Remarkable illuminations in all of Japan

Remarkable Winter Illuminations in All of Japan

Winter in Japan is a magical time, adorned with enchanting Christmas and winter lights. Explore these illuminated wonders across the country for unforgettable family memories. Here are some of the most remarkable winter illuminations in all of Japan.

13th Grimm Forest Illumination

Every year, from late November to January 3rd, the Grimm Forest transforms into a magical wonderland. Immerse yourself in the charm of the Grimm Forest as it comes alive with a breathtaking display of lights. The castle illuminations transport you to a fairy tale realm, creating a captivating experience for both children and adults alike. From 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, the entire forest sparkles with the radiance of 600,000 dazzling light bulbs.

Address: “Grimm Forest”, Shimotsuke City, Tochigi Prefecture

Period: 2023.11.26~01.03 (17:00~21:00)

Otaru Snow Story “Blue Canal”

Illuminations add a romantic dash of color to the cold season. During this season, the Otaru canal is specially illuminated with 10,000 blue LED’s. Immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere during the ‘blue hour,’ that enchanting time just after sunset when a hint of blue lingers in the darkness. Don’t just witness the magic—become a part of it and join a popular Otaru Canal cruise ships, bedecked in radiant blue lights, as they gracefully navigate the canal.

Address: Otaru Canal Asakusa Bridge to Chuo Bridge, Otaru City, Hokkaido

Period: 2023.11.01~01.31 (sunset~22:30)

Winter Sakura Light Up

While Hirosaki Park is renowned for its breathtaking cherry blossoms in spring, the magic doesn’t end with warmer weather. Did you know that even in winter, the cherry blossoms make a stunning appearance? Just imagine cherry blossom branches delicately covered in snow, illuminated to create a mesmerizing scene that mimics the full bloom of spring. It’s a winter wonderland that captures the essence of the iconic cherry blossoms in a whole new light. We recommend visiting this place from late December to mid-February when the snowfall is in full swing.

Address: 1 Shimoshiroganecho, Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture

Period: 2023.12.01~02.29 (sunset~21:00)

Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden’s “Osaka Castle Illuminage”

Get ready for a spectacular journey through time at Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden! Witness the enchanting “Osaka Castle Illuminage,” where the rich history and iconic attractions of Osaka come to life through dazzling illuminations against the backdrop of the majestic Osaka Castle tower. Each light display is a visual journey through the vibrant heritage of this iconic city. Engage in the fun with participatory illuminations designed for all ages! From displays that respond to your movements to a whimsical “light see-saw” waiting for you to ride.

Address: Osaka Castle 2, Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

Period: 2023.11.22~02.24 (17:30~21:30)

Kansai’s Largest “Natural” Illumination “Rosan Illumination”

Get ready to be captivated by one of the grandest natural illuminations in Kansai, as “Rosan Illumination” unfolds at the picturesque “English Garden Rosan Berry Tawada” in Tawada, Shiga. Marvel at the breathtaking light production that seamlessly blends with the enchanting natural scenery. The main area, adorned with 100 trees and a captivating clock tower, bathes in a mysterious silvery glow, creating a mesmerizing atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else.

Address: English Garden Rosa and Berry Tawada, Tawada, Maibara City, Shiga Prefecture

Illumination “Hikari no Sumika” Fountain Laser Show

Prepare for an enchanting evolution of the winter illumination experience at Tokinosumika. “Hikari no Sumika” has transformed to offer even more wonders, creating a mesmerizing atmosphere for visitors. Step into a world surrounded by approximately 400 fantastical lanterns, setting the entrance aglow with magical hues. Traverse through one of Japan’s largest light tunnels, where every step is a journey through a winter wonderland. Elevate your experience with a visit to the paid zone, featuring the “Highest Fountain Show in Japan”. Marvel at water, light, and sound uniting in a dynamic collaboration. The fountain soars to an impressive height of 150 meters, creating a spectacle that will leave you in awe.

Address: Toki no Sumika, Gotemba City, Shizuoka

Period: 2023.10.06~03.10 (16:30~22:00)

Laguna “Light of Life” Illumination

This year, Lagunasia’s illumination theme is “Light of Life.” Explore three distinct areas—Land, Sea, and Sky—where a captivating world and story unfold before your eyes. Additionally, for a limited time, don’t miss the spectacular La Rêve de Noël fireworks show! Experience a Lagunasia winter like never before with a blend of fireworks, fountains, imagery, and special effects. Alongside other attractions, enjoy a Christmas market and a projection mapping show. Come and make memories in the simple magic of Lagunasia’s winter festivities.

Address: Laguna Ten Bosch, Kaiyocho, Gamagori, Aichi

Period: 2023.11.03~04.07 (sunset~)