Winter Illuminations in Hiroshima

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.

 

Hiroshima Dreamination, Hiroshima city

dreamination

1.4 million LEDs light up Hiroshima’s city center in an attempt to create a winter fairyland of peace with a mind-boggling backstory. The main displays line Peace Boulevard and the atmosphere is quite festive. Kids giggle as they run among the sparkly creations and couples canoodle. More restrained lighting along the river next to Peace Memorial Park is very pleasant and the giant Christmas Tree in front of the Pacela shopping center is a good place for seasonal selfies.
Peace Boulevard and surrounding streets 11/16-1/9 17:30-22:30
http://www.dreamination.com/

 

Flower and Light Pageant, Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens Winter Illuminations

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.

11/26, 11/27, 12/3, 12/4, 12/11, 12/11, 12/17, 12/18, 12/23, 12/24, 12/25
16:30-21:00 (Final admission 20:30)

Free shuttle bus from JR Hatsukaichi Station (North Exit)

Leaves JR Itsukaichi Station 15:30 16:10 16:50 17:30 18:55 19:35
Leaves Botanical Gardens 15:50 16:30 17:10 18:35 19:15 20:45 21:20

 

Winter Illuminations, Bihoku Hillside Park, Shobara

Bihoku Winter Illuinations


This expansive park in Shobara
is a favorite destination for dating couples looking for a romantic setting and families after some holiday magic. Deep in the countryside, the lights really pop. The 17:30 switch on is pretty cool and the Japanese village area is surprisingly tasteful. Fireworks every Saturday.

11/15-1/12 17:30-21:00 (Final admission 20:00) Closed 12/31, 1/1, 1/5

Access: 5-10 minutes from Shobara IC on the Chugoku Expressway

 

Illumination Road, Kure

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 2-January 3 17:00-23:00

 

Miroku-no-sato “Music Illumination”, Fukuyama

Amusement Park Under The Stars - Miroku-no-sato

Miroku-no-sato amusement park in Fukuyama goes all out with the illuminations. 800,000 bulbs light up the 50m ferris wheel and many many displays. Fireworks on 12/23 & 12/24.

November 7 – 11/28, 2016 (Sat, Sun and Holidays), December 1 – January 9 everyday except New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
17:00-21:00
Night admission (from 16:30): Adults ¥800, Children ¥500

Access: 30 minutes by bus from JR  Fukuyama Station
http://www.miroku-hoshizora.jp/

 

Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of GetHiroshima.com and loves running in the mountains.

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