Winter Illuminations in Ibaraki 2016 – 2017

Daigo

Daigo Light

When: November 3 – January 29, sunset – 8pm*
Where: Fukuroda Falls
Cost: Adults 300 yen, Children 150 yen
Website

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*Illuminations will be on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays only. Between December 23rd and January 9th the falls will be illuminated every night. On New Year’s Eve, the illuminations will continue until 2am.

Kuji River Illumination

When: December 1 – January 15, sunset – 10pm
Where: Along the banks of the Kuji River in Daigo

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Hitachi

Hitachi Starlight Illumination

When: November 19 – December 25, 5 – 10pm (5 – 8pm on December 25)
Where: Hitachi Civic Center Shin Toshi Square, Hitachi Station area
Website

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Takahagi

Hikari no Pagent in Takahagi

When: December 3 – January 6, sunset – 11pm
Where: JR Joban Line Takahagi Station Rotary Niji no Hiroba

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Hitachinaka

Christmas Illumination

When/Where:
Sawa Station: December 1 – January 9, 4:30pm – midnight
Nakaminato Station: December 2 – January 9 4:30pm – 11pm
Katsuta Station: December 5 – January 9 4:30pm – 1am

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Tokai

Tokai “make a wish” Illumination

When: December 3 – February 18, 5pm – midnight
Where: In front of the escalators outside the West Exit of Tokai Station
Website

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Mito

Ibaraki Kenmin Bunka Centre 50th Anniversary Illuminations

When: November 13 – December 25, 5 – 10pm
Where: Ibaraki Kenmin Bunka Centre (697 Higashikubo, Senba-cho, Mito)
Website

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Art Tower Mito Light Up Project

When: October 29 onwards, 5-10pm (no illuminations on Mondays unless Monday is a public holiday. Illuminations every day over the new year’s period)
Where: Mito Art Tower (1-6-8 Goken-cho, Mito)
Website

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Tsuchiura

Hikari ga Tsukuru Art Suigo Sakura Illumination

When: November 19 – February 19, 5 – 9pm
Where: In front of the windmill in Kasumigaura Comprehensive Park, Tsuchiura (1051 Oiwata, Tsuchiura)
Website

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24th Annual Tsuchiura Winter Festival

When: November 29th – January 9th, 5 – 11pm
Where: Tsuchiura Station East and West Exit, where the old waterfall used to be at Tsuchiura Mall

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Tsukuba

Mt. Tsukuba Ropeway Night Walk Stardust Cruising

When: September 17th – February 26th*, 5 – 9pm (every 20 minutes)
Where: Mt. Tsukuba Ropeway, Tsukuba
Cost: 1000 yen per person, free for children elementary school aged and younger
Website

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*Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, and December 23 – 30th only. Not operating in poor weather, on December 31 – January 2, or February 4-5

Tsukuba Expo Center Christmas Illumination

When: November 26 – December 25, 4 – 10pm
Where: Tsukuba Expo Center 2-9 Azuma, Tsukuba)
Website

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Tsukuba Hikari no Mori

When: November 26 – January 9, 4:30pm – midnight
Where: TX Tsukuba Station Pedestrian Deck Area
Website

Ishioka

Flower Park Winter Illumination

When: December 1 – 30, January 1 – 31, 5 – 9pm
Where: Ibaraki Flower Park (200 Shimoaoyagi, Ishioka)
Website

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Chikusei

Hoshi no Fantasy in Shimodate

When: December 10 – January 31
Where: JR Shimodate Station area

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Bando

Bando Illumination Fantasy

When: November 23 – January 28, 5 – 9:30pm
Where: Iwai Shopping District, Bando Kanko Koryu Center, Sashima Shopping District

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Ami

Ami Premium Outlet Mall Winter Illumination

When: November 3 – February 15, sunset – 9pm
Where: Ami Premium Outlet Mall
Website

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Ushiku

Brilliantville Ushiku

When: December 3 – February 19th, 5pm – 1am
Where: JR Ushiku Station West and East Exits
Website

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Moriya

Moriya Christmas Fantasy

When: November 23rd – December 24th, 5 – 10pm
Where: Moriya Station West Exit Square
Website

