You may or may not have noticed, but winter has well and truly arrived with each passing day bringing a further drop in the temperature. At this time of year we love nothing more than spending time with friends under the kotatsu, devouring mikan (mandarin) and eating delicious nabe, or hot pot, by the gallons (if you have any good nabe recipes please share!). But despite the cold weather it's actually a great time to get out and see some of the many beautiful illumination attractions that spring up all around Japan at the end of year.
|The amazing Kobe Luminarie.|
The streets are jammed with people, everyone following a cordoned off path that leads to the main illumination site. The crowds create a rousing atmosphere and there is a growing sense of anticipation with every corner you turn. One final turn onto the main avenue and there the Luminarie will be shining in all its glory!
|Lights, lights everywhere!|
There is something fantastical about illuminations in Japan. They capture the imagination of young and old. They’re magical places which many couples visit as a date night. Undoubtedly the memories of visiting illuminations becomes an important one in their relationship. If you’re honeymooning in Japan, or are a couple on a romantic trip at this time of year, these illuminations are highly, highly recommended.
|Sky view of the Kobe Luminarie.|