Gran Illumi to showcase giant 3D illuminations at Izu Granpal Park in Shizuoka Prefecture

17.December.2017 | SPOT

A gigantic screen is making its way to the “Gran Illumi 3rd Season” currently being held at Izu Granpal Park. From December 23rd you will be able to personally experience 3D illuminations beyond your wildest imagination.

 

 

Gran Illumi is an acclaimed illumination event from people of all ages that took 4th place in the entertainment category and 1st place in the national illumination ranking of the “5th Illumination Awards.”

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The gigantic screen appearing at this year’s event is 60m high and 13m wide. This advanced 3D illumination screen will display the world’s biggest Christmas tree for the festive season and more.

 

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A light and music show using the screen is also planned to begin in January next year. It will be a must-see show on an immense scale that will exceed all expectations.

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Get lost in a world of giant sweets and candy at this year’s Gran Illumi.

 

 

 

■Information

Izu Granpal Park – “Gran Illumi” 3D Illuminatons

Address: Gran Illumi designated area at Izu Granpal Park (1090 Futo, Ito, Shizuoka)

Running: November 11, 2017 – August 31, 2018 (subject to change) *Fixed weekday closures from April 2018

Time: 16:30-21:30 *subject to change depending on the season

Price: Adults (Middle School Students and above) ¥1,500 / Elementary School Students ¥800 / Free for children

*Elementary school students and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Telephone: 0557-51-1122

URL:http://granpal.com/

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    Warm Glowing Lantern Candles in the Holy Forest and the Illuminated Crossroads

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    Time: 18:30-21:00

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    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.

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