The annual Halloween night illumination at Shinrin Park will be switched on the night of October 8th. For this event, they are inviting children to come in fancy dress. Light up starts at 5 pm near the Central Gate. Parking is free at night after 5 pm during the illumination period.
**THIS EVENT WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IF IT IS RAINING**
More information on Night Illumination at Shinrin Park:
Recently, we paid our annual summer visit to the Tokinosumika resort, also known as Gotemba Kogen, in Shizuoka. This visit we split our stay between the Blueberry Lodges and the Hotel Tokinosumika, just two of the accommodation choices available at this activity and attraction packed resort. This year, as always, the night illumination was stunning and the fountain show, which originated in Tokinosumika, was as breathtaking as ever.
This year the central walkway that links the Blueberry Lodges to the village area, have the lights done like the Milky Way. Among the lights are windchimes and tanabata wishes written on prayer plaques.
Tokinosumika was the first place in the world to create a fountain performance using light and projection mapping, set to music. The show is held 3 times a night at weekends, twice on weekdays, beside the Bell of Love at the Big Bang Playground. This year the show started out like fireworks. At one point the water shoots 70 metres into the air.
There are night illumination displays in many other areas of the resort. My favourite view, which unfortunately I didn’t capture very well on my camera with my 1 year old vying for my attention, was the view of the Blueberry Lodges set behind the merry-go-round:
You won’t read much about Tokinosumika in guide books in Japanese or English, as they have such a regular custom from loyal customers they have little need for print advertisement. Most of their custom comes from word of mouth.
It used to be that you would have to travel into Tokyo to get some night light action, but nowadays even the smallest of prefectures have some winter illumination for all to enjoy. The displays run for up to 4 months and are really quite spectacular. It has been a great way to encourage people to get out and about even during the coldest months. It also lifts people’s spirits and instils a little bit of light, warmth and magic throughout the dark cold months.
In Saitama where we live, we are spoilt for choice this year. I have already featured some of the winter illumination currently running. This week I will show some of the other ones scheduled to start, such as this one in Cocoon City. Cocoon City is unsual too, in that they have a switch on event, which is one thing that is lacking in some of the winter illumination in other parts of Saitama. This year Cocoon City’s illumination is scheduled to be switched on by the popular actor and model Mokomichi Hayami (pictured below), on November 7th at 5pm. The 3,000,000 lights turn on will be conducted in Cocoon 2 at the Cocoon Hiroba. The illumination will then run daily from 5pm to 11pm until February 14th.
Katakura have used imaging to show how the “Let’s celebrate Cocoon City” Illumination will look like this year.
Cocoon 1, Cocoon Plaza
Cocoon 2, Cocoon Hiroba
Cocoon 3, Keyaki Walk, In front of Parkside Building and Hanamizuki Walk
I hope to make it around all the winter illumination in Saitama this year. I have already spent a magical night in Shinrin Park with the kids. More on that later this week. Do you have winter / night illumination in your part of the world? Please do share in the comments.
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 Halloween, 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 27th. 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. 🙂