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Great Holiday Illuminations in Japan 2010


Colorful holiday illuminations and Christmas decorations can be seen around the country from late fall. Below is a list of some Japan's beautiful holiday illuminations for the year 2010.

Nagasak Huis Ten Bosch City of Light

Seven million lights are used to light up the theme park. The main illumination spot is the art garden lit up by five million lights.
Place: Huis Ten Bosch, Sasebo-city, Nagasaki
Period: November 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011

Sapporo White Illumination

More than 370,000 white lights are decorated in the Odori Park and Sapporo Ekimae-dori street. The light-up continues until mid-February.
Place: Sapporo-city, Hokkaido
Access: Subway Oodori Station
Period: Nov. 26, 2010 - Jan. 2, 2011 (Odori Park)
Nov. 26, 2010 - Feb. 13, 2011 (Ekimae-dori and Ichijo-dori streets)

Gotenba Tokinosumika Winter Illlumination

Tokinosumika is a large resort with hotels, hot springs, sports facilities, and so on. The main feature of the winter illumination here is the 430m tunnel of lights.
Place: 719 Kouyama Gotenba-city, Shizuoka
Access: 40 minutes by shuttle bus from JR Mishima Station to Tokinosumika / 20 minutes by shuttle bus from JR Gotenba Station / 5 minutes by shuttle bus from JR Iwanami Station
Period: November 12, 2010 - March 6, 2011

Hiroshima Dreamination

Hiroshima-city is filled with holiday lights, which image fairy tales. The main area is the Heiwa Odori street.
Place: Naka-ku, Hiroshima City
Access: Hiroshima Streetcar Hachobori Stop
Period: Nov. 11, 2010 - Jan. 3, 2011

Nabana-no-Sato Winter Illumination

Nabana-no-Sato is a large flower garden located near Nagashima Spaland in Kuwana-city, Mie. Its annual, large-scale winter illuminations bring many visitor to the garden.
Location: Komae Nagashima-cho Kuwana-city, Mie
Access: Takes 10 minutes by Mie Kotsu bus from JR or Kintetsu Kuwana Station to Nabana-no-Sato stop.
Period: Nov. 5, 2010 - March 13, 2011

Kobe Canal Garden Fantastic Winter 2010

Canal Garden is an entertainment complex in Kobe Harborland. The main attraction here is a 21.5m high Christmas tree.
Place: Chuo-ku, Kobe-city
Access: 5 minute walk from JR Kobe Station or Subway Harborland Station
Peiod: October 31, 2010 -

Osaka Hikari Renaissance 2010

The Nakanoshima area in Osaka is surrounded by rivers, and there are lots of cultural facilities, such as Osaka City Hall, Osaka Nakanoshima Library, museumns, and more. Those buildings are beautifully illuminated at night.
Place: Kita-ku, Osaka City
Access: Keihandendetsu Train Yodoyabashi Station
Period: December 11-25, 2010 / Time: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Nagoya JR Central Towers Lights Promenade 2010

JR Central Towers are located on top of the Nagoya Station. Inside and outside of JR Central Towers are filled with beautiful Christmas lights.
Place: Nagoya-city, Aichi
Access: JR Nagoya Station
Period: November 12, 2010 - January 6, 2011

Queen's Square Yokohama Christmas

The main attraction here is a large Christmas tree called "the singing tree". Music shows which illuminations on the Christmas tree change with music are held in the evening.
Place: Nishi-ku Yokohama-city, Kanagawa
Access: Minato Mirai Line Minato Mirai Station
Period: November 16 - December 25, 2010

Saitama Shintoshin Keyaki Hiroba Brilliant Fantasy

More than 100,000 lights decorates the Keyaki trees in the Saitama Shintoshin Keyaki Hiroba.
Place: Chuo-ku Saitama-city
Access: JR Saitama Shintoshin Station
Period: October 30, 2010 - February 14, 2011 / 5 p.m. - midnight

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