In winter, Osaka is illuminated by beautiful light displays everywhere. The light displays are huge throughout this city and you can enjoy the splendor which can only be found here. These are 5 places to go to view winter lights in Osaka with your loved ones.
The Kaiyukan Winter Illumination is famous for producing light displays like no other that take advantage of the fact that it is an aquarium. They have events like the lighting ceremony where sea creatures make an appearance, as well as the penguin parade! You can have a fun and special time surrounded by animals made of lights, including the light display of two giant whale sharks on the exterior wall. Many winter attractions will be held such as the interactive steps which change its color when you walk on them, and you will surely be in the Christmas mood!
Duration: November 22 (Tue), 2016 to March 5 (Sun), 2017
2. Shin Umeda City Wonder Square
You can experience traditional German Christmas at this event held at Shin Umeda City Wonder Square. At night, approximately 200,000 lights shine and there will appear a Christmas market brought from Germany, held around the gigantic 27m tall tree. "Hütte" (wooden huts) are lined up and the decoration of the garlands and the winter light display are made of warm, nostalgic lights. A merry-go-round manufactured more than 115 years ago will make an appearance, sprinkling gorgeous lights around the square.
Duration: November 18 (Fri), 2016 to December 25 (Sun), 2016
Midosuji is an avenue which runs north and south through Osaka. It gets decorated with light displays of 8 different colors, changing the color approximately every 4km from Umeda to Namba based on the neighborhood, and show the characteristics of each area from Kita and Semba to Minami using these colors. They decorate the avenue with light displays to make the ginkgo trees by the street into pillars of light while the ginkgo trees on the inner sidewalk represent stardust. Since the buildings, temples, and shrines on the avenue will be illuminated as well, you can enjoy walking the city while viewing the light displays.
Duration: November 20 (Sun), 2016 to January 9 (Mon, Holiday), 2017
4. Osaka Hikari-Renaissance
In this program, there will be three light festivals in three different places. The first one is the "Wall Tapestry," using the exterior wall of the Nakanoshima Library, an important cultural property. The lights, the image, and the music become a unit to present paintings drawn by the illuminations that you can enjoy. The second one is the "Nakanoshima Smile Art Project" held in Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden, in which visitors can decorate "the fruits of light," LED lights put in a paper bag that they can write messages or draw pictures on, which are then hung from the trees. The third one is projection mapping held in the Osaka City Central Public Hall, in which works by students will be presented using a collaboration between art and technology.
Duration: December 14 (Wed), 2016 to December 25 (Sun), 2016
5. Hirakata Park
This amusement park is located in Hirakata-shi, Osaka. The park will turn into an amusement park of lights colored with approximately 150,000 LED light bulbs. There are many light displays unique to an amusement park, such as shining attractions. There are seven areas, such as the gold garden that is made to look like golden grasslands of light, or the crystal garden made to look like crystals. A new area will open this year, as well. The attractions will be available at night, so you can enjoy the light displays from the Ferris wheel or the wooden roller coaster.
Duration: November 11 (Fri), 2016 to February 26 (Sun), 2017
Winter illuminations are one of the pleasures of winter in Japan. Each place has a unique illumination so you might have a hard time choosing which one to go to. Adding the lights to your Osaka trip will surely add extra charm to your travels.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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