Live! from TokyoWinter Illuminations 2016~2017

One of the most romantic season has begun and some almost come to an end!!!

Not only Japanese people but many people around the world also waiting for this time of the year to spend their quality time with family and beloved one.


Many couples like to hold hands while strolling  around gorgeous illumination event. Last week, my friends and I just went to some events around Tokyo. So, we want to share our breathtaking experience with you.

If you are in Japan right now, you’d better to hurry up because some events will not last until next year (some will end on Christmas day).

Marunouchi Illumination 2016~2017: Nov 10 to Feb 19

Hours: 17:30~23:00  (1st Dec~28th Dec 2016 Lighting time is 17:30~24:00 )
Access: Tokyo Station (JR Line), (Subway Marunouchi Line)
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Marunouchi Illumination

Marunouchi Illumination at Marunouchi naka dori is well known as one of the most famous illumination spot in Tokyo.

I felt like I was in Europe!

Highlight Scene

Marunouchi Illumination

On a cold day, these sparkling trees along the street that lights up for Christmas in classical style could make your heart feel warm without any reason!

Overall score: 9/10

Roppongi Hills Illumination 2016: Nov 14 to Dec 25

Hours: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Access: Roppongi Station (Subway Hibiya Line)
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Roppongi Hills Illumination

Too bad, this one was held until Christmas only.

I`m pretty sure you will fall in love with both side of the street while walking towards Tokyo Tower. For me, Roppongi Hills will always be my number one. Maybe next year…

Roppongi Hills Illumination
Roppongi Hills Illumination
sparkling  Christmas tree

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Red Hills & Tokyo Tower
White Hills & Tokyo Tower

The most popular photo spot ever…! From on the bridge, this is a great place to  enjoy your magical night with Tokyo Tower (Tokyo’s most famous landmarks) in the background.

Overall score: 9/10

Tokyo Midtown Illumination 2016: Nov 14 to Dec 25

Hours: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Access: Roppongi Station (Subway Oedo Line)
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Tokyo Midtown Illumination

Only 15 minutes walk from Roppongi Hills! This “strarlight graden” has become increasingly popular and attractive display among locals and tourists where everyone can enjoy light and sound show.

walkway to the main area
blue light trees …
Garden behind Tokyo midtown
A sea of blue light
Tokyo Midtown Illumination

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Tokyo Midtown Illumination

The highlight of Tokyo Midtown Illumination has to be “Starlight garden” as always. A “shooting star” performance  will show you how amazing it is when  beams of light shooting across the area like shooting stars. It is held every year, so don’t worry you still have a chance.

Overall score: 8/10

Shiodome Caretta Illumination 2016~2017: Nov 17 to Feb 14

Hours: 5:00pm~ 11:00 pm (1st Jan~14th Feb 2017 Lighting time is 18:00~23:00 )
Access: Shinbashi Station (JR Line) (Subway Ginza Line, Asakusa Line)
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Shiodome Caretta Illumination

This is what I like about Japan…They could make this small space in front of Shiodome shopping center into the Valley of Blue Stars.

The Valley of Blue Stars
Blue stars turn into purple
So amazing!!!

Highlight Scene

Please check out our video for the Valley of Blue Stars.

Overall score: 8/10

Tokyo Dome Illumination 2016~2017:Nov 10 to Feb 19

Hours: 4:00pm~ 1:00 am
Access: Gorakuen Station (Subway NambokuLine, Marunouchi Line)
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Tokyo Dome

Normally,baseball games and various events such as concert are often held at Tokyo dome throughout the year. At the end of the year,the area around the dome will be decorated with Christmas lights that can attract many people to join in the Christmas season.

Illumination dome
Illumination tunnel

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Tokyo Dome Illumination

If you don’t like being in a crowd, Tokyo Dome Illumination would be a good choice. An amusement park is also located in this area. I would say don’t forget to ride on Thunder dolphin,the exciting hyper-roller-coaster jetting through the Big-O Ferris Wheel.

Overall score: 7/10

Shinjuku Terrace City Illumination 2016~2017:Nov 9 to Feb 14

Hours: 5:00pm~ 0:00 am
Access: Shinjuku Station (JR Line) (Subway Marunouchi Line, Shinjuku Line)
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Shinjuku Terrace City Illumination-near Shinjuku station

Actually, Shinjuku Terrace City Illumination is not so famous but if you plan to visit Shinjuku in Christmas season, this place could give you the Christmas feeling.

Shinjuku Terrace City Illumination

Highlight Scene

Odakyu department store’s walkway

Odakyu department store is directly connected to Shinjuku station (west exit). The walkway looks really amazing with pink lights.

Overall score: 5/10

Shibuya Ao no Dokutsu 2016~2017: Nov 22 to Jan 9

Hours: 5:00pm~ 11:00 pm
Access: Shibuya Station (JR Line) (Subway Fukutoshin Line, Ginza Line)
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Shibuya Illumination

This year, dazzling blue illumination is held in Shibuya for the first time! The main area of illumination (in front of Yoyogi Park) is not too far from Shibuya station where you can walk within 10-15 minutes.

walkway from Shibuya Station


Japan’s Blue Grotto,”Ao no Dokutsu”covers the area from Shibuya station until the main area in front of Yoyogi park.

looking for Yoyoki park
Let’s get lost in this blue wonderland!!!
Japan’s Blue Grotto

Highlight Scene

“Ao no Doukutsu”

For me,”Ao no Doukutsu”is the most elegant illumination I have ever seen.

Overall score: 8/10

Credit: alalipat & pmpotay

Illumination might look the same everywhere but these slightly different details are something that we can enjoy seeing every time.

;:*:;;:*:; Merry Christmas&Happy New year guys!;:*:;;:*:;

See you next post!




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