Asaka terrace illumination

Information for the annual Asaka Winter Light Terrace illumination.

Asaka 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. They haven’t released the amount of lights they are using this year, but last year they used 181,000 bulbs, which was their largest to date. In fact, it was six times larger than in 2021! There are several different displays to enjoy.

This year’s theme is ‘Magical Trip with Popotan’. Popotan is a character of Asaka City. Popotan is hiding in five different places where there is illumination. Participate in the Magical Trip with Popotan Illumination rally by scanning the QR code of each of the Popotan characters you find. There are prizes for 20 participants who complete the quiz. Winners will be chosen by lottery. The rally is on throughout the period of the illumination which is nightly from Friday December 8th 2023 to Friday January 26th 2024. See the locations of the illumination here.

Normally, during the period of the illumination there are also kitchen cars on occasion (not daily) by the playground / sports hall in Asaka park. They have confirmed they will be there for the switch on event on December 8th…

Switch on event

The switch on event is on Friday December 8th from 4 pm to 9 pm. Food trucks will be on site from 4 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 after which they will start the outdoor cinema. Furthermore, there is a market on the day from 4 pm to 9 pm. The market and opening ceremony are around the Symbol Road Central Square and Asaka park. Route 8 will be pedestrianized for the occasion.

Here are nineteen 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 8th 2023 to Friday January 26th 2024

Hours: 4.30 pm to 9 pm

Cost: there is no admission fee

Venue: the main area is the Symbol Road, by Asaka Central Park. 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.

Official event page.

The information was up to date and accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time of republishing – November 20th 2023. 

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