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Twenty five places for night illumination in Saitama Prefecture in the winter of 2023 – 2024.

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The winter lights are on. There are more than 50 places you can see winter lights / illumination in Saitama Prefecture. This post contains a selection of 25. Most of the illumination featured in this post is switched on by the middle of December. Some of them are on since as early as October. However, there is no fixed end date, but on average you will find Valentines Day is often the last day for the winter illumination displays. But there are a few displays that go longer – until the end of February and occasionally into March too. Number 1 on the list, Seibuen’s illumination, runs until early April.

This selection of twenty five winter illumination displays in Saitama Prefecture is divided into three parts. The first part on page 1 introduces twelve places where you can see winter illumination until at least the middle of February 2024. Page 2 has two sections. Section 2 that introduces five places you can see illumination until the end of January. Finally, section 3 introduces eight other places for illumination and light up. All are mapped:

Saitama Illumination Winter 2024

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  1. Seibuen
  2. Tobu Zoo
  3. Misato Illumination
  4. Niodori Park
  5. Chichibu Illuminate
  6. Cocoon City
  7. Saitama Shintoshin
  8. Kawaguchi
  9. Koshigaya Sun City
  10. Toda Illumi
  11. Higashimatsuyama
  12. Tokorozawa Station

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②Illumination that is on until the middle or end of January

  1. Tokorozawa Sakura Town (until February 4th)
  2. Seien Park
  3. Marigold Hill
  4. Ageo illumination
  5. Asaka illumination
  6. Okabe station

③Other illumination / light up

  1. Moominvalley Park
  2. Fukaya Terrace
  3. Teamlab – closing permanently on January 8th 2024
  4. Weekly light up at Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Park
  5. Onouchi Icicles
  6. Ashigakubo Icicles
  7. Misotsuchi Icicles

1. Seibuen

Illumination name: Sunset Street Lights 夕日の街灯りイルミネーション

Seibuen Amusement Park used to be the largest winter illumination display in Saitama Prefecture. There was no display in the park in the winter of 2021, because the amusement park was closed for renovations. Then in 2022 they didn’t have any, even though many places did, due to the pandemic. The lights went back on in November 2022, later than normal. Unfortunately ever since the renovations, the illumination is very different and nowhere near as large. But its a bit different to other displays and young kids like it.

Dates: from Friday October 20th 2023 to Sunday April 7th 2024. Between January 9th and March 15th the illumination is only on weekends.
Times: the base hours are from 5 pm to 7 pm, it opens until 8 pm most weekends.
Cost: you can get an ‘illumination ticket’ for 2900 yen for adults and 2100 for children.
Access: Minutes walk from Seibu Yuuenchi station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. View on Google maps.

Official website

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2. Tobu Zoo

Illumination name: Winter Illumination 2023 – 2024 Tobu Zoological Park ウインターイルミネーション2023-2024 東武動物公園

For two years, with Seibuen’s illumination out of commission, Tobu Zoo’s illumination became the largest in Saitama Prefecture. It remains one of the better known and most frequented illumination displays in Saitama Prefecture. They use 3 million lights, smoke and music to create a dreamy illumination display. Furthermore, they have a tunnel of love and animals made out of lights. Moreover, the Tobu zoo illumination is renowned for its LED show, which is the largest of its kind in the Kanto plain.

Date: From Saturday October 28th to Sunday February 25th 2024. From January 10th until February 25th the illumination is only on weekends.
Hours: base hours are from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Cost: For just illumination (no rides) an adult ticket is 1300 yen, 1100 yen for seniors, 1200 yen for teenagers and 600 yen for children.  Parking costs 1,000 yen.
Access: The zoo is about a ten minute walk from Tobu Skytree skyliner Tobu Zoo Station. On Google maps.

Official website

Even more information in English…


3. Misato Station

This is one of only a handful of places where you can still see illumination in March. The Misato illumination runs until White Day, March 14th annually.

Date: from Saturday December 2nd 2023 to White Day March 14th 2024.
Hours: from 5 pm to 10.30 pm.
Cost: free
Access: JR Misato station, 1 Chome Misato, Saitama 341-0024. View on Google Maps.

Official web page

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4. Niodori Park

Also in Misato City, Niodori Park’s illumination runs until the end of February annually. In December, they have some Christmas events under the illumination too.

Date: from November 27th 2023 to the end of February 2024.
Hours: from 5 pm
Cost: free
Access: Niodori Park is close to the Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company’s Tsukuba Express (Tx)’s Misato Chuo StationView Niodori park on Google Maps.

Official website


5. Chichibu Illuminate

Last year for the last month of this illumination they also had a collaboration with Naked INC. It is not yet known if they will have that element in 2024.

Date: from Friday November 24th 2023 to Thursday February 29th 2024
Hours: from dusk
Cost: part of it is free, but you have to pay in to the hot spring to see that part of the illumination. 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. 
Access: from Seibu Chichibu station on the Seibu Chichibu line.

Official website


6. Cocoon City

Illumination name: Brilliant Promise

Cocoon City is a shopping district in the Omiya Ward of Saitama City. Due to its proximity to Saitama Shintoshin station, the mall attracts visitors from all over Saitama as well as Tokyo and Chiba too. The Cocoon city illumination is another of the big and more popular illumination events in Saitama. Coming up to Christmas they also have Christmas decorations including a ten meter Christmas tree. Approximately 450,000 lights are being used this year, for the largest ever illumination to date. Their illumination is often described as romantic.

