Seven recommended illumination events which will be held in Kyushu

01.December.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

Christmas is coming soon so, many illumination events are being held throughout Japan. But I assume that many of you are hesitating to visit such events because of the cold weather. In this article, I will introduce to you some illumination events which will be held in comparatively warm, Kyusyu.

 

Umi no Nakamichi Kaihin Park (Fukuoka)

The geoglyph using 10,000 candles called, “Candle Art” will greet visitors to this park. This candle light event is a little different from the common warm illumination events. This parks illumination will for sur be a calming and refreshing experience. The design of the candle art is created based on one of the designs gathered by public invitation. During this event period, about 300 fireworks will be set off every day and you can enjoy events such as candle-making and making a candle message.

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Umino Nakamichi Kaihin Park

Address: 18-25, Saitozaki, Oaza, Higashiku, Fukuokashi, Fukuoka Prefecture

Business hours: 17:30 to 21:30 / last entrance – 21:00

Fixed holidays: 12/31,01/01,first Monday and the next of first Monday of February

Access: near JR Umino Nakamichi Station

TEL:092-603-1111

URL:https://uminaka-park.jp/

 

 

 

Tosu Premium Outlet (Saga)

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265 thousand LEDs will be used (the largest number ever) based on the colors of champagne gold and white. Photo spots will be set up inside the venue. Also, the official Santa Clause from Santa Clause Financial Group will visit the event on the 3rd of December and a“Santa Clause commemorating photo event” will be held!

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Tosu Premium Outlet

Address: 8-1, Yayoigaoka, Tosushim Saga Prefecture

Date: 2017,11,02 (Thurs.) to 2018,02,14 (Wed.)

Business hours: after the sun goes down ~ closing time

Access: 15 minutes on bus from JR Tosu Station, 20 minutes on bus from Nishi Nishon Tetsudo Ogori Station (get off at Tosu Premium Outlet Bus Stop)
TEL:0942-87-7370

URL:http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/tosu/

 

 

 

Huis Ten Bosch (Nagasaki Prefecture)

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Huis Ten Bosch is a huge theme park in Nagasaki. The park is located far away from the busy area but it is very popular among tourists. The high-quality illumination event during the winter season is a must-see. The spot is popular among couples and families, not just tourists.

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Huis Ten Bosch

Address: 1-1, Huis Ten Bosch cho, Saseboshi, Nagasaki

TEL:0570-064-110

URL:https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp

 

 

 

Greenland (Kumamoto Prefecture)

This is an illumination event held by Greenland which has the largest number of amusement attractions in Japan. Amusement attractions including the huge Ferris wheel will be decorated and more than 100 illumination spots will be set up inside the park. Moreover, the new fountain called “Hikari to Oto no Daifunsui” which was installed this summer will be used in the fountain show using lights and sounds. New spots such as the renewed “Luce Biar” will be set up inside the park. The magical renditions are a must-see.

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Greenland

Address: Midorigaoka, Araoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture

Business hours: November, Saturday, Sunday, holidays 9:00 to 20:00

December, Saturday, Sunday, 12,23 (holiday) to 30 (Sat.) 9:30 to 20:00

12,31 (Sun.) 9:30 to 26:00

2018,01,02 (Tue.) to 08 (holiday), February, Saturday, Sunday 9:30 to 20:00

Access: take a bus from JR Nishitetsu Muta Station and get off at the bus stop, Greenland Entrance.
TEL:0968-66-1112
URL:http://www.greenland.co.jp/park/news/2017/01011304.html

 

 

Sanrio Character Park Harmony Land (Oita Prefecture)

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All illuminations inside the park will be lit up after the countdown by Sanrio’s popular characters. “Parade Parallel” which is included in the normal program will be changed into “Star Light Ver.” In addition, events that use 1.2 million light bulbs in total such as, “Tunnel of Light &Kirakira Attraction,” “Hikari no Tanabata Densetsu Area” created under the theme of bamboo and light and “HELLO KITTY no Ribbon Illumination” will be held. Also, the night show of HELLO KITTY where fireworks are set off will be held on the 11th of November (Sat.), 12 (Sun.), 8th of December (Fri.), 23rd (holiday), 24th (Sun.) and 25th (Mon.) in front of the castle of light.

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Sanrio Character Park Harmony Land

Address: 5933, Fujiwara, Hinodecho, Hayamigun, Oita Prefecture

Date: 2017,11,11 (Sat.) to 2018,1,8 (Mon.)

Business hours: after sun goes down ~ 21:00 (the time may differ)

Access: 10 minutes on taxi or bus from JR Kitsuki Station or Yokoku Station
TEL:0977-73-1111
URL:http://www.harmonyland.jp/welcome.html

 

 

 

Sun A Kawaminami Bunka Hall (Miyazaki Prefecture)

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This is an illumination event which uses about 250 thousand light bulbs. It will be held in the open space in front of Sun A Kawaminami Bunka Hall. It is Kawaminacho’s seasonal winter tradition where many visitors visit every year. You can enjoy the magical world of a rainbow colored tunnel, character illuminations and “Toron no Mori” where about 70 small/large trees are lit up. Moreover, “Photo Shushu”a spot where you can project the photos taken by a smartphone onto the screen will be set up.

