Early
Nov
~
Late
Dec

Festival of the Lights Osaka

Free

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

The Midosuji Illumination takes place from November 4th 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 5pm – 9pm while the second is on from 9pm – 9.30pm 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 there are a few options. Coming in at under ¥10,000, the nearby Dormy Inn Natural Hot Spring Hotel has lovely baths and decently sized rooms. A little lower in price, the local First Cabin Hotel has small pod-like rooms with everything you need for a comfortable stay.

Get the best Japan Cheapo hacks direct to your inbox

Related Events
  • Inuyama Festival
    Early
    Apr

    Inuyama Festival

    The Inuyama Matsuri is held at the beginning of April in the city of Inuyama in Aichi Prefecture. Coinciding with the blooming of the cherry blossoms, the festival features processions of three leveled ‘dashi’ – traditional wheeled floats. The festival […]

    Free
  • Early
    Apr

    Tightrope Lion Dance

    One of Japan’s more unusual festivals, here you can watch brave performers balance on a tightrope strung across a 10m-wide valley while wearing a heavy headdress. Held in the grounds of Isenomori Shrine and surrounded by cherry blossom, it’s a […]

    12:30pm
    Free
  • Sun, Apr
    12

    Kawanishi Genji Festival

    As a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19, this event has been cancelled for 2020. This festival celebrates the classic work of Japanese literature Tale of Genji, by 11th century author Murasaki Shikibu. A parade will feature various characters […]

    10:00am – 3:30pm
    Free

Recommended hotels located nearby