Kansai Illumination Events

Winter is a great moment for Christmas and New Year Event. In Japan it is special time for illumination and winter activities. Illumination in Japan is really beautiful with thousand of led lights to create pretty shape. It is truly the art of lights. With the purpose helping visiting Japan and Kansai Area in this Winter. Here is a list of Illumination Events around Kansai. Hope it help for your references.

Illumination Events in Shiga

The light of Rose Fantasy - Biwako Otsukan

There is Illumination lights in the English Garden on main venue to the Otsu Lake Biwa Museum . With the theme of "The Light of the Rose Fantasy Garden" , this is a combination between roses blossom with illuminated light in garden, This will make the colorful and fantastic tree illumination. Another significant view is a Lake Biwa of night view seen from the garden. It is really worth to enjoy


Location: Biwako Otsukan - English Garden

Time: 17:00 to 23:00 - December 1st, 2015 to February 14th, 2016.

Illumination Events in Wakayama

Christmas Winter Illumination - Wakayama Marina City Porto Europe

The special of this event is Christmas Tree appeared in the Harbor City which is the typical images of Mediterranean Christmas Illumination event in this winter unfolds the beauty of Porto Europe at the harbor city of the Middle Ages , the Mediterranean. The 10m Christmas tree with about 2 million pieces of electric is lighted up the whole garden in evening. Let's come there with your couple, both of you can enjoy a romantic Christmas atmosphere .


Location: Wakayama Marina City Porto Europe

Time: 16:30 - November 1st, 2015 to December 25th, 2015.

White sand of Promenade - Shirarahama

At HakuRyo Beach, there is a light of Universe appear only in Winter. Shirarahama Winter Illumination is colored by about fantastic 100 000 balls of light . Many objects with ball lights on it such as constellation and angel at the gate show a beautiful and colorful romantic star of the story the coast of Shirarahama .


Location:Shirarahama

Time: 17:00 to 22:00 - December 1st, 2015 to February 29th, 2016.

Illumination Events in Nara

Tenri Festival of Lights 2015 - Tenri Station

This is colorful illumination hosted at the square in front of Tenri Station. With the theme of Lights and Musics, illumination with 260,000 balls sparkling at Tenri Station Square. Light objects such as Christmas tree, flora, fauna are also shown and attracting many visitors.


Location:Tenri Station Square

Time: 17:00 to 22:00 - December 6th, 2015 to January 16th, 2016.

Entrance fee: FREE


Kashihara Illumination - Kintetsu Yamato Yagi Station

With The theme of " 10th Happy Anniversary sparkling symphony of light" in this year, there are about 100 000 LEDs light up whole area of Kintetsu Yamato Yagi Station. Including 24 000 pieces of LED on street trees and shrubbery is the main illumination .


Location:Kintetsu Yamato Yagi Station

Time: 17:00 to 23:00 - December 5th, 2015 to February 14th, 2016.

Entrance fee: FREE


Sakurai Station Electric Tree - JR Sakurai Station - South Exit

The illumination of the theme: "Give and excitement peace to the people" theme, which hosted the first time about 15 years ago. Electric tree with height of 10m and about 12 000 LED balls is installed before the south exit Sakurai Station. From November 20 ( Fri) 17:30 lighting ceremony is performed , such as chant singing and brass band playing.


Location:JR Sakurai Station - South Exit

Time: 17:00 to 22:00 - November 20th, 2015 to Early January 2016.

Illumination Events in Kyoto

Kitayama wedding street Christmas Illuminations

Kitayama Street is famous for having weddings with churches and wedding facilities are lined up to the length of 300 meter. During the Christmas illumination event, these churches and wedding facilities are all lit up with 100,000 LED bulbs. They will hold a ceremony of hanging bell to send hope to a Christmas tree in the garden of Holly Bell church.


Location: Kitayama wedding street

Time: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm - December 1st, 2015 to December 25th, 2015

Starlight Christmas

Shinpukan is the oldest shopping mall in Kyoto. In this Christmas occasion, they will use 70,000 LED bulbs to decorate every corners of the mall. It is called Starlight event because illuminations will be hung up to the open space in front of the entrance that makes you feel like you have just stepped into a sky full of stars.


Location: Shipukan

Time: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm - November 7th, 2015 to December 25th, 2015

Miyako Christmas 2015

The Westin Miyako is a upscale hotel in Kyoto. The Westin Miyako christmas is special with the existence of a Christmas treein the lobbly that will lead you to look up at the height of 5 meters, touching the brightening ceiling by a 6-wing star. They hang up hundreds colorful decorations then making luxuriant trees with fruits. Lying in the middle of flower round, the tree does not lighten like many other Christmas tree but receive the light from the ceiling and grow rapidly.


