Tokyo Winter Illumination Guide 2019–2020
Best winter illuminations in Tokyo 2019–2020
What’s the best thing to do in Japan during winter? Ski, hot spring or eating winter foods?? One thing you shouldn’t definitely miss is winter illumination events which are held across the country during winter! Especially in Tokyo, there are numbers of spots offering gorgeous illuminations brighten up the city.
Today, I have picked the most recommended illumination events held in a central Tokyo in 2019–2020 winter. They are all FREE to visit and totally photo-worthy winter wonderlands.
The annual winter light-up event at Yebisu Garden Place features over 100,000 LED lights, the 10 m high Christmas tree and “Baccarat ETERNAL LIGHTS” the 5 m large Baccarat chandelier. There are also a Christmas Market with food and drinks, and an ice skate rink at the site. Yebisu Garden Place Winter Illumination offers the most romantic and festive atmosphere in Tokyo!
Access: 5 mins walk from Yebisu Station East Exit
Date: 2 November 2019 to 13 January 2020
Roppongi Hills Christmas features the spectacular illumination at the 400m Keyakizaka Street with approx 700,000 LED lights. Moreover, there are several illuminations display at the site during the season. Don’t miss the gorgeous illumination view with Tokyo Tower on the background.
Access: direct access available from Roppongi Station C1 Exit
Date: early Nov to 25 Dec 2019
The long-running winter illumination, Marunouchi Illumination is held in front of Tokyo Station. It will be the 18th year in 2019, and the event gets better year by year. The 1.2 km long promenade is lined with over 200 trees decorated by about 1 million LED lights in classic champagne gold colour.
Access: short walk from Tokyo Station Marunouchi Exit
Date: 7 Nov 2019 to 16 Feb 2020
Hours: 17:30～23:00 (17:00～24:00 in December)
The trees along the Meguro River between Gotanda and Osaki stations are decorated by 420,000 pink LED lights to represent cherry blossoms, and it stretches for about 2.2 km.
Access: 6 mins walk from Gotanda Station OR Osaki Station
Date: 8 Nov 2019 to 5 January 2020
The famous illumination at Tokyo Midtown, “Starlight Garden” is back in 2019 winter with the special edition and it will be more spectacular than ever. Over 500,000 LED lights are displayed in total at several spots at Tokyo Midtown.
Access: direct access available from Roppongi Station 8 Exit
Date: 14 Nov to 25 Dec 2019 (Starlight Garden: 26 Nov to 25 Dec)
Shinjuku Minami Lumi and Shinjuku Terrace City Illumination are two popular winter illumination events held at multiple spots around the south and west gates of Shinjuku Station annually. The great spots to spot by along with shopping or dining in Shinjuku area.
Access: short walk from JR Shinjuku Station
Date: 14 Nov 2019 to 16 February 2020
In the past years, Caretta Shiodome’s illumination was themed with popular Disney movies such as the “Beauty and the Beast”, “Frozen” and “Tangled”, and it was the most romantic illumination event ever. This year, the winter illumination at Caretta Shiodome will be back with the theme of Aladdin which live action was released this year. There will be over 250,000 LED lights and the iconic songs from the movies creating a magical light show.
Access: short walk from Shiodome Station OR 5 mins walk from Shimbashi Station
Date: 14 November 2019 to 14 February 2020 (Closed on 1 and 2 January)
Hours: 17:00~23:00 (~31 Dec)/ 18:00~23:00 (3 January~)
The famous Blue Cave is the most popular winter illumination event in Tokyo, held in Shibuya area. Over 600,000 LED lights turn the 800 m avenue into the blue winter wonderland.
Access: Shibuya Koen Dori Street ~ Yoyogi Park Keyaki Namiki (approx 800 m)
Date: 29 November to 31 December 2019 (till 14 January 2020 at Shibuya Koen Dori Street))
9. TOKYO ILLUMILIA 2019
The event features several avenues between Tokyo and Nihonbashi Stations with 170,000 champagne gold LED lights and lights monuments of traditional art from Edo period “Edo Kiriko”.
Access: short walk from Tokyo Station or Nihonbashi Station
Date: 6 November 2019 to 15 January 2020
Tokyoite’s favourite winter illumination located in Harajuku and Omotesando area. The shopping street lined with Zelkova trees is lightened up with over 90,000 champagne gold LED lights.
Access: short walk from Harajuku Station, Meiji Jingumae Station OR Omotesando Station
Date: TBA (29 November to 25 December 2018)
Hours: after sunset to 22:00
11. Tokyo Skytree Town Dream Christmas
Tokyo Skytree is the tallest building in Japan, standing as a new symbol in Tokyo and one of the mist-visit sightseeing spots among tourists. The special illumination by over 500,000 LED lights, Christmas decorations and a Christmas market will be available at the foot of Tokyo Skytree during the Christmas season. Also the building itself will change its colour to limited “champagne gold” and there will be a special Christmas displays at the observatory deck.
Access: short walk from Tokyo Skytree Station or Oshiage Station
Date: 7 November to 25 December 2019
Hours: 16:00 to 24:00
Odaiba is a man-made island on Tokyo Bay, which is highly popular for shopping and entertainment. Also it’s one of the best areas to enjoy the stunning city view of Tokyo, especially at night. The winter illumination event, The Illumination Island Odaiba is held at 10 different locations within the area including shopping malls and landmarks, featuring the spectacular illuminations and Christmas decorations.
Access: 5 mins walk from Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station
Date: 15 November to 25 December 2019
Hours: 16:30～24:00 (varies by location)
The symbol of the city, Tokyo Tower is celebrating winter with the illuminations held at both inside and outside of the tower. TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA -REIWA Lights in TOKYO- is held at the main observatory of Tokyo Tower featuring the spectacular art of lights and projection mapping by NAKED. The outdoor illumination, TOKYO TOWER WINTER FANTASY -orange illumination 2019- is held at the foot of the tower with warm orange lights and 11 m tall Christmas tree.
Access: 5 mins walk from Akabanebashi Station/less than 10 mins walk from Kamiyacho Station, Onarimon Station, Daimon Station
-TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA -REIWA Lights in TOKYO-
Date: 16 November 2019 to 11 February 2020
-TOKYO TOWER WINTER FANTASY -orange illumination 2019-
Date: 1 November 2019 to 1 January 2020
Take a night tour to view some of Tokyo illuminations with a local guide! Booking available HERE! → https://goo.gl/HBkUg5
How many of them would you like to visit this year?? Let us known which one is your favourite winter illumination this year! For more info, please check out these articles below, too!
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