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Starlight Illumination at Shinrin Park | NAMEGAWA

December 6, 2019 @ 16:00 - December 30, 2019 @ 20:30

starlight illumination

Starlight Illumination Shinrin park – is the last of the three annual night illumination displays held in the central gate area of the vast park. This year, 2019, it will run from Friday December 6th. It used to run until January, but for the last couple of years it has been finishing at the end of December. This year, 2019, the last date is Monday December 30th.

starlight illumination
From the official site

A positive change this year is that the event will run nightly for three weeks. Until this year the event only ran on weekends and public holidays only except for a few days around Christmas. From Friday the 13th to 30th you can see the display daily from 4 pm.

Dates of the illumination

  • December 6th to 8th
  • December 13th to 30th

The central gate of park will opens late for the occasion. During the Starlight Illumination the central gate is open from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm with last entry at 7.30 pm. However, Shinrin Park Illumination is not on and the park doesn’t open on nights that it is raining. They will announce by 2 pm on their website whether the park will be closed that night or not.

For the kids

This year Shinrin Park introduced several new features to all three of their illumination displays, specifically for kids. By the entrance there is a pirate ship which has an automated show every hour. The show is set to light projection and music and bubbles are blown from “Captain Bubbles Pirate ship”. By the arboretum there is a talking tree that wakes a few times a night to tell a story.

starlight illumination
From the official site

For children they have a “graffiti wall” that they can scribble on with penlights. As far as I know the graffiti wall is only available during the December night illumination at Shinrin Park. It is up by the arboretum which is the last stop on the starlight illumination trail.

Night Illumination “Starlight” Shinrin Park Access

You can park at the central gate only at night. It gets quite crowded at weekends so it is advised to arrive early. In previous years it was free to park, but they now charge 300 yen for parking at night.

By public transport you can get a night shuttle bus to the park on specific dates only. It goes from Shinrin Park Station on the Tobu Tojo Line.


The event is free, but you have to pay into the park. It costs 450 yen for adults, 210 yen for seniors (over 65 years old) and free for children. Parking costs 300 yen at night and 620 yen during the day.

Shinrin Park “Starlight” NIGHT Illumation BUS SCHEDULE

The left hand side is the times from Shinrin koen station, the right hand side is the times for Shinrin Park.

Starlight illumination night shuttle bus schedule

More general information on Night Illumination at Shinrin Park:

Shinrin Park Night illumination | NAMEGAWA

More information on Shinrin Park:

Best of Saitama: Shinrin Park | NAMEGAWA

Official Site in English.

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December 6, 2019 @ 16:00
December 30, 2019 @ 20:30
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Shinrin Park
1920 Yamata, Namegawa Machi
Hiki-gun, Saitama Japan
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