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Dazzling illuminations are a signature winter sight in Tokyo

Dazzling illuminations are a signature winter sight in Tokyo / Illuminations in the clear winter air of Tokyo are majestic and romantic. Walking along an avenue lined with brightly decorated trees can make you feel as if you were cast in a film. Glittering huge Christmas trees and illumination art are also a must-see. Stroll the streets with a loved one and admire the lights of Tokyo.

 

  • Yebisu Garden Place showcases warm-toned illuminations, a spectacular 10-meter-tall tree, and the majestic glitter of crystals and mirrors from a chandelier designed to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Baccarat. Measuring 8.4 meters tall by 4.6 meters wide and adorned with a total of 410 lights, it’s the largest chandelier in the crystal maker’s history.

    • Schedule: Sat., November 5, 2016–Mon. (holiday), January 9, 2017, 12:00–24:00
      (Christmas illumination display 16:00–24:00)
    • Access: 5-min. walk from JR Ebisu Station East Exit via the moving walkway Yebisu Skywalk
  • Omotesando Hills presents a Christmas display themed Find Your Stars, featuring a giant star atop a 10-meter-tall tree in the main building's atrium stairwell. It’s interactive, too—a flick of the wand sets off a special illumination show. A 3-minute performance of lights and original music also runs every 20 minutes.

    • Schedule: Wed., November 9–Fri., December 25, 2016, 11:00–23:00
    • Access: 2-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Chiyoda Line / Hanzomon Line Omote-sando Station Exit A2
  • VenusFort transforms its interior recreating a medieval European townscape into the world inside a book, inviting visitors to be the story's characters. Creative company NAKED Inc. fuses projection mapping with reality to offer the experience of a "theatrical" space only at VenusFort.

    • Schedule: November 3, 2016–mid March 2017, 11:00–23:00
      (Varies by program)
    • Access: Linked directly from Yurikamome Aomi Station; 3-min. walk from Rinkai Line Tokyo Teleport Station
  • Shinjuku Terrace City presents Smile Terrace Illumination, where baby pink lights inspired by cherry blossoms express the unity and community spirit of Shinjuku, and envelop the station area in a hue of warmth.

    • Schedule: Wed., November 19, 2016–Sun., February 14, 2017, 17:00–24:00
      (Illumination display from 16:30 in December only)
      * Light up time and period varies by facility
    • Venue: Facilities in Shinjuku Terrace City
    • Access: Short walk from Odakyu Line / other lines Shinjuku Station South Exit / West Exit
  • Tokyo Dome City celebrates the 150th anniversary of Japan–Italy relations with illuminations in collaboration with Italy. New features replicate romantic spots, like Japan's first 1/25 scale (3 m) model of the Tower of Pisa made by seasoned Italian artisans, and Juliet's house from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This plus a 7-meter-tall living Christmas tree invites visitors to a dazzling experience of Italy.

    • Schedule: Thu., November 10, 2016–Sun., February 19, 2017
      16:00–25:00
      * Times are subject to change
    • Access: Short walk from JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Suidobashi Station / Korakuen Station
  • The grown-up district of Marunouchi features a million LED bulbs in its original shade of champagne gold, twinkling elegantly on the trees lining Naka-dori Street. The world’s most environment-conscious illumination display has evolved: this year, each bulb consumes 30% less power for the same brightness to achieve a "new eco illumination."

    • Schedule: Thu., November 10, 2016–Sun., February 19, 2017
      * From Thu., November 17 in Otemachi area 17:00–23:00(予定)
      * To 24:00 in December (scheduled)
    • Access: Short walk from JR / Tokyo Metro Tokyo Station
  • Tokyo Tower presents a special illumination display at its main entrance area this year—a 6-meter snowdome depicting the One Piece episode "Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura." Witness the marvel of cherry blossoms flowering in the Tokyo night.

    • Schedule: Thu. (holiday), November 3, 2016–Mon., February 28, 2017, 16:00–23:00
    • Venue: Tokyo Tower main entrance
    • Access: 5-min. walk from Toei Akabanebashi Station
  • Roppongi Hills gives the street a fresh look with LED lights in two color schemes: the city chic dazzle of "snow & blue" and, new this year, the powerful warm glow of "candle & amber." At the foot of Keyaki-zaka Slope is an interactive display for use with smartphones, another feature that offers a new way to enjoy illumination displays.

    • Schedule: Mon., November 14–Fri., December 25, 2016, 17:00–23:00
    • Venue: Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori Street
    • Access: Linked directly from Tokyo Metro / Toei Roppongi Station
  • Tokyo Midtown reprises its signature winter display of some 520,000 LED bulbs. Enjoy a Merry Christmas in the heart of Tokyo.

    • Schedule: Tue., November 15–Fri., December 25, 2016
    • Access: Tokyo Metro / Toei Roppongi Station / Nogizaka Station
  • Tokyo Michiterasu presents an atmosphere of light with balloons containing LED bulbs, walls built from a linear display of large LED screens, and interactive digital contents for use on smart devices. * An ordinary lighting display is scheduled for Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Building (no special illuminations this year).

