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Updated on December 26, 2019

A Perfect Day in Tokyo

Adachi Luminous Night Festival (Adachi-ku)
See, hear and touch the winter illumination

A photo of the decorated trees
The eight natural trees decked out in illumination are symbols of the Luminous Night Festival

Under the clear air and deep night sky of winter, multicolored illuminations appear in various parts of Tokyo and entertain passers-by. The usually quiet residential neighborhood around Takenotsuka Station, a 10-minute ride from Kita-senju Station on the Tobu Skytree Line, glows in fantastical lights.

The Adachi Luminous Night Festival has been held annually since it was first held as an event for the 70th anniversary of the Adachi ward system, and this year marks its 18th year. The event has become a popular winter tradition in Adachi. Last year, the light festival welcomed nearly 250,000 people.


Walk along the beautifully lit-up Takenotsuka Keyaki Boulevard that leads from Takenotsuka Station to Motofuchie Park -- the main venue of the light festival -- for 20 minutes or so. This winter festivity’s appeal is that it lets visitors touch and experience the illumination displays first-hand. For example, people can get on an illuminated carriage or jeep for a photo shoot. The theme of this year’s festival is “Animals of the Five Continents.” Five areas representing the Continents are created on the park premises, with each displaying brilliantly illuminated animals of the respective Continents. Be sure to note the audio effects, including the sounds of animals and breezes.

On the weekends during the illumination period and December 24th and 25th, the Adachi Park of Living Things, a biopark inside the park, will be open to the public at night. Special night programs include a winter firefly-viewing event which offers a rare chance to see lightning bugs. Revel in special sights that “shine.”

◎Get off at Takenotsuka Station on the Tobu Skytree Line (Tobu Isesaki Line).
Motofuchie Park’s illumination period is between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. from November 30th through December 25th. Takenotsuka Keyaki Boulevard will be lit up between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. until January 13th.

[Adachi Luminous Night Festival 2019]
Adachi Call Center, Adachi City Office
Phone: 03-3880-0039
Event website (External link) (Provided in Japanese only)

[Special Night Opening of Adachi Park of Living Things]
Phone: 03-3884-5577 (Assistance available in Japanese only)
Open between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from November 30th through December 22nd, and December 24th and 25th.
Admission fees: adults 300 yen, and children 150 yen

A photo of a firefly
Fireflies can be viewed from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. when the park is open late as a special evening event


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