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Brighten Up Your Winter: 14 Of The Best Tokyo Illuminations for 2021-2022!

Brighten Up Your Winter: 14 Of The Best Tokyo Illuminations for 2021-2022!

Date published: 12 January 2020
Last updated: 25 November 2021

As anyone who has spent time in Japan knows, winter is all about the Tokyo illuminations! With new surprises every year, almost every neighborhood in Tokyo boasts its own stunning lights festival to brighten up the town and bring smiles to the residents!

From Tokyo’s most famous neighborhoods to brand-new, never-before-seen projects, we’re going to let you in on Tokyo’s best illuminations in 2021!

With many international residents unable to return home to celebrate Christmas or New Years', Tokyo’s thrilling and romantic illuminations are a great place to spend time with loved ones or rekindle your festive spirit to see off the tumultuous year of 2021. These events all enforce thorough measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so you can relax and feel safe!

*Depending upon the situation, dates, times, and details may change. Some may also be canceled. Please check the official websites before visiting.

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Marunouchi Illumination 2021: A glittering display of 1.2 million champagne gold lights
  2. 2. Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021: The ultimate winter festival!
  3. 3. Baccarat ETERNAL LIGHTS: One of the world’s largest Baccarat Chandeliers!
  4. 4. Tokyo Dome City Winter Illumination: A garden of light and smiles!
  5. 5. TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS: The adorable Little Twin Stars light up the night!
  6. 6. HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination: An enchanting luminous wonderland!
  7. 7. MIDTOWN WINTER LIGHTS: Step into another world!
  8. 8. Odaiba ILLUMINATION “YAKEI”: Amplifying the beauty of Tokyo’s night views!
  9. 9. Yomiuriland Jewellumination: A ‘gem’ of a Tokyo illumination!
  10. 10. Meguro River Minna-No-Illumination 2021: To be held for the first time in 2 years
  11. 11. Omotesando Illumination: Fantastic zelkova tree-lined streets lit by 900,000 lights
  12. 12. [Undecided] Blue Cave SHIBUYA: An illumination popular throughout Japan
  13. 13. [Undecided] Caretta Illumination: The ever-popular collaboration with Disney movies
  14. 14. Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination: Mysterious blue illumination with Tokyo Tower in the background

1. Marunouchi Illumination 2021: A glittering display of 1.2 million champagne gold lights

1. Marunouchi Illumination 2021: A glittering display of 1.2 million champagne gold lights

November 11, 2021 - February 20, 2022

With over a million LED bulbs of their original ‘Champagne Gold’ covering the 220+ trees of the 1.2-kilometer Naka-Dori Street and surroundings, the Marunouchi Illumination’s 20th year will be as elegant as always!

This year, the expansive outdoor plaza, TOKYO TORCH Park, will also be lit up at the same time. Visitors can enjoy the lights from the TOKYO TORCH Terrace and other terraces in the Marunouchi area while maintaining a social distance.

・Admission: Free of charge
・Hours: 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (*Open until midnight in December)
・Closed: Open every day

  • Marunouchi Illuminations
    • Address Marunouchi Nakadori, Marunouchi Building, etc., 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)
    • Phone Number 03-5218-5100
  • The Tokyo Station Hotel
    • Address Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 1-9-1, Tokyo-to, 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)
      3 minutes on foot

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2. Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021: The ultimate winter festival!

2. Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021: The ultimate winter festival!

November 10 - December 25, 2021

One of the classic signs that winter has come to Tokyo, the zelkova trees in Roppongi Hills will once again light up in an enchanting incandescent carnival! Approximately 700,000 LED lights will decorate the 400-meter-long keyaki street with their futuristic ‘SNOW & BLUE’ color pattern.

The ultimate spot to take in this spectacle is from the ESCADA Roppongi Hills Store or ROPPONGI TSUTAYA BOOKS, from which a breathtaking extended view of the entire zelkova slope can be enjoyed. It’s also very popular to take a smartphone video of the lights first being turned on for the night, which happens at 5:00 pm every night.

・Admission: Free
・Hours: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
・Closed: Open every day

3. Baccarat ETERNAL LIGHTS: One of the world’s largest Baccarat Chandeliers!

3. Baccarat ETERNAL LIGHTS: One of the world’s largest Baccarat Chandeliers!

November 13, 2021 - January 10, 2022

Another icon of Tokyo’s festival scene, the gigantic chandelier in Yebisu’s Garden Place, will come to life as part of the 2021 WINTER ILLUMINATION! With over 250 lights, the chandelier will act as a beacon of hope for next year, bringing back the smiles of those who have suffered. Beginning at 5 pm, the lights on the chandelier will turn blue every 30 minutes.

・Admission: Free
・Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (*Subject to change depending on conditions)
・Closed: Open daily

4. Tokyo Dome City Winter Illumination: A garden of light and smiles!

4. Tokyo Dome City Winter Illumination: A garden of light and smiles!

November 5, 2021 - February 28, 2022

Tokyo Dome City hosts delightful illuminations every year. This year's theme is "Illuminations that make you want to take pictures." It is full of fun things that can make the illuminations more attractive.

