Early Nov
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Projection Lighting in the historical Dojimahama art deco district
Projection Lighting in the historical Dojimahama art deco district (Photo: Masayoshi Hirose )

Midosuji and Hikari Illuminations

Night Museum of the Lights

Bonson Lam   - 1 min read
Venue : Osaka City Hall When : Early Nov 2022 - Late Jan 2023

The historical lifeblood of Osaka has always been its waterways. So much so that it became a merchant city, trading with other cities with the canals that criss-cross the city. While these days commerce takes place elsewhere, the theme of water is one that is celebrated in the Osaka Hikari Renaissance, a series of light up and festival events taking place in Fall and Winter each year.

The festival has grown from its aquatic heart to other centers, which encompass Midosuji Boulevard, while the main Hikari Illuminations are from mid to late December. This is a family-friendly event that has grown in popularity over recent years. Be sure to bring some winter clothes as the evenings can get chilly, with the illuminations taking place between 5 pm and 10 pm.

Getting there

Key events take place along Midosuji Boulevard and Dojimahama, all within a short level walk, approximately ten minutes from the subway stations on the Midosuji Line, with the key stations being Yodoyobashi and Shinsaibashi.

Bonson Lam

Bonson Lam @bonson.lam

I knew my future was destined to be with Japan the moment I flew from Sydney to experience the atmospheric laneways of Kyoto last century. From the skies above Sapporo to the old charm of Naha's alleyways, I have been enchanted by the beauty and variety on every island. I am humbled to have met m...