Tokyo Winter Illumination Guide 2020-2021
Best Winter Illuminations in Tokyo: Shibuya Blue Cave, Caretta Shiodome, Roppongi Hills and more
Check out the best Tokyo illuminations 2020-2021 winter
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 2020-2021 winter. Most of them are 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: 14 November 2020 to 11 January 2021
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: 13 Nov to 25 Dec 2020
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: 5 Nov 2020 to 14 Feb 2021
Hours: 15:00～23:00 (till 24:00 in December)
The trees along the Meguro River between Gotanda and Osaki stations (JR Yamanote Line) are decorated by 420,000 pink LED lights to represent cherry blossoms, and it stretches for about 2.2 km.
Meguro River Minna no Illumination will be held online in 2020
Access: 6 mins walk from Gotanda Station OR Osaki Station
Date: 1 to 24 December 2020
The illumination event is annually held at Tokyo Midtown, featuring gorgeous golden LED lights displayed at several locations at the site. Besides the illumination, an outdoor ice staking rink will open during winter season as well as the Christmas decoration available until 25 December.
Access: direct access available from Roppongi Station 8 Exit
Date: 19 Nov 2020 to 28 Feb 2021
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: TBA (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”, “Tangled” and “Aladdin”, and it was the most romantic illumination event ever. The event features be over 250,000 LED lights and the iconic songs from the movies, which make an amazing harmony and a magical light show.
Caretta Illumination 2020 has been cancelled
Access: short walk from Shiodome Station OR 5 mins walk from Shimbashi Station
The Shibuya Blue Cave is the most popular winter illumination event in Tokyo, inviting over 2 million visitors every year. Approx 600,000 LED lights turn the 800 m avenue into the blue winter wonderland.
Shibuya Blue Cave 2020 has been cancelled
Access: Shibuya Koen Dori Street ~ Yoyogi Park Keyaki Namiki (approx 800 m)
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: 1 to 25 December 2020
10. TOKYO ILLUMILIA
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: 25 November 2020 to 14 February 2021
A illumination event, KIBO no Hikari Machi is held in Nihonbashi area including the large shopping and dining complex COREDO Muromachi Terrace and Edo-Sakura Street. The event includes the meteor-linking illumination using the latest technology and over 200,000 champagne gold LED lights on historic streets of the neighbourhood.
Access: Nihonbashi area
Date: 6 November 2020 to 14 February 2021
12. 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 400,000 LED lights and Christmas decorations 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: 6 November to 25 December 2020
13. Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
The winter illuminations displayed around Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, “Hibiya Magic Time Illumination” features warm candle-colour streetlights. Champagne gold, gold and amber colour lights decorate trees on Hibiyanaka Street and Tokyo Midtown Hibiya. The Park View Garden on the 6th floor has also special decorations and light-up and visitors can gaze the stunning city view along with romantic illumination.
Date: 17 November 2020 to 14 February 2021
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 mini Tokyo Tower.
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: TBA (16 November 2019 to 11 February 2020)
-TOKYO TOWER WINTER FANTASY -orange illumination-
Date: TBA (1 November 2019 to 1 January 2020)
15. Tokyo Dome City
Tokyo Dome City is an amusement park/entertainment complex located next to Tokyo Dome baseball stadium in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. The smile theme winter illumination “Tokyo Dome City Winter Illumination Sumairumi” will be held at the site from mid November until Christmas with cute and cheerful smiley face motif. The limited menu will be also available at some cafes and restaurants during the period.
Access: 5 mins walk from Korakuen Station or Suidobashi Station
Date: 13 November to 25 December 2020
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, Illumination Island Odaiba 2021 will be held at 23 different facilities within the area from 11 to 25 December 2020.
Location: several facilities at Odaoba area
Date: 11 to 25 December 2020
One of the main venues is Odaiba Illumination “YAKEI” held at DECKS Tokyo Beach, offering a romantic winter illumination against the backdrop of Tokyo’s landmaks such as Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree and Rainbow Bridge.
Access: 5 mins walk from Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station
Date: 14 November 2020 to 14 February 2021
17. Yomiuriland Jewellumination
Tokyo’s largest amusement park, Yomiuriland hosts a spectacular winter illumination event “Jewellumination” over the decade, which features approx 6.5 million LED lights decorating the entire park. The fund and thrilling rides and attractions at the park can be enjoyed with colourful lights as well as special light-up show only available this time of year.
Access: Keio Yomiuriland Station
Date: 22 October 2020 to 4 April 2021
How many illuminations in Tokyo would you like to visit in 2020-2021 winter season?? Let us known which one is your favourite winter illumination this year!
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