Location: Westin Miyako

Time: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm - November 20th, 2015 to December 25th, 2015

Kyoto station building Christmas Illumination 2015

Kyoto station building will be decorated by about 128200 light balls in every corners, from front square to East square, from Aerial stairway to the Center Concource, the whole area will filled with Christmas atmosphere. In the dark, the 22-meter-high tree will lighten up the night with thousands tiny yellow light dots. The tree is decorated with a symbol of Florence alled Florence lily representing a red lily flower over a white canvas. It is the symbol of purity and devotion to the Virgin Mary.


Location: Kyoto station

Time: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm - November 14th, 2015 to December 25th, 2015

Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatoro 2015

Kyoto station building will be decorated by about 128200 light balls in every corners, from front square to East square, from Aerial stairway to the Center Concource, the whole area will filled with Christmas atmosphere. In the dark, the 22-meter-high tree will lighten up the night with thousands tiny yellow light dots. The tree is decorated with a symbol of Florence alled Florence lily representing a red lily flower over a white canvas.


Location: Arashiyama

Time: 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm - December 11th, 2015 to December 20th, 2015

Illumination fantasy light of Hana Festival

Toei Kyoto studio park is the only theme park in Japan about film. The Flower Feast from Edo period will be re-organized lively here with cherry blossoms made by fiber flowers. The flowers are actually LEDs with rainbow colors changing on the surface of the moat. There is the existence of the very first music fountain in Westrn of Japan in the pond of harbor village. In bustling music, the light from the fountain will change by rainbow colors. Walking around the town, you may eventually caught a geisha wearing costume decorated with fiber details.


Location: Kyoto studio park

Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm - December 29th, 2015 to January 3rd, 2016

Banbio Illumination 2015

There will be a Christmas tree of about 6 meters in height in the West exit of Nagaokakyo station. All trees on the roadside are lit up with lanterns and you can find a brighten tunnel. They also create blue light gardens surrounding the tree with some white light deers which are carefress to graze. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Banbio project.


Location: JR Nagaoka station

Time: 5:00 pm t 11:00 pm - December 11th, 2015 to January 11th, 2016

Final firefly LED illumination winter event

The equal blue tiny lights in Kintaki park are arranged closely like the ocean of blue fireflies in the dark. The road leading around to the Koto waterfall is lit up by 700 thousand LED units, taking you to the 43 meter height waterfall representing a sparkling Koto strings. Specially, a ocarina concert will be held at 6:00 pm on December 23th with two parts lasting till 8:00 pm.


Location: Kintaki park

Time: 5:00 pm to 22:00 pm - December 11th, 2015 to December 24th, 2015

Kyoto illumination Yale

This event is considered as the biggest illumination event in which about one million light balls are used, moreover, to make a unique 3D mapping around Kansai. On the grassland of tiny lights surrounding by colorful bushes like coral reefs, there are many Pegasus, an immortal winged horse which rose forth from the neck of Medousa. This 3D construction is the project cooperated with Aurona, creating an extremely lively prairie with heaven scene and light. They will also hold some firework events in December 31st, February 14th and March 14th.


Location: Ruri river onsen

Time: 4:30 am to 9:30 pm - October 31st, 2015 to April 3rd, 2016

Illumination Events in Kobe

Suma Aqua Illumination Hivemage 2015

About three million light balls are used to brighten up Kobe Suma Aqualife Park, covering all pillars, walls and tanks inside the park. On a large screen in the dolphin museum, light is designed to become a pool of 4D ray light mapping with the theme of adventure. You will completely charmed by interactive illumination in the Park when the light reacts to every movement from your hands and body.


Location: Kobe Aqualife Park

Time: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm - December 5th, 2015 to February 29th, 2016

Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets Winter Illumination

Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets is a mall designed like a port town in the southern Europe. Any mall is always sparkling, so how about a mall in Christmas time? To welcome Christmas, 200000 white light balls are used instead of 30000 balls of the last year. All main areas are decorated by light curtain with littering motion. Everything from the palm tree, the fountain and the whole road are also lit up with illumination.


Location: Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets

Time:5:00 pm to 9:00 pm - November 6th, 2015 to February 17th, 2016

Kobe Illuminating Hivernage

As the name, fruits and flowers are the main theme of the park shown inside the architecture of European castle. However, in this occasion of 2015 Christmas, they will turn the park into a fairy world like the Hiraki Renaissance of Osaka but in a rich nature. There are many characters from the little red riding hood to the mermaid princess, all are made by light. You will see a fountain in which white swans and dolphins are swimming. An other attractive event is the Monkey show held in Monkey theater.


