Tokyo’s Best Winter Illuminations For 2017

One of the highlights of the winter season in Japan, these free festivals of light provide a welcome chance to get out in the evenings as the temperature dips and rejuvenate the spirits during the cold, dark winter months — not to mention take a few selfies. This year, once again, we see stunning, bright illuminations in all shapes and forms light up every part of Tokyo in preparation for the festive season. So whether alone, with a partner or with family and friends, we promise you that these lights will make your holiday a little more special, joyful and warm. Here are our 14 top picks for this year.


1. Tokyo Midtown Christmas 2017


© Photo by Jun Sato

The areas around the popular shopping complex Tokyo Midtown light up each night, gathering tens of thousands of visitors and enthusiastic photographers. Though the whole complex shines brightly during the festive season, the one must-stop place is the space-inspired Starlight Garden illumination in the park behind the main tower. In celebration of the complex’s 10th anniversary, this year’s theme is “Space Odyssey,” featuring the seven planets of the solar system, each lit up in different colors every day. This Christmas, Tokyo Midtown seems to be the perfect place to make a wish upon a star while shopping and dining!

Access: Roppongi Station
Date & Time: Now through Dec 25, 2017, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.


2. Caretta Shiodome: A True Love Story


© Photo by Jun Sato

Themed “A True Love Story,” this popular illumination surrounding the shopping complex Caretta Shiodome, brings the story of “Beauty and the Beast” to life this year. Whether a Disney fan …continue reading