Nov. 25, 2019 UPDATE

Top 5 most romantic winter illumination events in Kyoto!

Every year, come winter, there are many illumination events in Kyoto that color the city with vivid colors!
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Every year, as Christmas comes to Kyoto, there are many illumination events that take place all around this ancient capital city. As dusk hits the city, the lights start illuminating the historic sites of Kyoto. The charming atmosphere of Kyoto is made even nicer by the modern play of lights and historic sites. No matter whether you’re coming to Kyoto with your partner or family, I’m sure that you will find these illumination events to be enjoyable and lively. So here are the top five illumination events of Kyoto!



Kyoto Station

Christmas treeThe entrance
The entrance to Kyoto, Kyoto Station! The station is huge and surprisingly modern, and very spacious! You can find a Christmas tree in it that is 22 meters tall, and you can also listen to your favorite Christmas carols as you take in the Christmassy atmosphere. But the most special thing here is behind the tree; it’s the stairs! There’s a light show that takes place on the stairs, and you can see all kinds of cute shapes move in and out of them. The sight is so marvelous that many people just have to stop here for a while and take in the Christmas mood.


Dates: 5:00 pm-10:30 pm November 15,2019 – March 28, 2020




ROHM Illumination

RohmilluminationROHM Illumination is an illumination event sponsored by ROHM, a company specializing in semiconductors. LED lights lit up the streets of Kyoto in a sparkling show of brilliant colors; this is one of the most romantic events in Kyoto! There are over 860,000 LED light bulbs, and you can probably already guess that this is the biggest illumination event in Kyoto, so many, many people head to it every year. They also have concerts on the weekends, so it’s a great event for the whole family.


Dates: 4:45 pm-10:00 pm November 22 – December 25, 2019




Arashiyama Hanatoro

togetsu-kyoBamboo GroveArashiyama Hantoro is an event that takes place at night in Arashiyama, and during this event, the whole area of Arashiyama feels completely different from normal, it feels mysterious. You can see the famous Bamboo Grove at night, when it’s not green like normal, but is painted with darker colors. You can also see ikebana, Japanese flower assortment, artwork at the event, so be sure to check those out too.


Dates: 5:00 pm-8:30 pm December 13 – 22, 2019.




Kyoto Northern Chapel Kitayama Church

Kitayama Churchwedding chapelsThe Kitayama area of Kyoto is quiet but chic, and you can find many wedding chapels there, so they of course also have Christmas illumination events, which make this area even more romantic. There are lights all around the chapel, so it’s surrounded by a romantic glow, and many people stop here to have pictures of themselves taken. There is a wedding street that is around 300 meters long, and along with it, there are many events that you can take part in and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.


Dates: December 1 – 25, 2019.

*Closed on Tuesdays except on December 24.



Miyako Messe

Miyako Messebeautiful illuminationsClose to Heian Shrine, you can find Miyako Messe, a convention center where you can also take a look at some traditional handicrafts made in Kyoto. The area in front of the convention center is full of beautiful illuminations, so if you happen to be close by, this is also a great place to enjoy the winter atmosphere of Kyoto.


Dates: 5:00 pm-10:30 pm December 1 2018 – February 17, 2019.

Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
Every year, on Christmas Eve, there are going to be many brilliant and romantic Christmas illuminations, no matter where you are. But as you’re coming to the traditional cultural capital of Japan, it may be hard to find information about these kinds of things, which is why I decided to write this article! The nights of Kyoto are illuminated with Christmas lights, and I’m sure that the romantic atmosphere is going to charm you!
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