Christmas is coming soon! Seven popular illumination events in the Kansai Area.

03.December.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

Many popular illumination events are held in the Kansai Area, not just in the  Kanto Area. In this article, I will introduce to you some popular illumination events held in the Kansai Area.

 

Kyoto-illumiere Otogi no Mori ~Saigo no Okurimono~

jiko1さん(@jiko1)がシェアした投稿

This is the largest illumination event held in the Kansai area. One million electric bulbs are used creating a unique and colorful world. It seems as though a forest made of lights floats in the sky. You can enjoy a fantastic world consisting of the sparkling main tree and illuminations representing a  grasslands made of lights. The aurora show where you can enjoy the combination of 3D projection mapping and aurora lights will be held four times per day (17:30、18:20、19:20、20:30).

 

■Information

Venue: Kokoro to Karada no Iyashi no Mori Rurikei Onsen Pote Pote Park

Address: 1-14, Hirotani, Okawauchi, Sonobecho, Nantanshi, Kyoto

Date: 2017,10,28 (Sat.) to 2018,01,08 (Mon.)

Time: 17:00 to 21:00 / last entrance 20:30

The number of electric blubs: about one million

TEL: Kyoto illumiere bureau / 050-3786-3863

URL:http://www.kyoto-illumiere.com

 

 

Nanba Parks

ギガさん(@neogiga)がシェアした投稿

Nanba Parks will hold many illumination events with “rainbow flowers” as their theme. Colored flowers (7 colors) will be set up inside the park and the renewed version of the super flower will be set up in the arena theater (8F). Let’s visit this beautiful shining woods located in the center of Osaka.

 

■Information

Venue: 2F Canyon Street (and other places), Nanba Parks Garden

Address: 2-10-70, Nanbanaka, Naniwaku, Osakashi, Osaka

Date: 2017,11,10 (Fri.) to 2018,2,25 (Sun.)

Time: 17:00 to 24:00

The number of electric bulbs: 70 thousand

Note: the date and time differs depending on the facility

TEL: 06-6644-7100

URL:http://www.nankai.co.jp/hikaritabi

 

 

Osaka Castle Illuminage

Masami.Eさん(@ma3miend)がシェアした投稿

In memory of the 150th year since the Boshin War (a war which triggered the end of the Edo Period and the start of the Meiji Period), they will hold a Japanese-style illumination. In addition to exhibiting a gourd-shaped Christal illumination, the members of Shinsengumi (special police forces which was formed near the end of the Edo Period) and ninjas will preform theatrical combat using illuminated Japanese swords. At the illumination experience area, an installation called “LED STEP” where the lights will change according to the move of the user will be installed. Also, in commemoration of the fact that Osaka Castle became affiliated with Château des Ducs de Bretagne (a name of the castle in France), various “Bretagne Area” symbols such as the motifs of a champagne glass and photogenic heart-shaped monuments will be set up.

 

■Information

Venue: Special venue, Nishinomaru Garden, Osaka Castle Park

Address: Osaka Castle 2, Chuoku, Osakashi, Osaka

Date: 2017,11,22 (Wed.) to 2018,02,25 (Sun.)

The event will not be canceled even if it rains, but it might be canceled if weather conditions become severe.

Time: 17:30 to 21:30 / the business hours of the venue – 17:00 to 22:00

TEL: Illuminage bureau – 06-6452-6452

URL:https://www.illuminagegroup.com/osaka2017-2018/

 

>>next page

1 2

RELATED ENTRIES

  • Wakura Onsen in Ishikawa Prefecture to Hold Special Illumination, Luxurious Tea Time

    11.January.2022 | SPOT

    The Wakura Onsen Tourist Association is sponsoring a new project to illuminate Seirinji Temple, a nationally registered cultural property. Along with this light show, guests can enjoy a luxurious tea time starting on January 8, 2022. This year, the pavilion and garden will be lit up again, and the entrance will be decorated with traditional local paper lanterns. 

     

    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. 

     

    Last year, the area was photographed for posters and pamphlets as part of the ‘Japanese Beauty Hokuriku’ campaign organized by JR East, JR West, and the Central JR Railway.

     

     

    Each Saturday evening through February 26, guests will be invited to enjoy a different kind of atmosphere while enjoying a very fancy tea time. The program has been very well received by visitors, so it shouldn’t be missed!

     


    The light-up of the temple and garden, with its slowly changing colors, will transport guests to another world. The entrance to Seirinji Temple will be redecorated and lit up, and a pathway of lights will be created from the gate to the entrance of the pavilion using paper lanterns.

     

  • Shiroikoibito Park in Sapporo to Hold Chocolate Factory of Light and Love Illumination Event

    06.January.2022 | FOOD / SPOT

    Shiroikoibito Park in Sapporo will hold a special illumination event from December 27, 2021 until March 14, 2022! The ‘Chocolate Factory of Light and Love’ is perfect for couples to visit during these cooler months. 

