Yomiuriland Amusement Park is a great place for a romantic and family-friendly getaway for the winter season. With a myriad of lights adorning every ride, tree, and bush – this winter wonderland is sure to make its patrons enjoy the cold season. Illumination season does not end with the holidays and lasts all the way until February. to make sure everyone gets a chance to enjoy their unique atmosphere.

Every year the Jewellumination’s theme is different, so even if you visited the park illuminations in the past -decorations have new ways to amuse you. Produced by Motoko Ishii, a famous lighting designer, this season’s illuminations features 30 different colors and eight types of lights. The amusement park is open from 9 a.m., but the illuminations light up at 4 p.m. and the park closes at 9 p.m.

Start your Jewellumination experience with a stroll through the light-adorned passages and gardens. Next, enjoy five-minute water fountain shows that start at 5 p.m. and reoccur every 15 minutes. For a thrilling experience, ride a roller-coaster in the dark with only a string of lights illuminating your way or try out the new ice-skating rink. Take in the view of the entire park from a Ferris-wheel. Sip on a uniquely-rich hot chocolate as you revel in the magical atmosphere of the place. Don’t forget to capture the beautiful tunnel of lights.

Yomiuriland grounds hold a variety of restaurants and food stands to keep you full and warm. Enjoy delicious Japanese cuisine and unique sweets of the park including hot waffles, popcorn, churros and all kinds of ice-cream. A variety of hot drinks is also available including spiced mulled wine to make sure you retain the much-needed warmth.

The best news of all? Yomiuriland made the park admission for Yokota Air Base residents only 500 yen for Martin Luther King Day on 15 January. Just show your military ID at the entrance to enjoy the park’s views for free or receive a big discount for an all-inclusive pass.

To get the best out of your Jewellumination experience make sure to dress warm, bring yen or a credit card and get the park’s English map by the entrance. Carpool with friends if you can, for parking can get quite pricey if you are taking multiple cars. You can also opt for a bus tour to Yumiuriland with ITT if you don’t feel like driving after a fun-filled day at the park.

Call Information, Tickets & Travel for more information at 227-7083 or visit Yomiuriland’s official website.

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Photos courtesy: Viktoriya Fajardo