The Mother Of All Illuminations Theme Parks!
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!
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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