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A Theme Park Full Of Jewels! Illuminations At Yomiuriland In Tokyo
Looking for gorgeous lights, attractions, and activities? Visit Yomiuriland, just 30 minutes by train from Shinjuku Station, to make your wishes come true. Read to learn about Yomiuriland Jewellumination~Jewelry Olympus~, a limited-time light-up event.
Written by MATCHA-PR
An Amusement Park With Jewel-Like Light-Up Displays
The illumination event “Yomiuriland Jewellumination ~Jewelry Olympus~” (Jewellumination) is held at Yomiuriland in Tokyo from Thursday, October 24, 2019 to Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
Jewellumination, a blending of the words jewelry and illumination, is the world’s first illumination using LED lights to create gemstone-inspired shades. Ms. Motoko Ishii, a prominent lighting designer who worked on special illuminations for the Tokyo Tower and Eiffel Tower in Paris, was in charge of the production.
2019 marks the tenth anniversary of this special light event. This year, 6.5 million lights—the highest number used for this annual spectacle—are used to create a truly jewel-like radiance. Twelve Greek mythology-inspired areas allow visitors to take in the winter light-ups while riding on roller coasters, go-karts, and other attractions.
*Please check the official website before visiting to know which dates the amusement park is closed.
Enjoy Amazing Lights with Dazzling Attractions
The view of Giant Sky River from the queuing area
Visitors can enjoy rides and attractions while admiring the illuminations during Jewellumination.
The waiting area for Giant Sky River, a 25-meter water slide, provides a magnificent panoramic view of the illuminations and evening cityscape.
Below we introduce more attractions to experience while gazing at the sparkling lights!
Starlight Bandit~Shooting Star Roller Coaster~
Bandit, the most popular roller coaster at Yomiuriland, transforms into its night version, Starlight Bandit~Shooting Star Roller Coaster~, once the illuminations are turned on.
The roller coaster drops from 51 meters at an intense speed of 110 kilometers per hour. It’s a powerful ride that whizzes through the amusement park like a shooting star.*
The fire production that shoots out as riders yell, “Go! Bandit!” is also worth checking out.
*Riders must be at least 120 centimeters tall (about 3’11”) and restricted for elementary school age and up.
Go-Kart Family Course
In Hera’s Court, a charming area with a radiance that’ll remind you of fruit, you can try a two-person go-kart attraction called the Family Course.*
The 600-meter course decorated in illuminations allows you to enjoy the surrounding scenery as you enter through tunnels and go around curves. Riders will be able to take beautiful pictures and videos of the illuminations from the passenger seat.
*Riders must be at least 130 centimeters (about 4’3”) in the driver’s seat, 90 centimeters (about 2’11.5”) in the passenger’s seat, and age 3 and up.
Slide Through the Lights! An Exclusive Event-Based Activity!
At Zeus's Court, located deep within the park, you'll find the Olympus Summit, an attraction inspired by the supreme god's imperial court. This sparkling 25-meter-tall mountain is like the symbol of Jewellumination.
Here, you can ride down the Jewelry Ski Slope Tube Slider, a special attraction during this seasonal event. The fee is 300 yen for 15 minutes per tube. Tubes can be used by children ages three and up.* Make unforgettable memories by visiting with your family and sliding down this colorful slope together.
*Ages 5 and below must be accompanied by an adult.
A Must-See! Impressive Fountain Shows
Be sure to catch one of the dazzling fountain shows at Poseiden's Court held every 15 minutes starting from 17:00 daily. The Pool WAI area—bustling with visitors during the summer—has been designed in the image of Poseidon, the god of the sea, for the event.
La Fontaine, one of the fountain shows, is a dynamic 60-meter-wide show with 242 jets shooting water 15-meters high. You won't be able to take your attention off the enormous ring fountains, water screens, fire, and lasers with the exciting music in the background!
The Ice Skating Rink White Jewel opened near the fountains on November 16, 2019 (separate entry fee). Have fun ice skating while gazing at the illuminations!
Capture the Magically Lit-Up Atmosphere
This is Hermes’s Court, decorated with a multitude of lights in a variety of hues. In this area, you’ll find Hermes Promenade: a 180-meter-long boulevard adorned in colorful illuminations.
The Light on Dance show, which features dancers moving to the beat of fun music, is also held in this area. Both the dancers and illuminations are simultaneously lit up!
The Spiral Passage
The Spiral Passage, a 140-meter-long light tunnel near the Hermes Promenade, is another spot you'll want to stop by.
The lights change from red to blue then to green, one after another, in a spiral pattern. The inspiration behind this captivating production is a journey through space and time. Take a picture with the stars shooting through the tunnel!
Take the Perfect Picture
Want to take a picture to post for social media? Then head to the Jewelry Scallops in Aphrodite's Court near the Olympus Summit.
Step inside the glittering scallops to take a stunning picture inspired by Botticelli's masterpiece "The Birth of Venus."
These adorable, fruit-shaped drinks are another item you'll want to capture to share on your social media accounts. Hotmeals, a shop in Atemis's Court, sells the Jewellumination beverage Light Up! Fruits Cup Drink (650 yen with tax/drink *sold from 16:00).
Press the button under the fruit-shaped cup to make the LED lights blink in a rhythmical pattern! Take a picture of your cups with Jewelry Garland, an illumination near the shop, as your backdrop to add a bit more glam to your photos.
If you want to surprise everyone with a unique picture, then stop by the Goodjoba!! area where you can experience craft-making. In Splash U.F.O.—a river rafting attraction—a gigantic kettle art piece towers over the course as ride-goers wait for their Nissin Yakisoba U.F.O. (a type of cup noodle yakisoba) to head off.
Water will sometimes pour out from the kettle, so wait a bit to take the best shot.
Access from Shinjuku Station
To get to Keio-Yomiuriland Station, the closest station to Yomiuriland, take the Keio Line from Shinjuku Station to arrive in 21 minutes.
If you ride the semi-special express or limited express train (Shinjuku Station Platform 2 or 3), you will need to make a transfer. However, this is the fastest method to get to the Keio-Yomiuriland Station. Alight the train once at Chofu Station, then transfer to the rapid, semi-express, or local train (which will stop at all stations) bound for Hashimoto.
If you're worried about transferring, then take the semi-express train for Hashimoto that leaves from Shinjuku Station on the Keio New Line (Platform 4). This method takes 35 minutes.
Please refer to this page on how to transfer lines at Shinjuku Station.
Ride the Gondola from the Station!
Utilize the Gondola Sky Shuttle as you'll be able to take in the view between Keio-Yomiuriland Station and Yomiuriland. It is very convenient, bringing you to Yomiuriland's front entrance in five minutes.
Exit the station's ticket gates and continue left to find the gondola platform (500 yen round-trip). There is only one ticket gate at the station, so you won't get lost finding the platform.
Look outside the gondola to see Tokyo's spanning cityscape right below you. On the way home, you can see the evening cityscape and the illuminations from the gondola––be sure to take a photo. You can remain lost in this brilliant world until you arrive at the station.
Yomiuriland - Be Sure to Visit Again!
Yomiuriland is a very popular amusement park. In 2019, the company celebrated its 70th anniversary. Restaurants and food stalls selling snacks are also scattered throughout the park, making it a place that you can enjoy all day, with attractions in the day and Jewellumination in the evening.
If you want to have fun into the night, how about planning a visit to this thrilling park?
Written by Manabu Nakagawa
Photos by Karin Hirokawa
Sponsored by YOMIURI LAND CO., LTD.