If you find yourself in Tokyo in search of a romantic outing, we have just the thing for you. Have you heard of a the world famous Japanese illuminations?
Winter illuminations around Christmas and New Year have become a popular attraction in cities across Japan. These displays are typically displayed between November and December, but some run longer, starting as early as October and running until Valentine’s Day or even into spring! You’ll find them all across Tokyo as well as other areas of Japan such as Osaka’s famous Osaka Hikari Renaissance, Nagoya’s Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination, and Tochigi’s Ashikaga Flower Fantasy.
If you are a fan of these florescent masterpieces then it’s definitely a must when you visit Japan!
Top 5 places in Tokyo to visit this Illumination season:
- Tokyo Midtown (until February 28, 2021, 17:00 to 20:00) The trees in the garden behind the main tower of Tokyo Midtown are light in a vibrant gold, and there is a paid ice rink (11:00 to 20:00). The event is called “Midtown Winter Moments”.
- Meguro-gawa Minna light show( Actual evengt cancelled in 2020; only an online event is held). Trees along the Meguro River between Gotanda and Osaki stations on the Yamanote Line are decorated in pink LED lights to resemble the cherry blossoms. These lights spans a length of about two kilometres, making for a very pretty stroll along the riverside.
- Odaiba (around the year, sunset to 24:00) The Decks Odaiba shopping center offers illuminations around the year, including the “Daiba Memorial Tree”.
- Marunouchi (until February 14, 2021, 15:00 to 20:00) The entire district lights up for the Maranouchi’s holiday events. Illuminations and displays will take place especially along Nakadori Street, and at several of the buildings in the district.
- Yebisu Garden Place (until January 11, 2021) Yebisu Garden Place features an illumination event with a huge crystal chandelier.
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