When the temperatures fall and the nights get longer, the city of Tokyo and its surroundings transform into a magical winter wonderland, lit up by elaborate and beautiful illuminations.
We've hand-picked the very best of those shining spectacles of Tokyo’s lights, guaranteeing wonderful and romantic city strolls, fairytale-style!
1. Illumination Magic in Roppongi: "Roppongi Hills Christmas 2019" (Early Nov - Dec 25, 2019)
Roppongi celebrates this year’s winter with about 700,000 million tiny LED lights that adorn the 400-meter long tree-lined street called Keyakizaka. “West Walk” will feature a draped Christmas tree inspired by a woman wearing a dress.
Hours: 5pm - 11pm
6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
2. Bathe in the Light of Baccarat’s Massive Chandelier (Nov 2 - Feb 24, 2020)
Yebisu Garden Place is among Tokyo’s hot spots that get a shiny makeover every winter season, 2019 marking the 21-year milestone.
Look forward to a huge, shining chandelier by Baccarat measuring 5 meters tall and 3 meters wide, one of the largest in the world. The 8,472 crystals are adorned with 250 lights and emit a majestic, fantastical aura. Enjoy the stunning scenery with a glass of champagne at the new bar, served in Baccarat glasses, of course.
The second highlight is a classic 10-meter high Christmas tree shining in soft colors, illuminated by about 100,000 lights that evoke the warm glow of champagne.
Hours: 4pm - midnight
Yebisu Garden Place
4-20, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
3. The Eco-Friendly Champagne Illuminations in Marunouchi
Particularly famous for their many brand-name shops, the 1.2-kilometer-long Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street and the Otemachi Naka-Dori Street feature around 200 trees. Come winter, they are beautifully illuminated with almost one million LED lights, creating a champagne-golden modern winter wonderland. One particularly feel-good characteristic of the Marunouchi and Otemachi illuminations is that the LEDs use only around 65% of the power that conventional lights use, making them especially eco-friendly. This environmentally conscious Tokyo illumination is further powered by the “green” power used on Marunouchi Nakamise-Dori Street, namely solar and wind power. This is the kind of illumination we'd like to see more often. It’s great to see such beautiful Tokyo lights come from something that is also friendly to the environment!
Hours: 5:30pm - 11pm (in December, 5pm - midnight)
Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street
Around Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 2-3 chome
4. Ginza Christmas illumination collaboration with Lisa Larson (Nov 7 - Dec 25)
Extravagent illumination done in collaboration with popular Swedish potter Lisa Larson. In addition to the main tree decorated with round ornaments depicting Lisa Larson's popular characters Mikey and Lion based on raw fir trees, the entire hall is red and white in a pure Lisa Larson style - you'll love the brilliant colors! An accompanying popup cafe is open until January 27th at Sunday Brunch on the 4th floor of Marronnier Gate Ginza 1.
Hours: 11am - 11pm
2-2-14, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
5. Meguro River Minna Illumination 2019 (Nov 8 - Jan 5, 2020)
100% of the energy for this illumination was produced locally by using waste cooking oil collected from around the area, making it Tokyo's sole illumination produced through civic action. At around 2.2 km in length, you can enjoy the sweet glow of "cherry blossoms" in winter with about 410,000 cherry-colored LEDs.
Hours: 5pm - 10pm
Meguro-ku, Tokyo Setagaya-ku, Shinagawa-ku
6. "Alice in the wonder garden" - Alice in Wonderland-themed illumination at Oedo Onsen Monogatari (Nov 11 - Feb 29)
Composed under an Alice in Wonderland motif, this winter illumination is held in the recently renovated footbath garden. In addition to the 6.5m tall tree designed by Belgian illumination artist Globall Concept, there are many photo spots adorned with Alice characters. Cute sweets and drinks will also appear for a limited time during the illuminations period.
Admission: Adults, 2768 yen
Hours: 11am - 9am next morning
2-6-3, Aomi, Koutou-ku, Tokyo
7. "aoyama christmas circus by avex": Chic Christmas tree design in Minami Aoyama (Nov 12 - Dec 25)
The 14th Christmas Illumination will be held in 2019, with this year spotlighting a new experience for visitors. When you press the button on the post in front of the tree at the center of the Christmas illumination, an image of Santa Claus will stand up within the Christmas-themed world and is accompanied by a cool visual effect. Each time you press the button, a different production appears.
