Winter Illumination in Nagoya

As winter arrives and the streets of Nagoya come alive with excitement, the city transforms into a stunning display of light and color. Unlike the Western tradition of decorating homes, Nagoya celebrates the magic of the holiday season with grand public illuminations. These breathtaking light displays symbolize warmth, community, and the spirit of the season. From the sprawling, radiant gardens of Nabana no Sato to the dazzling displays at Nagoya Port Sea Train Land, each location offers a unique blend of light, art, and atmosphere.

Whether you’re planning a romantic evening, a family outing, or simply enjoying the splendor of these magnificent lights, our guide will take you through the best Nagoya has to offer this holiday season. Let’s embark on this luminous adventure and discover why Nagoya’s illumination events are a must-see in Japan’s winter calendar.

Nabana no Sato

Located just a short journey from central Nagoya, Nabana no Sato transforms into a luminous wonderland with millions of lights. This flower park has become one of Japan’s largest illumination events, offering a romantic setting for a stroll through its dazzling landscapes.

Dates: October 22, 2023, to June 2, 2024

Nabana no Sato Website

Where: Nagashimachokomae-Urusibata 270, Kuwana, Mie (Map)

Hisayaodori Park Flarie

Nestled between Sakae and Osu, this park is known for its festive atmosphere. Featuring a beautifully lit Christmas tree and enchanting lights throughout the garden, it is a hub of holiday spirit and often hosts Christmas concerts.

  • 2023 Dates: Yet to be announced
  • Where: 4 Chome-4-1 Osu, Naka Ward (Map)

Kiso-Sansen & 138 Tower Park, Ichinomiya

The park becomes a canvas for themes of connectivity and the future, where lights represent concepts like bonds, peace, nature, and life, making it a thought-provoking and visually stunning destination.

Dates: November 11 to December 25, 2023, and January 2 and January 3, 2024

Kiso-Sansen Park Website

Where: 255-3 Kaizucho Aburajima, Kaizu, Gifu (Map)

Nagoya Port Sea Train Land

This amusement park is aglow with over 50,000 festive lights. It’s an ideal spot for family fun or a romantic evening, complete with attractions like a towering Ferris wheel and a classic carousel.

Dates: Early December 2023 to late February 2024

Where: Minato Ward, Nishikuracho, 1−51 (Map)

Higashiyama Sky Tower

Offering panoramic views of the illuminated city, the Sky Tower itself becomes a spectacle, lit up like a massive Christmas tree. Visitors can expect mesmerizing views and special holiday events.

Website: Higashiyama Sky Tower (Japanese)

Where: Kameiri-1-8 Tashirocho, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya (Map)

Nagoya Station

The Meieki area in Nagoya lights up with festive cheer. The Great Nagoya Building, with its theme of White Gold, becomes a dazzling display of LED lights, offering a sparkling experience that evolves with each passing hour.

Great Nagoya Building Website

Nagoya TV Tower

A landmark of Nagoya, the TV Tower in previous years, has featured projection mapping and themes that highlight the beauty of Aichi’s flowers, turning the tower into a stunning visual celebration of the season.

Nagoya TV Tower Website

Where: 3-6-15 Nishiki, Naka-Ku (map)

Other Links:

Illumination Guide Aichi