Illumination 2016 ~ 2017 in Kagoshima

It is the season in which bright illuminations decorate the town.
In this article, we introduce the beautiful art of lights particular to this season.

☆☆☆ Illumination Spots in this Article ☆☆☆
【Kagoshima city】
Tenmonkan Millionetion 2016
Minato Odori Park
Dolphin Port
Shiroyama Kanko Hotel
【North Satsuma】
Sendai Station
【Central Satsuma】
Futawatari Illumination
【Southern Satsuma】
Ibusuki Station
Rena City Kanoya
Kanoya Rose Garden “Christmas Fantasy Night”
Shibushi Railway Commemoration Park (Shibushi Tetsudo Kinen Koen)

Kagoshima city


Tenmonkan Millionation 2017

Gorgeous illuminations appear in Tenmonkan again, following the last year. At “The Space Corner” 600,000 LED lights make you feel like as if you are in the galactic vortex!
Walking through a light tunnel is very atmospheric, too
*Click here for the map and the details.

(Tenmonkan Park) January 6 (Fri) ~ January 31 (Tue)
(Kiyotaki-no Komichi, Bunka-dori, Ginza-dori) December 23 (Fri) ~ January 31 (Tue)
Time: 18:00 ~ 22:00
Place: Tenmonkan Park and around the park (Sennichi-cho / Chuo-cho, Kagoshima city)
Tel: Sun Sun Call Kagoshima 099-808-3333
Parking: None (There are toll car parks around the site.)



11 streets and Yamakataya in Tenmonkan are decorated with 50,000 lights bulbs this year, too.
It is nice to walk under the Christmas illuminations at Tenmonkan Pedestrian Street.
Various events are also held during the period.
*Click here for the map

Date: Until December 25 (Fri)  *Some street may have different schedule.
Time: 17:00 ~ 22:00
Place: Tenmonkan, Kagoshima city
Tel: We Love Tenmonkan Kyogikai 099-210-7133
Parking: None (There are toll car parks around the site.)


Minato Odori Park

(Photo: 「© K.P.V.B」)

The whole park is sparkling with about 120,000 LED lights on the trees. The fountain and the sculpture are lit up beautifully. So the scene is so romantic that it is the best place to walk with your special person.
All the illuminations are lit at the same time at 19:00, 20:00, and 21:00 every night, and 0:00 on 31st of December.
*Click here for the map.

Date: December 1 (Thu) ~ January 31 (Tue)
Time: 18:00 ~ 22:00
          *(December 24th and 31st   18:00 ~ 24:15)
Place: Minato Odori Park (Meizan-cho and Yasui-cho, Kagoshima city)
Tel: Sun Sun Call Kagoshima 099-808-3333
Parking: None (There are toll car parks around the site.)


Dolphin Port

The waterfront is decorated with beautiful 205,000 lights again this year.
An 8 meter-high Christmas tree welcome you at the front of the building.
Dolphins and wave shaped lights glittering on the water, and 260m of lights along the deck are so pretty!
Clownfish, blue tangs and other fish are swimming in a fantastic cylindrical sea made with lights.
In addition to a popular photo spot “Happy Heart Station” with a big heart and an angel, “New Dream World” with a pumpkin carriage and a gift box are there this year.
*Click here for the details and the map.

Date: November 4 (Fri) ~ Feberuary 28 (Tue)
Time: Sunset ~ 24:00
Place: Dolphin Port (5-4 Honko-shinmachi, Kagoshima city)
Tel: Dolphin Port 099-221-5777
Parking: 750 spaces (30 minutes free, 100 yen / 30 minutes after the first 30 minutes)
* Parking discount available if you buy or eat (depending on the cost) at Dolphin Port.




Amu plaza recreated its Christmas impression this year!
The concept of the Christmas illumination is “Japanese Traditional Modern”.
It is composed of 5 areas such as “Hikari-no Tower” (The Light Tower)”, “Yui-no Arch” (The Knot Ark)”, “Tenku-no Asa-koushi (The Hemp Lattice in The Sky)”, “Hikari-no Ranma (The Light Transom)” and “Hikari-no Passage (The Light Passage)”.

The main illumination, “Hikari-no Tower” resembles Satsuma Kiriko, a traditional glass handicraft made in Kagoshima prefecture.
Outdoor pillars of Amu Plaza are decorated with illuminations of a kimono’s decorative cord motif.
Furthermore, the beautiful lights, resembling Japanese traditional patterns, decorate the building and the passages.
*Click here for the details and the map.

Date: Until January 15 (Sun)
Time: 17:00 ~ 24:00
Place: Amu Plaza Kagoshima (1-1 Chuo-cho, Kagoshima city)
Tel: Amu Plaza Kagoshima 099-812-7700
Parking: 1810 spaces
(160 yen / 30 minutes up to 60 minutes, after the first 60 minutes 150 yen / 30 minutes)
* Parking discount available if you buy or eat (depending on the cost) at Amu Plaza.