    • Schedule: Sat., December 24–Wed., December 28, 2016, Around 17:00–Around 21:00
      *The “Hikari Message Tree” event is scheduled to start on December 16 (Fri.).(scheduled)
    • Venue: Gyoko-dori Street / Marunouchi area
    • Access: Short walk from JR Tokyo Station Marunouchi Exit
  • TOKYO SKYTREESM transforms into the world's tallest Christmas tree as well as a candle with exclusive lighting themed Heart-to-Heart Christmas. The town below lights up with 400,000 bulbs in warm candle hues. The annual projection mapping display focuses on the lower portion of the tower for the first time this year, promising a dynamic show that highlights the structure of the tower.

    • Schedule: Thu., November 10–Sun., December 25, 2016
      * Projection mapping from Sat., December 10
    • Access: Short walk from Tobu Skytree Line TOKYO SKYTREE Station / various lines Oshiage (SKYTREE) Station
  • The only spot in Tokyo that offers a panorama of the Tokyo Bay area at night, including Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower, presents an exclusive illumination display in collaboration with Pompompurin, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Sanrio character and Decks Tokyo Beach. Trees lining a 200-meter-long stretch light up in 220,000 LED bulbs in Pompompurin colors.

    • Schedule: Thu., November 15–Sun., December 25, 2016, 17:00–24:00
    • Venue: Odaiba Marine Park Decks Tokyo Beach 3F Seaside Deck
    • Access: 2-min. walk from Yurikamome Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station
  • The amusement park sparkles with 5 million jewel-colored bulbs in a display produced by global lighting designer Motoko Ishii. New this year is a 27-meter-tall Goddess Tree themed around love. The popular water fountain show is upgraded for an even more powerful presentation. A number of attractions are open exclusively at night.

    • Schedule: Fri., October 14, 2016–Sun., February 19, 2017, 16:00–20:30
      (Sat.–Sun., December 17–25 to 21:00)
    • Venue: Yomiuriland
    • Access: From Keio Line Keio-Yomiuriland Station, Gondola Sky Shuttle (5–10 min.) or Odakyu Bus (5 min.)
  • Showa Kinen Park’s annual themed illumination display features a tree made with 15,000 shimmering champagne glasses. From December 23 to 25, fireworks tint the night sky in Christmas colors.

    • Schedule: Sat.–Sun., December 3–25, 2016, 17:00–21:00
    • Venue: Showa Kinen Park
    • Access: 15-min. walk from JR Tachikawa Station Tachikawa Exit; 13-min. walk from Tama Monorail Tachikawa-Kita Station Tachikawa Exit
  • Caretta Shiodome presents its 11th winter illumination display in a follow-up to the world of pure azur blue that enchanted 500,000 visitors last year. The Canyon d’Azur series is the greatest ever in scale with this year’s portrayal of a “forest of spirits.” Ring the bell in the center, and eight walls of light in various heights resonate, kindling miraculous illuminations in the entire forest.

    • Schedule: Thu., November 17, 2016–Tue., February 14, 2017
      * Excluding January 1–2
      17:00–23:00 (November 17, 2016–December 31, 2016(scheduled))
      18:00–23:00 (January 3, 2017–February 14, 2017(scheduled))
    • Venue: Caretta Shiodome B2F Caretta Plaza
    • Access: 1–2 min. walk from Toei Oedo Line / Yurikamome Shiodome Station; 3–5 min. walk from Toei Asakusa Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / JR Yamanote Line Shimbashi Station
  • Tokyo Illumilia integrates Edo Komon textile patterns into its customary theme of Edo Kiriko cut glass in an expression of iki—the style and sophistication of premodern Tokyoites. The new addition hopes to promote its birthplace of the Yaesu–Nihombashi area, building on the popularity of the iki concept around the world. Enjoy a display inspired by the subtlety of Edo Komon—designs you hardly recognize until you get up close.

    • Schedule: Fri., November 25, 2016–Tue., February 14, 2016, 16:30–23:00
    • Venue: Sakura-dori Street, Yaesu Naka-dori Street
    • Access: 1-min. walk from JR Tokyo Station Yaesu North Exit; 1-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tozai Line Nihombashi Station
  • The grand illumination event represents the first in Tokyo to achieve 100% local production and consumption of energy. Gotanda Fureai Waterside Square and the cherry tree-lined streets along the Megurogawa River will be decorated with pale pink LED lighting to express Fuyu-no-Sakura® (Cherry Blossoms in Winter). All electricity is recycled from used edible oil collected from neighboring households and restaurants.

    • Schedule: Fri., November 18, 2016–Mon., January 9, 2017, 17:00–22:00
    • Venue: Gotanda Fureai Waterside Square (2-9 Higashi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo), streets along the Megurogawa River
    • Access: 6-min. walk from JR Osaki Station / Gotanda Station (to Gotanda Fureai Waterside Square)
  • The illumination display at Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit is given a complete revamp in 2016, celebrating the Christmas season with the new title Light on Train. The entire surface of the 200-meter-long GranRoof transforms into the canvas for an enormous interactive installation.

    • Schedule: Thu., December 1, 2016–Sun., December 25, 2016, Around 17:00–22:00
      * The display may be cancelled in bad weather
    • Venue: Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit GranRoof, Yaesu Exit plaza
    • Access: Short walk from Tokyo Station Yaesu Central Exit
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