Midosuji and Hikari Illuminations

Night Museum of the Lights

Nov 3rd
Jan 31st
Venue: Osaka City Hall When: Nov 3rd - Jan 31st 2022

The historical lifeblood of Osaka has always been its waterways. So much so that it became a merchant city, trading with other cities with the canals that criss-cross the city. While these days commerce takes place elsewhere, the theme of water is one that is celebrated in the Osaka Hikari Renaissance, a series of light up and festival events taking place in Fall and Winter each year.

The festival has grown from its aquatic heart to other centers, which encompass Midosuji Boulevard, while the main Hikari Illuminations are from mid to late December. This is a family-friendly event that has grown in popularity over recent years. Be sure to bring some winter clothes as the evenings can get chilly, with the illuminations taking place between 5 pm and 10 pm.

Getting there

Key events take place along Midosuji Boulevard and Dojimahama, all within a short level walk, approximately ten minutes from the subway stations on the Midosuji Line, with the key stations being Yodoyobashi and Shinsaibashi.

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Novia Mardasari 4 months ago
It’s good. Sapporo area also has good Illumination event (さっぽろホワイトイルミネーション) on November.
Yui Yamaguchi 3 years ago
Light projector thing is trendy over the world? Like to see what kind of design they're showing!
Bonson Lam Author 3 years ago
Yes, very true! From Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Okinawa and Osaka, it is a great way to get people to celebrate together on the streets as a community and feel the joy of partying together. I would love to see it in Osaka in November.