Photo By: David Ramgobin

Top 10 Readers’ Photos In Japan: December 2019

Winter in Japan is a shimmering wonderland.

The December holiday season in Japan is all about lighting up the town. Cities across the country host elaborate light displays known as illuminations. These festive LED light-ups transform roads, parks, and other public spaces into amazing photo ops.

Many of them go past December into February and beyond, so you still have time to catch them! Check out our list of the Top 10 Winter Illuminations in Japan for the lowdown on where to go.

While you’re at it, enter our photo contest for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Awaji Island Anime Park’s Hinotori Illumination!

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✨✨We love the holiday light displays around Japan, aka Illuminations, almost as much as we love photo contests. So why not combine the two?? Huzzah! Behold our Winter Illumination Photo Contest! We're giving away two pairs of tickets to the awesome Night Walk project mapping attraction at Awaji Island Anime Park in Hyogo. It's inspired by the legendary Hinotori (Firebird) manga by Tezuka Osamu. All you have to do is tag your Japan Illumination photos with #GaijinPotTravel and #JapanIllumination for your chance to win! (Make sure you use both tags) Don't know where to catch the illuminations in Japan? Check out our list up of Japan's best winter light ups at the link in our bio. Contest goes until Jan. 20✨✨✨ #awajiisland #nijigennomori ##hyogo #tezukaosamu

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Every month, we select our favorite travel images from readers. Tag your photo on Instagram with #GaijinPotTravel for a chance to be featured on our site!

10. Cotton candy skies in Kagawa.

9. Morning stroll at Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto.

8. Shibuya Scramble Crossing on a rainy day.

7. Blade Runner feels in Kabukicho, Shinjuku.

6. Yokohama Chinatown is lit.

5. Patterns on patterns in Miyajima, Hiroshima.

4. Sunrise with a view of Mt. Fuji.

3. Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi lighting up our world.

2. An awesome view of Tokyo Tower from Roppongi Hills.

1. A different perspective at the Kobe Luminarie Illumination.

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We hope you guys aren’t having as much trouble remembering to write 2020 instead of 2019 on documents as we are. Tag your photo on Instagram with #GaijinPotTravel and #JapanIllumination until Jan. 20 to enter the contest. See you next month!