Tokyo Winter Illumination Guide 2021-2022

Best Winter Illuminations in Tokyo: Shibuya Blue Cave, Caretta Shiodome, Roppongi Hills and more

Check out the best Tokyo illuminations 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 winter. Most of them are FREE to visit and totally photo-worthy winter wonderlands.


1. Yebisu Garden Place

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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 is 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!

Map: https://goo.gl/AF5CDu

Access: 5 mins walk from Yebisu Station East Exit

Date: 13 November 2021 to 10 January 2022

Hours: 11:00~21:00

2. Roppongi Hills Christmas

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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.

Map: https://goo.gl/hLvPv7

Access: direct access available from Roppongi Station C1 Exit

Date: early Nov to 25 Dec 2021

Hours: 17:00~23:00

3. Marunouchi Illumination 2021-2022

The long-running winter illumination, Marunouchi Illumination is held in front of Tokyo Station. It will be the 20th year in 2021, and the event gets better year by year. The 1.2 km long promenade is lined with over 300 trees decorated by about 1.2 million LED lights in classic champagne gold colour.

Map: https://goo.gl/b73SFH

Access: short walk from Tokyo Station Marunouchi Exit

Date: 11 Nov 2021 to 20 Feb 2022

Hours: 15:00~23:00 (till 24:00 in December)

4. Meguro River Minna no Illumination

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The trees along the Meguro River between Gotanda and Osaki stations (JR Yamanote Line) are decorated by 350,000 pink LED lights to represent cherry blossoms, and it stretches for about 2.2 km.

Map: http://bit.ly/2WinN0U

Access: 6 mins walk from Gotanda Station OR Osaki Station

Date: 10 December 2021 to 6 February 2022

Hours: 17:00~22:00

5. Midtown Christmas

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The illumination event is annually held at Tokyo Midtown, featuring gorgeous and festive LED light displays including the illumination at the tree-lined promenade, snow dome and colourful Christmas tree. Besides the illumination, an outdoor ice staking rink will open during winter season as well as the Christmas decorations.

Map: https://goo.gl/AqQZhm

Access: direct access available from Roppongi Station 8 Exit

Date: 18 Nov to 25 Dec 2021

Hours: 17:00~23:00

6. Shinjuku Southern Terrace Winter Illumination

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The popular Sanrio character, Little Twin Star themed Christmas illumination will take place at Shinjuku Southern Terrace this winter. The 4m tall Christmas tree decorated with pink and blue lights and Little Twin Star themed neon lights will be displayed as well as the 35om long promenade lit up by 120,000 light balls. It’s a great spot to pop by along with shopping or dining in Shinjuku area.

Map: https://bit.ly/3n6Ef3v

Access: short walk from JR Shinjuku Station Southern Exit

Date: 29 November to 25 December 2021 (illumination is until 14 February 2022)

Hours: 16:30~24:00

7. Caretta Shiodome Illumination

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.

NOTE:
Caretta Illumination 2021 is cancelled

Map: https://goo.gl/ZxAvPq

Access: short walk from Shiodome Station OR 5 mins walk from Shimbashi Station

Date: N/A

Hours: N/A

8. SHIBUYA Blue Cave

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.

NOTE:
Shibuya Blue Cave 2021 is cancelled

Map: https://goo.gl/mWzP54

Access: Shibuya Koen Dori Street ~ Yoyogi Park Keyaki Namiki (approx 800 m)

Date: N/A

Hours: N/A

9. Omotesando Street

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/4X14cm

Access: short walk from Harajuku Station, Meiji Jingumae Station OR Omotesando Station

Date: 1 to 26 December 2021

Hours: sunset to 22:00

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”.

Map: https://goo.gl/17C25x

Access: short walk from Tokyo Station or Nihonbashi Station

Date: 10 November 2021 to 14 February 2022

Hours: 16:30~23:30

11. Nihonbashi Illumination

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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.

Map: https://bit.ly/3lNkpqv

Access: Nihonbashi area

Date: TBA (6 November 2020 to 14 February 2021)

Hours: 17:00~24:00

12. Tokyo Skytree Town Magical Christmas

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Tokyo Skytree is the tallest building in Japan, standing as a new symbol of  Tokyo and one of the must-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” to resemble a Christmas tree.

Map: http://bit.ly/354ns5Z

Access: short walk from Tokyo Skytree Station or Oshiage Station

Date: 1 November to 25 December 2021

Hours: 16:00~24:00

13. Tokyo Midtown Hibiya

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The winter illuminations displayed around Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, “Hibiya Magic Time Illumination”will be held from mid November to mid February with the concept of “Magical Moments”. The event features gradation coloured streetlights decorating trees, garden and Christmas trees in Hibiyanaka Street and Tokyo Midtown area.

Map: https://bit.ly/3m7KaEO

Access: Hibiyanaka Street and Tokyo Midtown area

Date: 18 November 2021 to 14 February 2022

Hours: 17:00~23:00

14. Marunouchi Bright Christmas “Harry Potter” Gift from Wizarding World

Marunouchi Bright Christmas is a special event held annually from early November until Christmas day, featuring gorgeous Christmas illumination at several sites within the area. In 2021, the event is collaborating with Harry Potter and have special Harry Potter themed Christmas tree and illuminations.

Location: Marunouchi area

Access: a short walk from Tokyo Station Marunouchi Exit

Date: 11 November to 25 December 2021

15. Tokyo Dome City

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Tokyo Dome City is an amusement park/entertainment complex located next to Tokyo Dome baseball stadium in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. The winter event “Tokyo Dome City Winter Illumination” will be held at several locations in the site from mid November until late February next year, featuring spectacular and photo-worthy illumination displays.

Map: https://bit.ly/3l2YP0N

Access:  5 mins walk from Korakuen Station or Suidobashi Station

Date: 5 November 2021 to 28 February 2022

Hours: 17:00~24:00

16. Odaiba Illumination

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 is held at various different facilities within the area until Christmas including the Odaiba Statue of Liberty, Decks Tokyo Beach, Palette Town, Aqua City and DiverCity.

Location: several facilities at Odaiba area

Date: 26 November to 25 December 2021

17. Tokyo Tower Winter Illumination 

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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.

Map: http://bit.ly/2RiyL2M

Access: 5 mins walk from Akabanebashi Station/less than 10 mins walk from Kamiyacho Station, Onarimon Station, Daimon Station

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Date: TBA (16 November 2019 to 11 February 2020)
Hours: 18:00~22:50

-TOKYO TOWER WINTER FANTASY -orange illumination-
Date: TBA (1 November 2019 to 1 January 2020)
Hours: 12:00~23:00

18. Yomiuriland Jewellumination

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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 the year.

Map: https://bit.ly/3ierQ7T

Access: Keio Yomiuriland Station

Date: 21 October 2021 to 3 April 2022

Hours: 16:00~20:30


How many illuminations in Tokyo would you like to visit in 2021-2022 winter season?? Let us known which one is your favourite winter illumination this year!

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