The Ashikaga Flower Park Illumination event happens every year and is ranked as one of the best illuminations in Japan -- for a country that prides itself on its winter illuminations, this is quite an accolade. What happens? More than 5 million lights spread across the gardens of Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga City. Across the months of the festival, there will be three separate themes, usually incorporating Christmas and New Year into the fun. There is also a restaurant, flower shop, and plenty of souvenirs. Tickets Tickets for adults cost and for children . Note that daytime fees can be different. Schedule Light-up is from 3:30 to 9 p.m. and until 9:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Closed December 31. How to get there from Tokyo Ashikaga Flower Park can be accessed from Tokyo using several routes and even has its own station, Ashikaga Flower Park Station on the JR Ryomo Line. If you have a JR Pass, the best way is to get the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station To Oyama Station. From there, switch to the JR Ryomo Line and get off at Ashikaga Flower Park Station. The journey takes nearly 2 hours. With a JR Pass, it is free, but without it, it will cost you . An alternative and cheaper route is to either use the Ryomo Limited Express from Asakusa Station direct to Ashikagashi Station and then walk 13 minutes to Ashikaga Station and change to the JR Ryomo Line (2 hours, ); or change go to Tochigi Station via the Nikko-Kinugawa Line and change to the JR Ryomo Line.