Shibuya Winter Illumination : Best Illuminations in Shibuya, Tokyo 2018–2019 Winter

6 Best Shibuya Winter Illuminations 2018–2019

Winter illuminations are a top seasonal tourist attraction in Tokyo, and numbers of special light-up events are held in the city during winter. Shibuya is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tokyo, known for the trendy young culture, and also the vibrant nightlife. In Shibuya, several illumination events can be enjoyed during 2018–2019 winter including the famous SHIBUYA BLUE CAVE. In this article, I’d like to introduce must-see winter illuminations held in Shibuya, Tokyo as well as nearby events. So let’s check them out 🙂

– Shibuya Blue Cave

Shibuya Blue Cave is one of the most popular winter illumination events in Japan, that invited over 2.4 million visitors last year. Shibuya Blue Cave 2018 will be held from 30 November 2018, featuring approx 600,000 LED lights decorating 80 m long avenue lined by Zelkova trees around Yoyogi Park to Shibuya Koen Dori Street.


Date:30 November 31 December 2018

Hours: 17:00~22:00

– Shibuya Hikarie Christmas 2018

Shibuya Hikarie is a 183 m skyscraper located near Shibuya Station. The building has 43 floors and consists numbers of shops, restaurants, entertainment facilities, office and more. The Christmas event is held at Shibuya Hikarie annually featuring a massive Christmas tree, light-up and special decorations.


Date: 15 November to 25 December 2018

Hours: 17:00 to 23:00

– Bunkamura Christmas Illumination 2018

Bunkamura is a multi-use culture complex building consists of a concert hall, theater and museum. Bunkamura Christmas Illumination is held at the large terrace of Cafe Les Deux Magots Paris at B1 floor, featuring red and gold Christmas colour decorations and lights as well as a large Christmas tree.


Date: 16 November to 25 December 2018

Hours: 16:00 to 22:30

– Shibuya Cast Illumination

Shibuya Cast is a stylish high-rise complex building newly opened in 2017. The bright Christmas lights can be enjoyed outside of the building as well as pop-up market and work shops during the season.


Date: 15 November 2018 to 31 January 2019

Hours: 17:00~23:00

– Shibuya River

Shibuya River lays by the newly opened commercial buildings Shibuya Stream and Shibuya Bridge. During winter, the river bank is decorated for 600 m by the yellow LED lights representing as icicles of lights.


Date: 11 November 2018 to 31 January 2019

Hours: 17:00~23:00

– Miyamasuzaka Avenue

The stunning 180 m long illumination can be seen at Miyamasuzaka area near Shibuya Station. The tree lined avenue is lightened up by 110,000 LED light.


Date: 11 November 2018 to 31 January 2019

Hours: 17:00~23:00

There are two spectacular illumination held not exactly in Shibuya district, but very near locations within 2 km (approx 20 mins walk) away. If you are going to Shibuya for winter illuminations, you should definitely extend your trip to these two winter illumination spots in Tokyo, too!

– Omotesando

Omotesando is a popular shopping street that connects Aoyama area and Meiji Jingu Shrine through Harajuku area. The 1.1 km long Omotesando Street will be lightened up by approx 90,000 classic champagne gold LED lights along shops, restaurants and cafes. Omotesando Illumination is a perfect event to stop by while enjoying shopping. Omotesando can be accessed from Shibuya area by metro (1 stop) or walk for 15–20 mins.

Map (How to get from Shibuya):

Date: 29 November to 25 December 2018

Hours: from sunset to 22:00

– Yebisu Garden Place

Yebisu Garden Place Winter Illumination is one of the long-time beloved winter illuminations in Tokyo. The event features spectacular light-up as well as authentic German style Christmas Market which serves classic Christmas food and drinks. Yebisu Garden Place is only 5 mins away from JR Ebisu Station, which is only one stop from Shibuya Station by Yamanote Line.

Map (How to get from Shibuya):

Date: 3 November 2018 to 28 February 2019

Hours: 16:00 to 24:00