Winter & Christmas Illumination 2019 ~ 2020 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.


Kagoshima City

■■■ Tenmonkan Millionation 2020
(天文館ミリオネーション2020) ■■■

This is a very popular Illumination in the city in which about 1,000,000 lights shine the whole park and the path.
Colorful illumination express kaleidoscope appears at the main site, Tenmonkan Park.
Walking through a light tunnel at Kiyotaki-no Komichi Path stretching from the park is very atmospheric, too.
During the period, some workshops and a stamp rally is held. Some stalls sell food and drink.
The popular “Fantasia Train” (payment is required) will be operated this year again.


Date: December 20 (Fri) 2019 ~ January 31 (Fri) 2020
Time: 18:00 ~ 22:00
18:00 ~ 24:30 on the 24th and the 31st of December.
Place: Tenmonkan Park and around the park
(Sennichi-cho / Chuo-cho, Kagoshima city)
Fee: Free
Tel: Sun Sun Call Kagoshima 099-808-3333
Parking: None (There are toll car parks around the site.)


■■■Tenmonkan (天文館)■■■

Streets and shops in Tenmonkan are decorated with 560,000 lights bulbs this year, too.
It is nice to walk under the Christmas illuminations at Tenmonkan Pedestrian Street.
Various events will also be held during the period.


Date: November 16 (Sat) 2019 ~ December 25 (Wed) 2020
*Some street may have different schedule.
*Time is different depending on the streets.
Place: Tenmonkan, Kagoshima city
Fee: Free
Tel: We Love Tenmonkan Kyogikai 099-210-7133
Parking: None (There are toll car parks around the site.)


Tenmonkan Hondori Happy Christmas Concert
December 22 (Sun)
Clear sound of the Christmas music is played at the Hondori street.

Christmas Market
December 20 (Fri) ~ December 22 (Sun)
Stalls sell miscellaneous goods, snacks and drinks at the Pira Mall arcade.
Some stage events will be held on the 22nd.


■■■ Minato Odori Park (みなと大通り公園) ■■■

(© 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 very romantic. All the illuminations are lit at the same time at 19:00, 20:00, and 21:00 every night, and 0:00 on the New Year’s Eve.


Date: December 1 (Sun) 2019 ~ January 31 (Tue) 2020
Time: 18:00 ~ 22:00
*December 24th and 31st: 18:00 ~ 24:15)
Place: Minato Odori Park (Meizan-cho and Yasui-cho, Kagoshima city)
Fee: Free
Tel: Sun Sun Call Kagoshima 099-808-3333


■■■ Dolphin Port (ドルフィンポート) ■■■

The waterfront is decorated with 240,000 beautiful lights again this year.
A Christmas tree decorated with 18,000 lights welcomes 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.
The popular photo spot “Happy Heart Station” with a big heart and an angel and “New Dream World” with a pumpkin carriage and a gift box are there.
Some events are being held as well.


Date: November 1 (Fri) 2019 ~ February 29 (Sat) 2020
Time: Sunset ~ 24:00
Place: Dolphin Port (5-4 Honko-shinmachi, Kagoshima city)
Tel: Dolphin Port 099-221-5777
Fee: Free
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.


Hand-made Festa @ Around Nagisa Tower
December 7 (Sat) 11:00~ 16:00
A Popular market which Hand-made accessories, bags and miscellaneous goods are sold.

Christmas Dolphin Market @ Around Nagisa Tower
December 8 (Sun) 10:00 ~ 17:00
A seaside market with stalls such as hand-made shops and miscellaneous goods.

Kagoshima Cyclamen Fair @ Around Nagisa Tower
December 14 (Sat) 10:00 ~ 14:00

Hand-made Festa @ Around Nagisa Tower
December 14 (Sat) 11:00 ~ 16:00

Seaside Ensemble @ in front of Information Center, 1F
December 14 (Sat) 16:30 ~

Vegetables and Fruits Sale@ Around Nagisa Tower
December 15 (Sun) 10:00 ~ 15:00

Hight School Students’ Market @ Around Nagisa Tower
December 20 (Fri) 10:00 ~ 14:30

Favori* marché. @ Around Nagisa Tower
December 21 (Sat) ~ 23 (Mon) 10:00 ~ 17:00

New Year’s Eve Countdown Events @ Around Nagisa Tower
December 31 (Tue) 23:30 ~


■■■ Amu Plaza Kagoshima”KAGOSHIMA CENTRAL ARC” ■■■

This illumination is composed of 5 areas such as “Hikari-no To (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) and beautiful balls hanging town from the ceiling.

The main illumination, “The Light 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.


Date: November 15 (Fri) 2019 ~ January 13 (Mon / national holiday) 2020
Time: 17:00 ~ 24:00
Place: Amu Plaza Kagoshima (1-1 Chuo-cho, Kagoshima city)
Fee: Free
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.


Kagoshima Christmas Market @ Amu Square
December 5 (Thu) ~ December 25 (Wed) 11:00~ 16:00
A Popular market which Christmas goods, hot wine, Christmas food etc. are sold.


■■■ SHIROYAMA HOTEL kagoshima
(城山観光ホテル「光のフォンタジーとハピネスの丘」) ■■■

The hotel courts, “Fantasy Garden”, “Happiness Garden” and “Gold Garden” are colored with 170,000 gorgeous lights.
The fountain in the Fantasy Garden which changes its color in seven colors is specially recommended.
The water dances to the music and the lights, “The Synchro Funsui Live” is held 6 times a night. (Click here for the schedule.)

