Tokyo Winter Illumination Guide 2020-2021

Best winter illuminations in Tokyo: Shibuya Blue Cave, Caretta Shiodome, Roppongi Hills and more

Check out 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.


1. Yebisu Garden Place Winter Illumination

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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 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!

Map: https://goo.gl/AF5CDu

Access: 5 mins walk from Yebisu Station East Exit

Date: 14 November 2020 to 11 January 2021

Hours: 11:00~24:00

2. Roppongi Hills Christmas

Christmas illumination in Roppongi

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: 13 Nov to 25 Dec 2020

Hours: 17:00~23:00

3. Marunouchi Illumination 2020-2021

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/b73SFH

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)

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 420,000 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: TBA (8 Nov 2019 to 5 January 2020)

Hours: 17:00~22:00

5. Midtown Christmas

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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.

Map: https://goo.gl/AqQZhm

Access: direct access available from Roppongi Station 8 Exit

Date: 19 Nov 2020 to 28 Feb 2021

Hours: 17:00~23:00

6. Shinjuku Winter Illumination

Pink winter illumination in Shinjuku

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/Xwav7e

Access: short walk from JR Shinjuku Station

Date: TBA (14 Nov 2019 to 16 February 2020)

Hours: 17:00~24:00

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” 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.

Map: https://goo.gl/ZxAvPq

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

Date: TBA (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

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.

Map: https://goo.gl/mWzP54

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

Date: TBA (29 November to 31 December 2019 (till 14 January 2020 at Shibuya Koen Dori Street))

Hours: 17:00~22:00

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: TBA (28 November to 25 December 2019)

Hours: after 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: TBA (6 November 2019 to 15 January 2020)

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: 6 November 2020 to 14 February 2021

Hours: 17:00~24:00

12. Tokyo Skytree Town Dream Christmas

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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.

Map: http://bit.ly/354ns5Z

Access: short walk from Tokyo Skytree Station or Oshiage Station

Date: 6 November to 25 December 2020

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” 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.

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Date: 17 November 2020 to 14 February 2021

Hours: 17:00~23:00

14. 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

-TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA -REIWA Lights in TOKYO-
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

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 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.

Map: https://bit.ly/3l2YP0N

Access:  5 mins walk from Korakuen Station or Suidobashi Station

Date: 13 November to 25 December 2020

Hours: 17:00~24:00

16. Illumination Island Odaiba

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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.

Map: https://goo.gl/CBg3ui

Access: 5 mins walk from Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station

Date: TBA (15 November to 25 December 2019)

Hours: 16:30~24:00 (varies by location)

17. 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 year.

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

Access: Keio Yomiuriland Station

Date: 22 October 2020 to 4 April 2021

Hours: 16:00~20:30


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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