The very first night illumination I went to in Saitama was at the Keyaki Hiroba in Saitama Shintoshin. At the time it was one of only a handful of places that had a large scale night illumination display in Saitama. I had moved from Mito City in Ibaraki which lit up the train station each year, but Keyaki had a completely different feel and I was quite awed by it. It felt quite Christmassy for the first time in all my years in Japan.
Saitama Shintoshin Illumination
Every year Keyaki Hiroba at Saitama Shintoshin has winter illumination. The theme and name of the illumination changes each year. But for the last few years Keyaki Hiroba’s winter illumination has remained one of the most popular in Saitama. About 150 trees are decorated in blue, white and champagne gold lights. They use about half a million lights and set the display to music.
Each year they also have a switch on event with special guests and live performances.
You can find up-to-date information annually on Saitama With Kids Event Calendar:
There are a number of other events running in conjunction with this event. For example, the Keyaki Hiroba Christmas Market that starts annually from November 25th. Also, there will be Christmas concerts on the 16th and 17th of December. You can also enjoy Christmas concerts on the 3 main days of Christmas in Japan: December 23rd to 25th.
Winter Illumination at Keyaki Hiroba Access
Place: The area of keyabi hiroba which is between Saitama Shintoshin and Saitama super arena
Hours: 5 pm to midnightPrice: Free
Parking: 400 yen for the 1st hour, 200 yen for each subsequent half hour. If you spend over 2,000 yen you get 2 hours free.
Address: 2-27 Kamiochiai, Chuo Ward, Saitama City 338-001
Access: 2 minute walk from JR Saitama shintoshin Station, about a 7 minute walk from JR Kitayono Station
Blue Light Symphony display in 2013 From the official website