Shiroyama Kanko Hotel
城山観光ホテル 「光と丘のイルミネーション」

The hotel courts, “Fantasy Garden”, “Happiness Garden” and “Gold Garden” are colored with gorgeous lights. 350 meters art made with lights are so pretty.
You can sit in a new photo spot “The Golden Carriage”.
*Click here for the details for the illumination
*Click here for the map

Date: October 31 (Mon) ~ February 28 (Tue)
Time: 17:30 ~ 23:00
Place: Shiroyama Kanko Hotel (41-1 Shinshoin-cho, Kagoshima city)
Tel: Shiroyama Kanko Hotel  099-224-2221
Parking: Available (after 20:00)


Northern Satsuma


JR Sendai Station Illumination

From JR Sendai station to Showa-dori street is decorated with 88,000 lights that bathe the area in a warm glow.
*Click here for the map

Date: December 3 (Sat) ~ January 9 (Mon)
Time: 17:30 ~ 24:10
Place: JR Sendai Station (1-1 Torioi-cho, Satsuma-sendai city, Kagoshima prefecture)
Tel: Satsuma Sendai City Kanko Bussan Kyokai 0996-25-4700
Parking: 100 spaces (A toll car park)


Central Satsuma

Terushima-no Akari

Nagisa Park near Terushima Shrine in Ichiki-kushikino city glows with the beautiful illumination in this season.
*Click here for the map

Date: December 3 (Sat) ~ January 10 (Tue)
Time: 18:00 ~ 21:00
Place: Nagisa Park (Nishishimabira-cho, Ichiki-kushikino city, Kagoshima prefecture)
Tel: Ichiki-kushikino City Hall Kanko Koryu-ka 0996-32-3111
Parking: 50 spaces (No charge)



Futawatari Illumination
“Star Promenade (Hoshi-no Sanpo-michi)”


The whole community work on this event. Each house on about 1.7km of residential street is decorated with beautiful illuminations. During the period, stalls sell food and drink. A Christmas event will be held on the 24th of December.
*Click here for the map

Date: December 3 (Sat) ~ January 7 (Sat)
Time: 17:30 ~ 22:00
Place: Around Todoroki Elementary School
(1036-4 Tsunetsugu, Yusui town, Aira county, Kagoshima prefecture)
Phone: Yusui Town Shoko Kanko-ka 0995-74-3111
Parking: 50 spaces (No charge)


Southern Satusma

JR Ibusuki Station

It is the season in which the front of JR Ibusuki station filled with glow worm lights.
Ibusuki Chamber of Commerce and Industry holds this event every year.
Beautiful lights delight visitors for the Nanohana Marathon and Nanohana March, too.
*Click here for the map

Date: December 1 (Thu) ~ January 22 (Sun)
Time: 18:00 ~ 24:00
Place: JR Ibusuki Station (1-1-1 Minato, Ibusuki city, Kagoshima prefecture)
Tel: Ibusuki Shoko Kaigisho 0993-22-2473
Parking: Available (No charge)



Rena City Kanoya

It’s beautiful: 130,000 lights are covering the trees along the street under the clear sly.
The blue light tunnel is particularly popular.
*Click here for the map

Date: November 27 (Sun) ~ January 27 (Fri)
Time 17:30 ~ 22:00
*17:30 ~ 25:00 for the Christmas night, the Year-end and New Year season.
Place: Around Rena City Kanoya
(1-1 Ote-town, Kanoya city, Kagoshima prefecture)
Tel: The Executive (Machi-no Nigiwai-zukuri Kyogikai Jimukyoku) 0994-31-1164


Kanoya Rose Garden “Christmas Fantasy Night 2016”
かのやばら園 「クリスマスファンタジーナイト2016」

The rose garden, illuminated with colorful lights and roses lit up is very romantic.
During the period, some events such as live performances and dance shows are held.
Food and drink booth (17:00 ~), Candle Art (17:00 ~), Rose Train Exhibition (17:00 ~) and the fireworks display with music and illumination (20:00 ~) are held every night.
*Click here for the map.

Date: December 22 (Thu) ~ December 25 (Sun)
Time: 17:00 ~ 21:00  *Fireworks display and illumination 20:00 ~
Entrance fee: Adults 310 yen /
Students (Elementary school, Junior high school and High school) 110 yen
Place: Kanoya Rose Garden (1250 Hamada town, Kanoya city, Kagoshima prefecture)
Tel: Kanoya Rose Garden 0994-40-2170
Parking: 1300 spaces (No charge)


Shibushi Railway Commemoration Park / Shibushi Tetsudo Kinen Koen

This is one of the biggest illuminations in the prefecture. A steam locomotive, trees and the avenue are covered with about 130,000 LED lights. Blue based lights on the steam locomotive give a fantastic atmosphere.
About the illumination tunnel it is said that if you walk through it with your partner, you will have a happy future together!
*Click here for the map

Date: November 26 (Sat) ~ January 9 (Mon)
Time: 17:00 ~ 23:00  *17:00 ~ 26:00 for the 25th, 31st of December and 1st of January.
Address: Shibushi Tetsudo Kinen Koen (3-26 Shibushi, Shibushi town, Shibushi city, Kagoshima prefecture)
Tel: Shibushi Illumination Jikko Iinkai 099-472-1108
Parking: 100 spaces (No charge)

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