Fall Illumination Shinrin Park

Fall foliage light up at Shinrin Park in Saitama

Nov 9
Dec 1
Venue: Shinrin Park When: Nov 9th - Dec 1st 2020 , 12:00am - 12:00am

Every year Shinrin Park, also known as the Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park, has three illumination displays. The first two are in Autumn and the third is in the December. The fall foliage light up is the middle illumination event which takes place annually after the Halloween illumination is finished.

The route from the central gate to the Urban Arboretum has light-up installations, some with art displays. The Urban Arboretum itself has beautiful illumination and the neighboring Kaide area has the main fall foliage lit up.

The illumination generally starts the middle week of November and runs to early December. This year the dates are from November 9th to December 1st. The display is switched on for the weekend of November 9th and then switched off during the weekdays. However, from the 16th, the illumination is on daily until December 1st.

Access to this event is through the central gate of the park. All other entrances will be closed at the usual time of 4.30 pm. Only the central gate stays open until 8.30 pm for the illumination.

Getting there

By public transport

The nearest train station is Shinrinkoen station on the Tobu Tojo line which runs from Ikebukuro station in Tokyo. It takes about an hour on the train to the station and then about a ten minute ride on a bus. Please note they only put on night buses for the weekends (not weekdays) during the period of the illumination. On foot it takes more than 30 minutes to walk to the central gate from the station.

By car

The nearest highway exit is Ranzan Ogawa interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway. Higashimatsuyama Interchange is also relatively close. Parking costs 500 yen for a day, but if you are only coming for the night illumination it is 300 yen.

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Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan @lynda.hogan

I've been in Japan for 18 years and yet everyday is still an adventure. For the last 11 years I have been living in and blogging about Saitama Prefecture (on my personal blog insaitama.com), occasionally appearing on TV to promote the attractions of my adopted home in rural Saitama.  Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experience some off-the-international-tourist-trail locations and meet with locals and national tourists. And of course Saitama is home to venues for both the Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I hope to introduce a taste of what there is to do and see in my articles on Japan Travel and help you with your Saitama travel planning.  

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