Winter Illumination in Nagoya

ByRay Proper
Nov 23, 2017

Winter Illumination in Nagoya

Here are some popular places to experience illumination in and around Nagoya.

Nabana no Sato

The best place to see winter illumination is in 10 minutes from Kuwana Station in Mie. Nabana no Sato is the closest thing you will get in Japan to a neighborhood decked out by friendly competition in lights visible from space.  There are lights spread out all over the entire amusement park to create a magical place for couples to stroll.

The best way to spend Christmas might be taking in an early Christmas dinner, and then heading out to Mie to see the lights.  If you have a special someone, it is the perfect place to walk off your meal, and enjoy each other’s company.  This event is now open for almost 7 months out of the year!

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Nabana no Sato

Noritake Garden

Noritake, is a famous ceramic tableware and technology company headquartered in Nagoya.  While the original Nagoya factory is in no longer in operation, there is in its place Noritake Garden, which is home to a museum complex, craft center and restaurant. At 15 minutes walk from Nagoya Station, it offers a convenient option to enjoy illumination, as well as special holiday events at the garden.

Hisayaodori Park Flarie

A very convenient place to see illumination is Hisayaodori Park Flarie, located in between Sakae and Osu. Illumination at Flarie offers a Christmas tree and 150,000 bulbs throughout the garden will light up Flarie during the Holiday Season.  The garden will also host a series of Christmas concerts until December 25th featuring various artists. The illumination will continue even after the Christmas season, finally wrapping up later in the new year.

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City Light Fantasia by NAKED

Building upon the Nagoya Akari Night display of yesteryear, Star Light Fantasia is a special event being held on the observation deck of the city’s iconic TV tower. Presented by NAKED, the brainchild of creative director Ryotaro Kitamura, this event promises to be an experience unlike any other.

Prepared to be dazzled by a revolutionary display of projection mapping against the night sky; the first of its kind in Japan. You’ll feel as though you’re floating among the stars with a 360-degree panoramic view from atop the TV tower.

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter on the 3rd floor, or at a nearby convenience store for JPY 1,000 (JPY 500 for children in elementary school or younger).

Times and dates are as follows:(2018)

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM (10/27 – 12/31)
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (1/1 – 1/6)
City Light Fantasia

Kiso-Sansen & 138 Tower Park, Ichinomiya

Until December 25th, the park around the twin arched “138 Tower” in Ichinomiya will be decorated with 500,000 lights. In the surrounding Kisosansen Koen you can take part in all manner of arts and crafts throughout the month including “The nature of Northern Europe”. Fireworks displays will also be held, all on the backdrop of Ichinomiya’s illuminated 138 metre tower on 31st.

This year the park will host its festivities from November 23th until December 31st, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, during which visitors will be able to stroll around and enjoy the lights which decorate the park.

Kiso-Sansen Park

Nagoya Port Sea Train Land

Last, but certainly not least, is Very Merry Christmas 2018 at Sea Train Land in Nagoya Port. With around 50,000 lights and a wealth of attractions, from a towering 85 meter high Ferris Wheel to a classic carousel, this winter event is sure to dazzle and entertain visitors of all ages. Entrance to the park is free, and the event runs from 11/17 – 12/25 from 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM (10:00PM on weekends and holidays). Closed on Mondays after the winter holidays.

Very Merry Christmas 2018 (Japanese)

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