Illuminate Your Holidays IN Japan This Winter

Tobu Railway Co. Ltd Offers Routes To Five Special Winter Illumination Events


This piece of rather intriguing news came into my inbox recently, and I thought to share it out on this space of mine on the web. Tobu Railway Co. Ltd, the biggest private railroad company in Kanto, Japan, offers routes to five special winter illumination events to spend the year-end holidays.  Limited to winter season, the displays start in late October and run till March 2017. Think pretty colours, pretty lights, and you get the idea. 

Illuminate Your Holidays IN Japan This Winter
Illuminate Your Holidays IN Japan This Winter


The light displays are located in areas along Tobu Railway’s massive rail network through Tokyo and four neighbouring prefectures. Travellers can make their way to Tokyo, Tochigi, Saitama, and Miyagi all within a day or overnight trip to witness the spectacular sights. The journey can start from Asakusa or Tokyo station. 

Ashikaga Flower Park – A Light Flower Garden

Ashikaga Flower Park – A Light Flower Garden
Ashikaga Flower Park – A Light Flower Garden

This is the biggest illumination event in Kanto area with 3.5 million lights.  It is recognised as a Japan night view heritage site where the entire park is decorated with colourful lights.  The “Miraculous Great Wisteria” is a reproduction of an enchanted wisteria trellis using illumination to present an impressive sight that looks like a real wisteria trellis swaying in the wind.

Tobu World Square Illumination

Tobu World Square Illumination
Tobu World Square Illumination


Simultaneous light-up of 102 world-famous buildings. 102 world famous buildings from 21 countries, skilfully reproduced on a 1/25 scale including 46 buildings registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites will be decorated by illumination.

Tobu World Square is located near Kinugawa Hot Spring which is one of the prominent hot springs in Kanto. Visitors can combine the visit to both attractions.

Tobu Zoo Winter Illumination – With a parade by real animals


Tobu Zoo Winter Illumination
Tobu Zoo Winter Illumination


At Tobu Zoo in Saitama, a LED screen more than 20 metres in length will take centre stage, accompanied by 2 million LED lights decorating the park.  The “Rhythmination” of lights to computer-generated images on the screen will be a sight to behold!

A “starlight zoo parade” where animals move around the park together with illumination cars and a “reindeer event” during the Christmas season will also be held.

Sendai Pageant of Starlight – the City of Trees


Sendai Pageant of Starlight – the City of Trees
Sendai Pageant of Starlight – the City of Trees


600,000 LED lights are used to decorate 160 zelkova trees and the rows of trees stretching for 800 metres will be totally wrapped in light.

A pedestrian walkway runs through the centre section of Jozenji-dori so that visitors can enjoy walking right under the illuminated trees.

Tokyo Skytree Town – World’s tallest tower turned into the world’s tallest Christmas tree


Tokyo Skytree Town
Tokyo Skytree Town


There will be special lighting to make Tokyo Skytree look like the world’s tallest Christmas tree.  Various spots in Tokyo Skytree Town will also be decorated with about 400,000 candle colour lights giving visitors a visual treat.

The lower section of the Tokyo Skytree tower will be used as the main screen for the first time and visitors can enjoy a visual display that takes advantage of the structure of the tower body. Catch the Light Festival now in its full sparkle. So there you have it, if you don't have plans to visit Japan yet, make plans today itself! 


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