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Ryugasaki

Ryugasaki Illumination Dream Tree

When: November 3rd – February 28th, 5pm – 1am
Where: JR Sanuki Station East and West Exit, Ryugasaki Station

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Kashima

Kashima Hikari no Art Gallery 2016

When: December 2 – January 9
Where: Kashima Jingu Station Area
Website

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Daigo Light

When: November 3 – January 29
Where: Fukuroda Falls and other locations around Daigo
Cost: Adults 300 yen, Children 150 yen

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Starting November 3 and continuing on Friday to Sunday and holidays* until January 29, Fukuroda Falls will be transformed into a mystical space by the skills of highly acclaimed lighting technicians. The illuminations will commence at sundown and finish around 8pm, except on New Year’s Eve, when the event will continue until 2am. Parking is available on site for a fee and is limited to 900 vehicles. Be careful of ice on the road during the colder months.

Furthermore, from December 1st to January 15th, the Kuji River banks will be illuminated every night from sundown until 10pm.
*Between December 23rd and January 9th the falls will be illuminated every night

Related Events

Distribution of Onsen Discount Tickets

When: December 1 – February 28
Where: Fukuroda Falls Tunnel Entrance

Free Okukuji Shamo Hatto-jiru Soup

When: January 14, 4pm~
Where: Daigo Fukuroda Waterfall Viewing Bridge Area
First come first served.

Fukuroda Ice Garden

When: January onward
Where: Fukuroda Falls Area
The freezing of the falls depends on the weather.

Nugui yo Vouchers

From December 2 till January 29 on days that Fukuroda Falls are lit up (excluding January 1 – 3), passengers on the local bus between Fukuroda Station and Takimoto will receive one 500 yen voucher that can be used at certain restaurants and stores around Daigo. The vouchers are valid until January 29th.

33rd Annual National Frozen Falls Haiku Contest

When: February 2
Where: Daigo Bunka Fukushi Kaikan (722-1 Daigo-machi, Kuji-gun, Ibaraki)

Winter Illuminations in Ibaraki 2015 – 2016

Daigo

Daigo Light

When: November 1 – February 15, sunset – 8pm*
Where: Fukuroda Falls
Cost: Adults 300 yen, Children 150 yen (New Year’s Eve ~ New Year’s Day is free)
Website

*Illuminations will be on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays only. Between December 23rd and January 3rd the falls will be illuminated every night. On New Year’s Eve, the illuminations will continue until 2am.

Kuji River Illumination

When: December 1 – January 15, sunset – 10pm
Where: Along the banks of the Kuji River in Daigo

Hitachi

Hitachi Starlight Illumination

When: November 21 – December 25, 5 – 10pm
Where: Hitachi Civic Center, Shin Toshi Square (18 Saiwai-cho, Hitachi)
Website

Hitachiota

Satomi Illumination Festival

When: December 12 – December 31, 5 – 9pm (until midnight on December 31)
Where: Satomi Fureaikan Event Square (3417-1 Onaka-cho, Hitachiota), other locations along National Road 349
Website

JR Hitachiota Station Illuminations

When: December 3 – January 12, 4 – 10pm
Where: JR Suigun Line Hitachiota Station Area (1043 Yamashita-cho, Hitachiota)

Takahagi

Hikari no Project in Takahagi

When: December 5 – January 8
Where: JR Joban Line Takahagi Station, Takahagi

Hitachinaka

Hitachinaka Christmas Illumination

When/Where:
Sawa Station: December 1 – January 11, 4:30pm – midnight
Nakaminato Station: December 2 – January 11 4:30pm – midnight
Katsuta Station: December 3 – January 11 4:30pm – 1am
Website

Tokai

Tokai Yume wo Kanaeru Illumination

When: December 1 – January 16, 5pm – midnight
Where: In front of the escalators outside the West Exit of Tokai Station, Tokai
Website

Mito

15th Annual Ibaraki Prefectural Culture Center Illuminations ~ Hikari no Harmony

When: November 13 – December 25, 5 – 10pm
Where: Ibaraki Prefectural Culture Center (Kenmin Bunka Centre) (697 Higashikubo, Senba-cho, Mito)
Website

