City of Lights: Tokyo in Winter

My Top 6 Winter Illumination Spots in Tokyo

No. 6 – Yebisu Garden Place

In the trendy district of Ebisu lies a shopping complex by the name of Yebisu Garden Place. Yebisu is a popular Japanese beer, and there used to be a brewery here about 25 years ago. The winter illuminations aren’t too extensive, but there’s no doubting the very Christmasy feel! This year they have a ginormous crystal chandelier displayed – the largest made by Baccarat!

No. 5 – Shinjuku Southern Terrace

Number 5 on my list is the colourful lights at Shinjuku Southern Terrace. Location, location, location! These lights are right outside Shinjuku Station and therefore attract A LOT of people! I love the light-covered gardens and shrubs, and the huge rainbow of Christmas trees. If you can manage to get a window seat inside Starbucks or Krispy Kreme, it would be a great vantage point for people watching as well!

No. 4 – Omotesando

Omotesando is a glitzy part of town where designer stores line a long, straight street. Grand trees on either side of the road stretch as far as the eye can see. In summer, the trees are full of vibrant, green leaves. Then in winter, the bare branches are transformed into glowing towers. The first thing you notice is how tall these trees are! And then you think, how much effort went into putting all of these lights around the trees?! But I for one am grateful to all the people that worked hard to prepare the illuminations as it is a stunning sight!

No. 3 – Tokyo Midtown & Roppongi

I didn’t make it to Roppongi this year, but last year’s lights left a lasting impression on me. The blue field of lights that seemingly jump into the air at Tokyo Midtown was beautiful. Roppongi Hills is a favourite for Tokyoites, year after year. The view from the overpass looking down the road with Tokyo Tower in the distance is worth braving the cold for!

No. 2 – Marunouchi

Marunouchi is the business area next to Tokyo Station. During the day, it might be all about work, but at night, it’s another story. At 5pm, it turns in an illumination heaven! This year, they have been at the top of the national popularity rankings. The theme is “Disney Timeless Story”, and throughout the whole Marunouchi area, there are Disney-themed displays where you can get your photo taken with characters. Just be prepared for some waiting! The Frozen display, with statues of Anna and Elsa, had a waiting time of 2 hours! Outside on the street, Marunouchi-naka Dori is lined with what they call ‘champagne gold’ lights. Very fancy!

No. 1 – Naka-Meguro!!!

The inaugural ‘blue cave’ at Naka-Meguro was just as impressive as it sounds. During spring, the Meguro River comes alive as the cherry blossoms overhanging the canals bloom. Those same trees have been turned into 500 metres of BLUE BLUE BLUE! It really is something else. I was completely blown away and enjoyed the the very dreamy and magical vibe it created! Although the LED lights are hard to look at when there’s so many of them, it was definitely the best illumination display in my book!

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17 thoughts on “City of Lights: Tokyo in Winter

  1. 目黒川にそって立つ桜の木に 青のライトがつくと、
    丸の内のビル街に立っているクリスマスツリーは 本物(ほんもの)のようにみえます。
    雪が枝に積(つ)もっているのは どうやって つくりだしたのでしょうか。
    ミニマウスは パンで できたもののように みえますが、
    プラスチック製(せい)ですか。とても かわいいですね。
    恵比寿ガーデンに そなえられたシャンデリアは ヨーロッパの貴族(きぞく)の
    クリスマスのイメージを みせているのでしょうか。豪華さに圧倒(あっとう)されます。


    1. ミッキーマウスはプラスチックで作ったものです。どうしてパンのようなものなのか分かりません!でも、可愛いでしょう!


  2. Hi Celia,
    Thanks for thinking of this project – perfect timing :). I recognise most of the places, but not as colourful as in your shots. It does look cold though, so maybe they could have a few more warm colours next year haha. Have a great Christmas.


    1. It has been freezing! On the day I went to Ebisu, it even snowed a little. My high school students insist on wearing skirts without any tights because it’s ‘not fashionable’. I don’t know how they do it!

      Merry Christmas John!


    1. Yep! If it weren’t for these pretty lights, I’m sure a lot of people would stay in their warm homes every night rather than venture out into the cold!


    1. Yeah, very tricky, especially without a tripod. I always take a few of the same thing, then choose the best one after I’ve had a look on my computer – that probably explains why I have thousands of photos!


  3. wow – the blue cave is stunning – and so are the rest…. and over here the cops use blue lights and so sometimes when I see this color I feel that alerted feel – but this long walk of blue lights – um I mean cave – looks like it is an experience… or as you say “dreamy and magical vibe…”
    very nice!


    1. Interesting – I hadn’t thought of the blue police lights, but I see your point! Especially standing on the bridges and looking down the canal at all these cascading blue trees was unreal, but you have to squint your eyes a bit otherwise you feel like you’re going cross-eyed!


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