Honjo Illumination

Honjo Illumination – Located within walking distance of the Honjo Waseda station, the Marigold Hill night illumination ranks high in popular night illumination spots in Saitama Prefecture. During the pandemic, I moved the illumination information to the general post about Marigold Hill and planned to leave it there going forward. However, this year, Honjo City have additional illumination by the Honjo Waseda station. Moreover, they will have a two day Christmas Market at Marigold Hill this year, so I am reviving the old event post with all the additional information included.

Honjo Illumination

Marigold hill winter illumination
  • Marigold Hill
  • Honjo-Waseda no Mori Chuo Street
  • Christmas Market
  • Christmas workshops

Marigold Hill

The night illumination starts after the marigold blooming period is over, usually the last week in November annually and runs until the last Sunday in January. The lights were switched on tonight, November 25th 2023, and will be on daily from 4.30 pm to 9.30 pm until Sunday January 28th 2024. They use approximately 60,000 lights in the display.

Honjo Waseda no Mori Christmas Lights

This year, in addition to the Marigold Hill lights, they also have Christmas lights along Honjo-Waseda no Mori Chuo Street. There is also a 5-meter tree-shaped focal point near the north exit of Honjo-Waseda Station. The Waseda no Mori lights also went on tonight, but they will only be on until Christmas Day, December 25th 2023.

Honjo Christmas Market 2023

Honjo Christmas Market 2023

This year they will have an outdoor Christmas Market at Marigold Hill park on Saturday December 16th and Sunday December 17th 2023, from 11 am to 8 pm. They will have many shops selling miscellaneous goods, food and drinks. There is also workshops for children. On the Sunday, the 17th, there will be live performances by local high school students too. There is also a completely separate Christmas market on the same days in the Honjo Redbrick Warehouse.

Christmas Workshops

In conjunction with the local Cainz, there will be Christmas workshops on Sunday December 10th and Saturday December 16th. They will be making Christmas trees in the Cainz, on the second floor. They are free events, but limited to 20 people each time. On both days the workshops are at 10 am and 1 pm, for an hour each time.


Event: Marigold Hill and Honjo Waseda no Mori illumination and Christmas Market マリーゴールドの丘イルミネーション・本庄早稲田の杜イルミネーション&本庄クリスマスマーケット2023

Date: Marigold illumination – November 25th to Sunday January 28th 2024.
Honjo Waseda no Mori illumination – November 25th to Christmas Day, December 25th 2023.
Christmas market – December 16th and 17th 2023.
Christmas workshops – Sunday December 10th and Saturday December 16th.

Time: illumination from 4.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Christmas Market from 11 am to 8 pm, Workshops from 10 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 2 pm.

Cost: free

Venue: Marigold Hill, Honjo Waseda Central street, Cainz Honjo Waseda, all three of which are in the vicinity of the North exit of Honjo Waseda Station, 1 Chome-1-1 Wasedanomori, Honjo, Saitama 367-0030. View on Google Maps.


Honjo Waseda Station is on the Joetsu Shinkansen line. It is about a 30 minute walk from JR Takasaki Line’s Honjo Station. The venue is about 2.5 kilometers from the Honjo-Kodama Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway. The car park is at the top of the hill, not the bottom where Google directs you to! The two spaces at the bottom of the hill are priority parking for people with lower mobility. The parking lot is small and may not be in use on the night of the Christmas market.


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