Winter illuminations around Christmas and New Year have become a popular attraction in cities across Japan. Illuminations are typically displayed between November and December, but some run longer, starting as early as October and running until Valentine's Day or even into spring. Among Japan's first and most spectacular light shows is Kobe's Luminarie, an Italian designed light festival which was first held as a memorial to the victims of the disastrous Kobe earthquake in 1995. Below are some of Japan's popular seasonal illumination spots:

(Photos are from previous years)


Tokyo Midtown

November 17 to December 25, 2022
17:00 to 23:00
Admission: free


November 10, 2022 to February 19, 2023
15:00 to 23:00 (until midnight in December)

More illumination displays in Tokyo...


Sagamiko Illumillion

November 12, 2022 to April 2, 2023 (closed on most Wed and Thur from Jan)
Sunset to 20:00 (until 21:30 on some days)
Admission: 1800 yen
Access: 8 minute bus ride from JR Sagamiko Station

Yomiuriland Jewellumination

October 20, 2022 to April 9, 2023 (closed on selected days)
16:00 to 20:30 (until 21:00 on some days)
Admission: 1800 yen
Access: Keio Yomiuriland Station or Yomiuriland Station on the Odakyu Railway


Sendai Pageant of Starlight

December 9 to 25, 2022
19:00 to 22:00 (from 18:00 on weekends)
Admission: Free
Access: 20 minute walk from JR Sendai Station


Ashikaga Flower Fantasy

October 15, 2022 to February 14, 2023 (closed on December 31)
16:30 to 20:30 (weekends and holidays until 21:00)
Admission: 1200 yen
Access: A short walk from JR Ashikaga Flower Park Station


Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination

October 22, 2022 to May 31, 2023 (closed on selected days)
Sunset to 21:00 (until 22:00 on selected days)
Admission: 2500 yen
Access: 30 minutes by bus and train from central Nagoya


Osaka Hikari Renaissance

December 14 to 25, 2022; 17:00 to 23:00 (some attractions with shorter hours)
Admission: Free
Access: Short walk from Yodoyabashi or Naniwabashi Station

Midosuji Illumination

November 3 to December 31, 2022; 17:00 to 23:00
Admission: Free
Access: stations along Midosuji Street, incl. Yodoyabashi and Shinsaibashi


Kobe Luminarie

Cancelled in 2022


Kingdom of Light

Seasonal winter illumination from November 5, 2022 to February 24, 2023
Admission: 4000 yen (entry after 5pm), 7000 yen (full day passport)
Access: Inside Huis Ten Bosch