[2020 Light-up] Q&A

Event schedule and times

Please see the schedule and times below

 DateLight-up Time
1stJan 1317:30 - 19:30
2ndJan 1917:30 - 19:30
3rdJan 2617:30 - 19:30
4thFeb 217:30 - 19:30
5thFeb 917:30 - 19:30
6thFeb 1617:30 - 19:30

How to make a reservation?

From 2019 the light-up event will be reservation only.

All the activities need to be booked in advance. Please note that without reservation, guests will be restricted to access the village.

There are 3 ways to make the reservation, please see the chart below:

 AccommodationTransportation
Observation tickets
Stay overnight
One day
(entrance fee / parking lot)
○ / X
Package tours○ / X○ / X
Tour Bus○ / X
○:include、X:exclude

If the guests do not make a reservation in advanced, there will be no return transportation available.

Please see more details below.

[2020 Light-up] Event Reservation Guide

2019.07.31

About your stay

Can I stay overnight in the village?

Yes! More details about the reservation will be released on the website in August. This event will not be on a first-come, first-serve basis, elected ones will be selected randomly.

The assigned parking lot is available for guests staying overnight.

Can I register more than one time?

No, multiple entries are considered invalid.

How to join the event if you can not stay overnight?

You can drive by your own or join the bus tour. No matter how do you get to the village, you must need to make a reservation in advanced.

Since 2019, you cannot access the village if you do not make a reservation.

 AccommodationTransportation
Observation tickets
Stay overnight
One day
(entrance fee / parking lot)
○ / X
Package tours○ / X○ / X
Tour Bus○ / X
○:include、X:exclude

If I book my stay in the village, is it include the ticket for observation desk?

Yes! Please contact us if you are concerned about it.

If I book my stay in the village, is it include the transportation?

No, please arrange your transport. Details will be sent to elected ones who have made a reservation beforehand.

About the observation deck

How to purchase the observation deck ticket?

It is not selling individually. If you would like to access the observation desk, please consider following ways

 AccommodationTransportation
Observation tickets
Stay overnight
One day
(entrance fee / parking lot)
○ / X
Package tours○ / X○ / X
Tour Bus○ / X
○:include、X:exclude

Is it possible to walk to the observation deck?

No, the path will be closed in winter due to the safety concerns.

Can I use a camera tripod?

No, the tripod is prohibited due to the limited space.

Can I drive to observation desk? Can I drive on the National Route 360 on the event date?

General vehicles cannot pass through after 3 p.m.

All vehicles parking in the observation deck parking lot should leave after 3 p.m.

About one day ticket (entrance fee + parking lot)

How to purchase day-tour ticket?

The reservation starts from 10th September on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each car requires 1 ticket.

[2020 Light-up] 1 day entrance (self-drive + parking lot)

2019.08.19

About equipping snow tires

Please equip your car with studless tires before coming to Shirakawa-go.

It is better for you to come with a four-wheel car.

Other than in the parking lot, where else can I get on/off my car?

You can only get on/off your car inside the parking lot.

Police will be patrolling around the village during the event. Vehicles that are against the laws will be charged.

Can I visit the village by taxi?

Yes, you can. However, please register in advance and wait for the result whether you have the parking permit and please get off at the special parking lot during the light-up event.

Bus ticket

Opens on 1st October. Please make your reservation here: https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/sale_shirakawago_illumination_en/

Others

Will the facilities and restaurants open on the event dates?

They will be open on the event dates.

However, most restaurants will be booked by groups. There may be not enough available seats for customers without booking.

Details will be sent to elected ones who have made a reservation beforehand.

About the lighted-up places

Soon to be released

For other inquiry, please contact us via the form below