関西在住の外国人家族のための遊び場情報サイトです。
This website is to provide information about Kansai to foreign families.

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NATIONAL HOLIDAY & EVENTS IN DECEMBER.

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Dec. 2nd

Kencha Matsuri in Kyoto

Kitanotenmangu

You can join a tea ceremony.
TEL:075-461-0005

Dec.7th & 8th

Senbo Shakado in Kyoto

Daikon-daki at Senbon Shakado, Arashiyama

Japanese radish is boiled & served.
The Arashiyama & Togetsu-kyo Bridge region is beautiful & is a famouse historical area.
TEL:075-861-0012

Dec. 9th & 10th

Japanese radish is boiled in Kyoto

Ryotoku Temple 了徳寺

It is said that it after one eats this radish that has been offered to the Gods, they will not catch a cold.
City bus from Hankyu Shijo Kawaramachi/Keihan Sanjo Stns. to Narutaki-Honmachi Stop.
TEL:075-463-0714

Dec.13rd & 14th

Akogishi Matsuri in Hyogo

Ako Royal Samurai Festival

http://www.city.ako.hyogo.jp/visitor/gishi/
Ako Castle
A parade of Ako samurai famous for Chushingura.
15 min. walk from JR Ako Stn.
TEL:0791-42-2602

Dec. 15th -18th

Kasuga-Wakamiya Festival in Nara

Kasuga Taisha Shrine

An important cultural asset in Japan.
This festival has continued for 870 years.
TEL:0742-22-7788

Dec. 21st to 25th

Last Ichi in Kyoto

Toji

It is the last market of the year.
TEL:075-691-3325

Kitanotenmangu

It is the last market of the year.
It is traditional to receive plums from the Shinto Shrine, put them in hot water & drink them on New Year's Day so one will be happy & healthy in the New Year.
It is a tradition that has continued for over 1 000 years.
TEL:075-461-0005

Dec. 31st

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Joya no Kane

There is a long line of people who go to watch JOYANOKANE, the 108 ringings of the bell by Buddhist monks, before midnight of the New Year at Chion Temple. It is also held at other temples but this is a popular place. At other places, people can line up to ring the bell.

Joya no Kane in Kyoto

Chion's bell is the biggest in Japan.
Yasaka Shrine
Nanzenji
Kiyomizu Temple
Daigoji
Eikando
Tenryuji
Byodoin

Joya no Kane in Osaka

Taiyuji
Shitennoji
Minamimido
Kitamido

Joya no Kane in Hyogo

Taisanji
Honkoji

Joya no Kane in Nara

Todaiji Shoro
Yakushiji
Toshodaiji

Okera Mairi in Kyoto

Yasaka Shrine

Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Rice cakes are boiled with vegetables from the sacred fire of Yasaka Shrine & served.
It is said that one will have good health for the New Year.
TEL:075-561-6155

Christmas in Osaka

Universal Wonder Christmas

Universal Studios

http://www.usj.co.jp/UWX06/e_index.html
The park will be decorated with approximately 300-450 000 lights.

EXPO Park Christmas

Illuminight Expo 2009 winter

http://park.expo70.or.jp/
20th.Dec-24th.
16:00-21:00 (Last entry at 20:30)
The park will be decorated.

HERBIS Plaza Ent Christmas Illumination

Umeda

There is a 5 m tall gold tree decorated with Swarovski ornaments & 100 000 LED lights in the entrance.
TEL:06-6343-7500 

Midosuji

Osaka From Kita to Minami

http://www.pref.osaka.jp/toshimiryoku/illumi/
There is a great gate with 1 000 000 lights.
Lighting period:Dec. 12th-Jan. 31st

Kaiyukan

Osaka From Kita to Minami

http://www.kaiyukan.com/
There is a great gate with 330 000 lights & a 22 m tall gold tree decorated .
Lighting period:Oct. 30th-Feb. 21st.
TEL:06-6576-5501

ATC Green Xmas

Nanko

http://www.atc-co.com/
Seaside Xmas.
A large wreath is made from fir and trees are decorated with lights. Various events are held.
300 000 lights are illuminated.
Lighting period:Nov. 1st-Dec. 25th
TEL:06-6615-5230

Sky Building Germany Christmas Market

Kita-ku

http://www.skybldg.co.jp/
The Christmas tree is one of the world's tallest at 27 m & is decorated with about 100 000 lights. There are many craft shops & food stalls. The hot wine & the crepes are delicious. There is a lot of entertainment throughout the day & you can ride on one of the four oldest Merry-Go-Rounds in the world.

