Two New Art installations by internationally renowned artist Bruce Munro are added to Mountain Lights in July 2024 in Niseko, Hokkaido.

The expanding world of Mountain Lights – with vibrant color and sound…

From July 1, 2024, the Mountain Lights exhibition at Niseko Hanazono Resort (Hanazono), is back bigger and better than ever with two new spectacular works, ‘Moon Blooms’ and ‘Prismatic Spring’. Mountain Lights is the creation of the internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. This season marks the third year of the exhibition, the only place in Japan where Bruce Munro’s work has been on view.

Photo: Arrow Spring © Bruce Munro Studio

Mountain Lights is an immersive outdoor artwork that covers the ski slopes of Hanazono. Thousands of gently glowing firefly sculptures will blend in and illuminate the summer landscape with a total of 180,000 individual points of light. The 180,000 points of light transform into a 1.3 km long ribbon of light, illuminating the foot of Mount Niseko Annupuri. Draped in gentle gleam just like real fireflies, Hanazono’s fireflies embrace the surroundings, gently captured by the summer breezes of Niseko.

Moon Blooms
The first iteration Mountain Lights was inspired by topography, geology, mythology and a pinch of artistic licence. ‘Moon Blooms’ is a new colourful addition to the beginning of the installation. The 1,000 colour changing Moon Blooms evoke reminiscences of the snow that covers the Hanazono landscape for much of the year. Just as plants that wait patiently under the snow, and sprout with the arrival of spring, the addition of color to a previously monochromatic work makes the beginning of a new chapter even more spectacular and vibrant.

‘Moon Blooms’ is an iteration of the Field of Light, a work that embodies Bruce’s experiences during his visit to the Australian World Heritage Site of Uluru. Field of Light has been successfully held in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Denmark, Korea, and other countries around the world.

Finally, an ethereal choral soundtrack, inspired by the changing light of a day, complements the illuminations of the installation.

Photo: Moon Bloom Prototype © Bruce Munro Studio

Prismatic Spring
The second addition to Mountain Lights consists of sixty nine tree-like colour changing clusters of suspended orchid fireflies. Like a mountain stream, the elements are constant but in this instance the fireflies are suspended and colourful to draw visitors focus from the ground to the heavens.

The art to feel, from above and below

Mountain Lights – a majestic light walkway stretching under the sky of Niseko, Hokkaido, where countless stars twinkle in the sky. Discover a world of unparalleled immersive experiences interwoven with the richness of nature and light that can only be encountered in Niseko. Mountain Lights is proudly presented by Nihon Harmony Resorts KK in collaboration with Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono. The art installation will be open during the summer and autumn months of 2024.

Photo: Prismatic Spring Proptptype © Bruce Munro Studio

Mountain Lights Information
Period: July 1 to October 6, 2024
Price: Adult ¥3,500(Age 13 and up), Child ¥1,600(Age 6-12), Pet ¥500


Collaboration Event ‘Mountain Lights and Fire Goddess Performance’

A fire performance ‘Mountain Lights and Fire Goddess Performance’ will be held in conjunction with the Mountain Lights exhibition. Come and enjoy the unique and miraculous synchronized session of the sound of Mukkuri, a traditional instrument of the Ainu people, echoing through the Hanazono forest, the collaboration of fire dances and fireworks performed to the mu-sic, and the dance of the Ainu sword covered with flames.

Event Information
Period: July 13, August 17, September 15 and 21
Price: Admission is free, Mountain Lights admission tickets are required to view the performance up close.