Winter is the time when Japan is bedazzled with gorgeous light displays and Tokyo has quite a few of its own illumination events going on right now. Similarly, you’ll also find a light-up spectacle at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki prefecture, a theme park modelled after the famous royal palace of the Netherlands and the iconic canals of Amsterdam.
Known as the Canal Art Festival, this sparkling event is running until Friday February 26. It features colourful light art including butterfly-themed formations and projection mapping throughout the park’s canals, bridges, banks and waterfronts.
Another highlight at the festival are the two show-stopping canal cruises. The Light and Fountain Canal and the Night Canoe will take you through the park’s waterways to enjoy all the lights on display.
The Canal Art Festival also coincides with Huis Ten Bosch’s annual Kingdom of Light winter illumination, which sees the entire park light up with 13 million brilliant sparklers.
Day passes to Huis Ten Bosch are ¥7,000 per adult and ¥4,600 per child. For admission after 3pm, adult tickets are ¥5,000 and children are ¥3,300. Admission after 5pm gets further reduced to ¥4,000 for adults and ¥2,600 for children. For ticketing information, see the theme park website.
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