Kurokawa Onsen Yu Akari Illumination

Spectacularly crafted bamboo lights on display

Venue: Kurokawa Onsen When: Dec 23rd - Mar 31st 2024

One of the most beautiful illumination events on the winter calendar takes place at Kumamoto's Kurokawa Onsen. The Yu Akari Illumination is now in its tenth year, and it sees hundreds of locally-crafted bamboo lanterns decorating the town.

The bamboo lanterns come in two types - spherical temari lanterns, and cylindrical lanterns that stand approximately two meters in height - and they'll be illuminated from nightfall until 10 pm throughout the event's duration.

The event includes two types of bamboo-crafted lanterns - one cylindrical and one spherical
The event includes two types of bamboo-crafted lanterns - one cylindrical and one spherical (Photo: Kurokawa Onsen Tourist Ryokan Cooperative)

Admission is free of charge.

Getting there

The easiest way to access Kurokawa Onsen is either by private vehicle or by bus. Buses depart from Kumamoto Station several times daily, and the travel time is approximately three hours.

For those trying to utilize the train network as much as possible, the closest station is Aso Station (Hohi Main Line) which also offers bus services to Kurokawa Onsen, but they require advance reservations. These can be made by contacting Kyushu Sanko Bus on +81 96-325-8243.

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Justin Velgus 2 years ago
What a wonderful event combining popular wintertime illuminations when local crafts. Thanks for sharing! This one is a bit far from my part on Japan, but we can always dream.
Kim Author 2 years ago
Always good to dream! I'm sure there are loads of beautiful illumination events out your way, too!

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