Tokyo in December : Best Things to Do 2019

What to Do in Tokyo in December

Travelling to Tokyo in December? Check out the hottest events and attractions in Tokyo only available in December 2019! There are a number of special events held at many locations such as winter illuminations and jolly Christmas markets, and the whole city will be covered with colourful lights and the festive atmosphere! Also we can’t miss New Year’s countdown celebrations available only this time of the year!

Let’s check out the list of the best things to do in Tokyo in December in 2019, and don’t miss the hottest events and tourist attractions!


1. Winter Illuminations

Winter illuminations are definitely the top attraction in Japan in winter. Numbers of illumination events are held in Tokyo in December, and also many spectacular ones in Kanto area, which you can access easily from Tokyo. How many illuminations can you visit this winter??

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2. Christmas Market

What a better way to celebrate the holiday season?? There are several authentic Christmas Markets in Tokyo open during Christmas season with lots Christmas goodies including delicious German food, hot wine, Christmas tree and decorations.

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3. Ice Skating

Ice skating is one of most wintery and festive activities this season, and Tokyo has several outdoor ice skating rinks in a central area. Enjoy the winter fun with hot snacks, drinks and illuminations.

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4. Christmas Dessert Buffets

Christmas/winter theme all-you-can-eat dessert buffets will be available at numbers of venues in Tokyo this winter. From delightful chocolate desserts to traditional Christmas treats, pick your favourite dessert buffets and indulge yourself as the sweetest Christmas present!

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5. Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks

A fireworks show will be held at Odaiba area every Saturday this December. The show starts at 7 pm and display dramatic fireworks collaborating with music, illuminations and the magnificent Rainbow Bridge on background for 5 mins.

Map: https://goo.gl/XvsCBq

Date: 7,14,21,28 December 2019

Hours: 19:00~(about 5 mins)

Admission: Free

Website: https://www.tokyo-odaiba.net/rainbow2019/

There will be also a winter event, “Illumination Island Odaiba 2019” held every evening until Christmas day. The event features spectacular winter illuminations and Christmas decorations at 10 different locations in Odaiba. It’s one of the most beautiful winter illuminations in Tokyo. Click the link below for more details about the illumination!

 

6. STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition

The special exhibition of STAR WARS is currently being held at Tokyo Terrada Warehouse until mid January. The exhibition showcases over 200 rare and original items related to and have actually used for STAR WARS movie franchise. There is also a special interactive section where visitors can create their own STAR WARS characters by answering questions! Have you ever dreamed about being in the world of STAR WARS?? Then don’t miss an opportunity to see the exclusive exhibition and find your STAR WARS character!

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STAR WARS exhibition in Tokyo ‘STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition’

7. Frozen 2 Cafe

Celebrating the release of the new Disney movie Frozen 2,  the special theme cafes take places at 7 venues in 6 cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Kyoto). The Frozen 2 Cafe will be available at 2 venues in Tokyo (Harajuku and Tamagawa), offering super cute and photo-worthy food and drinks inspired by the world of Frozen 2. The limited-edition merchandise is also available at the cafe store.

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8. Doraemon Future Department Store Opening

The world’s first official Doraemon store will open on 1 December 2019 in DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Odaiba area. The store will be offering a wide range of merchandise including official store limited items and interactive experiences such as playing with Doraemon’s secret gadgets.

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9. Tokyo Michi Terrace 2019

One of the most popular events in Tokyo in December, Tokyo Michi Terrace is an annual light-up event held at Tokyo Station Marunouchi Exit. This year, the theme of the event is ”Anthem of Lights”, and the beautiful light-up and art will be displayed around the station.

Map: https://goo.gl/s2iLPF

Date: 21–25 December 2019

Admission: Free

Website: http://www.tokyo-michiterasu.jp/

10. STAR WARS Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2019 -Precious for you-

How exciting this month is for STAR WARS fans as the new film of the series, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will finally come out on 20 December 2019! Celebrating the release of this upcoming movie, the STAR WARS theme Christmas event will be held in Marunouchi, Tokyo till 25 December 2019. The event features special decorations, participatory events,temporary cafe, gallery, pop-up shops, etc.. all in the STAR WARS theme!

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11. Comic Market 97

The Comic Market (Comiket) 97, one of Japan’s biggest comic related events, is scheduled to be held for 4 days on 28, 29, 30 and 31 Dec at Tokyo Big Sight. The event features thousands of manga published by professional and amateur artists, and also invites a large numbers of cosplayers.

Map: https://goo.gl/A9EGvz

Date: 28-31 December 2019

Hours: 10:00~16:00

Admission: Free

Website: http://www.comiket.co.jp/index_e.html

12. Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries

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Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries is a puzzle-solving & city exploration game that is held in Tokyo from 15 October 2019 to 16 February 2020. This limited time game was created by the collaboration between Tokyo Metro and SCRAP (a gaming event company). It can be played while walking through the streets of Tokyo using a 24-hour ticket and puzzle-solving kit to solve puzzles that have been hidden within Tokyo and Tokyo Metro stations as they attempt to reach the goal. It’s one of the coolest and the most unique ways to explore the city!

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13. Countdown Events 2019-2020

What a better way to say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020? There are numbers of special countdown events held in Tokyo on New Years Eve such as fireworks, cruise party and more. Check out the link below with the list of countdown events and best places to spend New Years Eve in Tokyo 2019–2020.

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