Event

2018-07-01 at 12:00 PM

Light-up Event in Shirakawago in 2019

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■Index

  1. Change of important information
  2. Reasons of limited access
  3. Event Dates
  4. Participation methods
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. For guests who hope to receive newest information
  7. Enquiry Form

Change of important information

The regulations of the light-up event will have great changes starting from 2019.

Thank you for visiting the Shirakawa-go Tourist Association website.
We appreciate for your love to the Shirakawa-go scenery and the light-up event. Thanks for everyone’s support; we are able to last till today.

Starting from next year, the regulations of the light-up event will have great changes. Please read this page very carefully.

The number of tourists entering Shirakawa-go will be limited in the up-coming events. 

General sight-seeing without joining the light-up event

※ For guests who did not make a booking to the light-up event in advance

* The facilities below will be closed at the following time on the event dates.
2 p.m.: Seseragi Parking Lot
3 p.m.: The Observation Deck

【Micro Bus】
Same as last year, micro bus can park in “Seseragi Parking Lot” until 5 p.m.

Reasons of limited access

  • To ease the congestion during the events
  • To avoid tourists from falling down the observation deck and to prevent any conflict caused
  • To avoid any chaos while distributing the admission tickets

What cheers us up most is that,
more and more tourists came to visit Shirakawa-go from all around the world in a short period of time.

That is why the number of vehicles entering Shirakawa-go greatly exceeds the number of parking lots in the village. Serious traffic congestions occurred during the event dates.

Moreover, some tourists even could not enter the village after the light-up event due to lack of parking spaces.

As the highway towards the village is one-way,
inconvenience is caused to all the tourists, guests, buses, tour buses, and even to the locals.

There were also problems when distributing the admission tickets .
For example, some guests waited too long before getting an admission ticket.
Some tourists could not get a ticket even though they have already queued for a long period of time.

These situations actually happened during previous events.
In order to change the current situation, we have reflected on ourselves many times.
We decided that all activities will be changed to reservation system starting from 2019.
Thank you for your understanding.

Event Dates

The 2019 light-up events will be held six times.

*1/14, 2/11 are public holidays.

Participation methods

As mentioned above, reservation system will be used on all the activities starting from 2019.
All of the activities needed to be booked in advance. Without reservation, guests will be restricted to access the village. Please pay special attention to this rule.

Please refer to the form below about how to register the following 4 activities.
For tourists who wish to stay overnight or use the parking lot, you can select both of them.

  • ① Guests who would like to spend a night in the village
  • ② Day return self-driving guests using the parking lot
  • ③ Tour Bus
  • ④ Bus

① Guests who would like to spend a night in the village

Registration period: 15th Aug – 30th Aug

We already informed the results to everyone who applied for booking.
*We reply to all guests but if you don’t receive any e-mail or message,
it’s possible your registered e-mail is not correct. In that case, the application itself is not valid.

<About the application>
Every person can only apply once.
The deadline for the application is 8/30 (THU) 23:59 in Japan Time
https://ptix.co/2MtSfT8
 
※Please apply through PC or smart phone.
※After you have made an application, you are not allowed to cancel or make changes to the number of tickets that you have applied for.
※Please make sure the email address you enter is correct.
※If you have set restrictions to recieving mails for the email that you have registered, please be sure that your email can receive mails from「@peatix.com」.
※If you have set restrictions to recieving mails, you will not be able to receive the result email from us.
 
<About informing the results>
Release of result: we will send the result email to the email accounts that have registered to Peatix by 9/6 (THU).
※We will not be replying any emails enquiring about independent results.
For those who are elected, please follow the instructions of the application procedure in the result email.
If you did not apply before the deadline, you will be considered as giving up the chance.
 

② Day return self-driving guests using the parking lot

Registration period: 15th Aug – 30th Aug

We already informed the results to everyone who applied for booking.
*We reply to all guests but if you don’t receive any e-mail or message,
it’s possible your registered e-mail is not correct. In that case, the application itself is not valid.

③Guests who wish to visit the village by tour bus

Please join the tours organized by travel agencies.
We are not able to know the booking situation of different travel agencies,
Please check the keywords: “Shirakawa-go Light-up Tours”, etc. on your own.

④Guests who wish to visit the village by bus

(Night bus after the light-up event) 
The details are not confirmed yet. For the time being, the reservation will start on 1st Oct. 
*Please contact with each bus company about your question related event bus.

Guests who come from Takayama: Nohi bus official website

Guests who come from Takaoka / Shin-Takaoka: Kaetsunou official website

Guests who come from Toyama: Toyama Chihou Railway official website: 
https://www.chitetsu.co.jp/?p=38130

Frequently Asked Questions

About the event schedule and time

How can I be able to join the light-up event?

Starting from 2019, all tourists need to make reservations in advance no matter what transportation methods they use to access Shirakawa-go. After the light-up event has started, there will be no public authorities to handle bookings. Please make sure to reserve what you need at the homepage beforehand. 
Please check the homepage for detailed information.

Is it possible to stay overnight in the village on the event date?

If I am not able to stay overnight, is there any other ways to participate in the light-up event?

You can come by car or tour bus. If you wish to come by bus, please make a booking in advance Starting from 2019, tourists need to book the transportation method they use before they visit the village. No access is allowed for tourists without reservation.

About the temperature and clothes

The temperature during the light-up event will be about -10 〜 0℃. Please come with your winter wear and anti-skid boots.

About the observation deck, how to visit the observation deck?

Please make a reservation in advance.
Click here for more details.

How can I get a observation bus ticket on the event date?

Please make a reservation in advance.
Click here for more details.

About equipping snow tires

Please equip your car with studless winter tire 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 get off at the special parking lot during the light-up event. Please pay the same parking fee as other vehicles.

For guests who hope to receive newest information

Thank you for visiting the homepage of the Shirakawa-go Tourist Association. The schedule of the 2019 light-up event has already been set. Starting from next year, only guests who have made reservations in advance can access the village.

The bookings of hostel and use of the day return parking lot will start from Mid-August 2018. If you wish to recieve the details of the reservation procedures. please fill in you personal information below.

Personal information input field
What kind of information about the light-up event would you like to know?

Questionnaire 1 (You can choose more than one)

The information here will be for reference only. It cannot be used for booking any activities of the event.

Enquiry Form

Question for light up event in 2019

Personal information input field
Schedule
1/14(Mon) 1/20 (Sun) 1/27 (Sun) 2/3 (Sun) 2/11(Mon) 2/17 (Sun)
Place
At Ogi-machi in Shirakawago