Introduction
Three Major Illumination Spots of the Kanto Region
1. Shonan no Hoseki (Enoshima, Kanagawa)
2. Ashikaga Flower Park (Ashikaga, Tochigi)
3. Sagamiko Illumillion (Sagamihara, Kanagawa)
Conclusion

Winter lights, or “illuminations”, as called in Japan, are must-sees during the wintertime. Hundreds and thousands (and even millions sometimes!) of lights are placed throughout parks, gardens and more.
These “illumination spots” are staple wintertime date spots, and are sure to set the mood for a romantic, dreamy evening.
In particular, these three illumination spots in the Kanto region – Shonan no Hoseki in Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Toshigi and Sagamiko Illumillion in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, are known to be the Three Major Illumination Spots of the Kanto region.
In this article, we will introduce each of the Three Major Illumination Spots of the Kanto region.

Three Major Illumination Spots of the Kanto Region

The Three Major Illumination Spots of the Kanto Region are chosen annually, and the tradition began in 2012.

Every year, yakei (night view) professionals choose three illumination spots to represent the year. The three locations of 2018 were chosen by 5,542 yakei professionals.

Shonan no Hoseki, Ashikaga Flower Park and Sagamiko Illumillion were chosen for the 2018/2019-winter season.

1. Shonan no Hoseki (Enoshima, Kanagawa)


Shonan no Hoseki Illumination

The Shonan no Hoseki Illumination was chosen for the 2012 Top Three as well.

This event takes place on Enoshima, and island just off of the shore of Kanagawa’s Shonan coast. The event centers around the Enoshima Sea Candle, a lighthouse that is known as a prominent symbol of the island.


View from Enoshima Sea Candle

Enoshima Sea Candle is open even during the event. From the lighthouse is a beautiful view of the illuminated island.


Blue tunnel

At the Samuel Cocking Garden, which is the main venue, there is a blue tunnel with an entrance made of 70,000 Swarovski crystal beads.

The yacht harbor on Enoshima, too, is lit up. The night views on Enoshima during the winter season are absolutely breathtaking.

Tulip Garden Light-up


Winter tulips

You can also find a massive tulip garden in the Samuel Cocking Garden. Over 20,000 tulips blossom throughout the garden grounds. Enoshima’s mild winter climate allows for tulips to bloom even during the winter season.

After sunset, the tulip garden gets lit up as well.

Information

Event period: Nov. 23, 2019 (Sat.) to Feb. 16, 2020 (Sun.)
Event hours: 5:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. (last entry at 7:30p.m.)
*until 9:00p.m. (last entry at 8:30p.m.) on weekends, public holidays and Dec. 23, 2019 (Mon.) to Dec. 30, 2019 (Mon.)

Light-up starting time: Nov. 23, 2019 (Sat.) to Jan. 13, 2020 (Mon.) : 5:00p.m.~
Jan. 14, 2020 (Tue.) to Feb. 16, 2020 (Sun.) : 5:30p.m.~

Enoshima Sea Candle entrance fee: ¥500 for adults; ¥250 for children

Sights to see in the Enoshima area during the day

Category: Beauty / health

Enoshima Sea Candle

2-3-28 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa
0466-23-2444
Category: Shrine / temple

Enoshima Shrine

2-3-8 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa
0466-22-4020 (8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.)

2. Ashikaga Flower Park (Ashikaga, Tochigi)


Ashikaga Flower Park Illumination

For four years in a row (2016 – 2019), the winter lights at Ashikaga Flower Park have been voted number one in the Kanto region. Over 4,500,000 lights are used for the park’s illumination event.


Illuminated Pyramid

Two new themes, Rainbow Magic and Illumination Pyramid/Underwater Lights, have been added to the 2018 event.

Ashikaga Flower Park’s Detailed Lights


Water lily made from lights

The production of the lights is done by those at the park who maintain the flowers and tree, to make sure the flowers and trees are accurately expressed.


Wisteria light-up

The wisteria light-up is a popular attraction during the event. These wisterias are actually entirely made of lights!

Information

Event period: Nov. 2, 2019 (Sat.) to Feb. 6, 2020 (Thu.)
Light-up hours: 4:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.; until 9:30p.m. on weekends and public holidays
Park entrance fee: ¥1,000 for adults; ¥500 for children

Sights to see in the Ashikaga area during the day

Category: Parks / gardens

Ashikaga Flower Park

607 Hasama-cho, Ashikaga-shi, Tochigi
0284-91-4939
Category: Educational tour

Ashikaga Gakko

2338 Shohei-cho, Ashikaga-shi, Tochigi
0284-41-2655
Category: Theme park

Kurita Museum

1542 Komaba-cho, Ashikaga-shi, Tochigi
 0284-91-1026

3. Sagamiko Illumillion (Sagamihara, Kanagawa)


Cherry blossom light-up

Winter light-up using 6 MILLION lights!

The Sagamiko Illumillion light-up uses 6 million lights, which is the most number of lights used in all of the Kanto region’s illuminations. The displays of Sagamiko Illumillion are interactive and fun.


Rainbow lift

The rainbow lift goes up a hill made of rainbow lights. Other fun illumination activities include a mini rollercoaster and some lights that react to music.


Photo spot!

Throughout the park, there are several spots that are perfect for photos.

See the rest of Pleasure Forest in the day!


Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest

The Sagamiko Illumillion event takes place in Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest, a site equipped with an amusement park, camping ground and more. With a free pass, you can enjoy the park and its rides during the day along with the illumination event at night.

Information

Event period: Nov. 2, 2019 (Sat.) to Apr. 5, 2020 (Sun.)
*Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays between Jan. 8, 2020 (Wed.) and Mar. 12, 2020 (Thu.)
Opening hours: 4:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. (last entry at 8:30p.m.)
*Until 9:30p.m. on weekends and public holidays between Nov. 2, 2019 (Sat.) and Jan. 13, 2020 (Thu.) and Dec. 21, 2019 (Sat.) to Jan. 5, 2019 (Sun.)

Entry fee: ¥1,000 for adults, ¥700 for children (elementary school students and below)

Sights to see in the Sagamihara area during the day

Category: Theme park

Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest

1634 Wakayanagi, Midori-ku, Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa
0570-037-353
Category: Parks / gardens

Sagamihara Asamizo Park

2317-1 Asamizodai, Minami-ku, Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa
042-777-3451 (Park)
042-778-3900 (Park petting zoo)
Category: Educational tour

Miyagase Dam

2145-50 Minamiyama, Aoyama, Midori-ku, Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa
046-281-5172

Hattori Farm

6087 Hanbara, Aikawa-machi, Aiko-gun, Kanagawa
046-281-0917 

Enjoy the winter lights in warm clothes!

Keep in mind you will be outside for a few hours when going illumination seeing. Don’t forget to dress warmly in layers when going to see these winter lights!