The Kyoto Illumiere 2016-2017 is a Beautiful Winter Illumination in Kyoto | FAST JAPAN

The Kyoto Illumiere 2016-2017 is a Beautiful Winter Illumination in Kyoto

The Kyoto Illumiere 2016-2017 is a popular winter illuminations in Japan. Japan’s first dual aurora show will be held this year. This is a large winter event for all ages and it lasts until April 2017.

Kyoto Illumiere
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Kyoto Illumiere started five years ago wishing to give people hope and peace through beautiful lights from Kyoto. The word “illumiere” was created by combining the word “illumination” in English and the French word “lumière” meaning “light”. It is one of the biggest illuminations in western Japan. One million lights light up the Sky Forest on the mountain in Nantan city in the Kyoto Prefecture. This is the only place where visitors can enjoy a winter illumination together with snow in the Kansai area. The winter illumination with snow only lasts for about 30 days from the end of January until the end of February.


6 Projects at Kyoto Illumiere 2016-2017

There will be a lot of events depending on the seasons such as Christmas, New Years, and Valentines. For New Year’s Countdown, Valentine’s Day and White Day, there will be fireworks to enrich the illumination events in winter. There are six different projects made with lights at the Kyoto Illumiere.


#1. Tunnel of Lights

Tunnel of Lights
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This is the beginning of the road to the Sky Forest. Thousands of lights will welcome you warmly as you enter through this tunnel of lights.


#2. Illuminated Japanese Umbrellas

Illuminated Japanese Umbrellas
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You will encounter many Japanese umbrellas displayed with illuminated pieces of decorated bamboo. This Japanese style relaxed atmosphere creates an area that will soothe your body and mind.


#3. Main Tree

Main Tree
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This tree is a symbol of the Sky Forest. The tree and surroundings are gorgeously illuminated with blue lights. This is a great photo spot.


#4. Celebration Arches

illumination arch
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Next to the main tree area, there is a line of arches made with color lights. While walking through the arches, you will be able to enjoy the view of arches beautifully overlapping.


#5. Dual Aurora

dual aurora
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Japan’s first dual aurora show will be held here, showing the magnificent world of lights. The Sky Forest will be surrounded with lights of aurora and stars filling up the sky. This beautiful view that you have never seen before will give you a wonderful memory and feeling. Once you see the beautiful lights, you will not forget the breath-taking view of the dual aurora. The Dual Aurora Show is held four times a day. At 5:30 PM, 6:20 PM, 7:20 PM, and 8:30 PM. The show is about ten minutes long. However, keep in mind that it can be canceled if the weather is bad.


#6. Observatory of Vows

Observatory of Vows
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At the end, you can enjoy a whole field of lights. Over looking from the observatory, you can see an ocean of blue lights. Being on the ground and over-looking everything is a little different.
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Kyoto Illumiere 2016-2017

Address: Rurikei Onsen POTEPOTE Park, 1-14 Hirotani Okawachi Sonobe-cho, Nantan City, Kyoto Prefecture

Access: 30 minutes by shuttle bus from Nissei-chuo Station

Illumination Period: October 29, 2016 – April 9, 2017

Hours: 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM
*Illumination will start after sunset

Entrance Fee:
1,000 yen (Adult)
500 yen (Child)

Website: Kyoto Illumiere 2016-2017 (Japanese)


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