Winter events in Takasaki

Takasaki Pageant of Starlight

Hundreds of thousands of tiny Christmas lights will once again decorate the streets of central Takasaki, turning it into a festive wonderland of light! Massive Christmas trees, floating light objects on the moat, champagne goblets along Symphony Road, and much more will greet you.

Period: 23rd November 2018-Sunday 6th January 2019, lit up from 5pm-10pm (until midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)

Place: Central city area from the station to city hall


Takasaki Daruma Market

Date & time: Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd January 2019, 10am-4pm each day

Place: Takasaki Station West Street


  • Take one of the buses leaving regularly from the station to popular shrines to make your first visit to a shrine for the new year (hatsu-mode)
  • Check out the Daruma stalls of local artisans and find your special doll to take home
  • Enjoy local specialty food and drink from one of the many outdoor food stands


Lake Haruna Illumination Festa

Friday 7th December-Wednesday 26th December 2018, 5pm-10pm, near Lake Haruna Visitor Center. Features fireworks displays (7th, 10th, 13th, 17th, 20th and 26th December), laser shows, go carting, cable car trips to the top of the mountain and other special events during the Festa.


Shinmachi Illumination Festa

Saturday 1st December 2018-Thursday 31st January 2019, 4:30pm-10pm in the area around JR Shinmachi Station.


Nozomi-no-Sono Illumination

Monday 3rd-Monday 31st December 2018, sundown to 8pm in Terao-machi.


First Sunrise & Shrine Visit of the New Year


Takasaki Shrine (Akasaka-machi 94)

Yawata Hachimangu Shrine(Yawata-machi 632)

Haruna Shrine (Harunasan-machi 849)

Gunma-ken Gokoku Shrine (Notsuke-machi 2000)



21st floor of Takasaki City Hall (Takamatsu-cho)

Kannonyama (Ishihara-machi)

Futagoyama & Hachimanzuka Burial Mounds (Idemachi 1514)

Mt. Haruna-Fuji (Harunako-machi 845-1)