VIDEO| Holiday season illuminates Misawa City

Video and photos by Yoshihito Morita, Stripes Japan
Video and photos by Yoshihito Morita, Stripes Japan

VIDEO| Holiday season illuminates Misawa City

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Editor’s Note: Today, we are living in uncertain times, so please plan ahead if, and when, you decide to travel. Follow safety guidelines set by your base and always remember to practice proper hand-washing and social distancing.

A holiday season favorite is back and Misawa Nakayoshi Park is covered in lights and displays.

Families enjoyed the opening of the illuminations on Nov. 13, which Yoshihito Morita of Stars and Stripes’ Misawa Office said was busy despite cold rain that evening.

The illuminations at the park, which is about a six-minute drive from Misawa Air Base, feature an impressive 16-meter-high Christmas tree as the centerpiece. The Misawa Chamber of Commerce installed 70,000 LED lights throughout the park this year.

The outdoor attraction runs through Jan. 11 from 4:30 p.m. to midnight, offering plenty of time for many to enjoy the lights while following social-distancing guidelines. It’s also free admission, so don’t miss out on this festive event!

Misawa Phantasia Winter Illumination
Location: 2-1-1 Chuo-cho, Misawa City, Aomori Pref. (a 6-minute drive from Misawa AB Main Gate)
Hours:  Nov. 13, 2020 – Jan. 11, 2021, 4:30 p.m. – midnight
Admission: Free
For more info, call Misawa Chamber of Commerce at 0176-53-2175 or email

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