Christmas is widely celebrated as an event for romantic couples in Japan. Therefore, the city of Tokyo is filled with beautiful Christmas lights (it’s commonly called “illumination” in Japanese) everywhere from November to December, people walk around downtown to see those Christmas lights, and spend romantic time with their loved ones. In this article, I will introduce major places to see beautiful Christmas Lights.

 

1. Marunouchi Illumiation, Marunouchi (near Tokyo station)

Marunouchi Illumination in Nakadori

Marunouchi Illumination in Nakadori. From Instagram

Marunouchi is a district near Tokyo station and Imperial Palace where lots of fancy shops and office buildings are located. Lots of financial companies are located here like, and it’s like the Wall street in New York City. The Christmas lights are on 200 trees along the 1.2 km Naka-dori street which connects Yurakucho and Otemachi, with 1 million LED lights in the champagne gold color.

Location:
1 Chome to 3 Chome Marunouchi and 1 Chome Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Dates:
12 Nov 2015 to 14 Feb 2016

Hours:
5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Website:
http://www.marunouchi.com/feature_en/brightchristmas2015/illumination.html

Please refer to official website for the latest information.

2. Tokyo Michiterasu, Tokyo station

Tokyo Michiterasu on Tokyo station in 2014

Tokyo Michiterasu on Tokyo station in 2014. From Instagram

This is an event to light up Tokyo station. It’s only from 24 Dec to 27 Dec, but it’s worth to see the historical Tokyo station being lighten up beautifully.

Location:
Tokyo Station building and Gyoko-dori

Dates:
24 Dec to 27 Dec 2015

Website:
http://www.marunouchi.com/feature_en/brightchristmas2015/michiterasu.html

Please refer to official website for the latest information.

3. White Christmas Tree In KITTE, near Tokyo station

White Christmas tree in KITTE

White Christmas tree in KITTE. From Instagram

KITTE is a shopping center located right across Tokyo station. Their White Christmas tree is in the center of the building and the size of this tree is 14.5m which is really huge. There will be a show in every 30 min from 5:10 p.m. to 10:40 p.m. The show plays music and the lights sparkle as if snows are falling down in the building.

Location:
2-7-2 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo

Dates:
19 Nov to 25 Dec 2015

Hours:
11:00 a.m. – 23:00 p.m.
(shows are only from 5:10 p.m. – 10:40 p.m.)

Website:
http://jptower-kitte.jp/white-kitte2015/
(Japanese only)

Please refer to official website for the latest information.

4. Caretta Illumination 2015, Shiodome

Caretta illuminations in Caretta Shiodome

Caretta illuminations in Caretta Shiodome. From Instagram

Caretta Shiodome is a shopping center near Shinbashi. The B2 floor area will be lighten up with 270,000 blue lights. There are also 6 minutes show in every 20 minutes, which changes the colors of lights and plays music. 2015 is the 10th anniversary for this event.

Location:
1-8-2 Higashishinbashi Minato-ku Tokyo
B2 floor of Caretta Shiodome

Dates:
19 Nov to 14 Feb 2016

Hours:
5:00 p.m. – 23:00 p.m.

Website:
http://www.caretta.jp/event/topics.html#caretta_illumination2015
(Japanese only)

Please refer to official website for the latest information.

5. Roppongi Hills, Roppongi

Roppongi Hills is a shopping center and office building in Roppongi. The area is huge and there are several places where Christmas events are held.

Such as Keyaki-dori,

Keyaki-dori is lighten up

Keyaki-dori is lighten up. From Flickr

Mohri Teien (Japanese Garden),

Mohri Garden

Mohri Garden. From Instagram

Christmas Tree,

Roku-Roku Plaza Illumination

Roku-Roku Plaza Illumination. From Instagram

and Christmas market to enjoy shopping and eating sausages with hot wines.

Christmas Market in Roppongi Hills

Christmas Market in Roppongi Hills. From Instagram

Location:
6-11-1 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo

Dates & Hours:
Keyakizaka Galaxy Illumination
4 Nov to 25 Dec 2015 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Mohri Garden Illumination
17 Nov to 25 Dec 2015  5:00 p.m. – 0:00 p.m.

Roku-Roku Plaza Illumination
17 Nov to 25 Dec 2015 5:00 p.m. – 0:00 p.m.

Christmas Market
28 Nov to 25 Dec 2015 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Website:
http://www.roppongihills.com/christmas/2015/

Please refer to official website for the latest information.

6. Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi

Tokyo Midtown Starlight Garden

Tokyo Midtown Starlight Garden. From Instagram

Tokyo Midtown is located near Roppongi Hills. They have a 2,000㎡ grass garden and there will be filled with 180,000 lights. The light moves and changes colors as if you are looking stars in space.

Location:
9-7-1 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo

Dates:
12 Nov to 25 Dec 2015

Hours:
5:00 p.m. – 23:00 p.m.

Website:
http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/xmas/2015/
(Japanese only)

Please refer to official website for the latest information.

7. Omotesando Street

Omotesando Christmas lights

Omotesando Christmas lights. From d.hatena.ne.jp

Omotesando is name of the street near Harajuku. The street is going to be filled with 500,000 golden color of lights. It’s also beautiful to see from taxi or car driving down the street.

Location:
6-4 Jingumae Shibuya-ku,Tokyo

Dates:
1 Dec to 25 Dec 2015

Hours:
around 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Website:
http://omotesando.or.jp/illumi/
(Japanese only)

Please refer to official website for the latest information.

Thumbnail image is from Flickr