Sparkling lights and cool winter nights… Christmas in Japan is all about romance. It’s a day for going on a special date with your significant other. So, it’s no wonder winter illuminations are hugely popular. You can drink champagne beneath the lit-up trees and cuddle together for warmth. It’s the perfect date spot!
My top 3 picks for this year were the illuminations at Naka-Meguro, Yomiuri Land and Yoyogi. The amount of effort that goes into setting up these lights always blows me away. It’s something I look forward to seeing every year!
Yomiuri Land is an amusement park in western Tokyo. They have roller coasters, ferris wheels, rockets that spin, rides where you have to pedal a bike up in the air and more. It’s so much fun. And add to that the beautiful lights covering every corner, it’s the perfect night out with a bunch of friends!
This year was the first time for Yoyogi to host the ‘blue cave’ lights – previously it was in Naka-meguro back in 2014. This brilliant blue world stretches between Yoyogi Park and Shibuya and is the perfect place to go after a bit of Christmas shopping.
Naka-meguro is Tokyo’s crowning glory in spring, when the canal is packed with cherry blossoms. In winter, rather than leave the trees bare and lonely, they decorate them with millions of lights – a sea of champagne. It is the perfect place for a date, or to go after dinner with friends, or just for a stroll on your own.