・Admission: Free
・Hours: 5:00 p.m. to midnight
・Closed: Open daily

  • Tokyo Dome City
    東京ドームシティ
    • Address 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
    • Nearest Station JR Suidobashi Station (West Exit), Toei Subway Mita Line Suidobashi Station (Exit A2), Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and Nanboku Line Korakuen Station (Exit 2), Toei Subway Oedo Line Kasuga Station (Exit 6)
    • Hours: Varies by facility and store

5. TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS: The adorable Little Twin Stars light up the night!

5. TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS: The adorable Little Twin Stars light up the night!
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November 29 - December 25, 2021

Along with an impressive 4-meter-tall Christmas tree, beloved Japanese characters Kiki and Lala will transform Shinjuku Southern Terrace into a magnificent festival of pink and turquoise. The Christmas tree is the work of renowned installation art collective MIRRORBOWLER, and is decorated by dozens of mirror balls that shine both day and night!

Also, this year, Shinjuku Southern Terrace's annual winter 350-meter-long illumination display with around 120,000 lights will return for the first time in two years, expanding the scale of the area compared to last year.

・Admission: Free
・Hours: 4:30 p.m. - midnight (*5:30 p.m. - midnight on Monday, November 29, 2021)
・Closed: Open every day

  • Shinjuku Southern Terrace
    • Address 2-2-1, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0053
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    • Nearest Station Shinjuku Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Toei Shinjuku Line / Toei Oedo Line / Keio Line / Keio New Line / Odakyu Odawara Line)
      1 minute on foot

6. HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination: An enchanting luminous wonderland!

6. HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination: An enchanting luminous wonderland!

November 18, 2021 - February 14, 2022

The Magic Time Illumination is a much-anticipated event covering the entire Hibiya area, including Tokyo Midtown Hibiya and Hibiya Nakadori Avenue. This year's event will be decorated with "gradation colors" that evoke the image of a new beginning. The dazzling lights will make you feel as if you've fallen under a spell, letting you forget about your everyday life and relax.

・Admission: Free
・Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
・Closed: Open daily

7. MIDTOWN WINTER LIGHTS: Step into another world!

7. MIDTOWN WINTER LIGHTS: Step into another world!

November 18 - December 25, 2021

Adding to Roppongi’s ample winter wonders is the MIDTOWN WINTER LIGHTS in Tokyo Midtown. You can enjoy a winter stroll in the "Promenade of Light," where the entire town is colored with glittering gold illumination, and the "SNOW LIGHT GLOBE," a large snow globe about 3 meters high that glows fantastically.

In the Midtown Garden, the "Present no Naru Ki" will appear for the first time only during the Christmas season. On Christmas Day, the tree will be decorated with colorful presents.

・Admission: Free
・Time: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
・Closed: Open every day

8. Odaiba ILLUMINATION “YAKEI”: Amplifying the beauty of Tokyo’s night views!

8. Odaiba ILLUMINATION “YAKEI”: Amplifying the beauty of Tokyo’s night views!

Lit throughout the year

Boasting an incredible panorama of Tokyo Tower, the Tokyo Skytree, and the Rainbow Bridge, The Odaiba Illumination and its 20-meter-tall Christmas tree highlights Tokyo’s beauty at its peak!

Over 10 meters wide and enveloped in 7 different colors, The Odaiba Memorial Tree is arguably Tokyo’s most beautiful living Christmas tree. These sights are best taken in at the tranquil ‘Seaside Terrace’ art spot.

・Admission: Free
・Hours: Sunset until midnight
・Closed: Open daily

9. Yomiuriland Jewellumination: A ‘gem’ of a Tokyo illumination!

9. Yomiuriland Jewellumination: A ‘gem’ of a Tokyo illumination!

October 21, 2021 - April 3, 2022

Fans of Japan lights will be pleased to hear that Yomiuriland is holding its 12th annual illumination in 2021! The theme of this year's illumination is "Brilliance of Hope", and it is designed to make you feel the happiness of seeing beautiful things and the fulfillment of being alive. You can enjoy a variety of glittery lights, including the new Forever Green Jewelry Color, throughout the park. Earth-friendly illumination using green electricity is also used.

・Time: October 21 - December 10, 2021; December 27, 2021 - April 3, 2022: 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
December 11 - 26, 2021: 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

  • Yomiuriland
    よみうりランド
    • Address 4015-1 Yano-guchi, Inagaki City, Tokyo
    • Nearest Station Keio Yomiuriland Station (Keio Sagamihara Line) 5 min. by bus
    • Phone Number 044-966-1111
    • ・Admission:
      Adults: 1,800 yen
      Junior high and high school students: 1,500 yen
      Elementary school students and seniors (65 years old and over): 1,000 yen
      (*Children under elementary school age are free.)

