WINTER : When nights getting longer then that’s means Tokyo will be surrounding by thousand billion lights which transforms the city into more dazzling, festive and romantic. December especially well known as pre-holiday-time when Christmas and New Year come soon, SALE is everywhere and of course the Christmas Market and the lights. Here is my Top 10 Illumination and Christmas Market that you must visit while in Tokyo :
Date/Time : Dec 15-Dec 25/11:00-22:00
Location : Fountain Square Hibiya Park (Hibiya Station)
A Germany traditional Christmas Market with Giant Sized Wooden Spinning Toy as Christmas Tree is something that you should’t be missed. The market sells Germany wine, sweets and also there’s a workshop for making candles and snow domes. (Free admission and cancelled if it’s rainning) .
Date/Time : Nov 7-Dec 25/17:00-22:00
Location : From Mori Tower to Keyakizaka Street (Roppongi Station)
With theme “Artelligent Christmas”, the event held from Mori Tower to Keyakizaka street. Keyakizaka is been lit by approximately 1,200,000 lights with glowy Tokyo Tower as the background and the lights changing color from “Candle&Amber” to “Snow&Blue”, feels like changing season from Autumn to Winter. (Free Admission)
Date/Time : Nov 15-Dec 25/17:00-23:00
Location : Midtown Complex (Roppongi Station)
This 2017 theme is “Space Odyssey” with approximately 510,000 lights, if you someone who loves space then you must visit, this illumination is super cool with changing planet illumination everyday. (Free Admission).
Date/Time : Nov 16-Feb 14/17:00-23:00
Location : Caretta Shiodome (Shiodome Station/Shimbashi Station)
Caretta is shopping and dining centre in Shiodome area, this year they present the illumination with theme “Story of True Love” and approximately 250,000 LEDs will dazzling you with the show and song from the Disney Beauty and The Beast in every 20 minutes. (Free Admission)
Date/Time : Nov 15-Feb 22/17:00-24:00
Location : Shinjuku Southern Terrace (Shinjuku Station/Minami-Shinjuku Station)
Their theme for this year is “Smile” with the meaning making people smile and connecting people with smile. With thousand sakura-pink-lights feels like sakura blossoms in winter and warm our heart. Having a cup of hot coffee in the Starbuck (located in the middle of Shinjuku Southern Terrace), seeing the lights reflecting to the glasses and watching people admiring the view, is really enjoyable for me. Also don’t forget to check Takashimaya Illumination with theme “Final Fantasy” a gamers will love it. (Free Admission)
Date/Time : Nov 22-Dec 31/17:00-22.00
Location : In Front of NHK Building (Shibuya Station)
Ao No Dokutsu means Blue Cavern (you know why, don’t you?!). This illumination show first took place at Meguro River back at 2014 and become huge hit. Now the illumination brought back to Shibuya with approximately 600,000 blue lights. (Free Admission)
Date/Time : Nov 3-Dec 31/17:00-24:00
Location : Yebisu Garden Place (Ebisu Station)
This year theme is “Timeless” an annual winter display with a Baccarat chandelier that’s 5m tall and 3m wide (one of the largest chandeliers in the world) also decorated with 250 lights, 230 of which symbolise the number of years from the company’s establishment to the construction of the chandelier in 1994. There’s an ice rink and Christmas Tree decorated with 100,000 red baubels.
Date/Time : Nov 9-Dec 25/16:00-24:00
Location : Tokyo Sky Tree (Oshiage Station)
Located on the 4F terrace called Sky Arena where is the Germany Christmas Market held. You can find hot Glühwein, Germany beer with huge glass and sausages and also Christmas projection mapping show every 30 minutes until 20:00 and Christmas Tree. With 52,000 LEDs adding shinning to Tokyo Sky Tree Tower,make this place is always crowded.
Date/Time : Nov 9-Feb 18/17:00-23:00
Location : Marunoichi Nakadori (Tokyo Station/Nijubashi Station)
Marunoichi is famous for the old European style building, with a lights approximately 930,000 LEDs decorating the branchs making you feels like celebrating Chritmas in Old Europe. The lights starts from Tokyo Station to Naka-dori and this year they’re using “New Eco-Illuminations” lights that perform with 65% less power than standard. (Free Admission)
Date/Time : Nov 9-Feb 18/17:00-24:00
Location : Tokyo Dome (Korakuen Station/Suidobashi Station/Kasuga Station)
This year theme is “Candy Land” with 2,000,000 LEDs and displays a Hansel and Gretel Cottage. Tokyo Dome is always offers you with thousand fun and food. (Free Admission)
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Date/Time : Nov 25- Dec 25/10:00-22:00
Location : Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (Bashamichi Station/ Sakuragicho Station)
Even though this market not in Tokyo area, but if you’re in yokohama area you should check their Christmas Market. It’s really popular for their annual Germany Christmas Market including the 10-metre Christmas Tree. Don’t forget to try stollen cakes, glühwein and there will be fireworks displays from 19:00 on December 13, 20, and 25. You won’t regret it!