kodai-ji summer

Kodai-ji Temple Special Night Visit in Summer

When: August 1, 2018 – August 18, 2018 all-day
Where: Kodai-ji Temple

Kodai-ji Temple offers you a special night visit in summer. Its magnificent temple buildings,the refined Japanese garden and bamboo grove are illuminated. Visitors can also enjoy the projection mapping shows with combination of historical scenery and technology. Lit Up : 17:00 to 21:30 Admission : 600 yen Location : Kodai-ji Temple

fujinomori festival

Fujinomori Matsuri / Kyoto

When: May 1, 2018 – May 5, 2018 all-day
Where: Fujinomori Shrine

Fujinomori Matsuri Festival, 「藤森祭」 is held at Fujinomori Shrine every year from MAY 1 to MAY 5. During the festival, there are many food stalls in the precincts, and portable shrines are carried around the shrine. There are also Japanese drum performances, and a samurai parade. The highlight of this festival is “kakeuma-shinji”, acrobatic horse-riding…

koriyama castle

Oshiro Matsuri Festivals/ Nara

When: March 25, 2018 – April 8, 2018 all-day
Where: Koriyama Castle

Koriyama Castle’s ruins are famous for cherry blossom viewing spot.  Oshiro Matsuri festival held during the season attracts visitors with cherry blossoms, and various events including the goldfish exhibition. Weeping cherry hanging down along the moat is very beautiful. They are lit up with lanterns at night making a magical atmosphere.     Lit-up :…


Byodo-in Temple Special Night Visit/ Kyoto-Uji

When: April 5, 2018 – April 9, 2018 all-day
Where: Byodo-in Temple

Byodo-in Temple in Uji, The Phoenix Hall, well known as its feature on the 10 yen coin and the beautiful garden will be lit up to create fantastic atmosphere with cherry blossoms and the image reflected in the pond. Hours : 18:30 to 21:00 Admission : 600 yen Location : Byodo-in Temple

Winter Illumination at Umekoji Park/ Kyoto

When: February 2, 2018 – February 14, 2018 all-day
Where: Umekoji Park

Kyoto Starlight Accessories Illumination, About 30,000 LED are lit at Umekoji Park during the winter. The stream and the promenade will be colored with dazzling stardust accessories, and the paths to the illumination areas are gently lit up with about 300 paper-framed lamps. Hours : 17:30 to 21:00 Admission : Free Umekoji Park

kitano tenmangu

Kitano Tenman-gu Plum garden/ Kyoto

When: January 23, 2018 – March 18, 2018 all-day
Where: Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

Kitano-Tenman-gu Shrine grounds offer you to 50 kinds of 2000 plum tree blossoms. You can enjoy walking through the plum grove paths inside the plum garden and have some tea on the stools while admiring the blossoms. They look beautiful when they are in full bloom and the Plum’s sweet smell comes from the colorful…

Kobe christmas tree

The world tallest christmas tree in Kobe

When: December 2, 2017 – December 26, 2017 all-day
Where: Meriken Park

The 30-meter high Christmas tree is now placed at the port of Kobe as a symbol of the 150th anniversary of its port opening to trade with foreign nations This 24-ton, 150 years old, thujopsis tree,placed at the port’s Meriken Park, which is taller than the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York. During the…

chion-in bell

“Joya-no-kane” bell rings at Chion-in

When: December 31, 2018 @ 20:00 – 23:30
Where: Chion-in Temple

At Chion-in Temple, 17 monks work together to ring a massive, three-meter tall, about 70 tons great temple bell at 108 times on December 31st. This traditional ceremony has existed in Japan since ancient times. Visitors come to have a look at the powerful bell ringers and be purified for the new year. Entry : 20:00…

midosuji illumination

Midosuji Illumination/ Osaka Festival of Lights

When: November 4, 2018 – December 31, 2018 all-day
Where: Midosuji street

Osaka Festival of Lights 2017 – Midosuji Illumination 2017 Osaka’s symbolic street “Midosuji” is illuminated in colorful lights which covers a total length of about 4 km from Yodoyabashi to Namba. This is a part of the Festival of the lights in Osaka and various programs will be held during the festival. Illuminated boat cruises,…

tenjyuan illumination

Tenjuan Garden autumn illumination/ Kyoto

When: November 15, 2018 – November 30, 2018 all-day
Where: Tenjyuan Temple

Tenjuan Temple’s beautiful gardens are lit up for the special night visit. Brilliant autumn colours and beautiful gardens create the fantastic scenery in the night. Lit up : 17:30 to 20:45 Admission : 600 yen Location : Tenjyuan Temple

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Shogunzuka Seiryuden Autumn color Lit up/ Kyoto

When: October 26, 2018 – December 2, 2018 all-day
Where: Shogunzuka

The Shogunzuka mound, located on a top of Mt. Higashiyama, its 2 observatories offer you a spectacular night view of the entire city of Kyoto below with the red leaves lit up. Lit-up : 17:00 to 21:30 Admission : 500 yen Location : Shogunzuka Seiryuden