Date: from Saturday November 11th to Wednesday February 14th 2024.
Hours: from 5 pm to 11 pm.
Cost: Free
Access: About a one minute walk from JR Saitama shintoshin Station, about an 8 minute walk from JR Kitayono Station. On Google maps.

Official website

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7. Saitama Shintoshin

Illumination Name: Brilliant Earth Garden.

Another of Saitama’s long running illumination displays, Saitama Shintoshin’s illumination is displayed at the Keyaki Hiroba annually. They name the display each year, this year it is called “Brilliant Earth Garden”. Approximately 200,000 lights are used in the display. The display is right by the station. Children seem to enjoy this display, including my own! Possibly because there is a courtyard where they can run around. Also, some of the light fixtures are at their height.

Date: Saturday November 11th 2023 to Wednesday February 14th 2024.
Hours: 5 pm to midnight.
Cost: Free
Access: A two minute walk from JR Saitama shintoshin Station and about a ten minute walk from JR Kitayono Station. On Google Maps.

Official website

Even more information in English…


8. Kawaguchi’s Fantasy Lights

Illumination name: Fantasy Lights (Fantasy of Lights)

Once a much smaller event, around four years ago they increased the scale of this annual illumination event in Kawaguchi. Since then it makes it on to the various illumination round ups each year. The Kawaguchi Fantasy Lights are three displays around the three principal stations in downtown Kawaguchi. The stations are Nishi Kawaguchi, Higashi Kawaguchi and JR Kawaguchi Station. Each of the displays are near the entrances to the stations and easy to find.

Date: from Friday December 1st 2023 to Wednesday February 14th, Valentine’s Day, 2024.
Hours: 5 pm to 11 pm.
Cost: Free
Access: Access from JR Kawaguchi and Nishi Kawaguchi stations on the Keihin Tohoku line and Higashi Kawaguchi Station on the Musashino and Saitama Rapid Railway lines. On Google Maps.

Official web page

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9. Koshigaya Sun City

One of the first ever illumination events I shared on this blog back in the day! The Koshigaya Sun City illumination is still going strong! Koshigaya illumination is at the Sun City Hall. The trees and the and bushes around the court yard, as well as the roofs of some stores have fairy lights on them. They also have a tunnel of light. In addition, the two meta sequoia trees, a symbol of Sun City, that are in front of Citizen’s Hall are lit up with fairy lights. 

Date: from Saturday November 11th 2023 to March 3rd 2024
Hours: 5 pm to 10 pm
Cost: free
Access: about a three minute walk from the Tobu Shin Koshigaya station, south exit, and about a five minute walk from JR Minami Koshigaya Station.

Official website

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10. Toda Illumination

Illumination name: Toda Illumi 戸田イルミ。

The Toda City Illumination event “Toda Illumi” is relatively new, it only started in 2019. (There are also other illumination events in Toda City which have been around for longer). According to Toda City, 2023’s winter illumination was their biggest to date, with 24,000 lights used. They haven’t released the numbers for 2024 yet. There is illumination in three different locations for the annual “Toda Illumi”; Ushiroya Park, Toda City Funsui Park, Toda Station. They all start on different dates, but the end date is the same for all.

Date: from November 26th 2023 to February 29th 2024.
Hours: 5 to 10 pm
Cost: free
Access: from Toda station. View on Google Maps.

Official website

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11. Higashimatsuyama

Illumination name: Higashimatsuyama Land of Dreams 東松山市公園のイルミネーション『夢の国 season2』

The Higashimatsuyama Illumination is made up of four different locations. However, they are all really small, even the main one by Higashimatsuyama Activity Center. But the main one is beautiful and made up of several photo spots. There is even a “Doko Demo Door”, a door that leads anywhere in the popular Japanese animation Doraemon.

Date: started around November 27th, but as yet there is ZERO information online about the 2024 event. It usually finishes on Valentine’s day.
Hours: from 4 pm to 10 pm.
Cost: free
Access: about a ten minute walk from Higashimatsuyama Station on the Tobu Tojo Line. On Google maps.

Official website

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12. Tokorozawa Station

This illumination has been around for years. It currently uses about 100,000 lights. The two giant gingko trees at the station rotary and several other trees are lit up. In addition, there is illumination on the second floor of the station building on ‘pedestrian deck’. The display at pedestrian deck includes a large love heart, which is very popular photo spot, especially with couples. There is also a arch or ‘tunnel of light’.

Date: from Saturday November 25th 2023 to Wednesday February 14th 2024.
Hours: Gingko – from 5 pm to midnight, 2nd floor decking – 5 pm to 10 pm
Cost: Free
Access: Tokorozawa Station West Exit rotary and 2nd floor of the Seibu Pedestrian Deck. View on Google Maps.

Official website

Continue to page 2 for Illumination that is on until the end of January and other illumination displays you can see in Saitama Prefecture in the winter of 2024.

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    1. Author

      Aww, thank you. Think that’s the nicest thing anyone has said to me this year! Hope you’re enjoying your Christmas / Winter hols

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