Not even 2 hours away from Tokyo by train you can watch Japan’s No.1 Illumination Show at Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture. 3,5 million warm and sparkling lights will surround you at this spectacular event during the cold days. Enjoy different carefully prepared themes to walk through. This event is divided into three main events:
1. “Collaboration of lights and flowers” (October 22nd – middle of November);
2. “Flower Parks’ Christmas” (end of November – end of December),
3. “New Year Illumination” (beginning of 2017 – February 5th).
We visited the park in the middle of November and had the chance to see the first event of the season as well as some Christmas elements.
First you will enter a big hall full of flowers and decorations that you can purchase. The flowers and decorations match the current season so during winter you can see hundreds of red shining poinsettias, cute Christmas decorations and many more.
After entering the actual park, you will see booths selling delicious hot amazake (a traditional sweet, non-alcohol drink made from fermented rice). Warm up yourself before exploring the park. Aside from that, several food stands as well as a restaurant with a nice garden view provide local specialties.
Enjoy the compilation of pictures of the most beautiful spots
Wisteria trees are decorated with thousands of LED lights to enjoy these beautiful flowers even during winter.
Red roses and water lilies out of LED lights offer beautiful picture spots.
Take a stroll through the lavender garden with its LED wisteria flowers.
Flowers placed inside big lanterns out of glass on the pond.
A Christmas tree made from LED lights, as well as more water lilies.
The rose garden features hundreds of color-changing LED roses.
A huge wall with changing themed illuminations, all related to winter and Christmas.
If you liked the pictures, don´t hesitate and plan your next trip to the Ashikaga Flower Park!
Hours: 3:30pm – 9pm (weekends & national holidays until 9:30pm) [closed on December 31st]
Admission: 800yen (adults); 400yen (children)
Address: 607 Hasama-cho, Ashikaga-shi, 329-4216 Tochigi
Access: 13min walk from Tomita Station (JR Ryomo Line) [Take the JR Utsunomiya Line from Ueno Station into Koganei direction and get off at Oyama Station (1h15min; 1,317yen). Change the train and get on the JR Ryomo Line into Takasaki direction until Tomita Station (32min; 583yen).