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Winter in Japan means magnificent light displays and illumination events. We introduce the best five places to enjoy light displays in Tokyo this year!

2021.12.13

In wintertime, particularly as Christmas draws near, the streets of Tokyo are lit up with dazzling illuminations. Crowds of people gather at famous spots in the city to see the light displays, which grow more and more elaborate each passing year. We would like to introduce five outstanding spots in Tokyo, where the beautiful views will make you sigh with delight.

1. Roppongi Hills

In Roppongi Hills, light displays can be seen at Keyakizaka-dori, 66 Plaza, Mori Garden, West Walk, and Tokyo City View, all with their own unique setups.

Keyakizaka Galaxy Illumination

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Enjoy the alternating contrast of two color themes: the cool shades of "SNOW & BLUE" and the warm hues of "CANDLE & RED". You can also alter the movement patterns and colors of the illuminations just by using your smartphone!

Open from November 10 until December 25, 17:00-23:00

66 Plaza Illuminations

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On this original Christmas tree display, the lights sway in the wind and alternate between three colors: red, white, and amber.

Open from November 23 - December 25, 17:00-24:00

Mori Garden Illuminations

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With a heart-shaped art piece entitled Kin no Kokoro (Heart of Gold) as its centerpiece, there are many sights to enjoy around the pond of this garden. The illuminations reflecting on the water make for a truly magical and romantic atmosphere.

*The Mori Garden Illumination has been canceled this year in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections.

West Walk

This brilliantly decorated and illuminated great Christmas tree is a must; its appearance changes depending on the angle you look at it from, and there are many mini Christmas objects to enjoy as well.

Open November 19 - December 25, 11:00-24:00.

Tokyo City View

Titled "Sky Christmas 2017", this event to view Tokyo dyed in the colors of Christmas.
You can also combine this observation deck event with "Starry Sky Illuminations @Sky Deck" which includes their planetarium and night sky viewing.

Tickets are required to enter Tokyo City View; admission costs 1800 yen for adults, and 1,200 yen for high school and university age students.

Open November 1- December 26, 17:30-22:00.

2. Omotesando's Tree-Lined Keyaki Street

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The symbols of Omotesando, Keyaki's 107 roadside trees have all been adorned with lights, even down to the shrubbery which surrounds them, so that you can enjoy the illumination of glittering champagne gold. The warm light from 500,000 LED light bulbs will warm your heart even during winter nights.

Open from December 1 to the 26. The shrubbery lights will remain in place until January 5, 2022. Lights are turned on from sundown to 22:00.

3. Marunouchi

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Roughly 200 trees running the 1.2km length of Marunouchi-dori will shine brightly with champagne gold. The display stands out as being eco-friendly, using low energy consumption light bulbs, and is powered entirely by energy sources like solar power and wind power.

Open November 11- February 20, 2022. Lights are turned on from 17:30-23:00, but will stay on from 17:00-24:00 during the month of December; there will also be other Christmas events taking place at various areas in Marunouchi.

4. Tokyo Dome City

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At the Tokyo Dome City, you can enjoy gorgeous moving light displays designed around the theme of "A Fantasy of Sound And Light." One such display is a corridor titled "Milky Way," with a length of roughly 140 meters.

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Other displays include the 10 meters high and 12 meters wide Galaxy Dome, projection mapping objects, and all sorts of other impressive illuminations.

Open November 5 - February 28, 2022. Lights are turned on from 16:00-24:00, though these times may vary slightly by location and interval.

5. Yomiuri Land

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Yomiuri Land is primarily thought of as an amusement park, but in fact it is also well-known for being an excellent place to see large-scale light displays. This world-first illumination, titled "Jewelmination," was worked on by international designers and features 24 gem colors. You can enjoy the water fountain show along with the illumination of four million light bulbs.

To reach Yomiuri Land, take either the Keio Line to Keio Yomiuriland Station, or the Odakyu Line to Yomiurilandmae Station, and then travel 10-15 minutes by Odakyu bus. Admission (tax included) is 1,200 yen, but the night fee (available from 16:00 on), is just 1,000 yen.

Open October 21 - April 3, 2022. Lights are turned on from 16:00 until 20:30 (from December 16 to the 25, lights will remain on until 21:00).

 

Celebrate This Winter in Tokyo

If you have the chance to visit Japan in winter, dress warmly and head out to see the illumination. The surrounding sea of light will most certainly overwhelm you, take your breath away, bring you to the verge of tears, warm your heart, and become a special memory for many years to come.

Main image by Pixta.
** This article is a revision for 2021-2022 of an article originally published on November 16, 2015.

Photos by Pista

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