Largest Illumination Event in the Greater Tokyo Area
A short one hour train ride from downtown Tokyo ushers you to the largest illumination spectacle in the Kanto area, the Sagamiko Illumillion.
Illumination events in Japan are immensely popular with Tokyo alone host to a total of 23 large scale illuminations this year. The most admired include the Omotesando Illumination with its striking champagne coloured LEDs and the Tokyo Dome city winter illumination that boasts over 2.2 million lights. In contrast the Sagamiko Illumillion in Kanagawa Prefecture leaves the rest for dead with more than 5 million decorative LED lights draining the local power grid.
Located at the curiously named ‘Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest’ the event is now in its seventh year running. While the opening day attracted over a thousand visitors it’s rather secluded location west of Mount Takao means it only receives a relatively small splattering of visitors.
The largest attraction in the park is the Palace of Light an animated light and water show synchronized to classical music. The light displays are divided into themes such as “Sea of Light”, “Light of the Zoo” and “Light of the Flower Garden”. Along with amusement park rides, for an additional 400 yen fee a chair lift whisks passengers up to a mountain overlooking the complex. While most visitors arrive by car it’s also accessible by a local bus service from Sagamiko Station.
Access: From Sagamiko Station (JR Chuo Main Line) take a 8 minute bus ride. Entry fee: Adults 600 yen / children 400 yen. November 1st – April 12th, 2015 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 17:00 until 21:30.