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Tokyo Illumination 2022-2023 Guide: Best Winter Illuminations in Tokyo

Tokyo illumination has been a popular point of interest in winter. In fact, it's one of the best winter illuminations in Japan.


During this time, districts, private companies, local communities, and tourist attractions glimmer at night through light displays, projection mapping, Christmas decors, and whatnot. Now that Japan is once again wide open to foreign tourists, Tokyo illumination is back with an even grander winter celebration. Here are the best winter illuminations in Tokyo:


1. Tokyo Skytree Winter Illumination

Tokyo Skytree in winter | Image courtesy of 鶴野紘之/ Flickr

Tokyo Skytree — Japan’s tallest building — celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2022 through a grander winter illumination. A massive 8-meter-tall white Christmas tree stands at the ‘Sky Arena’ where the main event takes place. A projection mapping show also appears while the Tokyo Skytree building itself is lit to champagne gold.


Location: Tokyo Skytree, Sumida

Start Date: November 10, 2022

End Date: December 25, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Admission Fee: FREE


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2. Tokyo Dome Winter Illumination

The LaQua area illuminated at night | Image courtesy of Tokyo Dome

Tokyo Dome City — a leisure complex in Bunkyo — holds one of the biggest winter illuminations in Tokyo every year. Part of the Tokyo Dome winter illumination event includes decorative illuminations at Tokyo Dome and Christmas lights all over the complex.


Location: Tokyo Dome City, Bunkyo

Start Date: November 11, 2022

End Date: February 28, 2023

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Admission Fee: FREE


3. Marunouchi Illumination

Marunouchi Illumination | Image courtesy of Dick Thomas Johnson / Flickr

Marunouchi — a business district in Chiyoda — hosts its 20th winter illumination in 2022, featuring almost 1 million champagne gold LED lights hanging on over 340 trees that stretch for 1.2 kilometers. The Tokyo Torch Park is also lit up.


Location: Marunouchi, Chiyoda

Start Date: November 10, 2022

End Date: February 19, 2023

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (opens until midnight in December)

Admission Fee: FREE


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4. Roppongi Hills Winter Illumination

Roppongi Hills Winter Illumination | Image courtesy of Tatsuo Yamashita

Roppongi Hills — a business district in Minato and popular for nightlife among foreign tourists — flickers even brighter at night in winter as it holds one of the best Tokyo winter illuminations. Roppongi Hills winter illumination features a 400-meter stretch of zelkova trees along Roppongi Keyaki-zaka Street is clad in over 800,000 snow and blue LED lights.


Location: Roppongi Hills, Minato

Start Date: November 10, 2022

End Date: December 25, 2022

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Admission Fee: FREE


5. Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

A fountain lights show at Yomiuri Land | Image courtesy of Yomiuri Land

Yomiuri Land — the largest amusement park in Tokyo City — holds its 13th winter illumination, showcasing over 6 million lights throughout the park. As its winter illumination title suggests, Yomiuri Land Jewellumination focuses on jewel tones and colors.


Location: Yomiuri Land, Yanokuchi

Start Date: October 20, 2022

End Date: April 09, 2023

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Admission Fee: From 1,800 yen for adults and 1,000 yen for children


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6. Yebisu Garden Place Winter Illumination

Yebisu Garden Place Winter Illumination | Image courtesy of Sapporo Real Estate

Yebisu Garden Place's winter illumination centers on its massive Baccarat chandelier, one of the world’s largest. It has over 250 lights and turns blue every 30 minutes.


Location: Yebisu Garden Place, Ebisu

Start Date: November 12, 2022

End Date: January 9, 2023

Time: 11 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (during winter only)

Admission Fee: FREE


7. Odaiba Illumination

Odaiba Illumination | Image courtesy of Odaiba Decks

Although it’s open throughout the year, Odaiba Illumination is worth mentioning. It covers a good part of Odaiba, a shopping and entertainment district, that includes a 20-meter-tall Christmas tree, the Odaiba Memorial tree wrapped in lights, and over 40 trees clad in 2,200 sparkling lights stretching for 200 meters.


Location: Odaiba

Start date: Opens daily

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Admission Fee: FREE


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8. Shinjuku Minami Lumi

Shinjuku Terrace City Illumination | Image courtesy of Dick Thomas Johnson / Flickr

After three years of hiatus, Shinjuku Minami Lumi is back with a few displays. The entire Shinjuku Station South Exit area is donned in lights. The Suica Penguin Plaza, located outside the new Shinjuku Station South Exit, showcases an igloo, a Suica Penguin statue, and a tunnel of light leading to the alameda of Shinjuku Southern Terrace, Shinjuku Maynds Tower, and Takashimaya Times Square.


Location: Shinjuku Station area

Start Date: November 14, 2022

End Date: February 14, 2023

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Admission Fee: FREE


9. Magic Time Illumination

Hibiya Tokyo Midtown illumination | Image courtesy of Hibiya Tokyo Midtown

Magic Time Illumination takes place in Hibiya, a midtown business district in Chiyoda. From Tokyo Midtown Hibiya to Hibiya Nakadori Avenue, the entire city participates in one of the grandest Tokyo illuminations.


Location: Hibiya

Start Date: November 17, 2022

End Date: February 14, 2023

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Admission Fee: FREE


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10. Midtown Winter Lights

Midtown Winter Lights | Image courtesy of Visit Minato City

Although Roppongi Hills glimmers in winter lights, Tokyo Midtown is worth singling out. Midtown Winter Lights features “Promenade of Light” where the whole place shines in gold and a “Snow Light Globe,” a 3-meter-high glowing snow globe.


Location: Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi Hills

Start Date: November 17, 2022

End Date: December 25, 2023

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Admission Fee: FREE


11. Meguro River Illumination

Meguro River winter illumination | Image courtesy of M's Photography / Flickr

Meguro River Minna no Illumination boasts an environmentally-friendly winter illumination in Tokyo. They use recycled cooking oil to generate power for the cherry blossom-colored LED lights that light on the Meguro River banks.

Location: Tokyo Midtown

Start Date: November 11, 2022

End Date: January 8, 2023

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Admission Fee: FREE


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12. Omotesando Illumination

Over 900,000 champagne gold LED bulbs decorate the zelkova trees and shrubs from Jingubashi to Omotesando intersections that stretch for about 1 kilometer. Only shrubs will be lit from December 29 until January 5.


Location: Omotesando Avenue

Start Date: December 1, 2022

End Date: December 29, 2022

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Admission Fee: FREE


13. Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination

Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination features thousands of blue lights that transform its grassy yard into a winter wonderland. The “Staircase of Light” displays 10 different light patterns.


Location: Shinagawa Season Terrace, Minato

Start Date: December 1, 2022

End Date: December 25, 2022

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Admission Fee: FREE


14. Shibuya Blue Cave Illumination

Shibuya Blue Cave Illumination | Image courtesy of Wei-Te Wong / Flickr

Shibuya Blue Cave Illumination showcases over 600,000 blue LED bulbs adorning zelkova trees from Shibuya to Yoyogi Park. A giant Christmas card also appears at Yoyogi Park.


Location: Shibuya

Start Date: December 8, 2022

End Date: December 25, 2022

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Admission Fee: FREE


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