Hours: 4pm - 3am
Avex Building square
Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line, Chiyoda Line "Omotesando" Station Exit A4, 5 minutes on foot, Ginza Line "Gaienmae" Station Exit 1a, 4 minutes on foot
8. Feeling the Spirit of Japan with Illuminations at Tokyo Dome City (Nov 13 - Feb 26, 2020)
The theme of this year’s Tokyo Dome Illuminations is “Japanese style.” Look forward to a magical wonderland packed with the charms of Japan, including a new composition with the motifs of symbolic landscapes and traditional Japanese symbols will be presented. You can enjoy illuminations full of Japanese charm such as Sakura, Festivals, Mt. Fuji, and Tanabata, plus a limited-time menu featuring the image of “Wa” at each Tokyo Dome City store.
Hours: 5pm - midnight
Tokyo Dome City
1-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
JR Suidobashi Station West Exit, Toei Mita Line Suidobashi Station A2 Exit, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Namboku Line Korakuen Station Exit 2, Toei Subway Oedo Line Kasuga Station Exit 6
9.“Shinjuku Minamirumi” where the Shinjuku South Exit area is surrounded by bright gold light (Nov 13 - Feb 16)
During the period, Shinjuku Minamimiru facilities use gold LEDs, and the entire Shinjuku South Exit area is covered with gold light. A large tree of about 8 meters will appear at Takashimaya Times Square, and Shinjuku Southern Terrace Square is filled with photo spots, such as the “Big Flower Park” where light flowers bloom.
Hours: 5pm - midnight (in December, 4:30pm - midnight)
Shinjuku Southern Terrace
2-2-1, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
10. “Shinjuku Terrace City Illuminations '19 -'20” is packed with sights you'll want to share (Nov 13 - Feb 16, 2020)
Following 2018, the concept of “BE CONNECTED!” Is a photo spot that makes you want to share your photos with someone. Illuminations with five different flower motifs in each area color Shinjuku Terrace City. In addition, four photo spots with flower wreaths and huge flower objects will be installed.
Hours: 5pm - midnight (in December, 4:30pm - midnight)
Odakyu Shinjuku MYLORD
1-1-3, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
11. “Sound and Light” entertainment “HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination” in Hibiya area (Nov 14 - Feb 24, 2020)
Illuminated throughout the Hibiya area of Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, Hibiya Nakadori, Hibiya Chanter and Hibiya Godzilla Square with the concept of “coloring your precious moment every time you blink.” The main tree “Starlight Tree”, about 12m high, will appear in Hibiya Step Plaza, and the Hibiya area will be surrounded by about 400,000 light bulbs.
Hours: 5pm - midnight
1-2-2, Yuurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
12. Tokyo Midtown: Drift into a Universe of Lights (Nov 26 - Dec 25)
The massive complex known as Tokyo Midtown also celebrates winter and the holiday season in an illumination event called “Midtown Christmas 2019.” About half a million LED lights dip various parts of Tokyo Midtown in shimmering colors, making for a beautiful, almost otherworldly scenery. Especially noteworthy is the show called “Starlight Garden” that takes place on the complex’ vast lawn of 2,000 square meters.
Hours: 5pm - 11pm (Santa Tree will be open from 11am - midnight)
9-7-1, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
13. Omotesando’s Zelkova Trees Clad in a Million Lights (Nov 28 - Dec 25)
Almost a million LED lights adorn the famous fashion street’s characteristic Zelkova streets and dip the entire area in a mystical golden light. Take a walk from Jingubashi Crossing to the Omotesando Intersection while bathing in the warm winter fantasy of one of Tokyo’s most iconic districts!
Hours: Day - 10pm
4-12-10, Jinguumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
14. Shibuya: Ao no Dokutsu - Blue Cave Shibuya Illumination 2019 (Yoyogi: Nov 29 - Dec 31 / Shibuya Park: Nov 29 - Jan 14, 2020)
Inaugurated in 2016 along the Meguro River, this event has since moved to the Yoyogi Park area. It's massively popular with the public, even spawning a sister exhibition in Sapporo. Last year's even boasted a total length of 800 meters, with about 600,000 lights are wrapped along tree branches, presenting a river-like view such that every visitor is placed in the blue tide of light and shadow. It's one of Tokyo's more charming and Instagrammable activities in winter, and we can't wait to see what's in store for this year!