Toyonaka Romantic Christmas Road

Toyonaka

http://www.romachika.com/
The restaurants & stores along the 2 km street are decorated with Christmas lights.

Big Step Christmas

Shinsaibashi

http://www.big-step.co.jp/
A huge tree of 15 m in height & 7 m in diameter is decorated with 40 000 lights.

HOOP

Abeno

There is a great gate with 400 000 lights & a 3.5 m tree.
Lighting period:Oct. 18th-Jan. 7th
TEL:06-6626-2500

Nakanoshima Illumination Street

Kita-ku

http://www.hikari-renaissance.com/
Lighting period:Dec. 1st-25th
1 min. walk from Keihan Line or Midosuji Subway Line Yodoyabashi Stn. exit no. 1 or an 8 min. walk from the Keihan Nakanoshima Line Naniwabashi Stn. exit no. 1.
A Christmas tree is decorated in front of the City Hall & the street from Midosuji to Nakanoshima Library is lit up with beautiful lights.

Christmas in Hyogo

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Photo of Luminarie

Awaji Yumebutai

Awaji Island

http://www.kisekinohoshi.jp/
The flowers & plants are decorated with lights & look like they are from a picture book.
There is 10 m white tree & over 100 white flowers.
Lighting period:Nov. 1st-Mar. 31st
TEL:0799-74-1200

Kobe Luminarie

Chuo-ku

http://www.kobe-luminarie.jp
Nearest stations are JR Motomachi & Hanshin Motomachi
A street of lights are lit up in the evening. It is very beautiful but very crowded.
TEL:078-303-0038 (Secretariat)

Kobe Gas Lamp

Chuo-ku

http://www.harborland.co.jp
The street is usually decorated with gas lamps but during Christmas the zelkova roadside trees are decorated with about 80 000 lights
Lighting period:Nov. 1st-Mar. 31st
TEL:078-360-3639

Kobe Kitano Christmas Street

Chuo-ku

Mid to late December
The streets & the Ijinkan (Old Foreign Settlement) are lit up. Christmas events are also held.
Place: Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe

Canal Garden Kobe Harbourland

http://www.canalgarden.co.jp
A 21.5 m tree is decorated with lights.
Lighting period:Oct. 25th-Dec. 25th
TEL:078-360-5050

Mosaic

A Christmas tree & the large Ferris Wheel are lit up with blue lights.
They look beautiful in Kobe Bay.
Lighting period:Nov. 1st-Dec. 25th
TEL: 078-360-1722

Christmas in Kyoto

Kawaramachi Street

The ginko roadside trees are decorated with lights.

JR Kyoto Station

A tree of 22 m is decorated with about 40 000 lights.
Lighting period:Beginning of Nov.-Dec.25th
TEL:075-361-4401

Kyoto Northern Church

北山教会
Lighting period:Dec.1st-25th
TEL:075-707-6266

Lighting-City SHIN-PUH-KAN

A town of light appears.
Lighting period:Beginning of Nov.-Dec.25th
TEL:075-213-6688

Christmas in Wakayama

Christmas Wonderland in Marina City

http://www.marinacity.com
100 000 lights.
A fireworks show "Starlight Illusion" is held on Dec. 23rd.
Wakayama Marina City Porto Europa
TEL:073-448-0011

Shirahama Illumination

Christmas lights are decorated on the beach.

Lighting period:Dec.-Jan.
TEL:0739-42-2900

Christmas in Nara

Tenri Hikarino Saiten 光の祭典

Over 45 000 lights are lit at Tenri Stn.
Lighting period :Dec. 21st-Jan. 17th
TEL:0743-62-1945

Ikoma Station

There is a 9 m tree lit up at Kintetsu Nara Ikoma Stn.