Now every year, the Zelkova trees lining Aoba Dori and Jouzenji Dori are being illuminated with no less than 600 000 Christmas lights, turning downtown Sendai into a sea of lights! You will also find multiple gorgeous light display in the adjacent Kotodai Park, which are more than instagram-worthy!
The illuminated trees create a "tunnel of light" that engulfs you with a warm light, turning the cold winter night into a starlit cocoon. You might be surprised to hear that the lights are in fact specially designed LED lights, to allow for a much warmer and comfortable atmosphere than regular LED bulbs, which can often appear rather cool.
Be sure to also catch the so-called "star winks", moments when all the light bulbs turn off for a moment to then all turn on again simultaneously, giving you the impression that this sea of sparkling lights is giving you a wink! These "winks" are scheduled three times per day, usually at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.
But it's not just all lights and sparkles! There is a small ice skating rink in Kotodai Park, as well as some heated tents where you can warm up with some food and drinks, making it the perfect winter attraction!
When does it start:
How to get there:
From JR Sendai Station, take the Namboku Subway Line towards Izumi-cho and get off two stops later at Kotodaikoen Station. Then follow the exit signs for Jozenjidori.