Illumination in Japan

Throughout the autumn and winter, Japan celebrates the season with a number of spectacular night-time illuminations. On a cold winter's night, there is nothing quite as beautiful as the bright glow of illumination. Take a trip through the bright side of Japan, and prepare to be dazzled.

Illumination in Japan is truly beautiful. Glittering in blue, red, white...lights dance in a myriad of colors to create a shimmering dreamscape. Experience the wonder and joy with a trip through the lights of Japan.

All throughout Japan, the night sparkles with beautiful illuminations. In Odaiba, the bay area of the capital of Tokyo, Daiba Memorial Tree provides a unique and alluring sight. In Roppongi, you can see something out of this world. At the Ashikaga Flower Park, flowers of light will captivate you. At Country Farm Tokyo German Village, look with awe at the fields of light spreading out beneath you from the top of the Ferris wheel. At Nabana no Sato, be prepared for a surprise! While last year's theme was the newly registered World Heritage Site of Mount Fuji, the theme of their illumination this year will only be announced right before it begins! And last but not least, Kobe Luminarie puts on a gorgeous display of geometric light patterns, created with help from Italian skill and designs! Japan's illuminations are unique, wonderful, and should not be missed!

  • Odaiba

    At Odaiba, experience a variety of different, unique colors lighting up Tokyo bay.

    Odaiba, the heart of Tokyo's bay, is packed full of interesting and unique shopping centers with their own beautiful light displays. In winter, from the nearby Decks Tokyo Beach, you can gaze upon the glittering brilliance of the Daiba Memorial Tree backed by Rainbow Bridge. Aqua City Odaiba joins the festivities as well with its annual light-up, different from year to year. Finally, Palette Town's enormous Ferris wheel also celebrates the season with an impressive display of Christmas lights. These various light displays will can be seen starting from the beginning of November.

  • Roppongi

    Roppongi is where Tokyo's trends are born. Don't miss the charm and elegance of its enchanting Christmas illumination festival.

    Roppongi lies at the heart of Japan's capital, Tokyo. The season of lights in Japan is fast approaching, and to celebrate Roppongi's Tokyo Midtown is producing an incredible illumination show with the theme "A Journey from Earth to Space." Not to be beat, Roppongi Hills is illuminating a stretch of roughly 400 meters of tree-lined road in its "Keyakizaka GALAXY Illumination" show. Approximately 1,100,000 LEDs will create a dazzling display that will cover the whole of Roppongi. Illumination is scheduled to start in mid November, and end on December 25.

  • Kobe Luminarie

    The Luminarie is a majestic show of illumination in Kobe's harbor district, lighting up Kobe's night with the ambience of medieval Europe.

    Kobe Luminarie is an event held in the Chuo-ku of Kobe (Hyogo prefecture), and is one of the defining winter events of the city. Begun after the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, it was meant to serve as a memorial for those who were lost, and a prayer for the revitalization of Kobe. This year marks its 20th anniversary. At the Luminarie, see geometric patterns from Italy arranged into a majestic, brilliant display of light. The Luminarie is scheduled to start on December 4, and run until December 15.

  • Ashikaga Flower Park

    On a cold winter's night, what better way to warm your heart than with a bouquet of flowers made of light?

    From autumn to winter in Ashikaga city (Tochigi prefecture), the Ashikaga Flower Park offers a dazzling display of flowers made of pure light. The triple theme of "nature, space, and earth" provides an immense reason for an immense display. See a field of humongous trees covered with wisteria, the "Garden of the Flowers of Light," a 80 meter long corridor of illuminated flowers, the "Corridor of White Wisteria," and much more. Illumination is scheduled to run from October 25, 2014 through February 5, 2015.

  • Country Farm Tokyo German Village

    With approximately 2,000,000 lights and a presentation considered top class in Japan, Country Farm Tokyo German Village will capture your heart and won't let go.

    Just outside Tokyo in the city of Sodegaura (Chiba prefecture) lies Country Farm Tokyo German Village. Known for its winter illuminations that change yearly, Tokyo German Village will impress the first-time or repeat visitor. Over 2,000,000 LEDs illuminate its acres at night, creating a fantastic sight quite different from its appearance during the day. The Ferris wheel and view from its top are must-sees. Illumination is scheduled to run from November 9, 2014 through March 31, 2015.

  • Nabana no Sato

    Spend a night of fantasy at Nabana no Sato, one of Japan's largest illumination miracles.

    Nabana no Sato, located in Kuwana city (Mie prefecture), puts on one of Japan's largest illumination shows each winter. The theme of its illumination is "A Symphony of Light and Winter Flowers," and last year the star of the show was Mount Fuji. Mount Fuji had just been registered as a World Heritage Site, and to celebrate Nabana no Sato recreated the great mountain itself out of light. This year, the theme is "Niagara Falls," and it promises to be another incredible show. With the latest LED technology and special effects, an enormous light show (approximately 20 meters tall and 120 meters wide) will light up the night and bowl you over. Numerous other attractions are also on site, including the "Watertop Illumination" and "Tunnel of Light." Illumination is scheduled to run from October 25, 2014 through March 31, 2015.