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Holiday Magic: Tokyo’s Top 9 Winter Illuminations (2018)

Holiday Magic: Tokyo’s Top 9 Winter Illuminations (2018)

Date published: 29 November 2018
Last updated: 5 December 2018

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

1. Illumination Magic in Roppongi

Dates: November 5 to December 25, 2018
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. The theme of this year, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Roppongi illuminations, is called “LIVE Veil.” Elegant silvery white and icy blue enchants passers-by as the stunning illumination called SNOW & BLUE.

Admission: free
Hours: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

  • Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka
    六本木ヒルズ けやき坂
    • Address 6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-0032

2. Feeling the Spirit of Japan with Illuminations at Tokyo Dome City

2. Feeling the Spirit of Japan with Illuminations at Tokyo Dome City

Dates: November 7, 2018, to February 17, 2019
The theme of this year’s Tokyo Dome Illuminations is “Japanese style.” Look forward to a magical wonderland packed with the charms of Japan, such as Edo Kiriko glass art, fireworks, Japanese umbrellas, and origami uniting modern lights with traditional culture.
Especially the Edo Kiriko illuminations recreate the traditional craft with beautiful authenticity, expressed in numerous lights that change like a kaleidoscope with the movements of the onlooker. Another highlight is the 6-meter high origami tree made of lights, balloons, and cranes. launch your own 100-meter high fireworks with the push of a button, whimsically created with numerous tiny bulbs of different colors. Actual Edo Kiriko glasswork and Gifu umbrellas are also showcased, giving you a taste of authentic traditional culture.

Hours: 4:00 p.m. – midnight (varies by location); open every day

  • Tokyo Dome City
    東京ドームシティ
    • Address 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-8575

3. The Eco-Friendly Champagne Illuminations in Marunouchi

3. The Eco-Friendly Champagne Illuminations in Marunouchi

Dates: November 8, 2018, to February 17, 2019 (scheduled)
The Marunouchi Illuminations celebrate their 17th anniversary in 2018.
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!

Admission: free
Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. – midnight during December); open every day
Period: November 9, 2017, to February 2, 2018
※The illuminations in Otemachi Naka-Dori Street will be lit up until November 16, 2018.

  • The Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building
    • Address 1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005
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    • Nearest Station Tokyo Station (Tokaido Shinkansen Line / Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Tokaido Main Line / JR Yokosuka Line / JR Sobu Main Line / JR Sobu Main Line (Rapid) / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Keiyo Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)

4. Tokyo Midtown: Drift into a Universe of Lights!

4. Tokyo Midtown: Drift into a Universe of Lights!

Dates: November 13 to December 25, 2018
The massive complex known as Tokyo Midtown also celebrates winter and the holiday season in an illumination event called “Midtown Christmas 2018.” 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 2018” that takes place on the complex’ vast lawn of 2,000 square meters. This year does not only feature about 100 glowing balloon spheres appearing for the first time but also about 450,000 soap bubbles being launched every day to express the “birth, radiance, and death of a star.” Only held until December 16, this “soap bubble illumination” is an absolute must-see of this winter season!

Admission: free
Hours: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; open every day
※The Plaza Area on 1F is lit up until midnight.

5. A Shiny Collaboration of Lights and Yokohama Port’s Night View

5. A Shiny Collaboration of Lights and Yokohama Port’s Night View

Dates: November 22, 2018, to March 3, 2019
The night view of the Port of Yokohama is beautiful at any time of the year, but nothing compares to its illuminations in winter. The harbor scenery is illuminated with a myriad of lights when the Pacifico Yokohama Winter Illuminations 2018 takes place. Held for a total of 102 days until March, the areas to be lit up with sparkling lights are the convention and exhibition center at the port called the Pacifico Yokohama, its entrance hall, the area around the Queen Mall Bridge, as well as the seaside of the exhibition hall. The wood deck shines in seven different colors and the terminal is coated in a champagne gold glow, turning the entire harbor into something quite magical during winter.
This year, the Pacifico Yokohama Winter Illuminations 2017 might just be the longest in all of Japan, as they are planned to take place until White Day (March 14). If you are looking for a uniquely romantic date spot, the Port of Yokohama is the place to go!

Admission: free
Hours: sunset – midnight; open every day

  • Pacifico Yokohama
    パシフィコ横浜
    • Address 1-1-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 220-0012

6. Omotesando’s Zelkova Trees Clad in a Million Lights

6. Omotesando’s Zelkova Trees Clad in a Million Lights

Dates: November 29 to December 25, 2018
The “Google Pixel presents Omotesando Illuminations 2018,” organized by the Harajuku Omotesando Keyaki Organization, follow the theme of “Be Energized by Omotesando.” Thus, 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!

Admission: free
Hours: sunset – 10:00 p.m.; open every day

  • Omotesando Intersection
    表参道交差点周辺
    • Address 4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 150-0001

7. Winter’s Cherry Blossoms at Japan’s Oldest Amusement Park

7. Winter’s Cherry Blossoms at Japan’s Oldest Amusement Park

Dates: November 3, 2018, to March 31, 2019
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: 2,000 yen for park entry and unlimited rides for six attractions (adult)
Hours: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (last admission at 8:30 p.m.)

  • Hanayashiki
    • Address 2-28-1, Asakusa, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 111-0032
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    • Nearest Station Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Tobu Isesaki Line (Tobu Sky Tree Line) / Tsukuba Express)
      3 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3842-8780

8. Bathe in the Light of Baccarat’s Massive Chandelier

8. Bathe in the Light of Baccarat’s Massive Chandelier

November 3, 2018, to January 14, 2019
Yebisu Garden Place is among Tokyo’s hot spots that get a shiny makeover every winter season, 2018 marking the 20-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.

Baccarat Chandelier
Hours: 12:00 p.m. – midnight

Illuminations
Hours: 4:00 p.m. – midnight

9. 4.5-Meter High Champagne Trees as Illumination Highlights

9. 4.5-Meter High Champagne Trees as Illumination Highlights

Dates: December 8 to December 25, 2018
Showa Memorial Park in Tokyo’s west is known for having astonishingly beautiful winter illuminations every year. This year, Tokyoites are eagerly looking forward to the park’s Winter Vista Illumination 2018, “creating light by making use of the park’s beautiful scenery.” A light tree made out of 15,000 shining champagne glasses is one of the must-see highlights of this year, along with the “Night Picnic” theme of the grand illuminations. The many ginkgo trees of Showa Memorial Park create a magical tunnel of light that’ll make you feel like you’ve stepped into a different world entirely, while a 5-minute long “fireworks in wintershow held from 7:00 p.m. between December 22 and 25 might just be one of the most romantic things to enjoy this season.

Admission: 450 yen (adults), 210 yen (65 years and older), free for junior high students and younger. Please bring proof of your age.
Hours: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (last admission at 8:50 p.m.); open every day.

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