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Tokyo Midtown And Akasaka Sacas Illuminations 2017-2018 Edition
Written by MATCHA
Roppongi and Akasaka are both elegant areas in Tokyo, but did you know that they are very close to one another? In this article we will visit two recommended spots in these areas and take a look at their winter illuminations too!
Both Roppongi and Akasaka in Tokyo are areas filled with exciting cultural facilities, amazing shopping locations and numerous high level restaurants, making them very popular sightseeing places.
But did you know that these two locations are a mere 20 minute walk away from one another? The road from Roppongi to Akasaka is lined with many wonderful stores, making it a fun walk to take.
In this article we will be introducing two of the recommended sightseeing spots in these two areas: Tokyo Midtown and Akasaka Sakasu. These two complexes are both well-known for their incredibly beautiful winter illuminations as well, so they are must-see spots in winter in Tokyo.
Tokyo Midtown is directly connected to the Toei Oedo subway line’s Roppongi Station, and is a commercial facility that includes a hotel, cultural centers, 130 stores, offices and even a park.
Recommended Spots in Tokyo Midtown
"We want to share the splendor of photography with everybody, young and old."
FUJIFILM SQUARE is a gallery where this feeling has been put into pictures. Located on the first floor of the Midtown West, throughout the FUJIFILM Square visitors can appreciate displays of antique cameras and photography.
Place: Midtown West 1F
Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Entrance until 18:50) *Open all year besides end/start of the year
Entrance fee: Free
Phone number: +81-3-6271-3350
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is an unique museum that gives you the opportunity to think about things differently by viewing the designs there. For more information on this facility, take a look at this article: 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Roppongi - Enrich Your Daily Life Through Design.
Suntory Museum of Art
The Suntory Museum of Art located within Tokyo Midtown is a museum with a varied collection; exhibitions here range from photography, ceramics, lacquerware, glass works, dyed items and textiles, and much more. The main characteristic of this museum is that it does not restrict itself to certain genres of art. There are many Japanese exhibits here which make it an excellent place for visitors to Japan to enjoy, as well as many other facilities including a shop and cafe, and a tea room called Gentorian.
To learn more about this museum, please check out this article: Three Museums You Can Walk to From Roppongi Station.
Outer Space Presentation: Starlight Garden
Star Garden 2017 (design image)
2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Tokyo Midtown's illumination event, which is held on its approximately 2000 meter square lawn area. In 2017, the theme is "Space travel" and the illuminations will change depending on the day of the week. A fantastic beautiful light and music show based on the day of the week (Monday the moon, Saturday Saturn, etc) lasting about four minutes will be available as well.
About 200,000 lights make up this amazing light and music show.
Conception image for the Saturn illuminations
Seasonal time: November 15th-December 25th, 2017
Location: Tokyo Midtown Lawn Open Space
For more information, please refer to the Tokyo Midtown Official Website.
Akasaka Sacas is directly connected to Akasaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line. It's a combined facility containing the Japanese TV station TBS, as well as the Livehouse Akasaka BLITZ and Akasaka ACT Theater, Akasaka Biz Tower, and other facilities, all in one!
Recommended Spots in Akasaka Sacas
TBS BooBo Cafe
The first floor of TBS is open to employees and the general public. There are TBS original picture taking machines, gift shops, and cafes located here. BooBo Cafe is one of the facilities that anyone can enter. It's the perfect cafe to take a break at - we recommend their cute pancakes that are shaped like the TBS character, BooBo.
Hours: 10:00-18:30 (Last order 18:00)
Closed: End/Start of the year (may close temporarily based on TBS station needs)
A one minute walk from Akasaka Station, this is a popular store within Akasaka Sacas. You can buy BooBo goods that can only be bought here as well as popular TBS drama-related merchandise.
Hours: 11:00-21:00 weekdays, 11:00-20:00 weekends and holidays
A TBS operated live house, concerts, plays, comedic acts, and pro wrestling matches are held here. For more information on this facility, please refer to the Asakasa Blitz official website (Japanese).
Akasaka ACT Theater
A theater right next to Akasaka BLITZ where you can enjoy musicals, ballets, and concerts. For their lineup and more information, please refer to the Asakasa ACT Theater Official Website (Japanese).
Illuminations at Akasaka Sacas
The 2016-2017 lights
After enjoying shopping, dining, the theater, and more, how about enjoying the winter-limited illuminations here too?
Illuminations made using LED lights and photo spots where you can take beautiful pictures line the roads of restaurants and shops in front of Akasaka BLITZ. The theme music and colors change every year, so there is always something new to enjoy every at Akasaka Sacas.
Event period: November 1st, 2017 - February 18th, 2018
Light hours: 16:00-24:00
Enjoy Tokyo's Night Spots!
Traveling around in Tokyo by train is the norm, so even those that have lived here all their lives might not realize which town is where or just how close one area can be from another. This is all the more difficult for first-time visitors to Tokyo.
By walking around the city, you will be able to see sights that are different from what you will normally see, so when you come to Tokyo, please make sure to stroll about the city and see what you can find! Incidentally, if you feel like walking between the two locations mentioned in this article, we recommend traveling from Roppongi to Akasaka as you will be mostly walking downhill that way.
** This article is a revision for 2017-2018 of an article originally published on November 16th, 2016.