Location: Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets

Time:5:00 pm to 10:00 pm - October 30th, 2015 to January 31st, 2016

Umie winter illumination Centre street crystal tower

Sea, lively town and people are a gem you can find nowhere but in Kobe is the concept of Umie. It also gets a unique way of illumination with a tower shining bright like diamond. The tower is 8 meters in height created by 6 pillars of ocean blue and white of different expressions that can change depending on the viewing angle, like a diamond with various faces. The cooperation of blue and white is really harmony and transparent, bringing a purify of light. They also make many small Christmas tree with fake snow in the foot of the tower while snowflake and LED are ornamented on the top of the tower.


Location: Kobe Harborland

Time:10:00 am to 12:00 pm - November 8th, 2015 to February 15th, 2016

Umie winter illumination Mosaic heart motif illumination Shake hands

Mosaic is a shopping complex overlooking the harbor in Kobe with a ferris wheel in a small amusement park. You can find out here not a normal Christmas tree or other usual Christmas decorations, but a giant heart made of light. It is a double heart having color changing continuously and a large hole in the middle. It is so romantic to take your lover here and stand in the middle of the hole with hand in hand.


Location: Kobe Harborland

Time:10:00 am to 12:30 pm - November 7th, 2015 to February 29th, 2016

Daimaru Illumination

Daimaru is one of the most beautiful shopping street in Kobe. It will softly turn into the gold appearance with yellow light filling all ancient buildings and fashinable shops under sloping eaves. About 35000 trees along the street are lit up by many ropes of tiny LED just like fireworks are sprouting out from the root. They line up like forever into rows in two sides of the road.


Location: Daimaru shop street

Time:5:00 pm to 10:00 pm - October 7th, 2015 to December 31st, 2015

Sannomiya Opa Illumination

Sannomiya Opa is a shopping center in the central area of Kobe. A modest Christmas tree will be placed on the first floor in front of the stage. It heights only 2 meters but having a warm and brilliant appearance with various colors changing by time. From December 2st to December 25th, they will hang up many patterns of Santa face that always smile and twinkle twinkle with brilliant lights. You should take your time to visit here to enjoy some events that perform videos of short stories about Gods and Santa Clause.


Location: Sannomiya Opa Illumination

Time:10:00 am to 9:00 pm - November 3rd, 2015 to December 25th, 2015

SOL's christmas

In the sky garden on the rooftop of Kobe International Conference Center SOL, you can find the olive tree of about 500 years old which is not so huge but simple like an old man sitting in the middle of the garden. The olive tree is surrounded by many species of plant from all over the world and all of them are illuminated by marvellous light making them God trees. In addition, many fir trees with Christmas decorations are arranged around the Sunken garden and the underground of SOL.


Location: Kobe International Conference center SOL

Time:5:00 pm to 11:00 pm - November 12th, 2015 to December 25th, 2015

Illumination Events in Osaka

Nakanoshima West Winter's tale 2015

Christmas of Fukushima port in Nakanoshima West sleeps inside sophisticated construction of illumination. In the background of the Fantasia fountain, they will hold various light exhibitions that offer wonderful performance of water and light. In bustling music, you will enjoy dancing show of a huge ducks and some smaller ones floating around the fountain. They are a kind of extremely cute and funny.


Location: Nakanoshima West Fukushima Port

Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm - November 28th, 2015 to December 25th, 2015.

Universal Wonder Christmas

The Magical Starlight Parade seems to be the world’s best Christmas angels show that you can easily find every night in Universal Studios Japan. This spot wins the world Guinness record for the light tree of the world. Under the shining from the tree, the variety of huge floats full of vibrant lights will parade around all streets, including classical characters like Cinderella, Prince, Bees, Monkeys, Fairies, ...


Location: Univeral Studios Japan

Time: Different by day, please visit Universal Hompage for detail

Chikyutaikan Illumination

In this occasion of Christmas, illumination will be used to reappear the brilliant ocean. You should take a trip to know how the deep ocean will look like if we bring light down to its bed. Kaiyukan Aquarium will use about 1,3 million LED lights to represent 4 zones of ocean around the world. In front of Pacific Ocean zone, you can caught a shining tree full of light and even sound, surrounded by many swimming creatures made by light. Two other zones are the world of funny Antarctica penguins and active fish.


Location: Kaiyukan Aquarium Kaiyukan

Time: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm - November 25th, 2015 to March 6th, 2016

Abeno Tennoji Illuminator Hivernage 2015

It is not only Christmas time but the 100th anniversary of Tennoji Zoo. Double meaning causes double imposing. They design many lively and strange looking 3D images about Japanese samurais representing exactly their appearance, manners and attitude. Certainly, there will become the world of about 101 illuminated animals following the Zoo’s desire of raising and protecting 101 species of animals in the next 101 years.


