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Shiraito Falls Christmas Session

Midwinter light up of the falls in Karuizawa

Venue: Shiraito Falls When: Dec 22nd - Dec 25th 2023
While this event is confirmed, coronavirus measures may result in sudden cancellation, postponement or changes to the event format (eg online only). While we do our best to keep our listings updated, please check the official event website for the latest info.

The Shiraito Falls are located in Karuizawa on the Nagano side. Karuizawa straddles both Nagano and Gunma prefectures. The falls are lit up during select periods in winter. The first of those illumination periods is called the "Christmas session". This year's Christmas session runs from December 22nd to 25th.

After the Christmas Session, there will be a New Year Session and a Valentine's Day Session.

Please note, there are no buses running to this event. They request that you come by car or taxi. Also, while the attraction and the event are free, you have to pay a charge for using the Shiraito Highland Way toll road. The Shiraito Highland Way is a scenic route through a lush forest. It connects old Karuizawa with Mount Asama. The featured photo is one segment of the road during daytime hours.

Getting there

Access by private car or taxi only. Take the Shiraito Highland way from Asama Shirane Shiga Sawayaka Highway.

More info

Find out more about Shiraito Falls.

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Kim 3 years ago
I visited here a few years ago, and it was beautiful - can only imagine it's even more stunning with illuminations!
Lynda Hogan Author 3 years ago
Its beautiful isn't it. Quite atypical scenery too.

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