Must-Go for This Winter! 5 Illumination Spots in Tokyo 2017-2018



Must-Go for This Winter! 5 Illumination Spots in Tokyo 2017-2018


Winter time in Japan is filled with fun and beautiful events like Christmas, New Year's and Valentine's Day. In this list you'll find 5 of the best illumination shows that Tokyo has to offer this winter! 



 600,000 shining blue LED lights brighten this street in Shibuya


600,000 bright blue LED lights illuminate the tree-lined road, creating a serene, fairytale-like scenery. The 'Blue Cave' stretches for about 800 m from Shibuya Koen Dori Street to Yoyogi Park Keyaki Namiki. It is a very popular spot with a magical atmosphere visited by many people every year. 

Video from the official site



Address: from Yoyogi Park Keyaki Namiki to Shibuya Koen Dori Street (approx. 800m) 2 Jinnan, Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Dates: November 22, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Hours: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
*Illumination times may vary day by day.
Admission fee: free
Access: a few minutes walk from Shibuya Station, Harajuku Station, Meijijingumae Station, Yoyogi-koen Station and Yoyogi-Hachiman Station
Website (Japanese-only):


OMOHARA Illumination at Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 


Soft lights fill this soothing space surrounded by trees.

OMOHARA illumination1
OMOHARA illumination2
OMOHARA illumination3

During the winter time the rooftop on the 6th floor of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku gets illuminated by 16,000 lightbulbs. Enjoy a soothing, warm light surrounded by trees in the middle of Tokyo. Until December 25th there will also be a Christmas tree on the first floor. This is the perfect spot to wind down after a day of shopping. The illumination goes on until Valentine's day!



OMOHARA illumination
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 6F terrace 'Omohara no Mori' 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Dates: November 17, 2017 - February 28, 2018
Hours: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
*Entry is permitted until 10:30pm. Hours may change during the New Year's holidays
Admission fee: free
Access: 4 min. walk from Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote line; 1 min. walk from exit 5 of Meijijingumae Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line and Fukutoshin line; 7 min. walk from exit A2 of Omotesando Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line, Hanzomon line and Ginza line


Caretta Shiodome “Caretta Illumination 2017 – The Story of True Love – ”


Experience the world of the movie "Beauty and the Beast" and be moved by the illumination show!

Enjoy a romantic show featuring light and music
Special costume worn by the Japanese voice cast for "Beauty and the Beast"
Photo corner inspired by "Beauty and the Beast"
If you get close to the rose at the center of the booth something will happen!
2017 is Caretta Shiodome's 15th anniversary. This year's illumination is inspired by the Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast". Together with the beautiful illumination show, visitors will enjoy Beauty and the Beast-inspired photo spots and interactive displays.


“Caretta Illumination 2017 – The Story of True Love – ”
Address: Caretta Shiodome B2F Caretta Plaza 1-8-2 Higashishinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Dates: November 16, 2017 - February 14, 2018
Times: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
*The opening time will change to 6:00pm in January and February
Admission fee: free
Closed on January 1-2, 2018
Access: 4 min. walk from Shimbashi Station (Shiodome Exit) on the JR Yamanote line (the underground walkway is very convenient); 1 min. walk from Shiodome Station (Shimbashi Station Exit) o the Toei Oedo line; 3 min. walk from Shimbashi Station (Shiodome Exit) on the Toei Asakusa line; 5 min. walk from Shimbashi Station (JR Exit) on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line; 2 min. walk from Shiodome Station (East Exit ) on the Yurikamome line
Website (mostly in Japanese):


Asakusa "Lumiyashiki 2017to2018"


Enjoy a different view of this amusement park by night

Asakusa "Lumiyashiki" 2017to2018
fountain show
The heart-shaped photo corner
the night landscape of Asakusa from the rooftop
With the theme "Cherry Blossom Romance", 500,000 lightbulbs will ornate the Hanayashiki amusement park in Asakusa for an atmosphere completely different than during the day.
The heart-shaped photo corner in front of the merry-go-round changes between 5 colors and there's a fountain show 6 times a day. You can also admire the night landscape of Asakusa from the rooftop.


Lumiyashiki 2017to2018
Address: 2-28-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Dates: October 8, 2017 - April 1, 2018
*Some days are excluded. Please check the calendar on the official site.
*Shows might be cancelled due to stormy weather.
Times: 6:30pm - 9:00pm (last admission 8:30)
Admission fee: Adults 2,000 yen; children (elementary school) and seniors (65 years old and over) 1,500 yen; infants (2 years old and over) and people with disabilities 1,000 yen
Closed on: December 5, 6, 12, 13 2017; February 6-9 2018
Access: 3 min. walk from Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express; 5 min walk from Asakusa Station on The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line and Tobu Skytree Line


Tokyo Midtown "Midtown Christmas 2017"


This year's theme is "space travel", with different shows every day of the week.

Starlight Garden 2017
Beautiful tree illuminations reflected on the water
Trees are turned into glasses in this 'champagne illumination'
Tokyo Midtown presents Starlight Garden 2017, a space travel-themed illumination event. 200,000 LED lights will shine on a grass-covered plaza of about 2,000 square meters representing 'space' in a magical atmosphere.
This year, for Tokyo Midtown's 10th anniversary, there will be a different show for every day of the week. The shows are inspired by the moon, the sun and different planets. You can visit multiple times and still see new things!


Midtown Christmas 2017
Address: 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Dates: November 15, 2017 - December 25, 2017
Times: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
*The opening illumination will run until midnight
Admission fee: free
Access: 0 min. walk from Roppongi Station (Exit 8) on the Toei Oedo Line; 0 min. walk from Roppongi Station (by underground passage) on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line; 3 min. walk from Nogizaka Station (Exit 3) on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line;
10 min. walk from Roppongi-itchome Station (Exit 1) on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line

Bonus:  The Life-Sized Unicorn Gundam Statue in Odaiba

The Life-Sized Unicorn Gundam

After its debut in October 2017, The Life-Sized Unicorn Gundam Statue in Odaiba is a super-popular spot inside and outside the country. The night show with music, video and lights on the statue is a spectacle well worth seeing. The surroundings of Diver City Tokyo Plaza are also illuminated, and they make for the perfect night stroll.


Address:1-1-10 Aoyama, Koto Ward, Tokyo Diversity Tokyo Plaza Festival Square
Access: 5 minutes on foot from Rinkai Line Tokyo Teleport Station、5 minutes on foot from Yurikamome Daiba station
Website (Japanese only):


Enjoy the Winter Illuminations in Tokyo

How did you like these Tokyo spots? The pictures are beautiful, but there's no comparison with witnessing the magic in person. We hope that you will have the chance to visit them during the holidays!

*This article is based on a coverage made in October 2017.
*Dates, times and other information are subject to change. Please check the official sites before your visit.


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