6 Must-See Winter Illuminations in Tokyo for 2019-2020
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Blue Cave SHIBUYA
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 (2018)
InformationBlue Cave SHIBUYA
Address: from Yoyogi Park Keyaki Namiki to Shibuya Koen Dori Street (approx. 800m) 2 Jinnan, Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Dates: November 29, 2019 - December 31, 2019
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): http://shibuya-aonodokutsu.jp/
OMOHARA Illumination at Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Soft lights fill this soothing space surrounded by trees.
Up on the 6th floor of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, the rooftop terrace "Omohara no Mori" is lit by over 16,000 lights throughout the year. The theme and design are changed each season with the Christmas theme starting on November 2nd. The space is filled with trees, providing a soothing natural oasis in the middle of the metropolis.
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 6F terrace 'Omohara no Mori' 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Dates: November 2, 2019 - December 25, 2019
Hours: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
*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 2019 ～ Arabian night ～ ”
Experience the world and excitement of Disney's Aladdin at this illumination show!
One of the best spots for illuminations in Tokyo, Caretta Shiodome is performing a special illumination inspired by the world of Disney's Aladdin. You'll find the magic lamp by the main tree at the center of the venue. Also, the special illuminations accompanied by the songs "A Whole New World" and "Speechless" are a must-see!
InformationCaretta Illumination 2019 ～ Arabian night ～
Address: Caretta Shiodome B2F Caretta Plaza 1-8-2 Higashishinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Dates: November 14, 2019 - February 14, 2020
Times: November 29, 2019 - December 31, 2019 5:00pm - 11:00pm/January 1, 2020 - February 14, 2020 18:00～23:00 6:00pm - 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): http://www.caretta.jp/Illumination/
Tokyo Midtown "Midtown Christmas 2019"
This year's theme is "Space Phenomena"! Also check out the limited time soap bubble illumination.
At Tokyo Midtown, "Starlight Garden 2019" is on display starting from November 26th, 2019. In addition to about 190,000 LED lights and 100 glowing balloons, a fantastic universe is represented by an 8 meter tall space tower and the use of soap bubbles.
The limited time soap bubble show will use glittering crystal soap bubbles and smoke soap bubbles. The smoke bubbles are harder to pop if touched with raised fabric like knitted wool gloves, so you might be able to capture them in your hands!
InformationMidtown Christmas 2019
Address: 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Dates: November 14, 2019 - December 25, 2019
*The Starlight Garden is from November 26th. The soap bubble illumination is held until December 18th.
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
"VenusFort Illumination 2019-2020 - Grateful Harmony" and "teamLab: The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life"
Warm lights and snow are the stars of the show
Inside VenusFort at Odaiba you'll find a medieval Europe cityscape with a wonderful view. Warm color illuminations and mirror balls projecting light into a snow effect create a magical atmosphere. The fountain hosts a snow-falling show called "SNOW WISH" three times a day.
Olive Plaza hosts an art installation by teamLab called "The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life". When you touch a sphere its color changes, and a tone that's different for each color will resonate.
InformationVenusFort Illumination 2019-2020 - Grateful Harmony / teamLab: The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life
Address: VenusFort 2nd floor, 1-3-15 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Dates: November 1, 2019 to mid-March 2020
Times: 11:00 a.m. - 11:p.m. (subject to changes based on each program)
*SNOW WISH: November 30 to December 25 / 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
* teamLab installation: November 30, 2019 to March 1, 2020
Admission fee: free
Closed on February 17 and 18, 2020
Access: 3 min. walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line / directly connected to Aomi Station on the Yurikamome Line
Website (Japanese-only): https://www.venusfort.co.jp/2019illumination/
Odaiba, a Treasure Horde of Illumination Spots!
■DECKS Tokyo Beach
From this spot you can get a view of the Daiba Memorial Tree, the Rainbow Bridge and the lights of the metropolis at night. Odaiba Illumination "YAKEI" is a 200m long area lined by trees that are lit by 220,000 lights. Among them is the massive Daiba Memorial Tree which is 20m high and 10m wide. The illuminations have a special winter version.
InformationDECKS Tokyo Beach
Address: DECKS Tokyo Beach 3rd floor Seaside Deck, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Dates: All year. Winter version: December 7, 2019 to January 1, 2020
Times: sunset to midnight (Subject to change depending on the season)
Access: 5 min. walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line / 2 min. walk from Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station on the Yurikamome Line
■The Life-Sized Unicorn Gundam Statue
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.
InformationTHE LIFE-SIZED UNICORN GUNDAM
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): http://www.unicorn-gundam-statue.jp/
＞＞Read more about The Life-sized Unicorn Gundam statue here!
What Is Your Favorite Tokyo Illumination?
We showed you six illumination spots in Tokyo. All are easily accessible by train. Illuminations are very popular so if you want to find them a little less crowded try going right after they start or right before they shut down. Many spots have restaurants nearby, perfect for a warm dinner after taking in the lights. Find your favorite spot and make some winter memories for 2019!
*Some of the images posted are from previous events.
*The operating period of some events is subject to change. Please check the official website of each event before visiting.
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THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM 12 19,2019 Author：DiGJAPAN! Editorial Team