      ・Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. (9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays)

10. Meguro River Minna-No-Illumination 2021: To be held for the first time in 2 years

10. Meguro River Minna-No-Illumination 2021: To be held for the first time in 2 years
(Image from past event)

December 10, 2021 - February 6, 2022
Using recycled cooking oil to generate power, the ‘Winter Cherry Blossom (Fuyu-no-Zakura®)’ illumination at Meguro River was one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly light-up events.

In past years, the illumination stretched 2.2 kilometers along the Yamanote Line and used over 400,000 cherry blossom-colored LED bulbs to provide the now flowerless trees with an elegant winter luster.

Last year, the event was canceled due to Covid, but in 2021, the event will be held for the first time in two years.

・Admission: Free
・Hours: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
・Closed: Open every day

  • Meguro River
    • Address Meguro-ku, Tokyo Setagaya-ku, Shinagawa-ku, 153-0043
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    • Nearest Station Meguro Station (JR Yamanote Line / Tokyo Metro Namboku Line / Toei Mita Line / Tokyu Meguro Line)
      5 minutes on foot

11. Omotesando Illumination: Fantastic zelkova tree-lined streets lit by 900,000 lights

11. Omotesando Illumination: Fantastic zelkova tree-lined streets lit by 900,000 lights
(Image from past event)

December 1 - December 26, 2021
(*Only shrubs will be lit from December 27, 2021 - January 5, 2022)

Every year, from the Jingū Bashi to Omotesando intersections, 156 trees and shrubs would be decorated with over 900,000 LED bulbs in a captivating display. This magnificent sight of champagne gold lights stretches for about 1km.

・Admission: Free of charge
・Hours: Sunset - 10:00 p.m.
・Closed: Open every day

  • Omotesando Hills
    • Address 4-12-10, Jinguumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
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    • Nearest Station Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line)
      2 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3497-0310

12. [Undecided] Blue Cave SHIBUYA: An illumination popular throughout Japan

12. [Undecided] Blue Cave SHIBUYA: An illumination popular throughout Japan
(Image from past event)

Beginning in Tokyo’s Nakameguro in 2014, The Blue Cave is a captivating illumination event that has spread to cities like Shibuya, Sapporo, Osaka, and Fukuoka. In 2019 it found its way into the stretch of zelkova trees from Shibuya to Yoyogi Park, with over 600,000 bulbs of blue light transforming the entire area.

The illumination event is very popular every winter, but unfortunately, it has been decided that it will not be held in 2020. This year's event is still being decided.

13. [Undecided] Caretta Illumination: The ever-popular collaboration with Disney movies

13. [Undecided] Caretta Illumination: The ever-popular collaboration with Disney movies
(Image from past event)

Caretta Shiodome’s Caretta Illumination was a much-anticipated event that combined a sensational sights display with beloved Disney films. 2017 saw Beauty and the Beast, 2018 was Rapunzel, while 2019 was Aladdin. Unfortunately, 2020’s rendition did not go ahead and 2021's may be canceled as well. We are waiting for the resumption of the illumination performance, which will envelop us in music and light.

  • Conrad Tokyo
    • Address Minato-ku, Higashi-Shinbashi 1-9-1, Tokyo-to, 105-7337
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    • Nearest Station Shiodome Station (Toei Oedo Line / Yurikamome)
      3 minutes on foot

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14. Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination: Mysterious blue illumination with Tokyo Tower in the background

14. Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination: Mysterious blue illumination with Tokyo Tower in the background
(Image from past event)

December 1 - December 25, 2021

Backed against Tokyo's magnificent city lights, the Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination saw thousands of spellbinding blue lights transform its large grassy field into a romantic dreamland. Often passed through by workers on their way home from the offices around Shinagawa Station’s Konan Exit, the ‘Staircase of Light,’ which performed 10 different custom light patterns, was a welcome sight!

This year's theme is "Hope," with a base color of blue being used, with the addition of light broken down into rainbow colors by prisms.

・Admission: Free
・Time: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
・Closed: Open every day

  • Shinagawa Season Terrace
    品川シーズンテラス
    • Address 1-2-70 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    • Nearest Station 6-minute walk from JR Shinagawa Station (Konan Exit), 9-minute walk from Keihin Electric Express Railway Shinagawa Station (Takanawa Exit)

Well, that’s a wrap on Tokyo’s 14 best illuminations! We hope we’ve helped you in your quest to figure out what illuminations you’ll be attending in 2021!

While some have been rightfully canceled, many are still thankfully going ahead. There will be crowds, so take extra precautions to avoid contact and try to aim for a quieter time. Stay safe and enjoy Tokyo’s winter paradise!

*Depending upon the circumstances, event times, dates, and information may change. Further cancellations may also occur. Confirm details online before visiting.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. They may differ from those of the event.

Written by:

Naho Jishikyu

Naho Jishikyu

After working at editorial production and publishing companies for manga, novels, and magazines, she started working as a freelance editor and writer. She's usually in a good mood when with a drama series, music, or a drink. She loves tofu.

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