‘Tis the season to be jolly and what better way to spend the holidays with an enchanting stroll underneath the twinkling lights of the winter illuminations in the heart of Tokyo. While this year may have not been the best for most all over the world, Japan’s capital does not shy away from decorating its streets with an unbelievable amount of LED lights – transforming the urban city environment to an embodiment of celebration. For those who find yourselves in Tokyo for the holidays, I implore you to venture out to witness these glittering masterpieces with your friends or partners – perfect for a casual day out or a romantic night during the holiday season. Whether this may be your first, second or even tenth time bearing witness to these annual majestic illuminations, you are sure to come out with memories to last for a lifetime.
With about 700,000 LED lights entwined in large zelkova trees that stretch over approximately 400 meters, thoroughly bask in the snowy blue and white illuminations of Keyakizaka-dori Street in Roppongi Hills. Feel the Christmas spirit as you pass by the line of establishments filled with lively chatter and smiles all around – maybe even stop over at a local café for a post dinner treat with your friends or loved ones. Let the weight of your worries slip off your shoulders with just a simple glance over the festive urban landscape enveloped in gleaming lights.
Right on the 6th floor of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, find yourself completely surrounded in approximately 16,000 lights intricately woven into the greenery of the open terrace. Completely encompassed in a warm yellow glow, the urban forest exudes an enchanting atmosphere that is both nostalgic and festive – like old classic Christmas carols. With seating available, snuggle up to your partner or close friends for warm whilst simply bathing in the festive environment.
Only a short walk away from Tokyo station, you will quickly find yourself in a Christmas wonderland in Marunouchi Naka-dori – a renowned location for its annual winter illuminations. With more than 330 trees stretched along about 1.2 kilometers donning approximately 1.2 million LED energy-saving bulbs, the entire street is illuminated in Marunouchi’s signature champagne gold hue. The entire lane is also lined with a plethora of boutiques and cafes, perfect for any last-minute gift shopping or relaxing pit stops for a warm beverage in the cold, crisp weather.
Though DECKS Tokyo Beach’s “YAKEI” illumination can be gazed upon all year around, the facility kicks off the holiday season with its special winter edition. Right by the bay and only a short distance from the Rainbow Bridge, DECKS Tokyo Beach’s seaside terrace transforms into a transcendent realm encompassed in a beautiful glow – adding a dash of color to the night sky. For those looking for a romantic Christmas evening, spend the holiday surrounded in the white and blue hued illuminations as you gaze upon the magnificent Tokyo skyline by the seaside.