Early
Nov
~
Late
Dec

Festival of the Lights Osaka

5:00pm – 10:00pm
Free

Osaka’s winter illuminations are split into two main events under the “Festival of Lights” umbrella: Midosuji Illumination and Osaka Hikari Renaissance.

The Midosuji Illumination takes place from November 3rd until December 31st. It is officially recognized as the street with the most illuminated trees in the world, with lights strung up for 4 kilometers from the Ooebashi-Kitazune intersection to the Hanshin Mae intersection.

The Hikari Renaissance takes place from December 14th until December 25th between Osaka City Hall and Nakanoshima Park. A highlight will be a two-part projection mapping show on the facade of the historic Nakanoshima Library. There are two shows: Art of Light and a flower-based light painting display. The first will take place every 15 minutes or so between 5 pm and 9 pm while the second is on from 9 pm to 9:30 pm each evening.

Access

This little mid-river island is closest to Naniwabashi Station on the Keihan-Nakanoshima line. It’s also very easily accessed from Yodoyobashi Station on the Keihan and Midosuji lines or Kitahama Station on the Sakaisuji Line.

Accommodation

If you’re keen to stay within walking distance of the lights (perfect for an evening stroll) then here’s what we recommend. Coming in at under ¥10,000, the nearby Dormy Inn Natural Hot Spring Hotel has lovely baths and decently sized rooms.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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