Art Tower Mito Starlight Fantasy

When: December 1 – January 11, 5-10pm
Where: Mito Art Tower (1-6-8 Goken-cho, Mito)
Website

Ishioka

Illumination de Tsuzuru Dream no Sekai

When: December 1 – February 14, 5 – 9pm
Where: Flower Park Ibaraki (200 Shimoaoyagi, Ishioka)
Cost: Adults 500 yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students 250 yen, children under school age free
Website

Tsuchiura

Hikari ga Tsukuru Art Suigo Sakura Illumination

When: November 21 – February 28, 4:30 – 9pm
Where: In front of the windmill in Kasumigaura Comprehensive Park, Tsuchiura (1051 Oiwata, Tsuchiura)
Website

23rd Annual Tsuchiura Winter Festival

When: November 24th – February 14th, 5 – 11pm
Where: Tsuchiura Station East and West Exit, Ekimae Street, where the old waterfall used to be at Tsuchiura Mall, various shopping districts in Tsuchiura

Tsukuba

Mt. Tsukuba Ropeway Night Walk Stardust Cruising

When: September 19th – February 28th*, 5 – 9pm (every 20 minutes)
Where: Mt. Tsukuba Ropeway, Tsukuba
Cost: 1000 yen per person, free for children elementary school aged and younger
Website

*Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, and December 23 – 30th only. Not operating in poor weather, on January 1st, or February 6-7

Tsukuba Expo Center Christmas Illumination

When: November 21 – December 25, 4 – 10pm
Where: Tsukuba Expo Center (2-9 Azuma, Tsukuba)
Website

Tsukuba Hikari no Mori

When: November 21 – January 11, 4:30pm – midnight
Where: TX Tsukuba Station Pedestrian Deck Area, Tsukuba
Website (currently displaying 2014 website)

Chikusei

Hoshi no Fantasy in Shimodate

When: December 5 – January 11
Where: JR Shimodate Station area, Chikusei
Website (2010 website)

Bando

Bando Illumination Fantasy

When: November 29 – January 23, 5 – 9:30pm
Where: Iwai Shopping District (along National Road 354), Yasaka Park Pool, Kushikake Shopping District in Bando
Website

Yuki

Yuki Station North Exit Illumination

When: November 17 – January 12
Where: Yuki Station North Exit Area, Yuki

Ami

Ami Premium Outlet Mall Winter Illumination

When: November 6 – February 17, sunset – 9pm
Where: Ami Premium Outlet Mall, Ami
Website

Ushiku

Brilliantville Ushiku

When: December 5 – February 14th, 5pm – 1am
Where: JR Joban Line Ushiku Station West Exit Pedestrian Deck, Ushiku
Website

Moriya

Moriya Christmas Fantasy

When: November 28th – December 25th, 5 – 10pm
Where: Moriya Station West Exit Square, Moriya
Website

Toride

Toride Station East Exit Illumination

When: November 23 – March 9th
Where: Toride Station East Exit, Toride
Website (2014 website)

Ryugasaki

Ryugasaki Illumination Dream Tree

When: October 31 – February 29, 5pm – 1am
Where: JR Sanuki Station East and West Exit, Ryugasaki Station, Ryugasaki

Kashima

Kashima Hikari no Art Gallery 2015

When: December 4 – January 11, 5 – 11pm (until 6am the next day on December 31)
Where: JR Kashima Jingu Station Area, Kashima
Website

Daigo Light – Light and Sound Festival

When: November 1 – February 15
Where: Fukuroda Falls and other locations around Daigo
Cost: Adults 300 yen, Children 150 yen (New Year’s Eve ~ New Year’s Day is free)

Starting November 1 and continuing on Friday to Sunday and holidays* until February 15, Fukuroda Falls will be transformed into a mystical space by the skills of highly acclaimed lighting technicians. The illuminations will commence at sundown and finish around 8pm, except on New Year’s Eve, when the event will continue until 2am. Parking is available on site for a fee and is limited to 900 vehicles. Be careful of ice on the road during the colder months.

