Seien Park illumination in Fukaya is a relatively new addition to “In Saitama”. I’m not sure when the very first display was, but the event has been around for at least four years. It started grabbing attention in 2019 and has proved to be a very popular and photogenic illumination spot in Northern Fukaya. This year, with the opening of the long awaited Premium Outlets in Fukaya, the Seien Park illumination is bound to be more popular than ever.
I was a bit worried that it wasn’t going ahead this year, because there had been no updates anywhere online until today. And I have been checking daily for the past two weeks! Finally, this morning, November 1st 2022, Fukaya City released their November Public Relations magazine with confirmation (top left of page 11) that the illumination in Seien Park is on again this year. It is always one of the earliest places to start their illumination, starting on Culture Day (November 3rd) annually. But Tobu Park and Moominvalley start even earlier – in October.
Seien Park Illumination
The display features illuminations that take advantage of the geography of the location. The blue lights that color the area around the pond reflect on the surface of the water. They have also created the illusion of flowing water, including a waterfall depiction. The display usually uses between 90,000 and 100,000 lights, but they haven’t yet stated how many lights they are using in 2022. If it is the usual, it makes it larger than the nearby, better known, Honjo Marigold no Oka illumination which uses about 60,000 lights.
Although it has a low key presence online, the Seien park illumination is very popular with locals. Moreover, in 2020, it was one of only a handful of places that went ahead with their illumination despite the pandemic. In 2021 it also went ahead as normal. Please do check with the Fukaya city website for any last minute changes. The featured image is from the official website.
Event: Seien Park Winter Illumination 青淵公園ウインターイルミネーション
Date: The illumination starts on the November 3rd public holiday and runs until January 15th annually.
Time: from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Venue: Seien Park, 青淵公園, 277 Chiaraijima, Fukaya, Saitama 366-0006. Phone: 048-574-6657
Seien Park is a fifteen minute taxi ride from JR Takasaki line Fukaya Station. By car, the nearest interchange is Hanazono, which is about a 15 minute drive from the park. It is close to the Fukaya bypass and route 17. The park is close to the border of Ota City in Gunma.
Other attractions in Fukaya and / or nearby (you can find even more by searching “Fukaya” or using the Northern Saitama tag):
- The new Fukaya Hanazono Premium Outlets
- Information for the scenic Marigold Hill in Honjo
- Hanazono Forest | FUKAYA
- Fukaya Green Kingdom
- Hanazono Roadside Station | FUKAYA
- Seasonal blooms at Fukaya Green Park
- Great playground in Beppunuma Park| KUMAGAYA
- Saitama Norin Park | FUKAYA