Tokyo Winter Illumination Guide 2018–2019
Best winter illuminations in Tokyo 2018–2019
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 2018–2019 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: 3 November 2018 to 28 February 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: 7 Nov to 25 Dec 2018
The long-running winter illumination, Marunouchi Illumination is held in front of Tokyo Station. It will be the 17th year in 2018, 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: 8 Nov 2018 to 17 Feb 2019
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: 5 mins walk from Gotanda Station OR Osaki Station
Date: 9 November 2018 to 6 January 2019
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
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 2018 to 14 February 2019
Last year, Caretta Shiodome’s illumination was themed with the “Beauty and the Beast”, and it was the most romantic one ever. This year, it’s even better as it features two most popular Disney movies: Frozen and Tangled. Two kinds of illuminations will be shown with over 250,000 LED lights and the music collaborated to make a magical show.
Access: short walk from Shiodome Station OR 5 mins walk from Shimbashi Station
Date: 15 November 2018 to 14 February 2019 (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: 30 November to 31 December 2018 (till 16 January 2019 at Shibuya Koen Dori Street)
9. TOKYO ILLUMILIA
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
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
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
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
-TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA -White Night Story-
Date: 2 November 2018 to 3 February 2019
-TOKYO TOWER WINTER FANTASY -orange illumination 2018-
Date: 2 November 2018 to 28 February 2019
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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