Gundam Yorunoyo Illumination
Photo: Gundam Factory Yokohama

The giant Gundam in Yokohama is lighting up for the city’s winter illuminations

See the life-size Gundam statue light up and move to music during two different illumination events

Youka Nagase
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Youka Nagase

If you're still yet to see the 18m-tall Gundam statue in Yokohama do its thing, now's your chance. Gundam Factory Yokohama is participating in the city's Yorunoyo illumination this year, along with 26 other venues including major hubs like the Red Brick Warehouse, Cosmoworld and Yokohama Landmark Tower. The light show runs for five minutes every half hour between 5.30pm and 9pm, where you’ll get to see Yokohama’s Shinko area illuminated in iridescent green and blue lights. 

The life-size mecha is joining in, too, lighting up and moving to the special Yorunoyo Night Viewing music. The robot will spring into action twice a day for five minutes, at 6pm and 7pm, until January 3 2023

Not to worry if you can’t make it at those times, though – you can still catch Gundam Factory’s own GFY Winter Illumination. The show also features lights and movement by the Gundam itself, and runs three times a day for 25 minutes at 3.20pm, 5.20pm and 7.20pm until January 9 2023

The best place to see the entire Yorunoyo Night Viewing illumination is from Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, but you’ll also get a superb view from the Gundam Lab deck on the second floor. Note that tickets (¥1,650, children ¥1,100) are required to enter Gundam Factory and see the mecha illumination up close. 

Visit Gundam Factory Yokohama’s website for more information.

This article was originally published on December 13 2021 and updated on December 6 2022.

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