saitama illumination 2022 starlight illumination display at Shinrin Park in Namegawa

Starlight Illumination 2023 at Shinrin park aka Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park.

The Starlight illumination is the last of the three annual night illumination displays held in the central gate area of the vast Shinrin park. Before the pandemic it used to run until January, but for the last few years it has been finishing at the end of December. Moreover, it is only on for TEN days, on weekends from December 8th and Christmas day also. Christmas Day is the last day.

Starlight illumination in Shinrin Park, held annually in December
Starlight Illumination, December 2019

Like all the night illumination at Shinrin park, the area of the event is around the central gate only. From the main gate, up to the Kaede garden and the arboretum beyond. Its about a kilometer stretch, one way. They use just over half a million lights for their night illumination. Along the way there are various displays. Right at the start you can see the pirate castle, one of the main features. On the walk to the talking tree, the other principal feature, there are various trees lit up with stunning lights. In addition, the arboretum has a large display of hanging lights.

For the kids

In 2019, Shinrin Park introduced several new features to all three of their illumination displays, specifically for kids. By the entrance the aforementioned pirate castle has an automated show every hour. The show is set to light projection and music and bubbles are blown from “Captain Bubbles Pirate ship”. By the arboretum there is a talking tree that wakes a few times a night to tell a story. They have characters hidden in the woods where the illumination is on for a sort of scavenger hunt for the kids.

Information 2023

Event: The Story of the forest and lights, final chapter, Starlight Illumination 光と森のStory 最終章「スターライトイルミネーション」


  • Friday December 8th
  • Saturday December 9th
  • Sunday December 10th
  • Friday December 15th
  • Saturday December 16th
  • Sunday December 17th
  • Friday December 22nd
  • Saturday December 23rd
  • Sunday December 24th
  • Monday December 25th

Time: The central gate of park will opens late for the occasion. During the Starlight Illumination the central gate is open from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm with last entry at 7.30 pm. However, if it is raining the Illumination is not on and the park doesn’t open at night. They will announce by 2 pm on their website whether the park will be closed that night or not.

Cost: The event is free, but you have to pay into the park. It costs 450 yen for adults, 210 yen for seniors (over 65 years old) and free for children. Parking now costs the same as during the day and the price went up in 2023: 700 yen.

Venue: Shinrin Park Central Gate (Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park), 1920 Yamata, Namegawa, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0802. View on Google Maps.

“Starlight” illumination Shinrin Park Access

During the period of the illumination they will run a shuttle bus from the Shinrin Koen station on the Tobu Tojo line. The shuttle bus cost has also gone up. It costs 300 yen for adults and 150 yen for children older than 6 years old. Bus schedule – the left column is the times from the station, and the right, the times from the central gate:

The left hand side is the times from Shinrin koen station, the right hand side is the times for Shinrin Park (central gate).

You can park at the central gate only at night. It gets quite crowded at weekends so it is advised to arrive early. In previous years it was free to park, but they now charge 700 yen for parking at night.

Official website

More general information on Night Illumination at Shinrin Park:

A summation of the three night illumination events in Shinrin Park

More information on Shinrin Park:

Best of Saitama: Shinrin Park in Namegawa

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