Hours: 5pm - 10pm
2-1, Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
15.“Bloom WA! Taiko Directed by NAKED” decorating the winter of Akasaka Sacas with Japanese illuminations (Nov 29 - Jan 13, 2020)
Main illumination “Bloom WA! Taiko Directed by NAKED” in the new winter event “TBS Twinkle Sacas Akasaka Winter Festival” hosted by TBS TV. There will be a new attempt to install a symbolic lantern in Sacas Square and create colorful lanterns using LED lights and lighting to reflect the shadows in the Kumiko pattern.
Hours: 5pm - 10pm
5-3, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
16. Caretta Shiodome Winter Illumination 2019: Enjoy the season with Disney characters from "Aladdin" (Nov 29 - Feb 14, 2020)
The annual Caretta Shiodome Winter Illumination will be held again in 2019. The past few years have seen Disney themes come to light, and this year's breathtaking illumination will be no less spectacular. The theme for 2019 will create a magical atmosphere with themes from the well-known "Aladdin". It is a thorough sensory feast for all Disney fans! In addition, Caretta has an observation space on the 46th floor, from which you can see the twinkling night view of Tokyo!
Hours: 5pm - 11pm (After January, 6pm - 11pm)
1-8-2, Higashishinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
17. “Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019”: Blue Mysterious Illumination with Tokyo Tower in the background (Dec 1 - 25)
At Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination, you can enjoy the blue illuminations lit on the vast lawn square with Tokyo's gorgeous night view in the background. In 2019, the fourth year of the event, illuminations will be provided at two locations: the large entrance staircase and the open lawn space on the second floor. In the area that passes through the office building district from Shinagawa Station Konan Exit, there is a “light staircase” where 10 patterns of light are produced.
Hours: 5pm - 10pm
Shinagawa Season Terrace
1-2-70 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo
6 minutes on foot from Konan Exit of JR Shinagawa Station, 9 minutes on foot from Takanawa Exit on Keihin Electric Railway Shinagawa Station
18. About 220,000 balls shine with Tokyo Bay night view and Rainbow Bridge in the background ~ “Odaiba Illumination“ YAKEI ”Winter Ver.” (Dec 7 - Jan 31, 2020)
The year-round illuminated Odaiba illumination “YAKEI” will brighten up your Christmas mood with a white sparkling effect as snow falls in winter only. The white light of about 220,000 balls, centered on the Daiba Memorial Tree, one of the largest trees in Tokyo (20m high x 10m wide), wraps up a tree of about 200m in length.
Hours: Daytime - midnight
Decks Tokyo Beach
1-6-1, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
19.Winter’s Cherry Blossoms at Japan’s Oldest Amusement Park (Dec 7 - 30)
Asakusa Hanayashiki, Japan’s oldest amusement park with a wonderfully romantic atmosphere, transforms into the enigmatic “Lumiyashiki” with the help of innumerable tiny lights.
Utilizing the theme of “Cherry Blossom Romance,” Hanayashiki is a flowery winter wonderland with around half a million pink LED lights. While the park is fun for the entire family, the calm and mystical atmosphere created at night turns Hanayashiki into a far more sophisticated space. Next to the illuminations themselves, various shows are being held, such as the “Lumiyashiki Fountain Show,” featuring original songs, or the popular panda cars which have also been adorned with their very own illuminations.
Among all the shiny lights and events, our recommended photo spot is the Sky Plaza. Not only can you look over the entirety of Hanayashiki but you’ll also get a magnificent view on Tokyo Skytree towering in the distance. There’s no better way to commemorate your visit to the historic amusement park than by taking a snapshot of yourself amidst beautiful cherry blossom illuminations and Tokyo Skytree right behind you!
Admission: Park entrance fee + admission ticket
Hours: 6:30pm - 9pm. See website for details.
2-28-1, Asakusa, Taitou-ku, Tokyo
20. Yomiuriland 2019: 6 Million glittering gems (Oct 24 - May 6, 2020)
The "Yomiuri Paradise" is the largest and earliest lighting event in the Kanto region. From October 24, 2019 to May 6, 2020, a series of romantic stories will be launched. The park is to be divided into 12 areas. This year their theme is Greek gods, with the likes of Zeus, Aphrodite and Poseidon, among others, chosen as the inspiration for each of the areas.
Admission: Adults, 1500 yen (night admission)
Hours: 4pm - 8:30pm
4015-1, Yanokuchi, Inagi-shi, Tokyo
So far, we have introduced the popular illumination spots in Tokyo. Everywhere is close to the station and easy to reach, so it should be a huge amount of fun for everyone! Which scene can't you wait to see this year?