This Amusement Park in Tokyo Is Covered Entirely with Beautiful Lights
They're in the colors of gemstones!
4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi, Tokyo
Open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. (On some days, they're open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
How to get there: Take the 5 to 10-minute gondola lift from Keio Yomiuriland train station (Keio Line) or take the 5-minute bus ride from Yomiuriland Mae (Odakyu line) train station (about 35 minutes from Shinjuku).
Once it starts to get cold in Japan, expect to find cities lit up with illumination events. Tokyo, you'll find, has no shortage of them. This year, Yomiuriland, one of Japan's popular and long-established amusement parks, commissioned Motoko Ishii, one of the world's renowned lighting designers and the same designer who designed the lights for Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Rainbow Bridge, to work her magic on as many as 6,000,000 LED lights throughout the park.
The illumination event, now on its ninth year, is specially named Jewellumination as the lights are in the colors of gemstones. The whole park is divided into eight areas: The Jade Garden, Tanzanite Promenade, Pink Sapphire Town, Amber Forest, Emerald Mountain, Diamond Aurora World, Tourmaline Beach, and the Blue Sapphire Fountain.
To get the most bang for your buck, visit the park from 4 p.m. onwards to avail their Night Pass (¥2,400/¥1,400 if for entrance only). Here's our recommended route below:
Yomiuriland is not just about exciting rides and illuminations. While waiting for the sun to set, check out the Blue Sapphire Fountain area (called the Good Job!! Area during the daytime or ordinary days). Here, you can customize your own Nissin's U.F.O. Noodles, design your own KOKUYO's Campus Notebook, or try to assemble your own car and drive it.
If you're into skating, the outdoor swimming pool area has been turned into an ice skating rink and will stay frozen until March 3, 2019. You can also take Yomiuriland's gondola called Skyshuttle for a good look at the whole park while it's still light.
Head to the Diamond Aurora World area to watch the park's fountain shows, which run every 15 minutes starting from 5 p.m.
You can also take your first thrilling ride in the Amber Forest area where Japan's first enormous 40-rider disc, Hashibiro GO!, spins and swings from 15.5 meters high.
The highlight of this year's illumination is the Emerald Mountain area. This 25-meter-high near-symmetrical pyramid is shaped after the Matterhorn Mountain of the Alps. Halfway down the mountain is the Jewelry Gelande, which is a wide lighted slope for everyone to enjoy.
Get your phones ready as you pass along the 140-meter-long Spiral Passage in Pink Sapphire Town.
You can either take a break with a hot bowl of ramen or udon from the food stalls in the Jade Garden area or indulge yourself with snacks in Pink Sapphire Town.
You can also test your limits on the incredibly intense Starlight Bandit-Shooting Star Roller Coaster. One of its highlights is the fact that you can enjoy the beautiful park view for a moment before you're forced to hang on for dear life. If you're going on this ride during the day, you might even catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji.
Take a relaxing short walk at the Tanzanite Promenade.
Take your last look of the entire park by getting on the Jewelry Aurora-Night Ferris Wheel to appreciate the illumination from a bird's eye view.
Jewellumination started on October 11, 2018 and will end on February 17, 2019.
For the latest details of the illumination event and the park's other upcoming events, check out Yomiuriland's website.
Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (29 November 2018)