A Guide to The BEST Winter Illuminations in Tokyo 2019-2020
Incase you didn’t know, Tokyo LOVES illuminations…especially during winter and Christmas time. Due to this, it’s become a sort of tradition for Japanese people to go and view the many illuminations of Tokyo during winter with their friends, families and partners. These illuminations that Tokyo has on offer are seriously UNREAL and unlike any illuminations you’ve seen before! From places that have over 6 MILLION lights, to gorgeous illumination scenery…we will show you the BEST places to see the illuminations in Tokyo 2019-2020.
1. Sagamiko Illumillion
Sagamiko Illumillion is hands down the BEST place to go and see illuminations in Tokyo! If you can only fit in going to one place to see illuminations during your trip to Japan, Sagamiko Illumillion is where you should go! It claims to be the biggest illumination park in Japan, with the park being made up of around 6 MILLION lights!!! This is one of the most beautiful illumination displays i’ve ever seen in my life!
The park is made up of multiple area, each with a different theme! The area themes for this year have not been announced yet but last year there was area such as: The Blue Sea, Cherry Blossom Forest, The Zoo of Animal Lights, The Light Box and much more!!
Just incase you’re not sold on going yet…the park is also full of rides and attractions!! Each designed to give you amazing views of all the illuminations. For example, their most popular attraction is their chair lift which takes you over a rainbow of lights right under your feet, it also gives you amazing views of the park! They also have their own ferris wheel which i’d highly recommend riding…the view is beautiful!
They also have a food court full of delicious food and drink, and your ticket to the park includes a free drink! If you’re looking for a fun night out in Tokyo and want to experience something unique, then Sagamiko Illumillion is definitely the place for you!
1634 Wakayanagi, Midori Ward, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 252-0175
Direct bus service is available for Shinjuku Bus Terminal Bus Stop. Check official website for more information!
Dates & Hours
02/11/2019 – 04/2020. 16:00PM – 21:30PM daily.
1,000yen admission. 2,500yen for admission and free attraction pass.
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2. Shibuya Blue Cave Illuminations
If you’re someone who is traveling to Japan on a budget, don’t worry we’ve got you’re back too as this event is completely FREE!! This event is located in Shibuya on the way to Yoyogi Park! The long street is lined with blue glowing trees and the floor is covered with a shiny material which is apparently supposed to imitate water!! The scenery is beautiful and it’s somewhere you have to visit…especially if you’re looking to get a good instagram shot!!
At the end of the illumination road there are tons of food cars and stalls selling delicious food and drink! A lot of to is traditional Japanese food so if you’re looking to experience Japanese street food, this is a great place to go!
2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0052
Take the JR Yamanote line to Shibuya station.
Dates & Hours
Yet to be announce but usually opens during mid-late November!
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3. Yomiuri Land
Yomiuri Land is similar to Sagamiko Illumillion as it is a park full of illuminations! The park also has different activities there such as their famous ferris wheel and rollercoasters! Their illumination event is called Jewellumination and it truly reflects that name! The park is full of lights that are constantly changing colors to beautiful pinks and turquoises and really imitates a jewell!
Even if you’re not in Japan to experience these amazing illuminations, Yomiuri land is constantly open and hosts tons of events depending on the season! In summer they even open a POOL which is super fun! No matter what season you’re in Japan, make sure you go and check out Yomiuri Land!
4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi, Tokyo 206-8725
Take the Odakyu Line to Yomiuri Land-Mae Station. Then take the Odakyu bus (読 01) to Yomiuri Land.
Dates & Hours
from 24/10/2019 (closing date yet to be announced). 16:00PM – 20:30PM
Night admission (from 16:00pmm) is 1,200yen.
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Every year in winter, the area near Roppongi hills is decorated with tons of lights on the surrounding trees and also in the nearest park. On top of that Roppongi Hills are constantly putting on light shows in the neighboring park each with a different theme! Last year the theme was space!
The best thing about these illuminations and digital art show is that they are both COMPLETELY FREE! Anyone can go and enjoy these gorgeous illuminations without paying a thing!
You will see many Japanese couples hanging out here as it is a super popular date spot in Tokyo!
Roppongi is a must go to place if you’re looking to see amazing illuminations in Tokyo but are traveling on a budget! The i went, this really got me in the Christmas spirit!
106-6108 Minato-ku, Tokyo 6-10-1 Roppongi.
Take the Namboku Line to Roppongi Station
Dates & Hours
from 11/11/2019 – 25/12/2019. Lights turned on when it starts going dark.
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Odaiba is very famous for many things but it’s beautiful scenery in winter is one of the top things it’s famous for! Odaiba is small island off of Tokyo, offering amazing views of both the rainbow bridge and Tokyo city! In winter, this is made even better due to all the Christmas illuminations being turned on and a huge LED Christmas tree being placed there!
Due to Odaiba being an island there is a small beach there which is where all the illuminations are focused! The scenery is truly beautiful with the rainbow bridge and Tokyo city in the background! I’d highly recommend anyone who is traveling to Tokyo to go here…it’s also completely FREE!
1061 Chome-6-1 Daiba, Minato City, Tokyo 135-0091
Take the Saikyo Line to Tokyo Teleport Station
Dates & Hours
Throughout the year. Lights turned on when it starts going dark.
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