Tokyo Winter Illumination Guide 2019–2020

Best winter illuminations in Tokyo 2019–2020

Check out best winter illuminations in Tokyo 2019–2020 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 2019–2020 winter. They are all FREE to visit and totally photo-worthy winter wonderlands.

1. Yebisu Garden Place Winter Illumination 2019 (TBA)

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: 3 November 2018 to 28 February 2019

Hours: 16:00~24:00

2. Roppongi Hills Christmas 2019

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

Hours: 17:00~23:00

3. Marunouchi Illumination 2019–2020

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: 7 Nov 2019 to 16 Feb 2020

Hours: 17:30~23:00 (17:00~24:00 in December)

4. Meguro River Minna no Illumination 2019 (TBA)

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: 5 mins walk from Gotanda Station OR Osaki Station

Date: 9 November 2018 to 6 January 2019

Hours: 17:00~22:00

5. Midtown Christmas 2019 (TBA)

The famous illumination at Tokyo Midtown, “Starlight Garden” is back in 2018 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: 13 Nov to 25 Dec 2018

Hours: 17:00~23:00

6. Shinjuku Winter Illumination 2019–2020


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

Hours: 17:00~24:00

7. Caretta Shiodome Illumination 2019

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~)

8. SHIBUYA Blue Cave 2019 (TBA)

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: 30 November to 31 December 2018 (till 16 January 2019 at Shibuya Koen Dori Street)

Hours: 17:00~22:00


The event features several avenues between Tokyo and Nihonbashi Stations with 150,000 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: 28 November 2018 to 14 February 2019

Hours: 16:30~23:00

10. Omotesando Street (TBA)

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: 29 November to 25 December 2018

Hours: after sunset to 22:00

11. Odaiba Illumination YAKEI (TBA)


Odaiba is a man-made island on Tokyo Bay, which is popular for shopping and entertainment. Also it’s one of the best areas to enjoy the stunning view of Tokyo at night. The annual illumination event, Odaiba Illumination YAKEI is held at the popular shopping mall DECKS Tokyo Beach, featuring the spectacular light-ups as well as the special event collaborating with the adorable Sanrio character, Cinnamoroll.


Access: 5 mins walk from Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station

Date: 1 November 2018 to 31 January 2019

Hours: 17:00~24:00

12. Tokyo Tower Winter Illumination 2018–2019 (TBA)


The symbol of the city, Tokyo Tower is celebrating Christmas and its 60th anniversary this winter! TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA -White Night Story- 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 2018- is also 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

Date: 2 November 2018 to 3 February 2019
Hours: 18:00~22:50

-TOKYO TOWER WINTER FANTASY -orange illumination 2018-
Date: 2 November 2018 to 28 February 2019
Hours: 16:00~23:00

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