Winter Illumination Near Nagoya -- 2017

This is the season when city streets are enveloped in glittering light. Here in the Tokai region as well, a variety of light installations throughout the area brighten the nights. Here we'll take a look at some recommended locations among these – places that are well worth a visit. And showy illumination displays also make great photo spots! We hope you find this info useful for planning your winter excursions.

Nabana no Sato Illumination

One of the largest-scale displays in Japan!

The Nabana no Sato illumination display boasts a majestic scale and top-notch quality. This year, the annually changing main-theme area features the adorable Kumamon mascot character! The location also features a Tunnel of Light – selected as one of the world's most scenic displays – Water Illumination, and a plethora of other must-see sights. This spot where you can experience first-hand dazzling loveliness beyond imagination is one you won't want to miss.

  • Nabana no Sato
  • Nabana no Sato
  • Nabana no Sato
Where Nabana no SatoMap
Display period October 14, 2017 to May 6, 2018
Light-up time From around 5:00 pm to closing
Getting there About 30 minutes by nonstop bus from Nagoya Station
Entry fee Elementary-school age and older: 2,300 yen (All visitors receive a 1,000-yen voucher that you can use at restaurants and souvenir shops in the park.)
Official website

Traffic congestion is expected during the display period for Nabana no Sato's tremendously popular illumination, especially from November through early January. Entering the park two or three hours before the illumination is turned on at 5:00 pm may be prudent. In the park you can find plenty of fun attractions to pass the time, including colorful autumn foliage from the end of November through early December, a Begonia Garden filled with begonias blooming year-round (separate admission required: 1,000 yen per adult), Nagashima Beer Garden, where you can enjoy local craft beers, and more. When you're planning your visit, we recommend allowing plenty of time for contingencies.

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Laguna – the Brightest Winter in History

Laguna – the Brightest Winter in History

Four areas, including the Rainbow Arches and the Water Illumination, bathe you in lovely light. What's more, you can also enjoy 360-degree 3D projection mapping, Japan's first-ever water mapping, and a variety of other light shows.

Where Laguna Ten Bosch and LagunasiaMap
Display period November 3, 2017 to March 31, 2018
Light-up time 5:00 pm to closing
Getting there 15 minutes by complimentary shuttle bus from JR Gamagori Station
Entry fee Adult: 2,150 yen, elementary-school student: 1,200, preschool child: 700 yen
Official website
Flarie Christmas Illumination

Flarie Christmas Illumination

Flarie – a greenery-filled garden in urban Nagoya. The grounds are lighted up, with heart-shaped installations and other pieces aglow in lovely illumination to present a romantic Christmas display.

Where Hisaya-odori Garden FlarieMap
Display period November 25 to December 25, 2017
Light-up time 5:00 to 10:00 pm
Getting there 3 minutes on foot from Yabacho Station on the subway Meijo Line
Official website
Denpark Winter Festival

Denpark Winter Festival

With "Christmas in Northern Europe" as the theme, this site shines with the illumination of 300,000 lights forming Santa Claus, reindeer, flower beds with auroras, and more. Enjoy a world of warm Christmas lights amid the showiness.

Where DenparkMap
Display period November 25, 2017 to January 14, 2018
Light-up time From around 4:30 pm to closing (7:00 or 9:00 pm)
Getting there From JR Anjo Station, take the Ankuru Bus; transfer at Anjo Kosei Byoin, then get off at Denpark
Entry fee Adult: 600 yen, elementary and junior-high student: 300 yen
Official website
Winter Tanabata Carnival – Ichinomiya Illumination

Winter Tanabata Carnival – Ichinomiya Illumination

Ichinomiya Station attracts many spectators to the Ichinomiya Tanabata Festival held every July. In the winter, four areas around the station are showily adorned to bring the streets alive with dazzling color. This illumination continues until midnight – something that's possible because it takes place at a train station.

Where Ichinomiya Station areaMap
Display period November 30, 2017 to February 14, 2018
Light-up time 5:00 pm to 12:00 am
Getting there Meitetsu Ichinomiya Station and JR Owari-Ichinomiya Station
You can even enjoy illumination at the time of your arrival or departure!

Centrair Sky Illumination – Cathedral Bells

Centrair Sky Illumination – Cathedral Bells

A dazzling cathedral on Centrair's 4th-floor Sky Deck!

A special show featuring a rainbow of lights changing in time with the tolling of bells takes place every 10 minutes. What's more, there is also a floor area with multicolored lights that change as you walk on it, a lucky bell to ring as you make a wish, and more – something for everyone from children to grownups to enjoy. Don't pass up the chance to vehicle a romantic interlude under the arch, sitting on a bench surrounded by light.
Along with the illumination, you connect enjoy the airport scenery and the aircraft as well.

Where 4th-floor Sky Deck, Passenger Terminal Building, Chubu Centrair International AirportMap
Display period October 27, 2017 to March 31, 2018
Light-up time 5:30 to 10:30 pm (from February 1: 6:00 to 10:30 pm)
Official website