Guide The best ways to experience the city's bright lights

The best ways to experience the city's bright lights

One of the best ways to take in the city lights is from the water. For the perfect evening, start with a stroll around Tokyo Station before cruising the bay. Finish the evening off with sweeping city views from Tokyo Tower.


  • Reserve Tokyo Bay dinner cruises in advance online
  • Travel by taxi for ground-level views of the city at night
  • Check the Tokyo Tower schedule for information on special light-up events
  • Ask at tourist information center for information on seasonal illuminations, held throughout the city in winter

A brickwork masterpiece

Tokyo station is an iconic symbol of the city—so much so, it frequently features in Japanese TV dramas and movies. At dusk, lights flicker on to bathe the building in a soft glow. If visiting in winter or over the holidays, make sure to explore the surrounding area—festive lights are set up along many of the streets and trees that line them.

Dine on the bay

A short journey from Tokyo Station, Hinode Pier is where Symphony dinner cruises depart for tours of the bay. Expect glittering views of Rainbow Bridge, bayside areas like Odaiba and the striking Tokyo skyline. It's the ideal setting for a romantic dinner or to celebrate a special occasion.

Top the evening off

You can see Tokyo Tower from numerous places around the city, but it's most impressive up close—and more specifically, from the top. The observation deck offers sweeping vistas over the luminescent metropolis. Just be careful to arrive before 9:45 p.m. for last admission to the main observatory.

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