Ashikaga Flower park X'mas Illumination and Taihei Hike

2015 December 20 (Sunday)

Ashikaga, Tochigi

Illumination, the best way to feel Xmas!

Ashikaga Flowerpark proudly ranks one of the three biggest illuminations in Kanto region with 3,000,000 lights in 94,000㎡ park. Every year the they renew the decoration design and this year we’re going to check out their Xmas lights. It’s worth noting that 9% of the lights are LED to be environmentally friendly.

We will explore a nice trail to break a sweat and get a fresh air of the winter and an onsen to warm up before the illumination.

Winter cannot stop us going outdoor! 

Trip Itinerary

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 8:30am
  • Get on the bus
  • Catch up on your sleep or chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stop for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive at Mt. Taihei trekking starting point at 10:30am
  • Safety briefing/stretching
  • Start the hike at 10:45am
  • Picnic lunch at Shimizu temple around 12pm
  • Finish the hike around 1:30pm
  • Short bus ride to the nearby onsen
  • Relax in the onsen (2:15pm-3:15)
  • Bus ride to Ashikaga flower park (around one hour)
  • Arrive at Ashikaga flower park around 4:30pm
  • Enjoy the flower park and illumination festival
  • Get on the bus at 6:30pm
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 8:30pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • Entrance fee to Ashikaga Flower Park
  • Red wine (until supply lasts)
  • Fun and very experienced (English and Japanese speaking) walk guides
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax
  • Chance to meet fun people and make new friends


  • Birthday on Dec 20 (3,000yen)
  • Group of 4 or more (500yen/person) *Group leader required
  • Regular member (500yen) *Joined a TG trip 5 times or more
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Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • You MUST have your own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) to be able join.
  • Hike is easy level so no hiking experience okay.
  • Reasonable fitness required.
  • We will provide some red wine (until supply lasts) to keep you warm.
  • The event is ON rain or shine! In case of bad weather and we're unable to do the hike due to safety reasons, we will do some sightseeing, or go to a winery, and spend more time in the onsen.
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.
  • 7,900yen is a SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICE (applied to the first 60 participants) courtesy of the Tochigi Prefectural Government to attract more tourists in the area.

What to wear/bring

  • Waterproof/windbreaker jacket/pants
  • Warm clothes
  • Trekking shoes or sports sneakers
  • Comfortable socks
  • Spare clothes
  • Small backpack
  • Gloves
  • Small towel
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Mineral water or sports drink
  • Book (to read on the bus)
  • Music player
  • Camera
  • Cellphone
  • Cash

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