Road with Bright Lights in Osaka - Midosuji Illumination 2023

We're already in December, the last month of the year, and it's getting colder here in Osaka!

This is the season when lights shine beautifully in the clear air. In this post, I would like to introduce Midosuji Illumination in Osaka.

Midosuji Road is composed of National Route 25 and 176, and extends approximately 4.2 kilometers. In Midosuji, one of the symbols of Osaka, the trees along the street are lit up in winter, illuminating the city even more brightly at night.

From Konjaku-So Dotonbori, if you walk west from the house for about 10 minutes, you will see beautifully glowing trees around the Namba west exit. Also, from Konjaku-So Shinsaibashi, if you walk west for about 10 minutes toward Daimaru shopping mall, you will soon see a glittering and decorated town. ✨

Midosuji Lights

This brightness lasts for several kilometers, enhancing the excitement of the festive season and lighting up the warm and cozy feeling that only winter can bring.

According to the website "Festivals of the lights in Osaka 2023", the colors of the lights vary in each area. Although I wasn't aware of it last time, I remember there were areas with blue lights and areas with yellow lights! Let's find your favorite color as you walk along the long road.

Midosuji Lights

I took this photo a few years ago, and the pink light was lovely. It looks like a neon sakura blossoms.

Having lived in Osaka for many years, these lights bring back memories of moments I spent by them. Like that day when I was at the university library, caught up with my thesis, losing track of time and running late for my part-time job. Despite the guilty feeling, I found a bit of excitement in the commute to work, surrounded by the sparkling lights. Or that time when the person I was supposed to meet didn't show up, but the sparkles in the cold somehow comforted me.

Every day, lots of people walk along Midosuji, each with their own memories. I imagine these lights gently remind everyone of those moments.

The lights will be there until January 31, 2024, so if you're staying at Konjaku-So Dotonbori or Shinsaibashi, make sure to check them out!

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