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Fukuoka: Heartwarming Winter Illuminations in 2022-2023

This article features four must-see illumination spots for visitors to Fukuoka. Sights that will warm your heart this winter include the symbolic Fukuoka Tower, Tenjin Central Park, Hakata Station Square, and Uminonakamichi Seaside Park!


Fukuoka City, known as the gateway to Asia, is bustling with international visitors year-round. During the winter, the city hosts beautiful illuminations that have been highly acclaimed in recent years.

This article introduces four must-see illumination events in Fukuoka. Please let the glittering beauty of these lights warm your body and soul in wintertime.

1. Fukuoka Tower: See a 108-Meter-Tall Christmas Tree!

Experience Fukuoka's Heart-Warming Winter Illuminations in 2022-23!

The symbol of Fukuoka is the Fukuoka Tower. Up until Christmas Day on December 25, the tower's facade transforms into an image of a gigantic shining tree.

As you look at this visual display, snow gently falls and starts to pile up as the green tree gradually changes into a white one!

Also, don't miss Santa Claus, who can be seen descending from above with his bag of goodies. Last year, a new version was introduced with five different color patterns.

While the view of the tower from the ground is impressive, we recommend heading up to the top for Fukuoka's spectacular night scenery.

Light Up Period: November 18 to December 25, 2022
Light Up Hours: 17:00 - 23:00 *Until 24:00 from December 23 - 25

2. QTnet presents Hikari no Forest: Tenjin Central Park's New Focal Point

Experience Fukuoka's Heart-Warming Winter Illuminations in 2022-23!

At Tenjin Central Park, visitors can watch QTnet presents Hikari no Forest featuring its symbolic tree and illuminations.

Combined with Nakasu Kibo no Hikari, an event where trees along Nakasu Central Street and Nagahama-dori Avenue are lit up, Fukuoka gets enveloped in a warm and cozy Christmas atmosphere.

There is a public market that debuts on Fridays and weekends.

Light Up Period: November 17 to February 19, 2023
Light Up Hours: 17:00 - 24:00

3. JR Hakata Station: Visit the Christmas Market

Experience Fukuoka's Heart-Warming Winter Illuminations in 2022-23!

Photo by Pixta

Hakata Station Square is a bustling area with people constantly coming and going. The concept behind the illumination for 2022 is "to be together."

This theme encourages us to have an open heart and walk alongside each other while cherishing our mutual connection. You'll also notice that various illuminations, including the starlit skies and an illuminated bouquet, colorfully decorate Hakata.

An annual Christmas Market is also held at Hakata Station Square. While sipping mulled wine, why not enjoy the light displays around Hakata Station?

Light Up Period: November 10 to January 11, 2023 *The Christmas Market runs until December 25.
Light Up Hours: 17:00 - 24:00

4. Uminonakamichi Seaside Park: See Japan's Largest Candle Art!

Experience Fukuoka's Heart-Warming Winter Illuminations in 2022-23!

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, a family-friendly national park, hosts an event called Uminaka Christmas Candle Night.

The highlight of this event is a candle art display comprised of 10,000 candles. This is a slightly different illumination where visitors can enjoy the warm glow of candles.

About 300 fireworks will also be set off during this event. A collaboration between fireworks and candles is something you usually can't experience. Please allow the warm light of the candles and the fireworks display to send you into deep relaxation.

Of course, you'll be making some unforgettable winter memories here!

Light Up Period: December 17 - 18 and 24 - 25, 2022
Light Up Hours: 17:30 - 21:00 (last admission is 20:30)

All pictures from Pixta *This is a 2022 revised edition of an article that was originally published on December 14, 2015.

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