Tokyo Illuminates the Dark Days of Winter

Brilliant LED Displays, Projection Mapping, and Digital Choreography
Light-up City Trees, Buildings, and Landmarks from
Mid-November to December, January, or February
By: Tokyo City Tourism
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Yomiuri Land Jewellumination
Yomiuri Land Jewellumination
TOKYO, Japan - Nov. 9, 2017 - PRLog -- While most people think of visiting the historic cities of Europe during the holiday season, for some lovely and lively Christmas Cheer, you may want to consider a trip to Tokyo, Japan instead! It is just this time of year that Tokyo, shrouded in the darkness of the Winter Solstice, actually sparkles in brilliant nighttime illuminations.

From mid-November to January or February, city trees; buildings; and landmarks, including Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree, light up the night in a winter wonderland orchestrated by millions of LED displays, projection maps, and digital choreography. Additionally, select locations also enhance the light displays with: seasonal concerts, photo spots – one including an Instagram present campaign, European-style Christmas shopping markets – with everything from luxury items to crafts to fir trees, augmented with Christmas items. Experiencing the illuminations in the city center is free of charge, but some locales offer scheduled English-language guided tours for a small fee. Additionally, theme parks, such as Yomiuri Land (, in Western Tokyo, offer the chance to view stellar light-ups as part of the regular park admission.

In Japan, Christmas is not so much a religious holiday as a time for romance and good cheer. "The lights amplify this cheer, with every year outdoing the next. The 2017 displays will be the best yet," said Aki Hirai, US East coast and Midwest representative for the City of Tokyo.

Below are some of the 2017 Illumination highlights. Come to Tokyo and enjoy the light and spirit of the season!
NamePlaceDateTimeWhat's thereURL
Tokyo Christmas Market 2017Hibiya Park Around FountainMid December1 to 10 pm (food purchase until 9:30 pm)There will be some vendors serving hot wine, beer, non-alcoholic hot wine, tea, hot cocoa, etc. (Japanese only)
Winter IlluminationYebisu Garden PlaceNov. 3, 2017 - Jan. 8, 20184 pm to midnight (shops open 12-8 pm)Winter Illumination & Christmas Marche
French inspired shops.
Baccarat Eternal Lights
Instagram Present Campaign (Japanese only)
Artelligent Christmas 2017Roppongi HillsNov. 7 - Dec. 25, 20175 to 11 pm(1) Keyaki-zaka Illumination (400 meters)
(2) 66 Plaza Illumination
(3) West Walk Illumination
(4) Christmas Concerts by various artists and groups
(5) Christmas Market (at O Yane Plaza)
(6) Fir Tree Shop (Hill Side, 1F)
(7) Wish a wish
Dream Christmas 2017TOKYO SKYTREE TownNov. 9 - Dec. 25, 2017 (The event ends on Christmas Day, but some areas remain decorated until March 11, 2018.)4 pm to midnight(1) Lights Garden
(2 Christmas Photo Spot
(3) Aurora Illumination
(4) Lighting Ceremony
(5) Christmas Market (Japanese only)
Midtowm Christmas 2017Tokyo Midtown (in Roppongi)Nov. 15 - Dec. 25, 20175 to 11 pmWhile independent viewing is free, an English-language guided tour (Dec. 6, 10 and 13) of the light-up will be available for 1500 yen per adult, 15 participants max. Apply from Nov. 15. (Japanese only) only)
Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2017Along the Meguro River, around Gotanda Fureai HirobaNov. 10, 2017 to Jan. 8, 20185 to 10 pmThe Meguro River near Nakameguro Station, will be covered in thousands of LED lights over a distance of 500 meters, creating a romantic ambience for strolling. (Japanese only)
Tokyo Tower Winter Fantasy Orange IlluminationTokyo Tower:  In front of main entranceNov. 2, 2017 - Feb. 28, 20184 to 11 pm(1) 12 meter tall Christmas Tree      (2) Tower's 60th anniversary
Tokyo Michiterasu 2017Tokyo Station, Marunouchi AreaDec. 24-28, 2017TBAHighlights include: The Flower Garden, Flower Ave -- with flower photo box, and a Floral Art Installation (Japanese only)
JewelluminationYomiuri Land Theme Park, Inagi-shi, Western TokyoOct. 12, 2017-Feb. 18, 20184 to 8:30 pm8 types of LED lighting in 30 gemstone-inspired shades that can't be seen anywhere else in the world. Total 5.5 million lights!
Odaiba Illumination "YAKEI"Odaiba (Tokyo Waterfront)Year-roundSunset to Midnight"Yakei" means "night view," which here consists of 40 trees, each 20-meters high and embellished by 220,000 LED lights, running a 200-meter course against the stunning backdrop of Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge, further enhanced by a participatory, motion-sensitive, 360° projection system.
Shibuya Ao no DokutsuYoyogi Park Keyaki Namiki to Shibuya Koen Dori (800 meters)Nov. 22– Dec. 31, 20175 pm to 10 pmThe highlight is a 250-meter-long "blue cave" – a pedestrian street, where zelkova trees, aglow in blue LED lights, shimmer in front of NHK's headquarters. (Japanese only)

For more information on seasonal and year-round travel to Tokyo, visit the Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau's (TCVB) website at  Also check out the Tokyo City brand site:


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