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Keyaki Hiroba Illumination Shining Flyway, the Blue Forest

November 7 @ 17:00 February 14 @ 23:55

Keyaki Hiroba Illumination 2017

Keyaki Hiroba Illumination – Saitama Shintoshin’s Keyaki Hiroba’s annual winter illumination will start on November 7th 2020 and will run until Valentine’s Day 2020.

Opening night ceremony

opening night of the Keyaki hiroba night illumination
Image from the official Saitama Shintoshin website (linked in article)

The lighting ceremony will go ahead as normal on the first night of the illumination, this year November 7th. On this night only the illumination starts at 6 pm, every other night after that it starts at 5 pm. 1966 Quartet and a local high school will perform for the opening ceremony.

Keyaki illumination 2020 – 2021

Keyaki hiroba illumination
Image from the official site

This year the theme is a bit more dynamic than in previous years! They are calling it Shining Flyway the Blue Forest. Last year it was “fantastic carnival”, the year before “fantastic carnival magic box”. This is the 20th anniversary of the area that used to be called Saitama Super Arena or Saitama Shintoshin. They rebranded it last year to “Tamaari Town”. (Which to be frank hasn’t really stuck!).

Keyaki Hiroba Illumination

They use about 150 trees for the display. They are decorated in the night lights. A few years ago they increased the number of lights used to 500,000. There is currently no information online about the numbers used for this year, but it is expected that it will be at least the same as last year. The illumination will be set to music.

Keyaki Hiroba Illumination

There are normally a number of other events running in conjunction with this event. For example, the Keyaki Hiroba Christmas Market from November 23rd. However, the Christmas market is not going ahead in 2020 due to the Coronavirus. Also, there is normally Christmas concerts on various dates – they have not been confirmed for 2020. You can find all the information for confirmed events in the main event pages for Saitama.

Keyaki Hiroba Illumination Access

Place: The area of keyabi hiroba in Tamaari Town, which is between Saitama Shintoshin and Saitama super arena, right beside the Saitama Shintoshin train station.
Hours: 5 pm to midnight
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
URL: the event has not been released on the website yet, but when it is it will be added here:
Phone: 048-600-0070
Access: 2 minute walk from JR Saitama shintoshin Station, about a 7 minute walk from JR Kitayono Station

Saitama Shintoshin

Chuo Ward
Saitama, Saitama 330-0081 Japan
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November 7, 2020 @ 17:00
February 14 @ 23:55
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  1. This is certainly a fun event to bring the kids to!

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      🙂 I think so too. Thank you for commenting

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