Ten days from Friday, January 19 to Sunday, January 28, 2024. at Higashi Yuenchi, the Former Foreign Settlement, and Meriken Park in KOBE.

神戸ルミナリエ 神戸ルミナリエ







at Higashi Yuenchi Park
The Former Foreign Settlement,
Meriken Park. KOBE


What is

Kobe Luminarie is one of the largest
illumination events in Japan,
held in the city center of Kobe.

Held since 1995 to commemorate
the victims of the Great Hanshin-Awaji
Earthquake and to pass on their
memories to next generations.
Now, it is popular as an
annual winter event.

Although the event had to be postponed
due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
it is held for the first time
in four years in January 2024.


The 29th Kobe Luminarie has ended. Please look forward to the next year’s event.







Lighting hours / Twilight ~ 21:30


During the period of the festival, illumination artworks are displayed in various locations in the central city area of Kobe, including Higashi Yuenchi, the Former Foreign Settlement Area and Meriken Park.
Admission is free and reservations are not required, but tickets are required to see some of the artworks in Meriken Park venue.

Exhibition Area (Free)

Exhibition Area (Charged)


Meriken Park Venue

Galleria & Frontone

photo : Galleria

A 70m long light corridor “Galleria” is set up in Meriken Park. At the entrance of the Galleria, a 40m wide and 15m high entrance work, “Frontone,” is displayed.

※ The Galleria and Frontone are charged areas and require the purchase of a ticket.

Around the fee-charging area, there is a display of artwork with the names of sponsors, free for all to view. In addition, official Luminarie goods and Kobe’s famous snacks are on sale.

Higashi Yuenchi Venue

Spalliera &
Cassa Armonica

photo : Spalliera

At the Higashi Yuenchi venue, “Spalliera,” a 39m-long, 19m-high work, and “Cassa Armonica,” an 11m-high, 7.6m-diameter music hall of light, are to be exhibited.Booths offering local cuisine of Kobe are also to be set up in the park.

The Former Foreign
Settlement Venue

Billboard of Light
& Rosone

photo : Billboard of Light

In the plaza in front of the Mitsui Sumitomo bank Kobe headquarters building, a “Billboard of Light” 7.2m-high and 14m~18 m wide, and a 10m-high tree-shaped work are to be exhibited. In addition, 3m-high work called ” Rosone”, and other works from 3m to 8m height are displayed in various places in the Former Foreign Settlement area.


The works at the Meriken Park venue (“Galleria” and “Frontone”) are charged areas, and the following tickets are required for admission.

▼ Price

Advance ticket / 500 JPY
Same-day ticket / 1,000 JPY

▼ How to Buy

【Advance ticket】

Online or at convenience stores (Lawson or Ministop)

Click here to buy online

【Same-day ticket】

Same-day tickets are sold at the Meriken Park venue from 15:00 on each day during the event.

※ Same-day tickets may not be sold depending on the sales of advance tickets. It is recommended to purchase advance tickets.

Notes on Tickets
  • ・Free admission for elementary school students and younger (must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
  • ・All tickets are time and date specific and must be purchased by selecting a viewing time slot between 17:30 and 21:30. The time slots are (1) 17:30-18:30, (2) 18:30-19:30, (3) 19:30-20:30, and (4) 20:30-21:30 on each day *Lights will be turned off at 21:30.
  • ・No entry will be permitted if you arrive earlier than the time indicated on the ticket you purchased.
  • ・If you forget or lose your admission ticket, you will not be admitted under any circumstances regardless of the reason.
  • ・Visitors may enter at any time during the designated time. We anticipate that admission will be concentrated at the start of the event, so we ask for your cooperation in staggering your entry within the time frame.
  • ・Please note that even if you purchase a ticket for a specific date and time, you may be asked to wait for admission depending on how crowded the venue is.
  • ・If you are late for the designated time, you may be denied admission. In such cases, tickets will not be refunded.
  • ・No refunds, changes or cancellations due to customer circumstances.
  • ・Only one person can be admitted with one ticket.
  • ・Quantities are limited. Please purchase as soon as possible as they may be sold out.
  • ・In the event that the organizer has no choice but to cancel the event due to inclement weather, etc., a refund will be issued. In that case, we will inform you on our website, etc. (In the event of cancellation, please be sure to keep the tickets you purchased).

【Advance ticket】

  • ・Advance tickets can be purchased on the Lochike website and at Loppi at Lawson and Ministop stores nationwide until 23:59 the day before the event. (L code: 54036)
  • ・Each person may purchase up to 15 tickets per purchase.
  • ・Payment and ticketing must be made within the time period after the reservation application is submitted. If payment is not made by the deadline, the reservation will be cancelled. Please check the information on the screen and complete the procedure by the deadline.
  • ・Paper tickets are required for admission. Please make sure to issue tickets at Lawson (or Ministop) stores.
  • ・Please note that if you detach the ticket stub before entering the venue, it will become invalid.
  • ・Please refrain from reselling tickets for profit (purchasing tickets for the purpose of resale is against the law and may be punishable). The organizer will not be held responsible for any problems related to the transfer or resale of tickets.

【Same-day ticket】

  • ・Same-day tickets will be sold at the Meriken Park venue from 15:00 on each day during Kobe Luminarie from January 19 (Fri.) to January 28 (Sun.).
  • ・Advance tickets may not be sold on the day of the event depending on the sales of advance tickets.

【Notes on viewing】

  • ・Visitors whose conduct or behavior is disruptive to other visitors or interferes with the operation of Kobe Luminarie may be asked to leave the venue.
  • ・Those who do not follow the precautions and instructions of the staff may be denied entry or asked to leave the venue.
  • ・The organizer will not be responsible for any injury, damage to property, theft, misplacement, loss, etc. at the venue. Please take care of your belongings and valuables by yourself.
  • ・For operational safety reasons, large luggage such as suitcases and carry-on cases (including carts) will not be allowed into the venue. Please note that luggage cannot be checked in at the venue entrance. Please use coin lockers at the station or in the neighborhood.
  • ・Please refrain from bringing pets to the exhibition unless they are contained in a cage or other container. This does not apply to guide dogs, hearing dogs, service dogs, and other assistance dogs.
  • ・There is no hourly changeover system.
  • ・Photos are allowed. However, please refrain from using tripods, etc., and from taking photographs that may disturb other visitors (e.g., prolonged occupancy, etc.).
  • ・There are no restrooms or smoking areas in the paid area.


Kobe, a brilliant light
for the future.

Kobe, brillando verso
il futuro

The first Kobe Luminarie in 1995

【Message from the director】

This city was scarred by a catastrophic earthquake 29 years ago,
and the lives of its citizens have been completely changed.

However, the citizens did not give up facing of any difficulties
and they overcame that tragedy with hope.

After 29 years, we are witnessing the very resilience of this city that has
been revived by the courage of its people and their efforts.

Overcoming the difficult times of the recent pandemic,
We are very happy that Kobe Luminarie will be held again this year.

I believe that this is thanks to the expectations and goodwill of the many people who look forward to the Kobe Luminarie and support its continued holding.

Each light of the Luminarie is the pride and hope of the citizens of Kobe, who hope that the peace and prosperity of the region will continue to twinkle like this light.

Kobe Luminarie Production Director
Daniel Monteverde


Kobe Luminarie Organizing Committee

6-1-12 Gokodori, Chuo-ku, Kobe
Sannomiya East Bldg. 9F, Kobe Tourism Bureau

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