Japan's all lit up for the holidays
Winter Illuminations in Japan
HAKODATE CHRISTMAS FANTASY (Hokkaido): Dec. 1-25; sunsets-5:45 p.m./ 6 p.m.-midnight (until 2 a.m. on Dec. 22-25); illumination on a 65.6ft. fir tree floated on a barge in the ocean near Red-Brick Warehouse, presented by Halifax city of Canada when Hakodate and Halifax established a sister-city affiliation, 10-minute walk from JR Hakodate Station; 0138-27-3535; http://hakodate-kankou.com/en/. 2018 as of Nov. 28
SHOWA KINEN PARK WINTER VISTA ILLUMINATION 2018 (western Tokyo): Dec. 8-25, 5-9 p.m., illuminated trees and a fountain, and pyramid-shaped decorations made from 15,000 champagne glasses, collaborated with laser beams; 450 yen for adults, free for age 15 and younger; 15-minute walk from north exit of JR Tachikawa Station; 042-528-1751; http://www.showakinen-koen.jp/guide-english/schedule-english/.
MIYAGASEKO LAKESIDE PARK (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Dec. 25, 5-10 p.m.; 10,000 lights illumination on a 98.42ft.fir tree at Mominoki Hiroba (Fir Sqaure), contrasted with neighboring Mizunosato Suspension Bridge and shopping streets decorated with 610,000 lights; Miyagase Lakeside Park, Miyagase, Kiyokawa village, 50-minute ride from Atsugi I.C. on Tomei Express; 046-288-1340.
WHITE KITTE ILLUMINATION 2018 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 5-11 p.m.; illumination with the theme of “Snow Covered Fantasy World” on a 47.6-foot (14.5 meter) tree along with music at 1st floor of Kitte (stamp); one-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station; 03-3216-2811; http://jptower-kitte.jp/en/.
HAKONE VENETIAN GLASS MUSEUM ILLUMINATION (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; featuring 85,000 crystals on a 32ft-tree and 65,000 crystals on a 23ft. tree reflected by daylights on neighboring nature and illuminations after 4 p.m., 1,500 yen adults, 1,100 yen college & junior high school students, 600 yen elementary & middle school students; 20-minute ride from Tomei Gotenba I.C. on Tomei Express; 0460-86-3111; www.hakone-garasunomori.jp/entrance/english/.
LAKE HARUNA LIGHTS FESTA (Gunma prefecture): Dec. 7-26, 5-10 p.m.; 550,000 LED illumination collaborated with laser-beam shows over Lake Haruna brings you into fantasy world, while riding on cable car (800 yen adult, 390 yen children) or cart, along with fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, 10, 13, 17, 20 and 26 scheduled; free admission; 40minute ride from Ikaho I.C. on Kan-Etsu Express; 027-374-9116.
TOKYO MICHITERACE ILLUMINATION 2018 (Tokyo): Dec.24-28; special illumination themed “Lights’ Gateway,” creating the opening door for coming new period, transferring from Heisi Period, welcoming people arrived at New Maru Bldg, Maru Bldg, and Tokyo International Forum Hall, Tokyo Station Buildings and trees on Miyuki Streets; JR Tokyo Station; 0180-993-771.
SENDAI PAGEANT OF STARLIGHT (Miyagi prefecture): Dec. 14-31, 5:30-10 p.m., until 11 p.m. on Fri., Sat., Sun. and holidays, until midnight on Dec. 31; illumination of 600,000 LEDs by green power created on 150 keyaki trees on Jyozenki-dori Street featuring the fantasy world with the theme of “Light Up the Light of Heart,” one-minute walk from Kotodai Koen on Nanpoku-Line (subway) from JR Sendai East Exit, 022-261-6515; www.sendaihikape.jp/.
SHIBUYA BLUE GROTTO ILLUMINATION 2018 (Tokyo): Nov. 30-Dec. 31, 5-10 p.m.; illumination of 600,000 LEDs with the theme of “Blue Grotto” in Italy between Yoyogi Koen Keyaki Street and the Koen-dori streets; JR Shibuya Station; 03-3462-5181; http://shibuya-aonodokutsu.jp/.
SANT JUAN BAUTISTA ILLUMINATIO N (Miyagi prefecture): Through Jan. 6, 4:30-8 p.m.; schooner-type ship, called “San Juan Bautista” (St. John the Baptist), used for a mission to Europe in 1613, now a replica on display at the museum, illumination decorated with 10,000 lights along with concerts, workshops and more; 350 yen adults, free for children; Ishinomaki Kanan I.C. on Sanriku Express; 225-24-2210; www.santjuan.or.jp/pdf/pamphlet.pdf.
MEGUROGAWA MINNA NO ILLUMINATION 2018 (Tokyo): Through Jan. 6, 5-10 p.m.; Environment-friendly illumination decorated with 400,000 LEDs on cherry trees along the River Meguro themed with “Winter Cherry Blossoms” between Osakibashi and Irukibashi (7,218 ft.). The electricity for the illumination is totally generated by bio diesel fuel refined by used plant oil recovered locally; six-minute walk from JR Osaki Station or JR Gotanda Station; 03-5330-7675; www.minna-no-illumi.com/.
KOIWAI GRAND GARMING WINTER ILLUMINATION (Iwate prefecture): Through Jan. 14, 3-8 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 23, 24, 29, Jan. 5, 12, 13 and 14, fireworks display at 7:30 p.m., close on Dec. 31; featuring illumination decorated with 1000,000 LEDs themed with “Galaxy Night at Farm;”800 yen adults, 300 yen ages 5 and youngers; 15-minute ride from Morioka I.C. on Tohoku Express; 019-692-4321; www.koiwai.co.jp/makiba/en/.
TOKYO TOWER: Through Feb. 28, 4-11 p.m.; commemorating 60th anniversary of Tokyo Tower, featuring a 46-foot-high 60-year-old living fir tree with orange-colored LED lights at 1st floor front-gate Square, in addition, 10-minute lighting show collaborated with music in every 30 minutes until 10 p.m.; five-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Akabanebashi Station; 03-3433-5111; www.tokyotower.co.jp/event/illumination/WinterFantasy2018/en.html.
TAMA CENTER ILLUMINATION 2018 (Tokyo): Through Jan. 6, 4:30-10:30 p.m.; illumination on camphor trees and fir trees decorated with 450,000 LEDs along the Parthenon Odori Street; Tama Monorail Tama Center Station on Odakyu Tama Line; 090-8946-9909. MISAWA PHANTASIA ILLUMINATION 2018 (Aomori prefecture): Nov. 22-Jan. 14, 4:30 p.m.-midnight; featuring a 52.5ft. (16-meter) tree decorated with illumination at a shopping arcade in Misawa city and the front gate at Misawa AB; five-minute drive from JR Misawa Station; 0176-53-2175.
KOBE ILLUMINAGE 2018 (Hyogo prefecture): Through Feb. 11, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; featuring a big scale of maze decorated with 5,000,000 LEDs illumination bringing into fantasy world. Along with monkey show, at Michi-no Eki Kobe Fruit & Flower Park Ozo, Ozo 2150, Osawa-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe city; 1,200 yen adult, 600 yen children; free parking; 06-6452-6452; www.illuminagegroup.com/kobe2018-2019/.