Information for the annual Asaka Winter Light Terrace illumination.
The “Asaka Winter Light Terrace” is centered around “Symbol Road” by Asaka Central Park and near Asaka City Library. In addition, there is also illumination at Asaka and Kita Asaka stations. This year they are using 181,000 bulbs, more than six times what they used last year! There are several different displays to enjoy throughout the period of the illumination and some additional Christmas ones in the lead up to Christmas.
Last year as the city was celebrating 55 years, so they had a “throbbing” theme with 55 hearts in the illumination. But they also have a 55 year anniversary piece this year. There are bamboo objects that can be played with sounds like musical instruments were installed by the gardener. The length is 55m to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the municipality! Because last year was the main year of the anniversary was on until Valentine’s Day, but in 2023 the illumination ends on Tuesday January 31st. In 2023, the theme is “Winter Party”.
Normally, during the period of the illumination there are also kitchen cars on occasion (not daily) by the playground / sports hall in Asaka park. But there will definitely be kitchen cars and other events for the switch on event…
Switch on event
The switch on event is on Friday December 16th from 5 pm to 9 pm. The switch on ceremony opens with a musical performance at 5 pm. The countdown starts at 5.30 pm. From 6.30 pm the army band will play Christmas music. Furthermore, there is a Christmas Market on the day from 4 pm to 9 pm. In addition there are kitchen cars (Food trucks) and even a Sauna Car!! The market and opening ceremony are around the Symbol Road Central Square. Route 8 will be pedestrianized for the occasion.
Here are ten other places you can see illumination in Saitama Prefecture.
Event: Asaka Winter Light Terrace illumination あさか冬のあかりテラスイルミネーション
Dates: Friday December 16th 2022 to Tuesday January 31st 2022
Hours: 4.30 pm to 9 pm
Venue: the main area is the Symbol Road, by Asaka Central Park (photo below). But there is also some illumination by Asaka and Kita Asaka Stations.
The Asaka Central Park is a soccer stadium and athletic park with a large sports gym and hall. It is located beside the Asaka City Library. They are all located an approximate 20 minute walk from Tobu Tojo Line Asaka Station, where there is also illumination. There is limited parking at the car park. The city request that where possible you come by public transport.
The information was up to date and accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time of republishing – December 14th 2022.