Top Illuminations in Japan
Winter time is the best in Japan as lots of places light up with beautiful christmas lights at night. Pretty much anywhere you go you can see that there are beautiful lights decorated down the streets and stores are all in a festive mood. Japan has some of the most amazing illuminations that are seriously worth going to if you are ever in any of these areas so I will be introducing them to you:
1. Tokyo Midtown/Roppongi Hills
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Tokyo Midtown includes multiple illuminations on this area. The garden in Midtown is decorated with lights and there is even a short light show that goes on. Even as you go down the Roppongi hills area you will see the trees covered in Christmas lights. The Tokyo Midtown illumination is definitely one of the most popular illuminations in Tokyo. Especially in December many people gather to look at the beautiful lights every year. The Tokyo Midtown illumination is open from November 15th to December 25th, 2017. Also, the lights are not turned on until 17:00 and it ends around 23:00. The best thing about it is that there is no admission fee!
2. Ebisu Garden Place
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The Ebisu Garden Place illumination take place every year. There is a beautiful red carpet that leads all the way up to the enormous and beautifully decorated Christmas tree. There is also a Baccarat Chandelier that is displayed. It is the biggest Chandelier in the world and is only put out on display during this annual illumination at the Ebisu Garden Place. There are also coffee shops near by and other food stalls that are out where you can buy hot chocolate while enjoying the view of the Christmas tree. It is open from November 3rd, 2017 until January 8th, 2018 and the lights are turned on from 4pm until midnight.
3. Ashikaga Flower Fantasy (Tochigi)
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During the Spring and Summer time this place is known to have beautiful flowers blooming everyone in the park. However, during the winter time it is completely transformed. They have Christmas lights and other Christmas decorations all around the garden. It is known to be the biggest illumination in Eastern Japan and was even voted as the best illumination in Japan in 2016. The Ashikaga Flower Fantasy illumination is open from October 21, 2017 to February 4, 2018. The event starts from 16:30 to 21:00. However, on the weekend and on any public holiday it is open until 21:30. It is 900 yen for adults and 500 yen for children.
4. Nabana No Sato Winter Illumination (Nagoya)
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Nabano no Sato is a part of Nagashima Resort which comprises of 4 different facilities. There is a big Spa, a waterpark that has a hot spring, a shopping mall and also a flower park which is known as the Nabano no Sato. Nabano no Sato, depending on which season you visit, has their seasonal flowers that are blooming and so you can go for a stroll and enjoy the beautiful flowers. During the winter time, the Nabano no Sato becomes a popular illumination spot. The illumination starts from October 14th, 2017 to May 6th, 2018. At the illumination, there are two tunnels of lights in which you can stroll through. The ticket price for for elementary school children and anyone above is 2,300 yen. Although it may seem a bit expensive, you do also get a 1,000 yen coupon which can be used at any of the shops or restaurants in the park. This price is only during the time of illumination, during the other parts of the year the ticket to enter is 1,600 yen.
5. Kobe Luminarie
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The Kobe Luminarie first began after the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 to remember all the victims that died because of that earthquake. After the earthquake struck, many had to live in the darkness as there was a lack of electricity along with a lack of water and gas. Therefore, putting up the lights was a way to symbolize hope, renovation and recovery. Although it was supposed to be a one time event, it became so popular that it was encouraged by the citizens to do it as an annual event. Now it has became one of the most popular illuminations in Japan and is visited by about 3 to 5 million people every year. The Kobe illumination starts from December 8th until December 17th and there is no entrance fee!
6. Osaka Hikari Renaissance
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The Osaka Hikari Renaissance Illumination comprises of a view different events. There are boats that are decorated in Christmas lights that you can go for a cruise on, there is also a fountain located in a port, there is a music/light show that you can watch. These are all the other events apart from the two main attractions which is the Osaka Hikari Renaissance which is the illumination held in the Nakanoshima area. The Osaka Hikari Renaissance Illumination is open from December 14th until December 25th and is open everyday from 5pm to 10pm. The Midosuji Illumination is open from November 12th until December 31st and it is open from 5pm until 11pm. The entrance fee is free.
7. Kingdom of Light (Nagasaki)
The Kingdon of Light illumination takes place at the Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki. There are four main areas which are decorated with lights and it is said to be absolutely stunning.
One of the four main areas that is illuminated is the Rainbo-Colored Lights on the Windmills.
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The second of the four main areas that is illuminated is the Art Garden of Light. The third area is the Fantasy Museum. And the very last location that is illuminated is the Palace of Light which has an amazing light show on display.
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The Huis Ten Bosch even without the lights is a spectacular place to see and with all the beautiful lights it becomes that much more magical. It is definitely worth the visit if you are already planning on going to Nagagsaki.
So this concludes the top illuminations that I would recommend in Japan!
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