Furthermore, from December 1st to January 15th, the Kuji River banks will be illuminated every night from sundown until 10pm.

*Between December 23rd and January 3rd the falls will be illuminated every night

Related Events

Distribution of Onsen Discount Tickets
When: December 1 – February 29
Where: Fukuroda Falls Tunnel Entrance
5000 tickets will be distributed.

Free Okukuji Shamo Hatto-jiru Soup
When: January 9, 4pm~
Where: Daigo Fukuroda Waterfall Viewing Bridge Area
Enough for 700 people – first come first served.

Fukuroda Ice Garden
When: January onward
Where: Fukuroda Falls Area
The freezing of the falls depends on the weather.

Ibaraki Botanical Garden Presents Night Garden

When: August 23-24 until 9pm
Where: Ibaraki Botanical Garden4589 To, Naka

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Ibaraki Botanical Garden will be hosting a Night Garden event on the 23rd and 24th of August. The NPO Yume Akari will be providing 3200 candles, casting an otherworldly atmosphere over the gardens. Come along to experience the gardens as you’ve never seen them before!

Events
23/24, 6pm onward – Festival Stalls
23/24, 7-8:30pm – Tropical Plant Exhibit Night Tour (sign up at the Tropical Plant Exhibit)
23/24, 6pm onward – Candle Lighting (you can participate too!)
23, 7pm onward – Nature Game (sign up near the ticket booth)
23/24 – Forest Concert
23, 4-4:30pm, 5:30-6pm – Tree Climbing Experience (500 yen, booking essential)

Fukuroda Falls

After walking down a small street dotted with traditional shops and onsen in the small town of Daigo, you will find yourself at the base of Fukuroda Falls, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Daigo (and even in Ibaraki). With a magnificent height of 120 meters and a width of 73 meters, Fukuroda Falls lives up to its name of being one of the three most renowned waterfalls in Japan.

In Japanese, Fukuroda Falls is often called “Yodo-no-taki” which means the four-step falls and is derived from the way the waterfall is separated into four distinct tiers. Little known to most visitors, Fukuroda Falls also consists of a fifth tier upstream called Namase Waterfall, which can only be reached by hiking. For a small entrance fee, the four main tiers can be seen from two observation decks, one right at the base and one near the top of the falls, offering two very different, yet very stunning, views.

Fukuroda Falls Summer

Each season brings a new reason to visit the falls as its shape and the colors of the surrounding mountains transition throughout the year. In the spring and into summer, the new greens of the year burst to life around the powerful falls, overflowing with the water held captive by the mountains over the winter. As summer turns to fall, the falls recede some to give the stage to the resilient reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn. Finally, as the leaves drop from the trees along with the temperature, you may be lucky enough to see the rare occurrence of the entire waterfall freezing over.

 Fukuroda Falls Autumn

Starting last year, from November until February, visitors can experience the colorful illuminations that run from sundown until about 8pm. This year’s illuminations were a step up from last year, having not only lights but also incorporating movement and music. With the white, frozen falls as their canvas, the colors are spectacular. While the colors can become weak if the falls are not entirely frozen, our tour guide assured us that they will continue to test different methods each year in order to get the most out of the winter illumination.

 Fukuroda Falls Winter

For those of you looking for more of a challenge, there is also a 1.6 km hiking course that wraps around Mt. Tsukiore, taking you past the Tsukiore Kannon-do Temple (dedicated to the deity of mercy, Kannon) to a point from which you can see Fukuroda Falls from the top. Also, if you follow one of the branches off the main trail, you can also see the fifth tier of Fukuroda Falls, the Namase Waterfall. Both of these views are not well known and can be a fun addition for those who have visited the falls before.

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No matter what season you enjoy or how adventurous you are, Fukuroda Falls has something for everyone. It is definitely one of the places in Ibaraki you can’t miss!

Admission Fee:

Adults 300 yen, Children 150 yen (50 discount per person for groups over 30)

*To use the two observatories and elevator

Times:

May until October: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

November until April: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact Info:

Daigo Tourist Association

0295-72-0285