 1, 2020 – December 18, 2020
Delivery Window: December 23, 2020 – December 25, 2020
HEART BREAD ANTIQUE: https://www.heart-bread.com/shop
Neko Neko Cheesecake: https://nekonekocheesecake.allhearts.company/shop
Neko Neko Factory: https://nekonekofactory.allhearts.company
Tokyo Neko Neko: https://nekoshoku.allhearts.company/shop
Kyoto Neko Neko：https://nekoshoku.allhearts.company/shop
*Please note that the cheesecake line-up may vary from store to store
Neko Neko Cheesecake Official Website: https://nekonekocheesecake.com
Taiko-en: Osaka’s Oasis in the City Begins 2020 Autumn Illumination Event
01.October.2020 | SPOT
Taiko-en is an enormous site spanning 250,000 square feet and is home to a breathtaking garden, restaurant, and more. This year, the site is giving host to a special illumination event for autumn this year which began on Saturday.
Since July 2019, Taiko-en has been lighting up its garden with illuminations for people to enjoy the beautiful garden in the evening, bringing together nature with the history of the site.
The illuminations begin with projection mapping at the entrance of the garden which rolls out an autumn colour carpet. As visitors walk along the projected path, the lights and colours dance beneath their feet.
Further in they will come to the “Night Museum” area where they will find stone statues collected by Denzaburō Fujita lit up, as well as paper lanterns, and more, offering a magical atmosphere different from that during the daytime. There’s also a path home to moso bamboo as well as acrylic bamboo with LED lights in it which lead visitors into a mystical world of dazzling radiance. In the main area, there’s a lake with a sea of clouds above it, and the trees of the garden coloured bright red.
The restaurant and banquet area are open for business, so after enjoying a gourmet meal, visitors are encouraged to go and see the light show.
Taiko-en 2020 Autumn Garden Illuminations (Japanese: からくれないに染まる夜～2020 秋～)
Running: From September 26, 2020 everyday from 19:00
Price: Adults ¥500 / Children ¥300
*Price subject to change depending on the season
Kyoto’s Rokuo-in Temple to be Illuminated in the Autumn Evenings
25.September.2020 | SPOT
Keifuku Electric Railroad is lending its strength to Rokuo-in Temple in Kyoto this autumn to light up the ancient site in the evenings from November 14 to December 6.
Shari-den (Photo taken in 2019)
Temple path (Photo taken in 2019)
This year marks the 5th run of the autumn evening light-ups. The temple, just a four minute walk from Rokuoin Station, is known for its beautiful maple trees which blossom breathtaking autumnal colours during the fall season.
Temple reception hall with fusuma images
Fusuma image example
The temple is selling new goshuin temple stamp books this year for the light-up event. Visitors will also be able to see 56 fusuma images drawn by contemporary Japanese artist Takaya Fuji.
Rokuo-in Temple will close early next year for approximately 2 years and 9 months for repairs. The temple is also currently limiting the number of people allowed at once, making this year the best time to see the autumn leaves.
Rokuo-in Temple Evening Light-Up
Running: November 14, 2020 – December 6, 2020
Time: 17:30-19:30 (last Entries 19:00)
Price: ¥2,000 (Comes with matcha and Japanese confections)
Capacity: [Weekdays] 100 People / [Weekends] 150 People
Access: 4 minutes on foot from Rokuoin Station
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Hikari no Sumika Winter Illuminations 2020-2021 to Take Place at Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika
15.September.2020 | SPOT
Toki no Sumika is set to host its 19th annual winter illumination event “Hikari no Sumika” from September 19, 2020 to March 21, 2021.
Forest of Trees Illuminations
The Forest of Trees was created together with locals and wraps visitors in a magical fantasy land of lights underneath the shimmer of stardust. This trail of trees leads visitors to the next area, the Royal Palace on the Hill.
Royal Palace on the Hill
The “Versailles Lights” water laser show entertains onlookers with a rhythmic show. A new spot has also been developed this year called “It’s a colorful world” where cuter balls of light change colour to the sounds that play. There’s also one of the world’s biggest “Bells of Love” clad in colours galore to radiate the dark night, “Slow House Twinkle,” and “Super Searchlight.”
Tunnel of Lights
Spanning 370m along, the “Tunnel of Lights” changes colours as time passes, enveloping people in a sparkling galaxy of illuminations. There’ll be plenty of photo opportunities.
Twin Trees & First Dream Bridgeツインツリーと初夢の橋
The colour of the 120-year-old fir tree at the site this year will be white. The 20 meter-tall tree will be decorated simply and gently, with more LED lights than ever before, to enhance its beauty. The “First Dream Bridge” will give rise to the “Stardust Road” of countless illuminations that run along it.
Underwater Paradise Aquarium
Around 4,500 goldfish of 200 species, including rare kinds, from all around Japan are collected here. It continues to grow as Japan’s only goldfish aquarium both in name and reality. Enjoy seeing them swim while gorgeous lights light up the room.
Hikari no Sumika 2020-2021
Running: September 18, 2020 – March 21, 2021
Address: Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, 719 KōyamaGotemba, Shizuoka
Illumination Times: 17:30-22:00
Car Park Spaces: 2,000
Enquiries: 0550-87-3700 (9:00-20:00)
Official Website: http://www.tokinosumika.com/illuminations2017/renewal/
Japan’s New High Speed Bus Travels From Kyoto to Mount Koya
23.August.2020 | SPOT
Keihan Bus and Nankai Rinkan Bus are bringing back their high-speed bus service this year which will run from September 18 to November 30. The service will incorporate a mandatory booking system, making it even more convenient than last year.
Mount Kōya is the name of the temple settlement found in Wakayama which first settled in 819. It is the centre for the Kōyasan Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism and is designated as a World Heritage Site, one of many found in Kyoto alongside Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, and Shimogamo Shrine.
The new Kyoto Koya-san buses offer a smooth, direct ride to the World Heritage Site, arriving there from Kyoto in just 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Kyoto Koya-san Bus (Japanese Name: 京都高野山線)
Running: September 18, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Keihan Bus Official Website: https://www.keihanbus.jp/