Shining Flyway, the Blue Forest

Annual illumination at Keyaki Hiroba in Tamaari Town

Early Nov
Mid Feb
Venue: Keyaki Hiroba When: Early Nov 2021 - Mid Feb 2022

Each year the Keyaki Hiroba creates a beautiful night scene with their winter illumination, which takes on a different theme each year. This year they have called it "Shining Flyway, the Blue Forest". They use half a million lights to illuminate the trees in the area and also create photo spots out of lights.

Keyaki Hiroba is in Tamaari Town, which was formerly called Saitama Shintoshin and / or Saitama Super Arena. They rebranded the area last year. This year is the 20th anniversary of the complex by the JR Saitama Shintoshin station. The illumination is starting a couple of weeks later than normal this year. It normally starts in October, but the 2020 - 2021 display won't be switched on until November 7th this year. It will run until Valentine's Day, February 14th 2021, which is the 'usual' end date of this illumination event annually.

Getting there

By public transport: the Keyaki Hiroba is minutes walk from the JR Saitama Shintoshin station.

By car: Parking is available in both Saitama Super Arena and Cocoon City, each a few minutes walk from the illumination area. Please note parking is charged by the hour.

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Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog for 14 of them.  Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experience some off-the-international-tourist-trail locations and meet with locals and national tourists. I hope to introduce a taste of what there is to do and see in my articles on Japan Travel and help you with your Saitama travel planning.  Be sure to stop by my website where you will find 600 things to do in Saitama and 400 active events! 

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Bonson Lam a year ago
This is truly magical! Thank you for this.
Lynda Hogan Author a year ago
We enjoy viewing this display every year. They change it slightly year on year so there's always a new feature to look forward to. :)
Elena Lisina a year ago
Ah, to see beautiful illumination is my dream!
Lynda Hogan Author a year ago
:( Hopefully you can sooner than expected :)
Kim a year ago
The tail end of the year is definitely here when these events start popping up!
Lynda Hogan Author a year ago
So true :) Hard to believe its that time of the year already! You'd think time would have gone slower while we're all at home more than normal due to the pandemic, but bizarrely it feels like this year has gone by quicker than most!