Large scale illuminations have become a new winter tradition in Japan. Held all over the country, they certainly brighten up the long dark nights. Here are the Hiroshima area’s most popular illuminations.
Note: Dates are for 2015/16 season, but will give you a good idea of the dates for 2016/17.
Hiroshima Dreamination, Hiroshima city
Peace Boulevard and surrounding streets 11/17-1/3 17:30-22:30
Flower and Light Pageant, Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens
The illuminations at the Botanical Gardens combine the low light pollution of the countryside with reasonably easy access and is the most Christmasy of the local illuminations. Free shuttle bus from
11/29 & 30, 12/6 & 7, 12/13 & 14, 12/20 & 21, 12/23 16:30-21:00 (Final admission 20:30)
Winter Illuminations, Bihoku Hillside Park, Shobara
Illumination Road, Kure
Nautical (and military) themed installations dominate the in this port town’s illuminations which feature 150,000 LEDs. It wouldn’t be Kure if there wasn’t a somethingth scale model of the famous battleship Yamato and there is indeed a glowing 13 meter long representation.
December 5-January 3 17:00-23:00
Amusement Park under the Stars, Fukuyama
November 8 – 30, 2014 (Sat, Sun and Holidays), December 1 – January 6 everyday, except New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, January 10 – 12 17:00-21:00