Location: Tennoji Park

Time: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm - October 30th, 2015 to January 31st, 2016

Namba Light Journey Namba park

Namba park is probably the best choice for those who loves the beauty and wants to find some quite heaven to relax in the Christmas time. They use about 480000 light balls to create this flower heaven that are not the normal fragrant blossoms but the brilliant ones. It is designed to be the fairy dream that you will fall down to the ground right the moment you step out of the park. Besides, the waterfall with floating boats of the largest scale in Japan can be also found here.


Location: Namba park

Time: 5:00 pm to 12:00 pm - November 13th, 2015 to February 14th, 2016

Osaka Tomorrow Town

On the wall of Osaka Central Public Hall, visitors will feasted with traditional light art. The light shines on the wall will tell ancient stories of Japanese history with huge and clear illustrations. The historic buildings will change one by one with various paintings with innovative production and energy of light.


Location: Osaka Central Public Hall

Time: 9:00 pm to 9:30 pm - December 12th, 2015 to December 25th, 2015

Smile art Project

The illumination inspired by smile will be held in Nakanoshima area at the West side of Nakanoshima Park rose garden. It is the combination of the concept Nakanoshima Irodoro smile and the Fruit of light art of Takahashi Kyota artist, making trees lussy of colorful fruits. The light brightening up from these fruits’heart makes paintings of face on the surface become clearer and you can see they smile with you.


Location: Nakanoshima park rose garden

Time: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm - December 12th, 2015 to December 25th, 2015

France Avenue Illumination

Coming to Osaka Central Public Hall, you will have a chance to admire a romantic city wrapped by graceful light. This is one of the main performance belonging to Osaka light of feast 2015 program called Osaka light Renaissance carried out in the area of Nakanoshima park and Osaka Central Hall. The whole architecture is inspired by France champagne. You will feel like two rows of yellow glasses full of blue champagne.


Location: Osaka Central Public Hall front Naniwabas

Time: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm - December 12th, 2015 to December 25th, 2015

Royal garden Christmas Illumination

Located in the north of Osaka close to the Shin Umeda Wonder Square, there is a small English garden opening every year in the occasion of Christmas. It is only a modest corner in the middle of busy Osaka with a little chapel built from red bricks nestled quietly. At night, the garden surrounding the chapel is lit up and turn the space to a true Christmas mood. Looking at the chapel from a distance, you suddenly feel your soul warmer and warmer and that God is waiting for you inside that small construction.


Location: Royal garden

Time: 5:00 pm to 12:00 pm - December 18th, 2015 to December 25th, 2015

Grand Front Wish Xmas

There is a unique Wish Cocoon robot inside trees at Umekita Square that can communicate with people by color of light. Tree equipped with this robot is called Emotional Christmas tree with the height of about 10 meters. The tree won the Akai price of botanical design with the expression of life strength. Whatever you do with the cocoon, from talk, touch to hug, it always gets your feeling and respond you by sparkling light.


Location: Grand Front Osaka

Time: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm - November 12th, 2015 to December 25th, 2015

Midosuji illumination

Mido street will be lit up by illumination hanging up to tree foliage in the both side. This year, the length of this illumination extend to the area of Hanshin before crossing from Oe bridge to Kitazume intersection. It is not the end, you can find four seasons by color of light in foliage describing characteristics of each season.


Location: Namba Nishiguchi Intersection

Time: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm - November 29th, 2015 to January 17th, 2016

Namba light journey Takashiyama Osaka store

About 60000 light balls gather in Takashiyama Osaka store to light up the whole space. They take advantage of the garden rooftop to make a network of tiny LED that looks like crystal mass of cloud. In this background, a light crescent moon and some snowflakes are outstanding like in a corner of paradise. The light seems to be more beautiful and marvellous to see from the height.


Location: Takashimaya Osaka Store

Time: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm - November 13th, 2015 to February 14th, 2016

Christmas light

This Christmas time, Hill Sakai museum will reappear the image of ocean with dazzling blue color from thousands LED lights. The ropes made from tiny LED will hang over the yard of Hil Sakai that take a small distance with the ground. The illumination will expand the splashing water that is deeper and bluer more than any other ocean but the unique brilliant one.


Location: Hill sakai green museum harvest

Time: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm - December 5th, 2015 to December 26th, 2015

Ilmenite Expo Christmas

The illumination in Expo Memorial Park seems to be the most special one around Kansai with the 3D solar tower. By the strength of technology and creativity, they construct a, architecture from light with a shape of sun tower, reflecting three-dimensional images on its surface. This is the special event taking place in Expo Memorial Park every year on Christmas and will last 11 days on this year. Nearby, there is an Illuminating strees of Higashioji that will be wrapped with full of fantastic light.


Location: Expo Memorial Park

Time: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm - December 11th, 2015 to December 27th, 2015