The 10-meter high main Christmas tree is beautiful, too. The color is usually blue, but on the Christmas day and the St. Valentinian’s day, the color will change.

The 350 meters of art made with lights are so pretty.
This is the place where you can enjoy the illumination and the night view of the city.
*Click here for the details and photos for the illumination


Date: October 27 (Sun) 2019 ~ February 29 (Sat) 2020
*Except February 18 (Tue) ~ February 19 (wed)
Time: 17:00 ~ 23:00
Place: SHIROYAMA HOTEL kagoshima (41-1 Shinshoin-cho, Kagoshima city)
Fee: Free
Tel: SHIROYAMA HOTEL kagoshima 0570-07-4680
Parking: Available (after 20:00)



Hokusatsu (Northern Satsuma)

■■■ JR Sendai Station (川内駅前ウィンターイルミネーション)■■■

From JR Sendai station to Showa-dori street is decorated with colorful lights that bathe the area in a warm glow.


Date: December 7 (Sat) 2019 ~ January 13 (Mon / National holiday) 2020
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
Fee: Free
Parking: 100 spaces (A toll car park)


Illumination Lighting Event @ the west entrance of the JR Sendai Station
Date & Time: December 7 (Sat) 16:45 ~ 20:00
The Lighting ceremony: 16:45 ~ 17:00.
Event Part1: 17:00 ~ 18:50
Music performances and dance performances by local children and free distribution of sweets to kids.
Event Part2: 19:00 ~ 20:00
A performance calligraphy by local high school students, an orchestra performance and street dance is held.
Some stalls sell ramen noodles, fried chickens and crapes.



Chusatsu (Central Satsuma)

■■■ Terushima-no Akari (てるしまのあかり) ■■■

Nagisa Park near Terushima Shrine in Ichiki-kushikino city glows with the beautiful illumination in this season.


Date: December 7 (Sat) 2019 ~ January 10 (Fri) 2020
Time: 18:00 ~ 21:00 (weekdays) / 18:00 ~ 22:00 (Saturdays & Sundays)
Place: Nagisa Park (Nishishimabira-cho, Ichiki-kushikino city, Kagoshima prefecture)
Fee: Free
Tel: Ichiki-kushikino City Hall Kanko Koryu-ka 0996-32-3111
Parking: 50 spaces (No charge)


Nansatsu (Southern Satsuma)

■■■ Flower Park Kagoshima■■■

Beautiful flowers of light are waiting for you! The illuminations here at flower park are very popular every year. Full of gorgeous illuminations such as “The World of Snow White”, tunnel and animals made with lights!


Date: December 7 (Sat) 2019 ~ January 5 (Sun) 2020
Time: 17:00 ~ 21:00
Entrance fee: High School Students and above ¥630 / Elementary and Junior High School Students ¥310 / Infants no charge
Place: Flower Park Kagoshima (16-11 Yamagawa-Okachogamizu, Ibusuki city)
Tel: Flower Park Kagoshima 0993-35-3333



■■■ Rena City Kanoya (リナシティかのや周辺イルミネーション)■■■

It’s beautiful: 30,000 lights are covering the trees along the street under the clear sly.
During the period, some outdoor café is open.


Date: December 13 (Fri) 2019 ~ February 14 (Fri) 2020
Time 17:30 ~ 24:00 *Rena City Kanoya closes at 22:00.
Place: Around Rena City Kanoya
(1-1 Ote-town, Kanoya city, Kagoshima prefecture)
Fee: Free
Tel: The Executive (Illumination Jikko Iinkai) 0994-45-6004
Parking: about 430 spaces
*Kanoya Event Hiroba Parking and Machinaka Parking → first 30 munutes free from 8:00 ~ 18:00
*Shiroyama Koen Parkin → Free


Fuyu-hanabi (冬華火) @Rena City Kanoya
Date: December 14 (Fri)
Romantic illuminations, a laser beam performance and a firework display will light up the central city of Kanoya.
Enjoy colourful winter night!


■■■ Kanoya Rose Garden “Christmas Fantasy Night2018” (かのやばら園「クリスマスファンタジーナイト2019 ■■■

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 (17:30 ~), Candle Art (17:30 ~), Rose Train (17:30 ~) and a fireworks display (20:00 ~) are held every night.


Date: December 21 (Sat) & December 22 (Sun) 2019, December 24 (Tue) & December 25 (Wed) 2019
Time: 17:30 ~ 20:30 (Closed: 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)



■■■ Winter Illumination at Shibushi Railway Commemoration Park
(志布志鉄道記念公園イルミネーション) ■■■

Shibushi station, the terminal station of the Osumi line and the Shibushi line of Japanese National Railways used to be here until 1987.
A steam locomotive C58 is exhibited in the park and it is decorated with beautiful blue lights in this season. Trees and the avenue are covered with about 140,000 LED lights, too.
About the illumination tunnel, it is said that if you walk through it with your partner, you will have a happy future together!


Date: November 30 (Sat) 2019 ~ January 5 (Sun) 2020
Time: 17:00 ~ 23:00
*17:00 ~ 26:00 for the 25th, 31st of December.
Place: Shibushi Tetsudo Kinen Koen (3-26 Shibushi, Shibushi town, Shibushi city, Kagoshima prefecture)
Fee: Free
Tel: Shibushi Illumination Jikko Iinkai 099-472-1108
Parking: 100 spaces (No charge)







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