Must-see Illuminations in Japan 2021-2022
ReleaseDecember 15, 2021
Entering December, the illuminations to be seen under the clear winter skies are nothing short of mesmerizing. Here, we introduce illumination events that can be enjoyed outside of Tokyo.
① Kami-no-Sumuyama, Lake Towada FeStA LuCe 2021-2022 (Towada City, Aomori Prefecture)
The name “FeStA LuCe” is taken from the Italian words “festa” (festival) and “luce” (light). This event allows visitors to enjoy a special illuminated world. Starting last year, the Lake Towada FeStA LuCe event’s entrancing illuminations sparkle in a snowy wonderland, creating a magical winter world.
Event period“First chapter: A Story of Autumn Foliage in Light”
Every day from October 21 (Thu)-November 23 (Tue)
“Second chapter: A Story of Winter in Light”
December 4 (Sat)-February 20 (Sun), Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays excluding December 29 (Wed)-December 30 (Thu)
Fireworks display on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays during January and February (excluding January 1 and 2)
Event hours5:30-9:00 PM (Last admission 8:30 PM)
Closing time on days of fireworks display will be extended to 9:30 PM (Last admission 9:00 PM)
Admission feesTicket at door: 1,600 yen (adults)
Access2 hrs 15 min by JR Bus to Lake Towada from Hachinohe Station (JR), get off at Towada-ko (Kyuya) stop
② Ashikaga Flower Park “The garden of illuminated flowers — Flower Fantasy 2021” (Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture)
Alongside the “Sapporo White Illumination” and Huis Ten Bosch’s “Kingdom of Lights,” Ashikaga Flower Park’s light show is regarded as one of Japan’s top three illumination events. This year, the park celebrates the 20th anniversary of the illumination event. Enjoy the collaboration of flowers and light in the updated Flower Castle and “Illuminated Flower Basin” exhibit.
Event periodUntil February 14, 2022 4:30-8:30 PM
(*Open until 9:00 PM on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Scheduled to remain open until 9:00 PM on weekdays from early December to early January, and until 9:30 PM on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)
Admission feesFees vary depending on the blossoming of the flowers
Access3-min walk from Ashikaga Flower Park Station (JR)
③ “Lake Sagami Illumillion,” one of Kanto’s top 3 illuminations (Sagami City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
This dynamic, thematic illumination utilizes the contours and slopes of the immense 40,000 sq. meters park. In addition to the magnificent glow of six million lights, a scale rarely surpassed in the Kanto region, there are the “Rainbow Lifts,” the “Ferris Wheel of Light,” and other interactive features. This year there will also be a collaborative space on the mountain summit.
Event periodNovember 13, 2021 (Sat)-April 3, 2021 (Sun)
Event hoursNovember: Weekdays 4:00-8:30 PM, Weekends/Holidays 4:00-9:00 PM
December: Weekdays 4:00-9:00 PM, Weekends/Holidays 4:00-9:30 PM
*Admission until 30 minutes before closing time.
*Opening and illumination hours vary depending on the season.
*Daytime visitors can enjoy Illumillion without additional fees.
Admission feesAdmission: 1,900 yen (adults), Free pass: 4,500 yen (adults)
Nighttime admission feesAdmission + lift: 1,500 yen (adults), Nighttime free pass: 2,800 yen (adults)
AccessSagamiko Station (JR), then 8 min from “Pleasure Forest Mae” bus stop
Direct bus available to “Lake Sagami Illumillion” from Shinjuku Station, Yokohama Station, and other greater metropolitan areas
④ ～First in Japan! An interactive illumination experience～ “Izu Granpal Park Gran Illumination～7th Season～” (Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture)
This event is full of nighttime spectacles like “Dino Age Kart,” an attraction where you can speed past moving, life-size dinosaurs on a go-cart. A new area is “Walk on the Illumi,” where you can stroll above the illuminations while passing under an enchanting arch.
Event periodNovember 13, 2021-August 2022 (TBD)
*May vary depending on season and day of the week (please visit website for details)
Event hoursNovember 13-November 30, 2021 5:00-9:30 PM
December 1-January 5, 2022 4:30-9:30 PM
January 6-January 31 5:00-9:30 PM
February 1-February 28 5:30-9:30 PM
March 1-April 3 6:00-9:30 PM
Admission fees1,500 yen (junior high school students and over)
800 yen (elementary school students)
Free (infants) *Children under elementary school age must be accompanied by an adult
Access10-min bus ride on the Tokai Bus from Izu Kogen Station (Izu Kyuko)
⑤ Nabana no Sato (Kuwana City, Mie Prefecture)
Renowned for its beauty in harmony with the season’s natural charm, illumination fans from all over the country come to see this event. This year’s theme is “UNKAI” (Sea of Clouds). Enjoy a spectacular illumination that recreates mountains glimmering in the open sky and a dynamic sea of clouds.
Event periodOctober 23, 2021 (Sat)-May 31, 2022 (Tue)
Closed: January 11, 2022 (Tue)-13 (Thu), January 24 (Mon)-28 (Fri)
Event hoursPlease check the official website:https://www.nagashima-onsen.co.jp/nabana/fee/calendar/index.html
Admission fees2,300 yen (general ticket, includes 1,000-yen Nabana coupon)
2,300 yen (elementary school students and over, includes 1,000-yen coupon valid inside park)
Access10-min bus ride from Kintetsu-Nagashima Station
⑥ Huis Ten Bosch “Kingdom of Lights” (Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture)
This illumination event at “Huis Ten Bosch,” the largest theme park in Japan, is renowned for presenting a different nighttime scene depending on the season. During the day, the European townscape themed park already offers visitors the sensation of being abroad. Nonetheless, the glimmer of the illuminated night is pure magic. Dynamic illuminations take advantage of the park’s vast space, from the 85-meter fountain show, one of the longest in Japan, to the “Silver Wonderland” with its impeccable white glow.
Event periodAll year
Event hoursPlease check the official website
Admission feesPlease check the official website
Access1 hr 45 min from Hakata Station (JR) on JR Limited Express “Huis Ten Bosch”
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⑦ Kokura Illumination (Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture)
A beautiful “starlight tunnel”! The illuminations on the upper part of the illuminated tunnel change seasonally. The state-of-the-art light show will have you wanting to visit over and over again!
Event periodUntil January 10, 2022 (Mon)
Illumination hours5:00-10:00 PM
Admission feesFree of charge
AccessKokura Station (JR)
⑧ Okinawa Nangoku Illumination 2021-2022 (Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture)
In 2019, the Okinawa Nangoku Illumination was designated as the prefecture’s first “Night View Heritage of Japan,” and in 2020 it placed 7th in the national Illumination Awards.
As part of the “Flying Pikachu Project,” the Pokémon area opened this year. You can also enjoy the “Lotus of Light” that recreates the summer’s blooming lotus flowers, along with other vivid illuminations that conjure up a tropical atmosphere.
Event periodUntil May 29, 2022 (Sun)
Event hours5:00-10:00 PM (Last admission 9:30 PM)
Admission feesNight (5:00-10:00 PM): 1,980 yen (adults)
One day (9:00 AM-10:00 PM): 2,480 yen (adults)
*A Christmas event will be held from December 23 to 26. Admission fees will differ during this period.
Access50-min drive from Naha Airport, 5-min drive from Okinawa North IC on the Okinawa Expressway
*The information herein is as of November 2021