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These are our must-see top 3 illumination spots in Tokyo!

As the Christmas season finally approaches, the city of Tokyo turns into a gorgeously sparkling playground with uncountable Christmas lights, called “illumination”. In this post, we will introduce our three writers’ favorite illumination spots in Tokyo. All of the illuminations have just started, so there is still plenty of time to head over there and enjoy it with your own eyes!


Marei is in love with the atmosphere at “Roppongi Hills”

What I am looking forward to every year is the Christmas illuminations at “Roppongi Hills Christmas”. Because during this time of the year, the surroundings of the famous Mori Tower in Roppongi turns into a winter wonderland!

Mori Tower

left: Mori Tower/ right: X-mas tree in front of the tower

To get there, get off at Roppongi station and walk towards Roppongi Hills. After you climb the stairs to reach Mori Tower you’ll see a big Christmas tree at the “66 Plaza” in front of the tower entrance. If you try really hard, you will find the right angle to take a picture with both the futuristic tower and the traditional tree in it. There is also another – very modern – Christmas tree inside the “West Walk” shopping area.

Mori Garden

The lovely heart-shaped statue is the perfect spot to take a romantic photo with your loved ones

Besides the lit-up trees around Roppongi Hills, there are also two illumination venues. The first Illumination venue is Mori Garden, which is on the backside of Mori Tower. This area is very calm and romantic with its heart-shaped statue and yellow lights placed in bushes and trees around a small pond.

Roppongi illumination

Around Christmas, Roppongi turns into a city of lights…

Another illumination venue is on the other side of the Hills Arena, which is right next to Mori Garden. The street there is called Keiyakizaka-dori Street, and it has an alley of trees that are shining like stars in a galaxy. This is made possible with about 700,000 blue and white LEDs. If you go up to the pedestrian bridge, you can see the orange Tokyo Tower emerging from a sea of blue lights. If you visit Tokyo in winter, this is a spot you don’t want to miss!

Keyakizaka illumination

Keyakizaka-dori street with Tokyo Tower in the background

Roppongi Hills Christmas 2018
Period: until December 25, 2018
http://www.roppongihills.com/en/sp/christmas/2018/

Yena is a fan ot the illuminations at “Tokyo Midtown”

My recommendation is the exciting and colorful Tokyo Midtown Illumination.
Tokyo Midtown holds an event called “MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS 2018” until December 25, where each area of Tokyo Midtown is decorated in a different Christmas theme. The atmosphere is there is truly amazing!

Tokyo Midtown

Tokyo Midtown is fun to explore both inside and outside

Among all of the areas, the highlight is the “Starlight Garden”, which is the area with the main illumination. Every year, a huge light installation leaves visitors in awe upon admiring the large lawn space behind the building. The colorful illumination, this year with the theme ‘outer space’, is so beautiful you will forget all about the cold outside.

Tokyo Midtown light installation

The light installation with small LEDs that change colors

In addition this year, for a limited time, soap bubbles appear around the illumination area. This special performance is only available until December 16, and the bubbles will appear every 12 minutes. When you try to catch a bubble, it explodes to leave a mysterious smoke…

bubbles Tokyo Midtown illumination

The bubbles are fun to watch – and to pop

However, since Tokyo Midtown is really gorgeous, you should take a walk around the whole area. The cherry tree alley with its romantic winter lights you can find next to the lawn area is a famous dating route. When you go inside the building, you can shop at the Midtown Christmas market selling pretty Christmas goods etc. Of course – since we are in Japan and the Japanese love food – the restaurants have delicious Christmas limited food options. Tokyo Midtown’s Christmas season is truly a season that stimulates all senses.

bubbles

Can you see Tokyo Tower?

Midtown Christmas Illumination at Tokyo Midtown
Period: until December 25, 2018
https://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/event/xmas/illumination/

 

Kitskou’s favorite illumination is “Caretta Shiodome”

Everyone who loves Disney will love the illumination of “Caretta Shiodome”. In 2017, the illuminations at Caretta Shiodome had the theme of the movie “Beauty and the Beast”. It was a great success with a total of 520,000 visitors. This year, illuminations are shown for the 13th time with about 250,000 LED lights. The theme for this year is called “Princess Illumination”, and you can enjoy shows based on your favorite princesses from “Frozen” and “Tangled”!

Caretta's Disney illuminations

Caretta’s illuminations are a MUST for Disney fans!

For “Frozen” the lights sparkle to the rhythm of the song “Let It Go”. The blue lights express the ice world romantically and the special illumination show is full of movement and really fun to watch!

Caretta Shiodome illuminations

The Caretta Shiodome illumination show is not only something to watch but a whole area you can walk around in

Besides the show, you can see an exhibition about Disney Princesses inside Caretta Shiodome Hall!
Good to know: the photo spot on the 46th floor of Caretta Shiodome has the “Beauty and the Beast” movie as a theme. Don’t miss it!

Caretta Shiodome

The lights aren’t “just lights”. Look, how beautiful they are!!

Caretta Illumination 2018 at Shiodome
Period: until February 14, 2019
http://www.caretta.jp/Illumination/

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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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