The Mother Of All Illuminations Theme Parks!

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When I was a kid, every year in mid-December we’d all pile into the car and drive around to find the house with the most over-the-top Xmas decorations. No surprise, I am a total, total sucker for Xmas lights. But I never saw anything that even came close to the amazing, blazing Illuminations displays that Tokyo neighborhoods started putting on a few years ago! If you’re in Tokyo with me anytime from the end of November on, you will be dragged around to see them ALL, and don’t even try to get out of it.

But even the fabulosity of the Tokyo Illuminations couldn’t match THIS. This “Illumillions” theme park is way out in Sagamiko (past Takao Station, at the end of the Chuo Line) but it did not disappoint! See for yourself!

Lights, lights, as far as the eye can see! The whole mountainside was covered in lights!

Lights, lights, as far as the eye can see! The whole mountainside was covered in lights!

All the trees in the Fields Of Pink were lit up in gold.

All the trees in the Fields Of Pink were lit up in gold.

A meadow of giant electric flowers

A meadow of giant electric flowers

Enter this magical tunnel between the worlds...

Enter this magical tunnel between the worlds…

...and emerge into a glowing underwater wonderland.

…and emerge into a glowing underwater wonderland.

Denizens of the electric deep!

Denizens of the electric deep!

Atop the mountain, a ferris wheel and more delights.

Atop the mountain, a ferris wheel and more delights.

Through another flickering tunnel to...

Through another flickering tunnel to…

...the electric palace extravaganza, with ever-changing light show and dancing fountains set to music!

…the electric palace extravaganza, with ever-changing light show and dancing fountains set to music!

And of course, there was a tree.

And of course, there was a tree.

If you’d like to visit the Sagamiko “Illumillions” park, take the Chuo Rapid Line to Takao, then change to the local and get off at Sagamiko. It takes about an hour from Shinjuku Station. Open 5 pm – 9:30 pm (last admission 9 pm). Admission: Adults ¥600, Children ¥400. There is a map on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. If you want to see amazing Illuminations right in Tokyo, check out the places that had incredible displays in 2011, 2012, and 2013!

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