Information for the annual ‘Kaparu Illumination’ in Shiki City, Saitama, near Tokyo.
Shiki City Kaparu Illumination
Although relatively small, the Kaparu illumination is popular because they run a photo contest in conjunction with the light up. In addition, it is one of the few light up locations that livestreams its opening ceremony. They stream it on the Shiki City Youtube channel. The switch on ceremony is also popular because the city mascot excitedly turns on the lights! This year that will be on Friday December 1st. The city mascot, Kaparu, is based on the mythical Kappa, a type of water goblin. He shot to national fame in 2018 after winning the Yuru-kyara Grand Prix!
The light up is in front of the east exit of Shiki station and along pedestrian deck. There are also 16 trees and 3 benches lit up in the area. This year they are using 25600 lights in total. Ironically, the actual address of Shiki Station is Niiza! It is close to the Rikkyo Niiza Junior and Senior High School, which also has some light up in December. They light up giant trees on campus until January 6th.
Event: Shiki City Kaparu Illumination 志木市カパルのイルミネーション
Dates: Friday December 1st 2023 to Sunday February 4th 2024.
Time: the times are different this year than previous years. In 2023 the illumination will be on daily from 4.30 pm to 10 pm. On the first night, December 1st, the switch on event starts at 4.20 pm.
Cost: there is no admission fee
Venue: Shiki Station, 2-chōme-38 Tōhoku, Niiza, Saitama 352-0001. View on Google maps.
The Shiki Station is on the Tobu Tojo Line from Ikebukuro to Kawagoe / Shinrin Park. There are coin parking lots around the station.
This year, the illumination currently doesn’t have a web page, just a PDF file.
20221201. Last update November 23rd 2023.