     

    A popular event each year, the Shiroikoibito Park Illumination was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. As this event is held inside, it offers some shelter from the cold as guests wander through the 85-meter-long course. An escape game will also be held for the first time at the location, and will involve two participants attempting to solve riddles based on ‘love’ and ‘chocolate.’ The room is decorated with luxurious antique items imported from England.

     

    Escape Game! Escape from the Chocolate Laboratory

    Running: January 7 – March 14, 2022

    Hours: 10:00-16:00

    Reservations Available at Ticket Counter

    Location: Study Base – Cacao Pod

     

    Chocolate Take-Out

    Available: February 11 – February 14, 2022 / March 12 – March 14, 2022

    Hours: 10:00 until sold out

    Price: ¥500 (Tax Included)

    Location: Tudor House 1F Special Event Space

     

     

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

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

    Chocolate & Berries: ¥800 (Tax Included)

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

    Beef Stew with Hokkaido Beef (served with bread or rice): ¥1,380 (Tax Included)

    Chocolate Baumkuchen: ¥1,512 (Tax Included)
    Where to Buy: Piccadilly Shop
    On sale January 15, 2022 (Valentine’s Day Exclusive)

     

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

     


    Inspired by the novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ Shiroikoibito Park was opened to bring people together with sweets. How could guests not be happy in such a magical place?

  • Tokyo Michi Terrace 2021 Event to Illuminate the City’s Marunouchi Area

    09.December.2021 | SPOT

    East Japan Railway and Mitsubishi Estate Company are teaming up for Tokyo Michi Terrace 2021, a special light-up event being held at Tokyo Station from December 14 until December 25. This year’s theme is ‘Scenery at Dawn,’ and was inspired by the phrase ‘after the night comes the day.’ 2021 was another difficult year for people around the world, and this event signifies the dawn of a new era. 

     

    The Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Building, the trees in the Station Square, and the trees along Gyoko-Dori Avenue will all be decorated with lights that gradually change color. Hopefully, 2022 will be an easier year!

     

    2021 Event Theme: ‘Scenery at Dawn’ 

    After all of the hardships of the year, Christmas 2021 will be the dawn of a new era. 

    Tokyo will give citizens and guests a beautiful moment illuminated with the morning sunlight.

  • Hibiya Area in Tokyo to Explode in Colorful Lights During HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021

    19.November.2021 | SPOT

    From November 18, 2021, until February 14, 2022, Tokyo Midtown Hibiya will be wrapped in countless lights during the HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021 event.

     

    During the period from November 18 until December 26, the HIBIYA WINTER SQUARE lights can be seen at Hibiya Step Square, the main area at the entrance to Tokyo Midtown Hibiya. A special performance will be held every 20 minutes based on this year’s theme, “Tomorrow: A New Curtain Rises.” This beautiful arrangement features the score from the classic musical ‘Annie,’ and utilizes gradation colors to depict the sky shifting from the dark of night to the dawn of a new day. From Hibiya Step Plaza, the light will radiate outwards to the main staircase and Naka-Dori Avenue, creating an unforgettable wave of light.

     

    Visitors should also watch out for special decorations to commemorate the release of the latest Disney animated film ‘Encanto!’ A light show will feature original music, and a unique Christmas tree will be taking center stage, so don’t miss it!

  • Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021 and Keyakizaka Lights, Tokyo’s Signature Christmas Event, Begin

    17.November.2021 | SPOT

    Tokyo’s favorite Christmas event has begun! Roppongi Hills is a popular destination for shopping, eating, and having a good time, and the Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021 celebration brings the complex to life with plenty of holiday spirit. The Keyakizaka Lights signal the beginning of the Christmas season in the area, and this winter tradition is not to be missed! 

    Keyakizaka Lights

     

     

    The 400-meter-long Keyakizaka street is covered in over 700,000 blue and white LED lights, and the scene has become a popular representation of what Christmas looks like in Tokyo. This year’s West Walk shopping arcade will also feature the special Bon-Bon Blossom installation, a Christmas tree made to look like bonbon chocolates.

     

    Does this look like your ideal Christmas scene?

  • Four Must-See Winter Illuminations in the Kanto Region This Holiday Season

    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

     

    Locations throughout Hibiya in Tokyo will be transformed into magical Christmas scenes, with trees lit up in a gradient of colors. This year’s lights were designed to be sustainable, with the LED lights used utilizing 40% less power compared to regular bulbs.

     

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

    Running: Until February 14, 2022

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

  • Massive Winter Illumination Event Begins at Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi

    24.October.2021 | SPOT

    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!

     

     

    Flower Castle

    Illuminated Flower Basin

    Illuminated Flower Basin

    Magnificent Wisteria

    Rose Garden of Light

    Rose Garden of Light – Blue Version

    The Tale of the Wisteria of Light

    Illuminated Water Lilies

    Rainbow Magic

    Everyone’s Earth

    The Tree of Life

    Snow World

    White Wisteria Tunnel

    Yellow Wisteria Tunnel

     

    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. 

