Anytime is a good time to visit Huis Ten Bosch, but the Hikari no Okoku (The Kingdom of Light) event, which takes place from early November through early April is especially alluring!
Hikari no Okoku is billed as the world’s greatest festival of lights featuring over 11 million bulbs illuminating the entire park. The event began in 2009 and each year promises to be bigger and better than the previous year.
The largest illumination spot within the park is the Art Garden of Light. Here you will find the Blue Wave, a rippling sea of blue light, which creates a vision of splendor. From there, make your way to the Palace of Light, a large palace located deep within the park. In the palace garden, you will be treated to an illumination show choreographed to music and various holiday themed performances.
The Kingdom of Light event also features four major projection mapping shows, incorporating a fusion of illumination and 3D projection mapping that will delight everyone.
Don’t miss the Begonia Garden of Light where 15,000 begonias are brilliantly illuminated. The display is housed in the Mirror Ball Illuminated Garden.
Additionally, Huis ten Bosch‘s entire canal is illuminated in spectacular rainbow hues by underwater lights. This display of lights can be viewed both from the road running along the canal and from a canal boat traversing the waterway.
There is a Christmas Market offering special Christmas gifts for purchase along with hot cider, German sausages and other European delicacies to enjoy.
A Christmas concert is presented from December 20 to 25, featuring popular yuletide melodies and a visit by jolly old Santa Claus.
The illumination event begins at 5:00 PM and runs through 11:00 PM daily.
Huis Ten Bosch Station can be reached via the Nagasaki Station by the JR Seaside Liner. The journey will require approximately 75 minutes to complete and costs ¥1,470. Trains runs hourly and are fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and Kyushu Rail Pass.
Admission to the Theme Park Zone is ¥6,100 and allows unlimited entry to most attractions.
Address: Hausutenbosu-machi, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture 859-3243, Japan