There are countless, marvelous holiday illumination events taking place in Japan during the winter months, but did you know that there is an equally grand illumination event that takes place during the summer? Located in Myoko-shi, Niigata, the Myoko Happiness Illumination is a large scale summer illumination event that runs from early August through mid-November.
The event takes place at the APA Hotel & Resort Joetsu Myoko located in Myoko City. The resort is popular for its indoor and outdoor onsens (hot spring baths), an 18-hole golf course and its stunning mountain scenery. The Myoko Happiness Illumination event takes advantage of the resort’s vast grounds to create amazing images using 1.2 million bidirectional LED lights. The illumination event also features the world’s largest tunnel of light measuring 984 feet, the Gate of Happiness and the Wishing Bell.
At the 8th hole of the golf course, there is a three-dimensional illumination display called dragon eggs. It is a fantastic light and sound show that is designed to stimulate all five of your senses.
Visitors can also take advantage of the various food and souvenir booths set up nearby and enjoy some limited edition and local specialties.
The event hours are from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM and there is an admission charge of ¥1,000 (¥900 if tickets are purchased in advance).
If you are fortunate enough to visit Japan during the summer months, do take advantage of the fabulous fireworks displays that Japan is known for and include a visit to this amazing illumination event as well.
The resort is accessible from Tokyo via the Marunouchi Line – Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line towards Ikebukuro, transferring to the Hokuriku Shinkansen towards Nagano and finally transferring to the JR Shinetsu Main Line towards Naoetsu, disembark at the Sekiyama Station. The entire journey requires approximately four hours.