Every year around Christmas, the Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture hosts a Christmas illuminations event. Even though I've lived nearby, this was the first year I went to the event.
It's definitely a spectacular display of lights. They boast being the largest illuminations display in all of Eastern Japan and using over 3 million lights in their display. It is definitely impressive.
I remember going to an illuminations display in the town of Marble Falls, Texas when I was a kid. I don't remember much about it, but from what I do, I'd say that this display in Ashikaga has it beat by far. I can't imagine the time and work it took to properly set everything up.
I highly recommend visiting this display at least once if you live in Eastern Japan. I noticed people came from all around the Kanto region to see it. The entrance fee was only 800 yen, but with a coupon I was able to get a 200 yen discount.
I'm not sure if the displays change every year, but there seems to be some mainstays that appear each year. One thing I found interesting was a light display that went through each Japanese season (Japan has four seasons you know!).
I really enjoyed visiting and it makes for a nice day trip if you're in the area.
Ashikaga Flower Park Christmas Illuminations
Reviewed by Shea Roberts