Early - Mid
Kobe Luminarie from Kobe municipal building

Kobe Luminarie

Commemorating the Great Hanshin earthquake

By Manish Prabhune    - 1 min read
Venue: Kobe Foreign Settlement When: Early - Mid Dec 2020
Notice: The dates for this event are not yet confirmed. This page will be updated once the official date(s) are announced by the event organizers. Please check the official event site for the latest info.

Kobe Luminarie is held every year in the first two weeks of December to commemorate the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995. Luminarie is an Italian word meaning illumination using miniature bulbs. The bulbs in the Kobe Luminarie have been provided by the Italian government and the illumination symbolizes hope for Kobe citizens.

Kobe Luminarie is held at the Kyu Gaikokujin Kyoryuchi and the Higashi Yuenchi.

Times vary by day:

  • Monday to Thursday 6 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Friday 6 pm - 10 pm
  • Saturday 5 pm - 10 pm
  • Sunday 5 pm - 9:30 pm

The event entrance is free but 100-yen donations can be made to support this 1995 Osaka earthquake requiem event.

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Manish Prabhune @manish.prabhune

Travelling to various places and locations in Japan for over 20 years now, I want to share my experiences and also hear about destinations that I still have not been to in the land of the rising sun. Am a photography enthusiast and love to do slow shutter blue hour photography in Tokyo.

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Elena Lisina 8 months ago
Fantastic! Great shots!!!
Kim B 8 months ago
Olga 5 years ago
A wonderful illumination!!
Jeradyne Cheong 5 years ago
Relinda Puspita 5 years ago
Beautiful! I wonder is it free to enter municipal building?