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The 7 Best Places to See Winter Illuminations in Osaka

Beautiful winter illuminations in Osaka

2021.11.26

The season for winter light festivals is here!
As the last month of the year approaches and we start to feel the chilly winter, the City of Osaka lights up in bright colors all around. Familiar streetscapes have transformed completely in the bright lights and the beautifully lit trees make anyone believe in the magic.
Let’s get out there and enjoy Osaka’s spectacular light festivals!

Osaka Festival of Lights 2021 – Midosuji Illumination

Osaka is hosting its 8th iteration of Osaka Festival of Lights which has become a staple winter event in recent years.
One of the festival’s core programs, Midosuji Illumination, turns Osaka’s main street Midosuji Ave. into a street of colorful lights. Extending 4.2 km through the City of Osaka and covering all subway stations between Umeda and Namba Stations on Osaka Metro, this illumination is grand in scale and perfect for Instagram.

[Dates ] November 3 (Holiday) – December 31 (Friday), 2021
[Hours] Around 5 pm – 11 pm
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Midosuji Illumination

Osaka Festival of Lights 2021 – Midosuji Illumination ※Photo from last year’s event

Osaka Hikari Renaissance 2021 | Nakanoshima

Osaka Hikari Renaissance is another core program of Osaka Festival of Lights 2021. Osaka Hikari Renaissance is an illumination art event in Nakanoshima’s waterfront in a city known as an Aquapolis—city of water. There will be no projection mapped onto the exterior brick walls of the Osaka City Central Public Hall this year, but here’re couple of the attractions offered this year.

●Nakanoshima Illumination Street

Japanese zelkova trees lining the Miotsukushi Promenade (about 150 meters long) are illuminated in blue and white, creating a dreamy space perfect for the holidays.

[Dates] November 3 (Holiday) – December 13 (Monday), December 26 (Sunday) – 31 (Friday), 2021
[Hours] 5 pm – 11 pm
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Nakanoshima Illumination Street

Nakanoshima Illumination Street ※Photo from last year’s event

●BIG Snowman in Nakanoshima

A giant snowman and his cute little one appear in Nakanoshima! Great for families with children.

[Dates] December 14 (Tuesday) – 25 (Saturday), 2021
[Hours] 5 pm – 10 pm
※Cancelled in case of rain or strong winds

BIG Snowman in Nakanoshima ※Photo from 2019

Umeda Sky Building Christmas Tree

The tall Christmas Tree at Umeda’s landmark, Umeda Sky Building, was erected with the wishes for the convergence of the novel coronavirus. At 27 meters high, it stands super tall even against the two towers above when looking at it from below. Make it a date by combining the visit with a trip to the Floating Garden Observatory at the top (with a stunning view of the city).
※German Christmas Market has been cancelled.

[Dates] November 19 (Friday) – December 25 (Saturday), 2021

Umeda Sky Building Christmas Tree

“Hikari no Taki(Waterfall of Light)” | Namba Parks

Waterfall of Light at Namba Parks expands over the 9th floor down to the 2nd floor of this large facility. It is one of the biggest illumination pieces in Japan and is truly impressive.
Seven other illumination spots will be set up in Osaka’s Minami area this year, and you can bet the view from nearby hotels and buildings will be one of a kind!

[Dates] November 5 (Friday), 2021 – February 20 (Sunday), 2022
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“Hikari no Taki(Waterfall of Light)” | Namba Parks

“Hikari no Taki(Waterfall of Light)” | Namba Parks ※Photo from previous years

Grand Wish Christmas2021|Disney Ultimate Princess Celebration –Sparkling Moments–| Grandfront Osaka

This year, Disney princesses celebrate the holidays at Grandfront Osaka! At “Disney Ultimate Princess Celebration —Sparkling Moments—”, the motifs of 14 Disney princesses dance to the melody of the music box around an eleven-meter-tall Christmas tree in the mall’s Knowledge Plaza (1st floor).
In addition, about 380,000 LED lights illuminate the surrounding square in champaign gold. Find the 70 Disney princess illumination ornaments hidden among the 117 trees♪

●Main Christmas Tree “Eternally Bright”

[Dates] November 11 (Thursday) – December 25 (Saturday), 2021
[Hours] Weekdays 5:00 pm – midnight, Saturdays/Sundays/Holidays 4:00 pm – midnight
Performance is held every 15 minutes on the hour (:00, :15, :30, and :45).
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Main Christmas Tree “Eternally Bright”

Main Christmas Tree “Eternally Bright”

●“Champagne Gold Illumination”

[Dates] November 11 (Thursday), 2021 – February 28 (Monday), 2022
※Disney princess illumination ornament program ends on December 25 (Saturday).
[Hours] 5:00 – midnight
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Champagne Gold Illumination

“Champagne Gold Illumination”

Christmas Tree at The Ritz-Carlton Osaka | Umeda

An about 3-meter-tall with 1000 roses Christmas tree is set up in the 1st floor lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Osaka, a five-star hotel in Osaka. As you step into the lobby, you’d feel as if you are visiting a British mansion. The warmth of the fireplace makes the intimate Christmas experience even more romantic. Enjoy a Christmas dinner, an afternoon tea, or the buffet with your family and friends or someone special, and spend a memorable time at the Ritz.

[Dates] November 5 (Friday) – December 25 (Saturday), 2021
Events at the Ritz-Carlton
“Christmas Afternoon Tea”

Christmas Tree at The Ritz-Carlton Osaka | Umeda

Welcoming Abeno/Tennoji Winter Present 2021

Ten-shiba (Tennoji Park entrance area) is enveloped in lights again this year. Trees and buildings in the area are all decorated with bright illuminations, creating an area great for families. Don’t’ forget to grab dinner at one of the restaurants and cafés at Tenshiba-i:na that opened in 2019.

[Dates] November 1 (Monday), 2021 – January 31 (Monday), 2021
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Welcoming Abeno/Tennoji Winter Present 2021

Welcoming Abeno/Tennoji Winter Present 2021

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Umeda Sky Building Kuchu Teien Observatory

[Access] About 11 mins walk from Exit 5 at Umeda Station.
About 15 mins walk from Exit 3 at Nishi-Umeda Station.
[Hours] 9:30-22:30 (Last entry 22:00)
[Closed] Open daily

Namba Parks

[Access] About 7 mins walk from Exit 4 at Namba Station.

Grand Front Osaka

[Access] About 4 mins walk from Exit 3A at Umeda Station.
About 7 mins walk from Exit 3 at Nishi-Umeda Station, about 1 mins walk from Exit 10 at Higashi-Umeda Station.

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka

[Access] About 6 mins walk from Exit 3 at Nishi-Umeda Station.
About 10 mins walk from Exit 17 at Umeda Station, about 11 mins walk from Exit 3 at Higashi-Umeda Station.
[Hours]
[Closed]

Tennoji Park Entrance Area Tenshiba

[Access] About 1 mins walk from Exit 19 at Tennoji Station.
About 8 mins walk from Exit 2 at Abeno Station.