A photo of blurred lights for the 2022 - 2023 Kawaguchi Illumination display event

Kawaguchi Illumination かわぐち光のファンタジー 2022 / 2023. Kawaguchi city are planning their annual illumination again for the 2022 / 2023 winter season. On the first night of the event they will have a switch on event, which in 2022 is Friday December 2nd. On that night the illumination is turned on, after the short ceremony, which starts at 6 pm. The illumination will be on nightly thereafter from 5 pm to 11 pm, however, they have not released the end date for 2023 yet. Normally, it finishes on Valentines Day annually.

Kawaguchi Illumination

Kawaguchi’s illumination is called “Kawaguchi’s Fantasy lights” or Kawaguchi Hikari no Fantasy かわぐち光のファンタジー in Japanese. There are displays at three of Kawaguchi train stations. The stations are Kawaguchi Station, Nishi Kawaguchi station and also Saitama Railway Corporation’s Higashi Kawaguchi Station. The Kawaguchi station is the main one. There is illumination at the West exit, the East area rotary and pedestrian deck. Normally they use about 300,000 bulbs in total. Last year, there was slightly less, but the display was blue in support of medical staff for their work during the pandemic.

This is a free event. Currently, Kawaguchi City has not provided a flyer for the 2022 – 2023 season. But they released the information for the switch on event in the November public relations magazine for the city.


As the illumination is around the stations, they have asked that you come by public transport. There is no official parking. The stations are JR Kawaguchi and Nishi Kawaguchi stations on the Keihin Tohoku line and Higashi Kawaguchi Station on the Musashino and Saitama Rapid Railway lines.

Updated annually, last republish November 19th 2021, last update November 22nd 2022. The information was up to date and accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time of updating. Please do check with the Kawaguchi City official website for any last minute changes due to the pandemic or other mitigating factors.

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