Gran Chichibu Night Illumination 2024

Chichibu Illuminate, Gran Chichibu Illumination at Seibu Chichibu Station and Matsuri no Yu hot spring, in the winter of 2023 – 2024.

There is a saying in Saitama that Chichibu has a festival every day of the year. But despite having hundreds of festivals, Chichibu was actually lacking in night illumination until 2021. However, there has always been light up in winter annually, at the three great icicles of Chichibu (Misotsuchi | Onouchi | Ashigakubo). But until the winter of 2021 there was no real illumination event. However, since 2021, Chichibu has really made up for the lack of illumination, with a couple of illumination events a year. And of those illumination displays, the Chichibu Illuminate has been on yearly since 2021.

Chichibu Illuminate

There are three main elements to Chichibu’s illumination:

  1. Starry sky tree and spectacular projection mapping
  2. A path gently illuminated by bamboo and Chichibu meisen (Japanese silk fabric)
  3. A fantastic bath that soothes your body and mind

The symbolic tree in front of Seibu Chichibu Station, which stands approximately 30 meters high, is decorated with lights. In addition, 75 bamboo lights, on both sides of the path, lead from the Station to Matsuri-no-Yu. Projection mapping is used to enhance the experience. There is more projection mapping within the hot spring, giving the illusion of bathing with animated carp and fireworks!

Switch on event

On the first night of the illumination, Friday November 24th 2023, there will be a switch on event from 4.30 pm. Special guests “Task have fun” will perform live and will also give a talk. After which, at around, 4.50 pm, there is music performances from local schools. The illumination will get switched on at 5 pm.


Chichibu Night Walk

For the last month of the event, on weekends and public holidays only, there is an additional light up event in the same area. ‘Chichibu Colorful Night Walk‘ with lanterns from Naked Inc, will start on Friday January 26th 2024:


Information

Event: Chichibu Illuminate ちちぶイルミネート

Dates: from Friday November 24th 2023 to Thursday February 29th 2024

Hours: from dusk

Cost: the area around the station to the entrance of the hot spring is free. Entry into the hot springs costs 1100 yen for adults and 700 yen for children on weekdays. On weekends it costs 1380 yen per adult and 800 yen per child. If you want a set with towel and face towel it costs 300 yen extra per person, and 600 yen extra if you also want room wear.

Venues: Chichibu Station and Seibu Chichibu Ekimae Onsen Matsuri no Yu, 1-chōme-16 Nosakamachi, Chichibu, Saitama 368-0033. View on Google Maps.

Access

Seibu Chichibu Station is the terminus station on the Seibu Chichibu Railway from Agano. Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s trains from Ikebukuro go to Agano; some continue on to Seibu Chichibu station. The station is also only a five minute walk from Chichibu Railway’s Ohanabatake station. There is parking at the hot spring, but it costs 100 yen for 30 minutes. The NPC24H Seibu Chichibu parking is cheaper at 100 yen for 60 minutes. However, if you are using the hot spring, you get three hours free at both parking lots. You can get two hours free if you spend more than 2000 yen on food or shopping at the hot spring.

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