Nagasaki is a city so soaked in the history of Japan and the West that you can hardly turn a corner without stepping into a significant space. The Glover Garden is one such place. In 1863, Thomas Blake Glover, a Scotsman, established his estate on top of Minami-Yamate hill. In 1898, the American John Luther Long wrote “Madame Butterfly”, a short story that an Italian composer later turned into an opera of the same name. The Glover Garden’s ambiance and history have led to it being nicknamed “the Madame Butterfly House”, and today it is Nagasaki’s oldest Western-style wooden house.
The November Night Illuminations are a gorgeous counterpart to the summer illuminations: in the brisk cold of the southern island’s winter, you can see the Gardens’ shrubbery and lawns beautifully lit to create a Christmas-y mood.
Kobe Luminarie is an annual winter light-up held in memory of the victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. Now running for over 20 years, the event takes place in the vicinity of Motomachi Station on the JR Kobe […]
This festival in Nara prefecture traces its origin back to the 12th century. The name comes from the Wakamiya Shrine – a shrine within the ground of the larger Kasuga Taisha Shrine. This event is really a combination of different […]
The quiet streets of Arashiyama and Sagano will be beautifully lit each evening, allowing you to explore the traditional town after dark. Temples and shrines will be open during the evenings and this will be an amazing chance to see […]
This winter light-up takes place at five different locations including Odori Park, Sapporo Eki-mae Dori and Minami 1-Jo Dori. All locations switch on the lights on November 22nd, but while Odori Park finishes on Christmas day, Sapporo Station continues until […]