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Sun A Kawaminamicho Bunka Hall

Address: 2386-3, Aza Hirata, Kawaminamicho, koyugun, Miyazaki Prefecture

Business hours: 17:30 to 22:00

Access: About 5 minutes on taxi from JR Nippo Main Line.

TEL:0983-27-1497
URL:http://www.toron-boy.com/ivent-2/illumination

 

 

 

Flower Park Kagoshima (Kagoshima Prefecture)

This year, they will hold an illumination event under the theme,“enveloped in a glittering sea.” The botanical garden will be enveloped a world of a glittering sea using about 300 thousand light bulbs. You can enjoy the 60m long light “sea tunnel.” Also, special effects fireworks and a mini laser show can be enjoyed on the 25th of December (Mon.). Let’s enjoy this collaboration of illumination and sound at the magical botanical garden at nighttime.

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Flower Park Kagoshima

Address: 1611, Yamagawa Okachiyogamizu, Ibusukishi, Kagoshima Prefecture

Date: 2017,12,08 (Fri.) to 2018,01,14 (Sun.)

Business hours: 17:30 to 22:00 / last entrance – 21:30

Fixed holidays: 12,30 (Sat.), 31 (Sun.)

Access: about 25 minutes on taxi from JR Ibushiki Station
TEL:0993-35-3333
URL:http://www.fp-k.org/

 

 

How did you like our introduction to some illumination events in Kyushu? I am sure you will forget the coldness of winter by enjoying shopping facilities, theme parks and botanical gardens in addition to these illumination events.

 

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    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.

  • Pink Illuminations to Adorn Meguro River’s Famous Cherry Blossom Trees

    24.October.2018 | SPOT

    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’ will take place from November 9, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Translating to ‘Meguro River: Illuminations for Everyone,’ the event will see the path along the river decorated with lights which will reflect off the water’s surface.

    The event was created out of locals’ love for the town of Meguro. It’s a time of mutual bonding and a reminder that winter is here. Last year, apartments in the neighbourhood and restaurants collected 5,500 litres of waste cooking oil which powered the generator for the lights. Waste cooking oils will be recycled again this year as biodiesel to power 100% of the illuminations.

    The Fuyu no Sakura® (‘Winter Cherry Blossoms’) flower viewing spot which was a huge hit last year will make an appearance again this year. People will be able to enjoy 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.

     

    Fuyu no Sakura

    Locaion: Gotanda Fureai Waterside Square, Shinagawa

    Running: November 22, 2018 – December 26, 2018

     

    This year marks the 9th run of Fuyu no Sakura®. The 100% local energy illuminations were picked up by news media both in Japan and overseas last year. The event also won second-place in the 2017 A’ Design Award.

     

    If you missed the spring cherry blossoms in Japan and are travelling there in wintertime then enjoy some ‘flower viewing’ at Meguro River!

  • Omohara Beer Forest Illuminations in Omotesando to Begin on November 15

    20.October.2018 | SPOT

    The Omohara Beer Forest―located on the sixth floor rooftop of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku―is hosting an illumination event from November 15 to February 28 next year.

     

    The Omohara illuminations will bring a mix of natural light and gentle fairy lights to central Harajuku. A space surrounded by trees will give rise to 16,000 illuminations with warm light, evoking a sense of nostalgia from somewhere and makes you relax.

    The illuminations can be enjoyed through Christmas and the New Year’s Holidays. Opening hours will be extended to 11:00pm from the usual 9:00pm for people to gaze at.

     

    Tokyu Plaza will also be decked out with plenty of Christmas gifts up until December 25 including clothes, cosmetics and other miscellaneous items, so head there this holiday season to feel that nostalgia Christmas feeling.

  • Roppongi Hills Christmas 2018: Keyakizaka Illuminations, 10m Tall Christmas Tree & More!

    20.September.2018 | SPOT

    Christmas at Roppongi Hills is a bustling time having brought together 7 million people last year. There will be lots happening this year, starting with Keyakizaka street being lit up from early November up to Christmas Day. Illuminations will be held in 3 places and there will be numerous events including a Christmas market and concerts.

    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.

     

    Date: Early November 2018 – December 25, 2018
    Time: 17:00-23:00

    Location: Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori

    A Christmas market will take place at 66 Plaza which will be overlooked by a towering 10m tall Christmas tree. The tree will light up during the event making for a must-visit spot with that special someone.

     

    Date: Early November 2018 – December 25, 2018
    Time: 17:00-24:00

    Location: 66 Plaza

    If you take a stroll along West Walk you’ll also see a very unique looking “knitted” Christmas tree. This specially made tree is made of a knitted material that will feel soft to touch. You’ll even be able to lie down at the base of it. The material the tree is made of will also run through the corridor of West Walk, embracing the area with warmth.

     

    Running: November 16, 2018 – December 25, 2018 (subject to change)

    Location: 2F West Walk South Side and Corridor

    As well as the Christmas market and concert, the restaurants and cafes will also sell Christmas cakes, and there will be plenty of opportunities for Christmas shopping.

     

    Take your family, friends or special someone to Roppongi Hills for Christmas this year!

     

    ■Information

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

     

    Christmas Market 2018

    Date: November 23, 2018 – December 15, 2018

    Time: 11:00-21:00

    *On the first day (November 23) the market will open in the evening.

    *Opening times extended to 22:00 on Fridays, the weekend and December 24.

    Location: Oyane Plaza

     

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