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4 Winter Illumination Spots In Fukuoka You Must Visit In 2018

4 Winter Illumination Spots In Fukuoka You Must Visit In 2018

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Fukuoka Tower, Kego Park, Hakata Station, and Uminonakamichi Seaside Park are brilliant illumination spots that are must-visits when in Fukuoka.

Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe

Written by MATCHA

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Fukuoka is known as the gateway to Asia, and is bustling with visitors throughout the year. Do you know what the city is known for in the winter? Winter illuminations.

Today we'll be introducing four must-visit illumination spots in Fukuoka. We hope these bright lights warm your body and soul this winter!

1. A 108 Meter Tree - Fukuoka Tower

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The symbolic tower of Fukuoka, Fukuoka Tower, is lit up until the 25th of December and transforms into a giant shining tree. Watch the tower for a while as it turns to white from snow.

You also don't want to miss Santa as he appears at the top of the tree with his presents.

Looking up at the tower is great, but we also recommend climbing it to admire the night view of the city.

Illumination Period: Until January 31st, 2018 (Tree lit until December 25)
Illumination Hours: 17:00-23:00

2. A Compass of Light - Kego Park

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Kego Park is known for its different illuminations every year. In 2015, a compass of light attracted many visitors. The compass shape could be seen clearly from surrounding buildings.

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The illuminations above you are great, but don't forget to look down as well. A compass-like shape lights up the feet of guests. The place is an easy spot to stop by when shopping.

Illumination Period: Until January 8th, 2018
Illumination Hours: 17:00-24:00

3. A Christmas Market - Hakata Station

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Hakata Station is always busy with people going to and from the station. The illuminations in 2015 were lit up in blue and themed around the five kanji "笑, 声, 唱, 紹, 翔" (each character means  laugh, voice, chant, connect, and fly, respectively). Aurora themed lights also pour down from the second floor.

You can also find a Christmas Market being held right by Hakata Station. Grab some hot wine and enjoy the light show.

Illumination Period: Until January 9th, 2018 (Christmas Market until December 25th)
Illumination Hours: 17:00-24:00

4. Huge Candle Art - Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

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Photo courtesy of: Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

The Uminaka Christmas Candle Night is held at state-operated Uminonakamichi Seaside Park.

The highlight of the event is the candle art made up of approximately 10,000 candles. Here you'll be able to enjoy a slightly different experience from the ordinary illumination displays found elsewhere.

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Photo courtesy of: Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

About 300 fireworks also color the sky during this period. It's not every day that you find a collaboration of candles and fireworks. We hope the candle lights and firework displays warm you up and leave you with amazing winter memories this year.

Illumination Period: December 23rd, 2017 - December 25th, 2017
Illumination Hours: 17:30-21:30 (Final admission 21:00)

Information

1. Fukuoka Tower
Address: Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Sawara, Momochihama 2-3-26
Hours: 17:00-23:00 (Until 24:00 on December 23rd-25th)
Wi-Fi: Yes *Tower 1F Entrance Hall only
Nearest Station: Fukuoka City Subway Nishijin Station or Fujisaki Station
Access: Fukuoka Subway Nishijin Station Exit 1 - 20 minute walk / 6 minute taxi ride
From Tenjin Expressway Bus Terminal 1A platform, ride W1, W2, 302 bus to Fukuoka Tower Minamiguchi or Fukuoka Tower
Price Range: Tower Observatory Adult 640 yen (visitors from overseas)
Phone: +81-92-823-0234
Official Website: Fukuoka Tower

2. Kego Park
Address: Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Chuo, Tenjin 2-2
Hours: 17:00-24:00
Nearest Station: Fukuoka City Subway Tenjin Station
Access: 3 minute walk from Fukuoka City Subway Tenjin Station
Phone: +81-92-734-8750

3. JR Hakata City
Address: Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Hakata, Hakataekichuogai 1-1
Hours: 17:00-24:00
Nearest Station: JR Hakata Station
Access: Directly connected to JR Hakata Station
Phone: +81-92-431-8484
Official Website: JR Hakata City

4. Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
Address: Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Higashi, Saitozaki 18-25
Hours: March 1st-October 31st 9:30-17:30; November 1st-February 28th/29th 9:30-17:00
Closed: December 31, January 1, first Monday of February and following day
Nearest Station: By train, JR Uminonakamichi Station (Ekiguchi Gate), By bus, Marine World Uminonakamichi
Access: From JR Hakata Station, transfer at Kashii Station, alight at JR Uminonakamichi Station (Ekiguchi Gate)
Nishitetsu, From Bus Tenjin Yubinkyokumae (18), alight at Marine World Uminonakamichi, 3 minute walk
Price Range: Adult (age 15+) 410 yen, Silver (65+) 219 yen, Children (Elementary/jhs) 80 yen, Under elementary School free
Phone: +81-92-603-1111
Official Website: Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

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