Every year, Shinrin park in Namegawa Town, Saitama, offer night illumination in the central gate area of the park.
This year, 2015, Saturday 24th saw the start of this year’s night illumination , called “The Story of the Forest and Lights“. From the 24th to the 31st there is a special Halloween treat, with ghosts and pumpkins displayed in the trees on the walk to the Botanical Garden centre. If you arrive in a really good costume, they will gift you original goods. There is a stamp rally for kids. The Botanical Garden Centre is where the main illumination can be enjoyed. The hours for this week are 5pm to 8.30pm. The rest of the park closes as normal, so you have to make your way down to the central area before 5pm. All of the car parks except for the one directly beside the central gate close at their usual time, please take this into consideration when parking. If you do park at another gate, you must get a “re-entry ticket” 再入園券 as you are leaving so that you won’t be charged for parking again.
After Halloeen, the focus is on “Kouyou” 紅葉, the changing of the Autumn leaves colour. The extended hours of Shinrin Park central gate for the month of November are 4.30pm to 8.30pm. However, you can not enter the park after 8pm. The Starlight Christmas display starts from December 12th and ends on the 2. The hours for that period are 4pm to 8pm.
Shinrin Park is a national government park. You can find up-to-date information in English about their hours and charges on their english webpage: http://www.shinrinkoen.jp/english/
Phone number: 0493-57-2111
Address: 1920 Yamada, Namegawa Town, Hiki District, Saitama
BONUS INFORMATION: Shinrin park is free in on November 1st. 🙂
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Source: イベント情報 | 国営武蔵丘陵森林公園