     

    The popular Flower Castle has been completely redone for the event’s anniversary. A professional florist also helped design the illuminated flower basins. The park’s famous wisteria flowers will be illuminated in many unique ways and in different colors. A special blue light performance will take place to show appreciation for medical professionals who have assisted during the pandemic. 

     

  • Tokyo Mega Illumination at Tokyo City Keiba to Collaborate with NAKED for AR Experience

    17.October.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    2021 marks the fourth year that the Oi Racecourse, also called Tokyo City Keiba, will be bathed in a sea of over eight million colorful lights! The Tokyo Mega Illumination is back from October 16, 2021, until April 10, 2022, and features a water fountain show synchronized to music, a 100-meter tunnel covered in twinkling lights, and more. This year, in the Twinkle area of the event, guests can enjoy various AR illuminations created as a collaboration with NAKED, a creative production company headquartered in Shibuya. The NAKED BIG BOOK interactive experience will also welcome visitors to enjoy a projection mapping experience like no other.

     

    NAKED BIG BOOK

    Pergola (Interactive)

    Illuminated Logo

    AR Horse Camera Filter

    AR Lights
    Limited-Time Area: Tree Playing with Lights (Lawn Area)

     

    NAKED’s most popular work, NAKED BIG BOOK, utilizes projection mapping to allow guests to turn the pages of a giant book and experience a unique world separate from their own. Using web filters and AR, guests can also see the object as a pop-up picture book! 

     

    During this special collaboration held on a horse racing track, visitors can also see a giant white horse in AR as they explore the grounds. Colorful horseshoes and stars will pop up from people’s footprints, and the sound of visitors’ steps will take on the sound of a horse’s hooves instead. Be sure to make some memories by snapping commemorative photos with themed filters during the event!

     

  • Rosa & Berry Tawada English Garden Celebrates 10 Years with Light-Up Event

    12.October.2021 | SPOT

    In scenic Shiga prefecture, visitors can find one of the largest light-up events in the Kansai region. The Rosa & Berry Tawada park is celebrating ten years in 2021, and to celebrate this milestone, the Rosa & Berry Illumination 2021 is covering the space in thousands of brightly colored rainbow lights!

     

    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!

     

    The church-like building sitting atop a hill in the park is decorated with illuminated flowers made by creative team You Ru Maru. Fans of Shaun the Sheep can enjoy a store dedicated to the popular character and his friends on-site, some hotpot during the cooler months at the Kotatsu Nabe restaurant, and a hot cup of tea overlooking the lights at the Hillside Cafe Tearoom. Don’t forget to grab a rainbow churro as you wander around the park!

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

    12.October.2021 | SPOT

    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

    The ‘HIBIYA AREA ILLUMINATION’ transforms Hibiya into a sparkling Christmas scene every year. The trees surrounding the Hibiya area will be lit up in a gradient of colors to represent a new drawn, with the theme “may a wonderful tomorrow shine at the end of today.” Each tree is lit up in a different colour, creating the gradation effect.



     

    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

    The 6F Park View Garden overlooks Hibiya Park, Kyoko Gaien, and Hibiya Doori, making it the perfect seasonal evening viewing spot. For the first time, this year the lawn will be decorated with gradation colors to match the Hibiya Step Plaza, creating a gorgeous space that looks amazing in photos! Get away from the hustle and bustle of the streets and enjoy the Hibiya illuminations from above.

     

    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? 

  • Art and Illuminations Fuse at Chiba Park For Nighttime Entertainment

    07.July.2021 | SPOT

    YohaS is set to collide the real and digital worlds at Chiba Park with an event titled YohaS 2021 Night Park Gallery which will run from July 6 to 10.

    Lightning artwork (*For illustrative purposes only, art will be different for the event)

    The event held back in 2019

    YohaS is a collaborative project between Chiba City and Tsubakimori Komuna. It was launched to boost and develop the nighttime economy of Chiba, with its first event having taken place as the evening portion of the Ooga Hasu Flower Festival held in Chiba back in 2018. YohaS was unable to be held last year due to the pandemic and so an event was held online. This year sees its return with an event taking on the theme of “Silent Lips” which refers to the current situation with COVID-19 and how we cannot see peoples’ smiles or lips due to them wearing face masks.

     

    The title of the YohaS 2021 event is “Night Park Gallery” which will turn Chiba Park into an art gallery and fuse it with breathtaking lighting and illuminations by Sun Effects. There will be six stages produced by Hiroaki Kumagai, a former member of Cirque du Soleil, each of which will offer equally incredible performances with their own stories from July 6-9. Visitors can also purchase YohaS wristbands, t-shirts, anti-bacterial sprays, and more.

     

    For those still unable to attend in person, YohaS will also open an online version of the event called Virtual YohaS in Chiba Park which can be accessed via a PC or smart device.

RANKING

  • DAILY
  • MONTHLY

FOLLOW US