Fukuoka, Kyushu's foremost city for tourism, becomes even more beautiful in the winter thanks to the illuminations. The illuminations become new sightseeing spots. Here are 5 recommended illuminations to check out if you're visiting Fukuoka in the winter.
1. Kego Park
This park is in the center of Fukuoka's biggest business district, Tenjin, and it decorates the neighborhood as Tenjin Hikari Square in the winter. In 2015, the illumination was a 3D object with a diameter of 25m so you could look up at the light from the foot of it, and it became a hot topic. You can go up the nearby buildings like Solaria Plaza and Resola Tenjin, so you can enjoy it as a new style of illumination. There's also the Illumination Train (300 yen for 1 ride) that runs through the park that's popular with children, and it's enjoyable as a moving illumination.
Will be held from mid-November 2016 to mid-January 2017
2. Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
This park, which juts out into the ocean west of Fukuoka, offers a unique event called Uminaka Christmas Candle Night. Over a period of 3 days, art created by 10,000 candles is exhibited. It's a warm, gentle light that's different from that given off by electric light bulbs. The design is picked from an open application, and which art was chosen isn't known until it's unveiled on the day of. You can enjoy a magical Christmas here thanks to the various events making use of their location, including 300 fireworks lighting up the night sky and a 3D illumination called the Animals' Christmas.
Will be held from December 23rd (Friday) to December 25th (Sunday), 2016
3. Around Tenjin
In winter, the Tenjin district becomes romantic thanks to more than 1,000,000 lights. It's not just Kego Park, but also the areas around Tenjin Station, Watanabe-dori, Kirameki-dori, and Tenjin-Nishi-dori all become lined with illuminated trees. The streets glimmer with the specially made champagne gold lights. In the Fureai Plaza west of the city hall, from early December to Christmas Day, there's a Christmas market that will make you feel like you're in Europe. The hutte (wooden stalls) are lined up in rows, and you can enjoy a genuine European Christmas complete with live music and performances.
Will be held from mid-November, 2016, to mid-January, 2017
4. Canal City Hakata
This multipurpose facility in Hakata has a canal running through it. It's usually a beautifully illuminated spot with the lights reflecting in the water, but during Christmastime, it's especially gorgeous. There are many ways to enjoy this event, including a commemorative photo with Santa Claus, a water fountain that creates a show with music, and more.
Will be held from November 19th (Saturday), 2016 to January 15th (Sunday), 2017
*Photo is from last year’s event.
5. Around Kokura Station
Kokura Illumination, in the Kokura area of Kita-Kyushu, links 16 places from JR Kokura Station to the Murasaki River. It's been a yearly event since 2001, and there are many ways to enjoy it. There's not just the illuminations that seem like a waterfall on a flood plain along the river, there's also a touch panel that displays World Heritage sites and famous places, an illumination in a satellite venue in the image of the World Heritage sites by the Murasaki River, and a video tunnel projecting a World Heritage site at Ogaibashi. There are many photo spots such as the star gate at JR Kokura Station, as well as an illumination train called Kirapoppo that is very popular with children.
Will be held from November 4th (Friday), 2016 to January 9th (Monday), 2017
Some of the illuminations decorating the center of Fukuoka at night have different functions, such as connecting to a smartphone, so they continue to evolve. Please add one of these events to your itinerary.
*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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